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December 2015 Archives

Equipment failure in tractor trailers can be deadly

The large truck fatality rate in the U.S. has increased significantly since 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A number of these deadly accidents involving big rigs are caused by equipment malfunction. Tractor trailers must be manuvered by people who have been specially trained and licensed to operate the oversized vehicles. Yet, even the most seasoned truckers may have trouble handling a tractor trailer that is experiencing equipment malfunction.

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.

What are the common causes of tractor trailer accidents?

If you are one of the many people in Tennessee or across the country who have been involved in a collision with a tractor trailer, you know first hand how devastating these accidents can be. These massive vehicles can cause serious property damage, physical injuries and emotional trauma. A number of these accidents may be the result of drowsy, distracted, drunk or otherwise negligent truck drivers. As a motorist navigating the busy roadways of Knoxville, it may be helpful for you to understand what the common causes of trucking accidents are. This information could help you avoid becoming involved in a big rig collision.

Ignition interlock devices: Saving lives of Tennessee motorists

Tennessee is one of several states in the nation that require all convicted drunk drivers to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles. This may be one reason why the drunk driving fatality rate in the state decreased by 3.1 percent from 2012 to 2013, as reported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Studies show that ignition interlock devices are responsible for lowering the number of people who are arrested for multiple DUIs by up to 67 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So how do these machines work to lower motorists’ risk of becoming involved in a drunk driving car accident?

Are hands free devices safer to use while driving?

If you are one of the many Tennessee motorists who own a smart phone, they you may have used it to talk, text, email or perform a number of other tasks while driving. Although you run the risk of getting pulled over and cited for texting and driving in the state, it is not illegal to talk on a hand-held cellphone while behind the wheel. This activity, however, is highly distractive and may lead to a catastrophic car accident. While many drivers have turned to using hands free devices to lower the risk of distraction while behind the wheel, you may have wondered whether these cellphones are really safer to use.

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.

Car accidents and brain injuries: What you should know

If you have been the victim of a motor vehicle accident in Knoxville, or anywhere else across the state, you know first-hand how easy it is to become seriously injured. In fact, you may have walked away from the collision thinking that you were fine, only to find out days later that you have suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury.  Our attorneys at Pryor Priest and Harber know how these injuries can affect your quality of life, including your ability to earn a living, engage in hobbies and interact with friends and family. Since time is of the essence when it comes to diagnosing and treating brain injuries, knowing the signs of TBI may help to reduce any long-term cognitive damage that you experience as a result of an accident injury.

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