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Types of injuries caused by motorcycle accidents

Although everyone on the road is at risk of becoming injured in an automobile accident, motorcyclists in Tennessee face an even greater danger. Not only do they lack the protective barrier that a motor vehicle provides, but motorcycles do not come equipped with seat belts, air bags or other safety devices. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that wearing a helmet and other protective gear can help to decrease the severity of the damage, bikers may still suffer from a number of injuries.

Truck driver inexperience cause of big rig accidents

There are many factors that can contribute to a large truck collision in Knoxville, including bad weather, traffic signals, vehicle design, truck maintenance and traffic conditions. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, one contributing factor involves the amount of experience the truck driver has on the road. Large truck operators must be specially trained and licensed to drive big rigs, as these large vehicles operate much differently than other motor vehicles.

Car Accidents

Motor vehicles come standard with essential safety devices, including seat belts, airbags and anti-lock brakes. As motor vehicle technology continues to improve, however, newer models may come equipped with the latest features. Manufacturers hope that use of these advanced safety devices will help to reduce car accident accidents, injuries and fatalities in Tennessee and across the United States. They also hope that the technology will ultimately help to save lives.

TN woman faces felony charges after deadly golf cart incident

When people get behind the wheel of a vehicle after having a few drinks, they not only put their own lives in danger, but also the lives of their passengers and everyone else on the road. In order to protect these lives, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is strictly prohibited for motor vehicle drivers across the state of Tennessee. In addition to people who are operating cars, trucks and motorcycles, the law extends to include drivers of any type of motorized vehicle, including golf carts.

Has your vehicle’s airbag been recalled?

One of the most important safety devices used in vehicles are airbags. While you may hope that you will never have to use an airbag, it is comforting to know that your vehicle is equipped with a safety device that may potentially save your life should you become involved in a Tennessee car accident. Surprisingly, the very airbag that you count on to save your life, however, may actually be the cause of your death. Recently, millions of airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation have been recalled, after they have been found to explode and project shrapnel upon deployment. According to the New York Daily News, the airbags have been involved in at least 11 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

National data reports increase in fatal auto accidents

Although many states in the nation have implemented stricter laws and penalties against negligent motorists, the number of people killed in devastating car accidents continues to rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that motor traffic fatalities jumped from 32,675 deaths in 2014 to approximately 35,200 deaths in 2015, which is a 7.7 percent increase. In Tennessee alone, 1,349 people were killed in car collisions in 2014.

How to make sure that your tires are safe for the road

Whether you have been involved in a serious car accident in Tennessee or you have been lucky enough to avoid getting into a collision with another vehicle, it is crucial that you keep your automobile well maintained. While all of systems of the car are important, the tires are one of the most critical. Not only do they carry the entire weight of the car, but they also ensure your vehicle is moving safely when navigating through traffic. Since a number of collisions are caused by poorly maintained tires, there are steps you can take to ensure your tires are safe for the road. As a result, you can limit your chances of becoming involved in an automobile accident.

How bad tires can increase the likelihood of an accident

If you are one who consistently keeps your vehicle well-maintained, you may actually reduce your risk of getting involved in a car accident in Knoxville. According to Consumer Reports, studies indicate that poorly maintained tires can put drivers and other people on the road in danger. In fact, if your tires are underinflated or overinflated by 25 percent or more, your chances of becoming involved in a serious auto accident increases by three times when compared to vehicles that have properly inflated tires.

Can headlight glare increase the risk of car accidents?

If you are one of the many people who are somewhat hesitant to navigate Nashville roadways in the dark, you may have good reason. Driving at nighttime can increase your risk of getting into an auto accident by nearly three times, according to the National Safety Council. Although there are several reasons why nighttime driving can be hazardous, headlight glare may be one of the most common hazards drivers encounter.

Inattention blindness: Dangers of the wandering mind

As people navigate the roadways of Nashville, a number of them may be engaged in activities other than driving, like changing the radio station, searching for something in the backseat or carrying on a conversation over the phone. While this may seem innocent, research published by AAA shows that people who are involved in tasks other than driving are more likely to be involved in a serious car accident.

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