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Low BAC levels can lead to a serious collision

In Tennessee and in many other states in the nation, drivers who have a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or higher are considered legally intoxicated, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Research has found that when the amount of alcohol in the blood reaches this level, drivers experience significant impairment, making it difficult and hazardous for them to operate a vehicle. Variances in weight, sex and the ability to process alcohol through the body, however, can have an effect on people who have a BAC level that measures less that the legal limit.

Drowsy driving can have life changing consequences

While some people may feel as though they are able to drive while drowsy or fatigued, many do not know the potential consequences of their actions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 800 people were killed and 44,000 people were injured in car accidents involving drowsy drivers in 2013. Furthermore, fatigued drivers in Tennessee and across the country caused at least 72,000 auto collisions that same year. These numbers reflect only reported accidents, however, and do not account for the significant number of collisions that go unreported every year.

A quick look at motorcycle accident trends

As warmer weather approaches, more Tennessee motorcyclists are hitting the open road. It is crucial for motorists and motorcyclists alike to know how to share the road safely in order to avoid tragic accidents from occurring. In 2014 alone, 4,586 people were killed and 93,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents across the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Although the motorcycle accident fatality rate decreased by 2.3 percent from the year before, injuries rose by 4.5 percent.

Truck driver shortage: What does this mean for TN motorists?

Just as you must meet certain requirements in order to obtain a driver’s license, truck drivers must also pass tests to receive a commercial driver’s license. These highly specialized vehicles require qualified and trained truckers to operate them and to ensure that they are driven safely on Tennessee roadways. According to the American Trucking Association, however, there is a significant shortage of skilled truck drivers. Not only is this a problem for the trucking industry, but it could put you at a greater risk of being involved in a serious truck accident.

Identifying the warning signs of an aggressive driver

Although Tennessee is not one of the 11 states in the nation that penalizes overly aggressive drivers, road rage poses a serious danger to motorists. These hostile drivers are involved in approximately 56 percent of motor vehicle accident deaths across the country, according to the Insurance Information Institute. When motorists become enraged, they often exhibit certain dangerous driving behaviors that increase the risk of tragic collisions, injuries and fatalities.

Tennessee child safety seat laws may become stricter

Most parents in Tennessee and across the country understand the importance of buckling their infants, toddlers and small children into a safety seat when in the car. It is mandatory for parents in Tennessee to use car seats and booster seats to restrain their children for the first eight years of their lives. A proposed law, however, would increase this age significantly in hopes of decreasing the number of kids who are killed each year in tragic automobile accidents.

Federal law requires truckers to undergo drug and alcohol testing

Truck drivers must be qualified, rested and fully coherent in order to safely operate their massive tractor-trailers. Unfortunately, a number of large truck operators choose to drive drunk and risk the lives of thousands of people in Tennessee and across the country. As a way to minimize the risk of truck accidents caused by drunk truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandates that all commercial driver’s license holders take a drug and alcohol test prior to hitting the open road.

How to identify the signs of a drunk driver

As motorist in Knoxville, you may follow all of the traffic and safety regulations when sharing the road with other vehicles. Regardless of how cautious you are while driving, however, there is the ever present danger that you may become involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. By knowing how to identify the signs of an intoxicated motorist, you may be able to avoid becoming the victim of a serious automobile collision.

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