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Five Main Causes of Auto Accidents in Memphis, TN

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With more people finally getting out of their homes and taking end of summer vacations, auto accidents are on the rise. As a Memphis-based law firm, The Chiozza Law Firm has represented thousands of Mid-South residents who have been injured in auto accidents. Many of these accidents could have been avoided had the negligent driver slowed down and concentrated on their driving and their surroundings. 

Auto accidents can occur for many different reasons, but we have found that the following 5 different factors are present in most of these collisions.


Speeding is without question the number one cause of auto accidents in Memphis, TN. The number of drivers I personally see weaving in and out of traffic on I-240 is astounding. Speeding on public roads will increase your chance of being involved in an accident tenfold, along with an increased risk of causing serious bodily harm to another if you are involved in an accident.

Distracted Driving

It seems there are more and more things in a vehicle these days that can be considered a dangerous distraction to the driver. The number one culprit remains the cellphone. There is not text, post, or update on one’s phone that is more important than the life of another driver. We beg Memphis drivers to please put their cell phones away while driving and concentrate on those around them.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs

Driving under the influence of alcohol has always been a major contributing factor to auto accidents in Memphis, but with the decrease in prosecution for marijuana crimes in Memphis, we are seeing many accidents related to marijuana use. Drivers operating their vehicles under the influence, and impaired, by marijuana are becoming as common as alcohol-related accidents.

Weather-Related Accidents

In just a few months fall will be here in the Mid-South and with that the annual increase in rain. Rain is probably the number one weather-related condition affecting a driver’s ability to safely operate his/her vehicle. Generally, if your wipers or headlights are on then it is time to slow down. 

Ignoring Traffic Signals and Signs

Passing thru a yellow light, ignoring a yield sign, or running a stop sign are all prime examples of contributing factors to auto and pedestrian accidents in Memphis, Tennessee. Once again, the recurring theme in all these contributing factors is to slow down and pay attention to your surroundings. If we can all do these two things then lives will be saved, guaranteed.

Accidents Happen

We all know accidents happen, and some of these simply cannot be avoided, even with safe driving. But knowing that unsafe and negligent driving can possibly take the life of another should be enough for us to all pay more attention to our own driving.

Call Chiozza If You’ve Been in An Accident

If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident, call an experienced Memphis accident attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm for immediate assistance. We understand the hesitancy to seek legal counsel during pandemic afflicted times, but we are striving to make it as easy as possible to contact an attorney. To obtain a free consultation or update on an existing case use the following numbers:

For new legal matters feel free to text a member of The Chiozza Law Firm at (901) 545-9390 or (901) 550-4418 or call the office during normal business hours at (901) 526-9494 to leave a message and someone will get back to you.

For additional information on pending auto accident or personal injury claim please call the office at 901-526-9494 and leave a message or email Attorney Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com or Mark Chiozza, mark@chiozzalaw.com.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 3:56 PM
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