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Cellphone selfies: The latest form of driver distraction

A new form of driver distraction is sweeping the nation. A quick look on any social media site proves that many drivers in Tennessee and across the U.S. are doing more than just concentrating on the road while behind the wheel. A number of people, who are taking selfies and posting them on their social media pages, are putting the lives of innocent people at risk. Distraction.gov reported that 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 people were injured by distracted drivers in 2013. However, cellphone selfies may take deadly distractions to an entirely different level.

How does speed contribute to fatal auto accidents?

It is no surprise that faster cars are more likely to become involved in an auto accident than vehicles that are traveling at a slower rate of speed. Speeding vehicles require a longer distance to stop, which can make it difficult for drivers to respond to slowing traffic, objects in the road, bad weather conditions and other drivers’ behavior, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a driver in Knoxville, you know that speeding motorists are not uncommon on state roadways. When you’re involved in an auto accident caused by someone who is violating the speed limit, however, the results can be devastating.

Night driving and teenagers: A deadly combination

Some elderly people and adults in Knoxville and throughout the state avoid driving at night because they do not feel comfortable navigating the roads in the dark. Many teens, on the other hand, seem to have a false sense of confidence when driving at night. Research from the National Safety Council shows that motorists are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident when driving after dark. The rate of teen deaths is especially high, partly due to the fact that they have a greater tendency to engage in risky behavior while driving.

Knoxville crash claims life of woman

Every time that someone in Knoxville gets into a car, that person puts his or her life at risk. Some of these risks may come from other drivers on the road who are distracted, driving under the influence, speeding or operating their vehicle in a restless manner. Some dangers can come from mechanical sources such as defective parts or fleet vehicles that have not been properly maintained. Still other risks might come from the driver who the person is riding with.

Finding the responsible party in a wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one in a car accident can be devastating. Here at Pryor Priest and Harber, our staff has found that in the process of finding some form of closure, people often need the answer to the question, why? Finding the exact cause for the accident not only provides them with some peace of mind but it can help them determine who should be held accountable.

Criminal charges pending in fatal Tennessee crash

The National Transportation Safety Board considers head-on collisions among the most serious car accident types. These collisions usually occur because a motorist crosses over into the opposing lane or is driving for some time in a lane going the opposite way. When a head-on collision occurs in Knox County, it is usually fatal, leaving family members with many unanswered questions.

In the weeks following a fatal accident

If your loved one has been involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident, you may not know what to do next. It is a life-changing event that could shake the foundation of your life. Here at Pryor Priest & Harbor, we understand that this is a difficult time and wish to help you through it.

How many fatal car crashes happen in Tennessee?

If you have lost a loved one in an unnecessary to the accident due to the negligence of someone else, you know pain and suffering that is unmeasurable. Too many Knoxville residents have had to experience such grief. An automobile accident is a common cause of these tragic situations and whether caused by a drunk driver, a fatigued truck driver or a driver otherwise unaware or reckless, the impact of the wrongful death lingers on.

Cars failing to stop for school buses, says Tennessee mother

As school starts up again this fall in Knoxville, many children will walk to and from school or their bus stops. When drivers fail to pay attention or obey traffic laws in school zones, children may be put in great danger of being injured in a pedestrian accident. Sometimes, children may not fully understand how to safely walk near traffic and might take risks a driver is not prepared for. However, in many other cases, a negligent, speeding or distracted driver may disregard safety laws and harm a child.

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