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June 2016 Archives

Man who leaves scene of an accident faces multiple charges

People who leave the scene of an accident in Knoxville may face serious consequences, especially if there were injuries involved in the collision. Tennessee motorists who are involved in an auto accident are required by law to stop their vehicle. In some cases, however, intoxicated drivers and/or scared motorists may take off and leave the accident in an attempt to avoid any charges.

The need for speed can spell disaster for motorists

Although speed limits are set to ensure the safety of motorists on the road, a number of people choose to violate these restrictions while behind the wheel. Not only is this dangerous to the speeding driver and the passengers in the vehicle, but speeding threatens other motorists lives as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving at a high rate of speed is one of the leading contributors to car accidents in the Tennessee and throughout the U.S.

Can bad weather can spell disaster for big rigs

When you share the road with a tractor trailer, you may not give a second thought as to the dangers of driving alongside such a massive vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,660 people were killed in large truck accidents across the country in 2014. Not only are big rigs larger than most other vehicles on the road, the trucks’ high profile and long length make them a moving target for bad weather conditions. Truckers who operate tractor trailers must be specially trained on how to maneuver the trucks in inclement weather situations, such as high winds, rain, snow, fog and ice.

Motorcyclists at risk of traumatic brain damage

Traumatic brain injuries are a serious problem for people in Tennessee and across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 138 people die each day due to traumatic brain injuries. Motor vehicle accidents are the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injury deaths in the U.S., and a number of those fatalities involve motorcycle collisions. Unlike cars and trucks, motorcycles do not have seat belts, air bags and sensory technology that are designed to help reduce injuries and protect people who are involved in car accidents. Furthermore, motor vehicles have a protective barrier that surrounds the driver. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, only have a helmet that shields them from the road.

More passengers may cause deadly accidents for teens

Motor vehicle accidents are listed as the number one cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Researchers have studied many factors that contribute to these unfortunate teen fatalities, and have found that speed, seat belt use, distraction, inexperience and drunk driving are just some of the factors that may be involved in teen auto accidents. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, however, found a correlation between the number of passengers teen drivers have in the vehicle and their risk of being killed in an auto accident.

Tennessee’s graduated driver’s license program saves lives

Since teenage drivers are inexperienced and just learning the rules of the road, Tennessee has incorporated a graduated driver’s license program to gently ease teens into the world of driving. It is important to know the rules of the program in order to ensure teens are on the right track to receiving their driver’s licenses. Furthermore, teens can reduce their risk of becoming injured or killed in a serious car accident by adhering to the program regulations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that GDL laws can reduce teenage motor vehicle accident fatalities by up to 50 percent.

What factors put senior drivers at risk?

Whether you are a senior driver in Tennessee or you have an elderly motorist in your family, it is important to understand how driving is different for people as they age. Why does the risk of becoming seriously injured or dying in a traffic accident increase for drivers over the age of 65? In fact, there are several reasons why the aging adult may have difficulties behind the wheel and why these problems could lead to a devastating auto accident.

TN seniors involved in a high number of fatal car accidents

Although many people over the age of 65 are able to operate a vehicle safely, there are a number of senior drivers who are not fit to drive. Not only do these drivers threaten their own lives, but they threaten the lives of everyone else on the road. According to crash data provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, 958 people were killed on state roadways in 2015. Of those fatalities, a surprising 209 were senior drivers. While this number was lower than the previous two years, it still represents nearly 22 percent of all traffic accident fatalities that year.

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