Would you be surprised if someone told you that Tennessee has some of the worst drivers in the country? That’s exactly what a new study is saying about drivers in the Volunteer State. That could mean you need to take extra precautions when you are out driving on our beautiful Tennessee roads. And being prepared from a legal standpoint couldn’t hurt either.
How Are Tennessee Drivers Considered Second Worst in the Country?
A new study from SmartAsset, a financial advice website, has claimed that Tennessee has the second worst drivers in the country. But how did this study arrive at this conclusion? It looked at several factors, including the number of DUIs per driver, the percentage of uninsured drivers in the state, the number of fatalities per miles driven and by how often people searched Google for speeding/traffic tickets.
The results showed that Tennessee had 4.45 DUIs per 1000 drivers, 1.35 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles travelled, and 20 percent of our state’s drivers don’t have insurance. And though these numbers were not the worst in the country—Mississippi took the top spot—they were high enough to stand out over 48 other states. So, what does this mean for our drivers?
This study shows us all that we need to take safety seriously when driving in Tennessee. Having uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is a good idea considering how many drivers don’t have auto insurance. You can also take to the roads at times when you are least likely to encounter drunk drivers. However, these measures may not be the only steps you need to take.
Recovering from injuries caused by an auto accident can be a long and expensive process. Depending on the situation, the other driver, their insurance company, or even your own insurance company may try to avoid paying for your injuries. That’s why you need to consider having an experienced attorney by your side. At Myers & Ball, LLP we work with our clients at every stage of the legal process. To have a free consultation with our firm, give us a call at (432) 248-1023.