The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recently released a 57-page, state-by-state reportcard detailing how well each of the 50 has responded to the need for stronger laws and regulations regarding:
- Occupant protection
- Child passenger safety
- Novice teen drivers
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
A Green rating in the “2020 Vision for Safety” indicates that a state is doing well and staying proactive in their attempts to “…eradicate the horrific death and injury toll occurring on our roadways.” A Yellow rating indicates that some efforts are being made, but more could still be done to improve safety. A Red rating means the state is falling behind on its duties to protect its residents.
Our state takes some steps to improve motorist safety, but much of this task falls on the drivers and occupants of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Always wear your seatbelt. Ensure all child seats and restraints are installed and used properly, never drive drunk or while taking narcotics (even the legal ones), and pledge to avoid distraction of all kinds (food, grooming, rubbernecking, and cellphone use all included) while driving.
If you ride a motorcycle, alwyas ware a helmet and proper safety gear.
If you have children, model good driving behavior. Show aspiring, novice, and young drivers how to navigate the road with grace, caution, and patience. The example you set will be much more powerful than any lecture or lesson.
When to Call an Attorney
When you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is a good idea to consult with a lawyer before you accept a settlement from insurance. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be entitled to significantly more compensation than insurance is offering. Talking to an attorney helps give you a more comprehensive view of your rights, options, and best path forward.
If you live in the Chattanooga area and have been injured in an accident, please call Herbert Thornbury at 423-752-0544 and schedule your free consultation today. We welcome clients from all surrounding areas of Tennessee and Georgia.