Knoxville Auto Accident Attorney G. Turner Howard III Comments on Tennessee Teen Driver Fatality Report

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Knoxville personal injury lawyer G. Turner Howard III warns motorists about a dramatic increase in the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident in Tennessee.

This is a serious problem that affects all ages, not just teenagers. I hope lawmakers in Tennessee take appropriate action to make roads safer for everyone.

Knoxville car accident lawyer G. Turner Howard III said today a recent report about teen car accident deaths in Tennessee should spur action by legislators, law enforcement and parents.

Teen driver fatalities recorded double-digit increases in the first half of 2012, making the state the deadliest for teen drivers nationwide, according to the Times Free Press in Tennessee.

“I was shocked when I read about the dramatic increase in the number of teen driver deaths in Tennessee,” said Howard, who represents victims injured in car accidents. “This is a serious problem that affects all ages, not just teenagers. I hope lawmakers in Tennessee take appropriate action to make roads safer for everyone. I’d like to see law enforcement and schools work together to educate teens about safe driving behavior. And parents should also speak to their teens about the dangers of texting while driving and driving while intoxicated, as well as other bad choices related to driving.”

Statistics about the number of teen drivers dying in motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee and nationwide during the first six months of 2012 were compiled by the Governors Highway Safety Association. In Tennessee, six drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 died in auto accidents between January 2011 and June 2011, the report states. During that same time period in 2012 in Tennessee, there were 16 deaths among drivers the same age, an increase of 166 percent. Only one other state – Indiana – had 16 teen driver deaths during the same six month period in 2012, making the two states the deadliest for teen drivers in America.

Nationwide, all states on average experienced a 19 percent increase in the number of teen driver deaths during the same time period. Between January 2011 and June 2011, 202 drivers ages 16 or 17 year olds died. During the same time in 2012, 240 teenage drivers the same age died nationwide, according to the Times Free Press.

Educating teen drivers about the dangers of driving is critical, Howard said. The personal injury attorney said parents can offer safety tips to their teenagers who drive. They include not using the cell phone at all while driving; avoiding tailgating; never driving drunk or getting into a car with a drunk driver; and obeying the speed limit.

“Young drivers don’t have experience behind the wheel. It’s important to talk to them about safe driving habits,” Howard said. “Parents may want to set ground rules, such as limiting the number of friends in a car, since other teenagers can be a distraction. We are extremely passionate about advocating for safety in Tennessee. Our law firm has dealt with many car crashes related to all types of reckless behavior, and we have seen the devastating impact of these crashes first-hand.”

About the Law Offices of G. Turner Howard III
Knoxville, Tennessee personal injury attorney G. Turner Howard III helps injury victims and their families obtain compensation for car, truck and motorcycle accident injuries, along with workplace injuries and other types of cases involving negligence. The Law Offices of G. Turner Howard III is located at 5915 Casey Drive Northwest, Knoxville, TN 37909. For more information about what to do after a car accident in Tennessee, call (800) HURTLINE or use the online contact form.

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