There are many factors that go into each car accident, so looking only at the odds doesn't always tell the whole story. That said, the numbers can paint a picture of the dangers in any state and show you how likely it is you'll be killed in a crash.
Crash test ratings can be helpful. Don't ignore them when buying a new car. However, also pay attention to vehicle type. One study claims that this is a lot more important than the ratings.
It's astounding how many Americans get into their cars without putting on a seat belt. Personal injury lawyers who deal with the aftermath of car accidents are intimately aware of how risky it is to ride in a vehicle without using a seat belt. Indeed, the difference between wearing a seat belt and not wearing one can mean the difference between not suffering a single injury in a collision and being dead.
With summer in full swing, millions of people will be hitting the roads for day trips, weekend trips and week-long vacations. Don't forget the aimless drives around town with family and friends when there's nothing else to do. Going for a harmless drive can turn into tragedy if you don't know the hazards of summer driving.
Do you remember the first time you ever used a GPS device to find your way? You were probably very skeptical. The technology, now so common that it's built into most new vehicles, was once unproven and new. It certainly sounded good, but people were hesitant to trust a computer system.
When most of us think about damages from car crashes, we probably imagine vehicles being destroyed - but other types of property can also be affected by collisions. This is demonstrated by a recent chain-reaction car wreck in Nashville, Tennessee, in late May, which left a homeowner looking for answers after damages to his house. Official reports show that the chain-reaction crash totaled elements of the man's house and other personal effects.
A car crash at the intersection of U.S. 245 and Sowell Hollow Road on April 29 left one person dead and three others injured. The fatal car wreck happened at about 5 p.m., when two vehicles collided head-on at the intersection. Official reports show that one of the drivers was likely driving while distracted, which contributed to the severity of the crash.
A hit and run accident in Parkway Village in Memphis early last week left one pedestrian dead. The victim was not originally a pedestrian though. The victim, a 54-year-old male, had been involved in a separate, minor accident. When he exited his vehicle to exchange information with the other driver, he was struck by a third vehicle that fled the scene.
When we think about motor vehicle accidents, we most often think of single- or multiple-car crashes - we may not think about the other vehicles that occupy the road. In many Tennessee counties, though, car accidents can affect agricultural equipment, bicyclists and even horse buggies. Sharing the road in a rural area can mean being aware of a variety of vehicles.
Lawmakers in Tennessee are planning to combat vehicle fatalities through new legislation that would severely limit cellphone use in cars in the state. A proposed bill from a state senator is designed to decrease the number of car accidents in the state by requiring hands-free cellphone operations behind the wheel. Tennessee residents could see a rate decrease of as many as 20,000 vehicle accidents annually if the new law is implemented.