Nashville, TN (PRWEB) July 05, 2012
The Tennessee auto accident attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates, a law firm that dedicates its time and resources to representing clients who have been injured and families of loved ones who have been killed in crashes in the state, hereby alerts the public to a recent statement provided by the Tennessee Highway Patrol that revealed that approximately 20 percent of all Tennessee auto accidents that have taken place in the last five years have involved the use of a cell phone by at least one driver who was involved in the crash.
Specifically, Captain R.C. Christian of the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated recently to the Sparta News that, “About every 24 seconds there is a crash involving drivers using cell phones and texting, and you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash if you are texting.” This statistic relates to those crashes that occur across the United States.
In addition, the 20 percent rate that is present with regards to fatal Tennessee car accidents is approximately two percent above the national average of approximately 18 percent. Currently, Tennessee law does not allow for the sending and receiving of text message while behind the wheel, and drivers with learner’s permits or intermediate licenses are not permitted to use cell phones while behind the wheel. School bus drivers are also not allowed to use cell phones while driving if passengers are present. All other drivers are currently allowed to use cell phones while driving.
Overall, an average of approximately 1,000 people are killed in Tennessee auto accidents across the state on an annual basis, which means that approximately 200 people are killed in crashes as a result of one of the drivers involved using a cell phone. The Tennessee wrongful death attorneys at Michael D. Ponce & Associates ask the driving public to consider avoiding the use of cell phones while driving and if they do so to proceed with extreme caution.
About Michael D. Ponce & Associates
Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Web site can be found at the URL of http://www.poncelaw.com, is a law firm comprised of Tennessee personal injury lawyers who have been handling cases on behalf of clients in legal matters including personal injury and negligence, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, premises liability, swimming pool accidents, dog bite injuries, bed bug cases, wrongful death and social security disability matters.