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Knox County Car Accident Statistics

Knox County Car Accident Statistics

Auto Accident Statistics for the Greater Knoxville Area

The number of car accidents in Tennessee has risen at a similar rate to the nationwide increases between 2007 and 2016. The number of crashes across the state has risen sharply since 2007, and Knox County car accident statistics show similar trends. In 2007, there were 172,214 vehicle accidents across the state, a number that decreased in 2009. Unfortunately, that decrease was short lived, as the number of crashes rose in 2016 to 206,380 crashes. Elderly drivers have been involved in increasingly more collisions in recent years as well, as the number of accidents in 2016 was 27.85% higher than in 2012. The number of accidents involving younger drivers (age 15 to 24) also increased from 2012 to 2016 by 15%. If you have been hurt in a crash in Knox County, the Knoxville car accident lawyers at NST are ready to help you bring a claim.

Car Wrecks Occurring in Knox County, Tennessee

Knox County has the second most licensed drivers of any county in Tennessee, with 322,189

licensed in 2016. Despite having a top 5 rank in licensed drivers, Knox County only ranked 12th in the state of Tennessee for overall crash rank for the five year period between 2012 and 2016, according to the State of Tennessee. For the same time period,Knox County also ranked 8th in the state for young driver crash rate, and 9th for elderly driver crash rate. Knox County’s crash rate has actually decreased slightly in the past few years compared to other Tennessee counties. In 2012, for instance, Knox County car accident statistics showed that the county ranked 8th in overall crash rate and 20th in injury accident crash rates. However in 2016, Knox County was ranked 11th in overall crash rate and 28th in injury accident crash rate. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of motor vehicle crashes increased more than 11% in Knox County, which includes Knoxville and Farragut.

Many automobile accidents are caused by driver error or negligence, which occurs when a driver does not operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Tennessee law states drivers have a legal duty to maintain a safe lookout at all times, and common violations include exceeding the speed limit, following too closely, and disregarding traffic signals. In the Knoxville area, car accidents can occur anywhere. Some of the more dangerous intersections in the area include:

  • Canton Hollow Road between Kingston Pike and Fox Road
  • Fox Lonas Road between Walker Springs and Crest Forrest Road
  • S. Gallahe View between Gleason Avenue and Westland Drive
  • Sevierville Pike between Helix Lane and E. Norton Road
  • Brown Gap Road between Maynardville Pike and Carter Road
  • Gray Hendrix Road between Beaver Ridge and Byington Solway Road
  • Andersonville Pike between McCloud Road and Hill Road
  • Gleason Drive between Ebenezer Road and South Gallaher View

Despite lower rankings for accident rates, the number of accidents in Knox County has continued to climb in recent years. In 2012, Knox County had 3,114 injury accidents and 48 fatal crashes. In 2014, the number of injury accidents declined to 2,645 accidents, but the number of fatal crashes increased to 52. In 2016, Knox County car accident statistics showed that injury accidents rose to 2,888, and the number of fatal accidents climbed yet again to 63. Knox County was also home to 23,584 licensed motorcycle operators in 2016, one of the highest in Tennessee, and experienced 152 motorcycle crashes. It can be difficult to manage the complex aftermath of a serious car or motorcycle accident, but the Knoxville lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have the legal knowledge and experience to assist you every step of the way.

Discuss Your Options with a Lawyer Today if You Were Injured in a Car Accident

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of being involved in a car accident in Knox County, the Knoxville attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to assist you and discuss your case. Each day, we help people who have been hurt through no fault of their own recover compensation for injuries including broken bones, concussions, neck and back injuries, disc injuries, and more. For a free consultation with a Tennessee-licensed lawyer, call us at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. We look forward to showing you why NST is the way to go.

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