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Operation Southern Slowdown: Tennessee Joins Effort to Curb Speeding

Interstate 65 South in Nashville, TN. Blurred nighttime image to show speeding traffic on the highway.

Car accident fatalities in Tennessee remain high this year after a record high in 2021, according to car accident data compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. And in many cases, speeding is to blame for those crashes.

As a result, Tennessee and several other southern states recently participated in the annual "Operation Southern Slowdown," a driver education and police enforcement program designed to crack down on speeding drivers.

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    "Driving at speeds higher than the posted speed limit is going to do one thing. It's going to get you in a crash and get you stopped by law enforcement," said Senior Law Enforcement Liaison Steve Dillard in an interview with News Channel 5 Nashville. "It could also mean something detrimental for your family or to some innocent family that didn't deserve what happened,"

    Speeding accidents increase nationwide

    Speeding has increasingly played a role in Tennessee car accidents and crashes throughout the country. This is especially true over the past two years, according to law enforcement officials interviewed by News Channel 5 Nashville.

    In particular, police said they had seen a significant increase since 2020 in the number of people driving over 100 mph. That's why Tennessee and four other southern states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina – participated in the 6th annual "Operation Southern Slowdown."

    A two vehicle motor vehicle accident with police on scene.

    As for Tennessee, speeding car accidents increased dramatically last year compared to the year before. According to car accident statistics compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, 6,013 car accidents were caused by speeding drivers statewide in 2021, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to 2020, when there were 5,785 such accidents.

    How a Nashville car accident attorney can help

    A high-speed car accident can cause damage to your vehicle and severe injuries that may require surgery, hospitalization, or ongoing medical care. If another driver caused your crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, but you need to contact an attorney to review your legal rights and options.

    Remember, just because police investigate your accident does not mean you will automatically be compensated for your injury-related expenses. Therefore, you need a lawyer on your side, building a strong legal case in support of your injury claim.

    An experienced Nashville car accident lawyer from the Law Office of Eric Beasley can help you every step of the way. We understand the law, know what evidence to look for, and can serve as your legal advocate whether you pursue compensation through an injury claim or car accident lawsuit.

    In addition, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no fees unless we win your case. Learn more about your legal rights. Contact our law firm and schedule a free case evaluation with a Nashville car accident attorney today.

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