Winter in Tennessee features an array of festivals, holiday events, Santa sightings, shopping, live music, and entertainment.
If you are injured as a result of any accident, know your rights. Pritchard Injury Firm can help you file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries. But before you plan your trip to experience the Holiday Trail of Lights in Chattanooga, for example, you should be aware of the safety risks on the road and indoors to ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration.
Motor Vehicle Accidents in Chattanooga
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 6,094 deaths occurred on Tennessee’s roads between 2017 and 2021. And due to its drawing power and developing economy, Chattanooga is one of the top cities for such accidents.
Recent data from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security helps illustrate some of the dangers on the road. Chattanooga, for example, was the site of 149 fatal accidents in 2021 and 144 in 2022. This was the fourth-highest district in the state and comprised more than 10% of all fatalities for the year.
Additionally, share the road. On December 1, the Tennessee Department of Transportation noted that its HELP trucks have been involved in 33 crashes this year. These accidents are almost always avoidable and prevent service to areas in need.
So how can Chattanooga drivers stay safe on the road this holiday season?
Observe the posted speed limit. When you exceed the speed limit, you reduce the amount of time needed to avoid a traffic crash.
Observe all traffic laws and signals. Traffic laws and signals exist for your safety; failure to obey them can result in crashes that may seriously injure or kill you or others.
Do not drive impaired. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, rideshare service, friend, or family member to get you home safely.
Stay alert the school will be out soon, and people will take vacations. More pedestrians will be outside and drivers should always give them the right of way.
Pedestrian Accidents in Chattanooga
But it’s not just drivers who need to be conscientious – pedestrians need to be on high alert this holiday season as well. In July, Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that nine pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles in the city. At the time, that statistic marked three times as many at that point in 2022 and put the city on pace for 17 pedestrian deaths by the end of this year.
As a pedestrian, you can help prevent accidents by making an extra effort to stay safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends:
Being predictable when walking and crossing
Following the rules of the road
Obeying signs and signals
Walking on sidewalks whenever they are available
Facing traffic and walking as far to the right as possible when sidewalks are not available
Staying alert and avoiding distractions (such as cell phones and headphones)
Avoiding drugs and alcohol while walking
Indoor Safety Hazards
Transportation is not the source of all accidents. Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, shopping can be hazardous as well.
Slip and fall accidents are by far the most popular premises liability claims. These claims apply when you slip or trip and fall due to a hazard on someone else’s property. During the holidays, supermarkets, grocery stores, toy stores and clothiers will all have more foot traffic. This can also mean more slippery conditions – especially during rainy (or even snowy) days.
And with so many more distractions, be sure to be hyper-vigilant on or near elevators and escalators. Furthermore, more family outings might also mean more outings with their pets, who might not love all the additional stimulation of the holidays. Dog bites and animal attacks do not always occur on someone else’s property, but when they do, premises liability law may apply.
If you own an establishment, such as a holiday store or holiday-themed restaurant, follow all proper safety precautions. Keep walkways clear and use ice melt or sand to prevent slips and falls. Also, check if all decorations are well-lit and free of any potential hazards and that your frontage and pathways are free of ice and snow.
Pritchard Injury Firm Wishes You A Safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Your Chattanooga/TN Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Understanding liability in motor vehicle accidents is crucial for victims seeking fair compensation for their injuries and losses. In Georgia and Tennessee, car accident cases involve intricate legal considerations, and multiple parties may share liability.
If you or a loved one were injured while due to the negligence of another person, our attorneys are here to help. The mission of Pritchard Injury Firm is to provide you and your family with the highest quality of legal help available and a professional, stress-free experience. Contact us today.