car accident injuries

Tennessee Takes Lead on Program to Increase Seat Belt Use

by Staff Blogger | September 30th, 2015

One of the best ways to protect yourself from serious car accident injuries is to always wear your seat belt. Unfortunately, many Tennesseans choose not to buckle up, and in some parts of the state, it’s costing a growing number of motorists their lives.

In 2015, slightly less than half of all fatal motor vehicle collisions in Tennessee have involved a motorist or passenger who was unrestrained at the time of the crash. In Bedford and Hawkins counties, a lack of seat belt use has been associated with a swelling number of deadly collisions.

Law enforcement in The Volunteer State is working to address this problem though, and agencies will soon have a new resource. According to an article from WKRN News, the Tennessee Highway Patrol was selected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to lead a new pilot program that will promote occupant safety enforcement.

As part of the program, agencies will collect data on seat belt, child safety seat, and motorcycle helmet usage on a monthly basis. The data will then be submitted to the NHTSA for analysis.

We take pride in promoting motor vehicle safety at Ponce Law, and our Goodlettsville car accident attorneys are hopeful the new program inspires more Tennesseans to buckle up while traveling.

SAFE Campaign Aims to Reduce Tennessee Car Accident Injuries

by Staff Blogger | January 14th, 2015

Each year, thousands of Tennesseans are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions. One of the best ways to protect yourself from car accident injuries is to buckle up, and local police departments are encouraging seatbelt use with a new campaign.

According to The Leaf Chronicle, the Clarksville Police Department (CPD) is currently promoting the 2015 Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) program. The campaign encourages motorists to always buckle up and use child safety and booster seats with children under age 8.

The use of restraint devices in Tennessee is high—87.7 percent of motorists buckled up last year—one of the highest seatbelt usage rates in state history. However, there’s still room for improvement.

That’s why motorists can expect to see officers citing motorists and passengers who don’t buckle up. Last year, the campaign netted more than 32,000 violations. The campaign will continue until July 31, and participating agencies will have a chance to win new vehicles for their department.

The attorneys at Ponce Law recognize the importance of buckling up, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage putting on your seatbelt the moment you sit in a vehicle. We also ask that you require passengers to do the same.