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.
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.