Whether you are driving through Knoxville, Tennessee or anywhere else across the country, there is the threat of becoming involved in a catastrophic car accident. In 2015, the rate of motor vehicle accident fatalities increased by more than 8 percent when compared to the number of car accident deaths in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While you may not be able to control the negligent and reckless actions of other drivers, there are some things you can do to avoid a deadly car accident.

One of the most obvious ways to stay safe on the road is to follow the posted speed limit, according to Consumer Reports. However, many drivers exceed this limit on a regular basis. It is important that you are able to respond to slowing traffic, objects in the road, pedestrians and bad weather conditions. Speeding vehicles may be unable to react in time.

It is crucial that your vehicle is equipped with advanced safety systems, such as electronic stability control. This technology is able to detect when your car is skidding or losing traction with the road and reacts by automatically steering the vehicle and applying the brakes as necessary. The brakes are applied to each wheel, which helps the vehicle to maintain control on the road.

Be sure to drive defensively, especially when traveling through parking lots. With cars backing up and people walking amongst parked cars, it is essential that you keep your eyes open. It is also important to drive defensively in traffic, as you may be driving next to a drunk or distracted motorist.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.