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Proposed law could limit distracted driving car accidents

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.

St. Patrick's Day celebrations lead to surge in drunk driving accidents

March 17th marks the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. This holiday, rich with Irish tradition, has morphed into one of the year's biggest days for alcohol consumption. Although many partake in their St. Patrick's Day celebrations responsibly, there are some that choose to imbibe and drive - a potentially deadly combination.

Fatal accidents rise in Tennessee

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.

Five tips to avoid winter driving dangers

Weather is a contributing factor to many car accidents. Over 1 million accidents are attributed to weather conditions, and these car crashes are often highest in the winter months. A recent piece by AAA digs into these statistics and finds that weather related accidents translate to 425,000 injuries and 5,100 fatalities annually.

Liability in school bus crashes: Three questions answered

It is a tragic story that continues to unfold. A school bus full of our community's youth heading home after a full day of school. 37 children were riding the bus as it sped through a narrow two-lane roadway before the driver lost control and struck a tree. 31 of these children were taken to the hospital. Six were killed due to the injuries they suffered in this crash.

23 injured in serious bus crash on Interstate 65

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.

Motorcycle versus car wreck -- 2 bikers in critical condition

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.

Are teen drivers getting worse? New report says yes.

We've all been there - driving down the road only to look over at the driver next to you to see a young person looking at his or her phone, chatting with friends, jamming out to music or otherwise ignoring the road ahead. We may shake our heads and have a "when I was his/her age" moment. This thought could lead to a more concerning question: are teen drivers getting worse?

Drugged driving makes roads more deadly in Tennessee

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.

Do smartwatches increase chances of car accidents?

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.

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