Johnson City Car Accident Attorney Evan Meade Discusses Sharp Increase in Teen Driver Fatalities in Tennessee

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Tennessee car accident lawyer Evan Meade urges parents and educators to talk to young people about developing safe driving habits.

While it’s distressing to hear about any fatal accident, it’s particularly alarming to read a report about such a high number of young people who are dying on Tennessee roads.

Johnson City TN car accident lawyer Evan Meade today said an alarming rise in the number of teen driver fatalities in Tennessee should spur stronger safety efforts by parents, teachers and law enforcement.

The number of teenagers drivers dying in auto accidents in Tennessee increased by 166 percent during the first six months of 2012, according to a report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association on Feb. 26.

“While it’s distressing to hear about any fatal accident, it’s particularly alarming to read a report about such a high number of young people who are dying on Tennessee roads,” said Meade, a Tennessee personal injury lawyer. “One of the ways to reverse this troubling trend is for parents, teachers and law enforcement to take action. They need to speak with young people about the dangers of texting while driving, drinking and driving and other hazardous driving behaviors.”

Between January 2011 and June 2011, a total of six drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 died in car accidents in Tennessee, the report states. During the same time period in 2012, there were 16 deaths for Tennessee drivers the same age. That figure places Tennessee in a tie with Indiana for the most teen driver deaths for the first six months of 2012, according to the timesfreepress.com on Feb. 28.

The report on teen driving deaths in Tennessee was part of a larger national study examining traffic fatalities among teenage drivers. Across the country, the number of 16- and 17-year-old drivers who died during the first six months of 2012 increased for the second year in a row after experiencing steady declines the previous three years. Specifically, 202 people died in vehicles driven by 16 or 17 year olds between January 2011 and June 2011, according to an article published in AOL Autos (Feb 26, 2013). During that same time period in 2012, a total of 240 people died, an increase of 19 percent or 38 people.

Meade said people who are seriously injured in car accidents typically face staggering financial and emotional losses. “Anyone who has ever been seriously injured or who dealt with the loss of a loved one due to a motor vehicle accident knows how devastating they can be,” Meade said. “That’s why we work so tirelessly for families dealing with the loss of a loved one. We realize a victims’ case is about more than just money. It’s about holding drivers accountable for their actions and sending a message to others that such behavior will not be tolerated.”

For more information about what to do after a fatal motor vehicle accident and the options available to Tennessee families, call (800) 993-1802 or visit http://www.injury-lawyer-tn.com/.

About Meade Injury Law Group
Serving clients throughout the Tennessee, the personal injury lawyers at the Meade Injury Law Group are committed to fighting for the rights of injury victims. The law firm focuses on a wide variety of cases, including workers compensation, car accidents, tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, products liability, premises liability and other personal injury cases. Attorney Evan Meade and his colleagues work on a contingency fee basis. That means clients pay nothing unless there is a recovery. The office for Meade Injury Law Group is located at 215 North Boone Street, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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