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July 2013 Archives

TN Supreme Court to decide Walmart drunk driving case

A woman who was hit by a drunk driver in a Walmart parking lot will pursue her case against the store chain all the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court. The underlying facts of the case are that in February, 2011, another woman, who appeared to be intoxicated and belligerent, was told to leave the Signal Mountain Walmart. The woman then proceeded to get into her car in the parking lot, put it in reverse, and backed into another customer who was loading her car with groceries at the time of the car accident.

Semi truck pushes car off bridge

Most drivers in Knoxville know that slight feeling of fear or anxiety when confronted with driving near a semi truck in certain situations. Because of how much larger semi trucks are than passenger cars, they can do some serious damage to smaller vehicles in accidents. A recent truck accident in Maryland shows one of the dangers these trucks can pose.

Accident claims the life of a woman, hurts 3

An accident that involved two trucks claimed the life of a 71-year-old woman from Tennessee and injured three others, including the driver allegedly responsible, on July 13. Authorities said the woman died on the scene of the car accident. She was driving south on a parkway when another truck, driven by a 39-year-old, traveling north hit her head-on. The 39-year-old was driving across the center line when he hit the woman. The man's truck ended up in the center lane while the woman's truck ended up on the side of the parkway.

Automobile accidents leading cause of death for teens

Many parents in Tennessee suffer rate shock when they try to add a teenage child to their automobile insurance policy. The average policy price increase is 84 percent when an individual attempts to add a teenager to their insurance, which translates into an additional $2,000 a year. This drastic rate hike is due to the fact that teenagers are some of the riskiest drivers to insure because they are so liable to be involved in a car accident.

Hit-and-run accident kills East Knoxville man

Police officers found a hit-and-run victim at the intersection of Olive Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013. Throughout the night, fatal accident investigators and forensic technicians investigated the car accident.

New rules help semi drivers stay alert on the road

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents caused by fatigued commercial drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has instituted a new set of rules. While the rules are aimed to keep the roads safe for all drivers, the financial strain they may cause makes them controversial. Drivers who are paid based on their mileage and the companies they work for stand to lose money based on these new industry standards.

Hit-and-run driver sentenced to 30 years after killing three

A driver has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after a car accident in Tennessee that led to the death of a woman, a man and an unborn child. The woman killed in this accident was pregnant at the time and had reportedly stopped by the side of the road because she had run out of gas. A male neighbor had stopped to help her. After the neighbor gave the woman gas, a driver on the road reportedly struck them with his vehicle.

Man injured in Tennessee gas station explosion

A white 2008 Lincoln MKZ crashed into a gas pump on July 4, causing an explosion and leaving one male pedestrian burned. The victim remains in critical condition after the car accident but is stable. According to the local police department, the vehicle crossed the road and headed into oncoming traffic before driving off the road and into the gas station lot.

Safety reduces summertime motorcycle accidents

The increased amount of motorcyclists on the road during the summertime leads to the increase of motorcycle injuries. Unfortunately, failure to observe safety and share the road properly increases the likelihood of motorcycle accidents. Tennessee is no exception as far as the correlation between lack of safety and increased amount of accidents are concerned.

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