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Car skids and accidents

When one thinks of car accidents in Knoxville, one of the first things that come to mind is speed. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, 966 people lost their lives in 2016 to car crashes. Many accidents happen when excessive speeds are an issue. Some incidents that involve excessive and slow speeds happen because there were slick road conditions. No matter how motor vehicle wrecks happen, the pain and suffering they cause are often heartbreaking and challenging for victims and their families to live with. 

When a vehicle skids on the street, the driver is no longer capable of controlling it. Keep in mind that the driver’s actions before the skidding starts plays a major role in the outcome. Fatigue, panic and intoxication often cause inattentive and inexperienced motorists to overcompensate in their actions. As they attempt to control their vehicles by jerking their steering wheels, they lose control of their cars. Many insurers and accident reconstruction experts use tire skid marks to determine the speed of vehicles in car accidents, states 

It is imperative for drivers to pay attention to the roads, weather conditions and traffic when they are behind their steering wheels. They should also be mindful of how other people drive around them. When hazardous conditions arise that increase their risk of collisions, they should rely on their knowledge, education and stay calm. Drivers should also operate their vehicles safely by adhering to posted speeds, the flow of traffic and road and weather conditions. When the streets are slick, icy and wet, drivers should adjust their speeds and driving behaviors so they are suitable for the conditions they are in.

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