The Mount Juliet Police Department believes the cause of a car crash in Wilson County involving three vehicles was one motorist’s inattentive driving, WTVF-TV reported. On February 28 at approximately 8:25 p.m., cars began slowing down as they neared and passed through a construction zone on Interstate 40 near mile marker 227. As the traffic slowed, one driver failed to recognize the decreased speeds of the other cars and violently rear-ended another vehicle. The force of the collision caused both of vehicles to roll across the roadway and land on their roofs. During the rolling, a third car was also struck. Two people were injured as a result of the distracting driving.
How Often Do Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that common distractions to drivers, such as talking or texting on a cell phone, eating and even using a navigation system while operating a vehicle causes roughly nine deaths and more than 1,060 injuries per day. In a study conducted in 2011, the CDC found that:
- Approximately 3,331 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver.
- There were about 387,000 injuries that resulted from an accident involving a distracted driver.
- Around 69 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the past 30 days of the study.
- The study also found that 31 percent of drivers within this same age group also sent or read text messages while driving.
When a distracted drivers causes an accident, our Nashville car accident lawyer knows what it takes to pursue justice and compensation for your pain and suffering. If you are experiencing the tragedy of a family member’s wrongful death because of another driver’s negligence, call (615) 845-6141 to talk about legal options you may not know you have. We are able to subpoena phone records if you believe a driver that caused a fatal car accident was texting while driving.
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