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January 2016 Archives

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.

Can ESC systems lower the number of large truck accidents?

As a driver in Tennessee, you may feel as though tractor trailers threaten your safety on the road. You may, in fact, be justified in feeling this way. The national truck accident fatality rate has increased steadily from 3,211 deaths in 2009 to more than 3,906 deaths in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, several government agencies have enacted laws and implemented guidelines regulating truck drivers and trucking companies. One recent rule requires the installation of electronic stability control systems on certain large buses and heavy trucks.

How to spot the signs of a drunk driver

When you are driving along Tennessee roadways, you may take the precautions necessary to ensure you are not endangering your life or anyone else’s on the road. Unfortunately, you are still at risk of becoming involved in a fatal car accident due to the negligence of other drivers on the road. Drunk drivers in particular can pose a serious threat to your safety. In 2013 alone, drunk drivers took the lives of more than 10,000 people and injured an additional 290,000 people, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. You may be able to avoid a drunk driving accident, however, by being able to identify the key signs of an intoxicated motorist.

Teenagers at a higher risk for causing serious car accidents

The decisions that drivers make while behind the wheel affect the safety and lives of everyone else on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenage drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 pose a greater threat to motorists than any other age group. Their inability to make quick decisions while driving, in combination with several other factors, make teens in Tennessee and across the country more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Motorcyclists and paralysis: What you should know

Motorcyclists in Tennessee and across the U.S. should know that sharing the road with trucks, cars and tractor trailers can be extremely dangerous. In some cases, motorcycle collisions can lead to broken bones, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage. While medical attention and treatment may be able to mend some types of accident injuries, other injuries are more permanent, such as paralysis. According to the Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, are responsible for more than 35 percent of all new spinal cord injuries each year. At Pryor, Priest & Harbor, we understand that victims of motorcycle accidents may face long-term disabilities and physical challenges as a result of another driver’s negligence.

Distraction study: A look at voice-activated devices

Many new vehicles come equipped with voice activated technology, which is designed to minimize distractions that people face while driving in Tennessee and across the country. This technology allows drivers to accomplish certain tasks, such as dialing a phone number, texting or even switching the radio station, just by talking. While studies show that cognitive distractions from texting and talking on hand-held and hands free cellphones can increase a driver’s risk of becoming involved in an accident, further studies show that voice-activated technology presents certain dangers as well.

How to share the road with large trucks

As a driver in Knox County, you may see tractor trailers on the roads every day. While you may be familiar with their massive size, you may not know that driving around these vehicles can be extremely dangerous. Large trucks have unique operating mannerisms that may make it difficult for truck drivers to react to certain situations. By understanding how big rigs operate, you can increase your safety around them and lower your risk of becoming involved in a tragic truck accident.

Distraction study questions the safety of hands free cellphones

While it is against the law to text and drive in Tennessee, drivers are able to talk on hand-held cellphones with no legal repercussions. Many people, however, know that doing so is dangerous, and some people have turned to using hands free cellphones as a result. A study published by AAA found, however, that even hands free cellphones can pose a serious distraction to drivers and may increase the risk of a catastrophic car accident.

Repeat DUI offender causes yet another accident

Once DUI offenders have had their driver’s licenses reinstated and are given back their driving privileges, many people hope that they will refrain from drinking and driving in the future. Sadly, some DUI offenders in Tennessee and across the country continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, and as a result, put innocent lives in danger.

Elderly drivers and Tennessee’s license renewal policies

While some elderly motorists in Tennessee have the ability to operate a vehicle without any cause for concern, others may pose an increased threat to other drivers on the road. As people age, certain medical conditions and changes in vision can make it difficult for them to react to certain driving hazards. Furthermore, the use of medications and slowed cognitive abilities can exacerbate this issue. As a result, many states have implemented programs that assess seniors’ driving abilities and determine whether they should be able to continue driving.

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