The National Safety Council has released its annual report on road deaths from the previous year. As we look back on 2016, there were more fatal accidents across the entire US than in 2015. That trend is repeated in Tennessee, where we lost 1,042 lives on the road this year. It is an increase of 81 more deaths than in 2015, or an 8 percent rise. The national average was a 6 percent increase.
I represented a sixteen year old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an eighteen year old boy that was merging from Lovell Road onto the Pellissippi Parkway southbound when the vehicle in which she was riding was struck by a tractor trailer truck. I also represented a twenty-three year old male who was riding with his brother when they were merging onto Pellissippi Parkway southbound on the same entrance ramp from Lovell Road and collided with another vehicle approximately one year earlier. The twenty-three year old male suffered a knee injury requiring surgery but recovered. Unfortunately, both the sixteen year old female we represented and the driver of the vehicle in which she was a passenger were killed in the second accident.
Tennessee drivers know that there are many reasons why car accidents occur. Unfortunately, many of these reasons are negligent or reckless, and completely preventable. One recent accident has authorities investigating whether any such factors contributed to the deaths of two people, and personal injury to two others involved
Three people are injured and one has died in a recent Knoxville car accident. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials, a car and pickup truck collided, causing the serious personal injury. It is reported that the car was traveling northbound on Lovell Road when it collided with the pickup truck heading southbound. Initial reports did not indicate which vehicle crossed the line and caused the accident.
Any car accident resulting in injuries or loss of life can be traumatic for Tennessee communities. Car accidents involving teenagers may have an even greater impact. Recently, a local high school has been affected after a tragic car crash that killed one student and injured another. Grief counselors have been made available to the Andersonville High School classmates of the two students who were involved.
When truck drivers are negligent behind the wheel, their trucks may become lethal to the drivers around them. Recently, a truck accident in Sparta has demonstrated just how lethal the combination of weight and size can be. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 76-year-old woman was traveling south on Highway 111 and stopped at a red light at the intersection of Taft Church Road.
McCaney Mill Road near Lexington was the site of a car accident which ended in injuries to one driver, and death to another two days after the incident. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials, the personal injury accident occurred when the 30-year-old driver of a car lost control of his vehicle. It is believed that he over-corrected after running off the road, causing his vehicle to end up in the oncoming traffic lanes.
A Tennessee state official was recently involved in a car accident that claimed the life of a young child. According to reports, the 44-year-old assistant commissioner in the state's Department of Commerce and Insurance was headed west on Interstate 40 when his vehicle rear ended another one that had stopped due to an accident on the roadway. The investigation is still ongoing as officials work to determine if driver negligence played a part in the accident.
A Tennessee man will be facing charges following a fatal accident that claimed the life of a woman and may have injured several children. The accident occurred early one recent Saturday morning and the investigation was ongoing to determine the exact cause of the accident. Head-on car accidents like this one can often cause severe injuries.
The Knoxville Police Department recently responded to an overturned tractor-trailer accident that turned fatal for one passenger and may have injured the driver. Whenever a truck accident happens, the damages and injuries can be extensive simply due to the size of the vehicles involved. It is unclear if the driver of the other vehicle involved was injured in the accident.