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Truck accidents in Tennessee

Motorists in Tennessee may be interested in understanding more about trends involving large trucks. Information about truck accidents has been collected and published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During 2012, there were 1,379 vehicles involved in fatal crashes that occurred in Tennessee. Large trucks accounted for 7.8 percent of the state's total deadly accidents, and the 107 fatal crashes involving large trucks in Tennessee accounted for less than 3 percent of the U.S. total.

Man fatally wounded in two-car accident on Interstate 40

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 40-year-old driver of a 2003 Toyota was fatally wounded in a two-car accident that occurred on Dec. 18. The accident happened on Interstate 40 near Lovell Road at 3:58 a.m. Two other drivers were taken by ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center; one person was treated and released and the hospital said they had no record of treatment of the other individual.

Head-on accident kills 2, injures another

According to their spokesperson, the Tennessee State Police responded to a multi-vehicle accident in Roane County on Dec. 9. They reported two fatalities and one injury. The deceased included a 64-year-old woman from Rockwood and a 20-year-old man from Spring City.

Safety tips for novice motorcyclists

Tennessee motorists may recognize the fact that a motorcyclist is particularly vulnerable in an accident. Statistics indicate that the risk of death in an accident is 30 times higher for a motorcyclist than for an individual who is in a car at the time of a wreck. Risks increase for older riders who tend to be more physically vulnerable because of issues associated with age. Slow reflexes and poor eyesight can increase the potential for an accident. An individual over the age of 60 is three times as likely to require hospitalization in case of a motorcycle accident.

Roundabouts are successful in reducing intersection crashes

Roundabouts in Tennessee and other states act as a safety precaution that counteracts the dangers of a normal intersection. Roundabouts create a circular intersection that leads to a safer environment because vehicles must travel at lower speeds, and the devices also have operational advantages, reducing conflict.

2 dead in fiery tractor-trailer collision in Tennessee

According to Metro police, two people were killed in a car accident that occurred on westbound Interstate 24 north of downtown Nashville on Dec. 2 just after 5 p.m. The 3-vehicle collision happened when a 29-year-old man driving a tractor-trailer allegedly veered across the grassy median and struck a FedEx truck, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. The driver of the FedEx truck has been identified as a 52-year-old man from Villa Grove, Illinois. Due to the severity of the burns, positive identification will be made through dental records.

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