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August 2012 Archives

Drivers in Memphis named worst in Tennessee

At least residents of the Knoxville area can take comfort that they are not the most dangerous drivers in the state. That distinction apparently falls to drivers in Memphis. Nationally, drivers get into a car accident about once every 12 years. In the Memphis area, it's about once every 10 years. That's according to a new study conducted by Allstate Insurance.

Two-vehicle crash leaves elderly passenger dead

When traveling on a busy highway, turning at an intersection can be tricky. Drivers need to be aware how much time they have to turn before they might encounter other vehicles. Yielding the right-of-way is extremely important, as is allowing enough time to complete a turn safely. Unfortunately, sometimes turns, especially left turns, can result in serious or even deadly car accidents.

Motorcyclist killed in accident in West Knox County

It's extremely important for drivers to watch out for motorcyclists, particularly on roads that are notorious for accidents. Likewise, motorcyclists need to make sure they are operating their bikes in a way that does not endanger their safety.

Tennessee teen dies in head-on wreck

When teens get their driver's licenses, they should expect that others they share the road with will be as diligent as they strive to be. That's not always the case, however. A heartbreaking accident in Maryville recently took the life of a teenage driver and a man driving a separate vehicle.

Knoxville bicyclist lucky to be alive after hit-and-run

A Knoxville bicyclist's whole life changed abruptly as he rode his bike the other day. He was heading downhill, probably going between 25 and 30 mph on Tedford Lane, a not-well-traveled road that runs next to a ravine.

Coming soon: Reminders to buckle up in the back seat

You're probably quite familiar with the chiming sound that echoes from your dashboard if you don't put on your seat belt immediately after starting your car. Pretty soon the friendly reminders may pop up for back seat passengers who fail to buckle up, too.

Can rollover prevention technology curb truck accidents?

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed that all heavy duty trucks and buses be required to be equipped with electronic stability control technology. This would protect against truck accidents, mainly rollovers. About 700 such accidents resulting in fatalities happen every year.

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