If you have been injured in a Murfreesboro car accident recently, it could be especially beneficial for you to contact an experienced Tennessee personal injury attorney. Those who let an attorney handle the details of their auto accident, while they take the time to heal from their injuries, are more likely to have a positive outcome than those who attempt to negotiate with the insurance company or file a lawsuit against the negligent party on their own. As you can imagine, when you are represented by a skilled personal injury attorney, you are not as likely to be taken advantage of or ignored.
In 2014, the city of Murfreesboro had 17 vehicles involved in fatal accidents, with ten fatalities. Two of those fatal accidents involved an alcohol-impaired person, plus there was one pedestrian who died in an auto accident. Medical Center Parkway, North Tennessee Blvd. and Greenland Drive, Franklin Road, North Rutherford Blvd, and Memorial Blvd and Glenis Drive were areas where the fatal auto accidents occurred, with Medical Center Parkway being the site of several fatal auto accidents.
Rutherford County ranks fifth in the overall number of auto accidents as compared to other counties in Tennessee. Rutherford County ranked 21st in alcohol-impaired fatality auto crashes, 6th in the number of auto accidents due to excessive speed, 5th in the number of auto accidents among those between the ages of 15 and 24, and 3rd in the number of auto accidents among seniors (those who are 65 or older).
Murfreesboro is the county seat of Rutherford County, and was voted among the top 100 places to live in the U.S. by Money Magazine. Geographically speaking, Murfreesboro is almost exactly in the center of the state, and is one of Tennessee’s fastest-growing cities. As such, it is almost a given that more and more auto accidents will occur in the city as the population continues to grow.
Following an auto accident, it is normal that you are very shaken up. When you are emotionally distraught and physically injured, it can be difficult to make good decisions. The attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C., can help you through this time, making sure your rights are protected and that you receive the medical care you need. For more detailed information regarding auto accidents, click here to read our Car Accident Guide. You may also find the answers to some of your questions regarding auto accidents below.
Head-On Car Accidents
Head-On car accidents—when two cars meet and collide—are the most dangerous type of crashes. While only 2 percent of auto accident involve head-on collisions, this type of accident accounts for more than 10 percent of the total number of auto accident fatalities. Those who survive a head-on collision, are likely to suffer serious spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and other types of catastrophic injuries. Some states have addressed the issue of head-on car collisions by installing long stretches of steel cable wire, which prevent cars from crossing the median and ensuring these very dangerous accidents don’t occur at freeway speeds. Head-on collisions are usually the result of negligent driving, including distracted driving, driving at excessive speeds, driving while impaired, and other types of reckless driving.
According to statistics from the Fatal Analysis Reporting System, about three-quarters of all head-on crashes occur on rural roads or undivided two-lane roads, which would suggest that many head-on collisions are related to failed passing maneuvers. In fact, passing is not the primary cause of head-on collisions in rural areas, rather these accidents are caused when a driver fails to negotiate a curve, or continues to go straight when the road takes a turn. Only about two percent of head-on collisions occurred in construction zones.
The study found that most head-on crashes are the result of a driver making an “unintentional” maneuver—the driver fell asleep, traveled too fast on a curve, or was distracted by something. Unfortunately, a large percentage of all types of auto accidents have distraction as at least one factor in the accident. Our society multi-tasks nearly everywhere—including when they are behind the wheel. Texting and driving, talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio or other car controls, talking to a passenger, listening to music, or turning around to see what the children are doing are all causes of distracted-driving auto accidents. Since head-on collisions are the most likely to be fatal, it is particularly important that drivers refrain from any type of distracted driving.
The single most important step you can take following your car accident is to call an attorney from Martinson & Beason, P.C. We have been helping people just like you since 1937, protecting the rights of our clients, while helping them obtain equitable compensation for their injuries. If you have suffered injuries following your Murfreesboro car accident, don’t wait—call an attorney from Martinson & Beason, P.C. today for a free consultation.