Cell phone use blamed for serious head-on car wreck

Unfortunately, the increasing popularity of smart phones and other mobile devices has had a negative impact on roadway safety in Tennessee. Mobile devices are a contributing factor in many serious car accidents in Nashville and around the state. These accidents frequently result in severe personal injuries and even death.

Authorities believe that a mother's cell phone use was the cause of a violent car accident on Clarksville's Providence Boulevard this week. WZTV reports that the accident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. last Wednesday when the 32-year-old mother tried to answer a cell phone while driving.

The mother's Chevy Blazer reportedly crossed from the northbound lanes of Providence Boulevard to the southbound lanes when she was distracted by her phone. The Chevy collided head-on with a Suzuki XL7 which was driven by a 44-year-old Georgia man.

Unfortunately the most severe injuries in this accident were sustained by the mother's one-year-old son, who was a passenger in the Chevy. A 46-year-old Clarksville man riding in the Suzuki was also injured. All four car accident victims were rushed to Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.

The mother and the two men in the Suzuki were treated for non-life threatening injuries, WZTV reports. The infant was transferred from Gateway Medical Center to Vanderbilt Hospital and was in critical condition from his head injury. It is unclear whether the child suffers a traumatic brain injury.

Authorities said that charges are pending in connection with the accident. The mother and the driver of the Suzuki both consented to toxicology tests.

Source: WZTV FOX 17, "Clarksville Boy in Critical Condition after Head-on Collision," 3/31/11

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