Traffic Deaths Increase in Tennessee Despite National Trend
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Fatal accidents on Tennessee roads continue to mount even though highway deaths are down nationally. According to News Channel 9, fatal accidents in Tennessee rose sharply through the first ten months of 2019, contrasted with the identical period in 2018. The trend applies to all traffic accidents, including pedestrian accidents. Fatal crashes involving tractor-trailer trucks and large “coach-style” busses have escalated as well.
The numbers prove that driving in Tennessee has become increasingly dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that estimates for fatal motor vehicle crashes showed a decrease in deadly accidents. According to those statistics, there were 2.4% fewer fatal crashes in 2018 than 2017 nationwide. Furthermore, the estimates showed that the trend continued lower during the first six months of 2019. The estimates indicate another 3.4% decrease in fatal motor vehicle incidents in the U.S. in 2019.
Tennessee did not follow suit. Figures obtained by the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security indicate that the number of fatal accidents in the state increased by 7.3% through the first ten months of the year compared to 2018. As of the midpoint of October of 2018, 826 people died on Tennessee roads. By contrast, 887 people died during the same period in 2019. Pedestrian deaths in Tennessee were higher in 2019 than in 2018 as well. In 2019, 112 people lost their lives while walking. Comparatively, 100 pedestrians died in the same timeframe in 2018.
The NHTSA’s figures showed that the number of fatal crashes involving tractor-trailer trucks and large busses rose across the Union, but not as sharply as it has in Tennessee. Fatal truck and bus crash increased by 0.9% in the U.S. in 2018. Tennessee saw fatal bus and truck crashes increase by a whopping 18% from 2018 to 2019 from January to October 2019. Tennessee had 131 fatalities in large truck or bus crashes in 2019 but had 111 the year before.
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