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.
A bus crash can be terrifying for the people inside as well as others who may be following them. For example, if your child is heading to a football game with his or her school and is on the bus ahead of your car, it would be a nightmare to see your child's vehicle crash.
In a recent serious accident in Tennessee, two people were sent to a hospital after the bike they were riding on was hit by another vehicle. The accident is just one more example of how little chance bikers stand in a motorcycle versus car wreck. The accident happened not long after 8 a.m. on a Thursday morning at the beginning of November.
Tennessee has seen an increase in traffic fatalities, putting the Volunteer State on a trajectory to break a three-year run in declining traffic fatalities. Some authorities are beginning to suspect the rise is due in part to an overall increase in drugged driving over drunk driving. While the exact statistics will take some more time to calculate, forensic laboratories report an overwhelming number of toxicology tests to complete.
We live in the era of smart technology and it seems as if everything from regular household items, such as refrigerators, to personal items, such as watches, are now technologically driven. Techno junkies in Tennessee are joining everyone else in chasing after the newest fad, but are these always the safest and best option? Many people are questioning the safety of using a smartwatch while driving and the extent to which it can distract a driver, thus leading to car accidents.
A traumatic accident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. on Labor Day. A Tennessee mother died in the car wreck, while her baby daughter was seriously injured. Four other people were also injured in the accident.
The good news is that traffic fatalities went down in Tennessee last year. Unfortunately, along with showing this decrease, recent federal statistics on U.S. traffic deaths in 2015 point to some other things that temper how encouraging this news is.