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Data shows large trucks often cause injury to others

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released safety facts based on 2012 data. In 2012, there were 107 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in Tennessee. This number represents 2.8 percent of the total number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in the U.S. Across the country, 330,000 semi-trucks were involved in accidents in 2012. As a result of these wrecks, 104,000 people suffered injuries and 3,921 people were killed.

Tennessee driver awaits charges after striking man with car

A 20-year-old Tennessee man awaited his official charge on Oct. 22 after being detained without bond and accused of criminal homicide. The charge stems from an incident during the early morning of Oct. 18. Prosecutors say that the defendant was driving a 2005 Ford Mustang when he ran over another man along Magnolia Court. The driver is said to have fled the scene, parked in a bank's parking lot and returned to the scene of the accident.

Motorcycle crash statistics

Each year in Tennessee and in the United States, many motorcyclists are injured in motor vehicle accidents, sometimes fatally. While lack of helmet use can result in a higher likelihood of fatal injury, in 2012, 93 percent of the 139 motorcyclists killed in accidents in Tennessee were wearing helmets.

A 6-car pile-up in Tennessee leaves a family of 4 dead

An Oct. 3 six-car crash left a family of four dead and four others injured. The accident, which is still under investigation, began when two cars were stopped for unknown reasons in the middle of I-40 in Wilson County. According to investigators, the two cars were then struck from behind by four other vehicles.

2 killed, 1 injured in 3-vehicle Tennessee crash

Two people were killed and one person was injured in a crash on Sept. 29 on I-24 in La Vergne, according to authorities. The accident, occurring around 4:30 PM in the westbound lanes, happened when a Freightliner truck was unable to stop before it rear-ended a stalled 1994 Toyota Camry on the interstate, killing both the driver and passenger.

I-40 crash in Tennessee kills 1

A four-vehicle crash in Knoxville on Sept. 26 killed a 43-year-old man, according to authorities. The man was reportedly driving a Chevrolet Camaro west on Interstate 40 when he decelerated on account of traffic and was struck by a vehicle trailing him. Consequently, the Camaro rear-ended the vehicle in front of it, a Volvo, which in turn spun into the median and was struck by a fourth vehicle, according to police.

Woman kills bicyclist in hit-and-run collision

Law enforcement officers report that a 53-year-old Clarksville woman was charged with vehicular homicide after allegedly killing a bicyclist in an early morning hit-and-run accident before fleeing the scene. The accident occurred around 12:15 am on Monday, Sept. 22 when the woman apparently rear-ended the man as he rode his bicycle on the shoulder of Tiny Town Road near the intersection of Needmore Road.

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