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February 2016 Archives

What are the benefits of taking motorcycle safety classes?

Although you may feel as though riding a motorcycle is second nature, you may not fully understand the mental and physical skills and techniques that are needed to operate a bike. Motorcycle safety classes are offered in Knoxville and across Tennessee as a way to help you become more familiar with the hazardous situations you may face on a bike, as well as how to react if you should encounter dangerous road and traffic conditions.

Intoxicated Tennessee teen causes fatal car accident

Drinking and driving at any age can cause devastating auto accidents, injuries and possible death in Tennessee and across the U.S. However, the risk of a catastrophic collision becomes even greater when an inexperienced and intoxicated teen gets behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Motorcycle safety classes: What bikers should know

Although motorcycles are a practical and thrilling mode of transportation for some Tennessee residents, motorcyclists are vulnerable when sharing the road with larger vehicles. According to Discovery News, motorcyclists should not only know how to safely operate a motorcycle, but they should understand the limitations of a motorcycle and how to react in certain hazardous situations. The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security offers a motorcycle rider education program that is designed to educate motorcyclists on these very topics. The program also helps people through the motorcycle licensing process.

Repeat DUI offenders in TN could lose their vehicles

Drunk driving offenders in Tennessee are subject to some of the strictest penalties in the country. One of these penalties involves the state’s right to confiscate the vehicles of repeat DUI offenders, as reported by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Although Tennessee’s mandatory ignition interlock law and other DUI restrictions are designed to keep drunk drivers off of the road, there are some drunk drivers who continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. As a result, innocent people are injured and killed in drunk driving car accidents every year.

The controversy surrounding tractor trailer underride guards

When motorists ride next to tractor trailers on Tennessee roadways, they may feel comforted by the fact that these massive vehicles, truck drivers and trucking companies are regulated by several federal and state agencies. As the large truck accident fatality rate continues to increase, however, many people are wondering whether the current big rig safety devices are enough. One safety regulation requires certain big rigs to be equipped with rear-end underride guard bars that are designed to protect smaller passenger vehicles from riding underneath the truck if a collision occurs. Unfortunately, a number of these safety mechanisms are not built strong enough to withstand the force of an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many underride bars run the risk of breaking or crushing under pressure, which poses an even bigger threat to motorists.

Officers encourage Tennessee motorists to buckle up

Although it only takes a few seconds for motor vehicle drivers and passengers in Tennessee to buckle up before hitting the road, many neglect to do so. Unfortunately, a surprising number of lives are lost as a result of this simple oversight. In fact, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office reported that the number of people who wore seat belts last year dropped to 86.6 percent. In an effort to increase the seat belt compliance rate to above 90 percent, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has launched a campaign encouraging everyone to buckle up every time they drive or ride in a vehicle.

Auto accidents can lead to serious soft tissue injuries

Whether you have been involved in a fender bender or a catastrophic collision, you are at risk of receiving a soft tissue injury.  While these injuries may be thought of as relatively minor, they can be serious and could have serious consequences if not handled properly. At Pryor, Priest, & Harbor, we understand that injuries obtained in a car accident can be debilitating, and in some cases, can wreak havoc on your life.

Motorcyclists or drivers: Who causes more motorcycle accidents?

While you and other motorists in Tennessee may feel as though the majority of motorcycle accidents in the state are caused by irresponsible and reckless motorcyclists, researchers found that drivers may be more at fault when it comes to causing catastrophic collisions. You may have heard other drivers complain of negligent motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic and pulling out in front of vehicles. However, a study conducted at the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research reported that other motorists are responsible for motorcycle accidents approximately 60 percent of the time.

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