Tennessee Lawmakers Propose New Distracted Driver Law
Tennessee lawmakers have introduced new legislation to combat distracted driving, a growing problem in Tennessee. In fact, Tennessee has the highest rate of distracted driving deaths in the nation, nearly five times the national average. Our lawmakers are starting to take notice. Tennessee state senator Mark Pody and state representative Clark Boyd filed a bill with the Tennessee legislature. Their bill would add more consequences to distracted driving. The law hopes to reduce accidents and injuries on the road.
The current law provides for a fine of up to $50. The bill (which you can read here) would increase that fine for subsequent violations, violations resulting in accidents, and violations in work or school zones. Additionally, the proposed law would add penalty points to the driver’s record for subsequent violations. A distracted driver would get seven points for second or subsequent offenses if under 18. Drivers over 18 would get four or five points for first, second, or subsequent offenses.
As personal injury lawyers, we see the effects of distracted driving on a regular basis, from minor fender-benders to serious accidents that can result in catastrophic injuries or even death. Distracted driver accidents are avoidable if drivers simply put down their phones and pay attention to the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is important to seek the advice of a Nashville personal injury lawyer. We can help you to navigate the legal system and fight for the compensation you deserve. With our help, you can focus on your recovery while we work to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.