Tennessee saw a substantial rise in traffic fatalities during the first quarter of 2012, and law enforcement has started taking extra precautions.

The Commercial Appeal reports that fatalities due to car accidents across the state have risen nearly 30% since the same time last year. However, with exactly the same fatality rate in the first quarter of 2012 as it had in 2011, Shelby County and the Memphis area dodged the alarming trend.

The increase follows a long period of decline in road crash fatalities. 2011 had the lowest recorded fatality rate in Tennessee since 1962.

Law enforcement plans to increase their presence on road in the coming months and look not only for reckless and aggressive driving, but for distracted drivers and lack of seatbelts. Memphis has already seen an increased police presence on busy roadways like I-240.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident with a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Memphis car accident lawyers today to discuss your case for free, or call us at (901) 327-1212.

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