Professional wrestling fans in the Nashville area were distraught to hear of the car accident death of a wrestling legend, Randy "Macho Man" Savage. The 58-year-old wrestling great gained fans in Tennessee and throughout the country in the late 1980's and early 1990's one of professional wrestling most flamboyant characters.
A deaf 25-year-old Nashville man died after running into a dangling tree that neighbors reported weeks beforehand. The man got off of work at approximately 3:30 a.m. on a Friday morning and ran into the tree while driving his scooter on the unlit street. Family members said that the man's scooter lights were not very bright and he probably did not see the tree until it was too late.
In previous posts we discussed the disturbing statistics surrounding teen car accident deaths. Car accidents are the leading killer of Tennessee teenagers and responsible for approximately 4,000 deaths every year.
Motorcycle accident fatalities can happen to any motorcycle riders in the Nashville community regardless of age or experience. Although motorcycle accidents may be more common for riders of certain age groups, no one is risk-free from sustaining personal injuries during an accident, including professional motorcycle riders such as police officers.
Roads in Nashville and around the country are at the safest levels in over a half century according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. New NHTSA data shows that the rate of car accident deaths has declined to the lowest levels since 1949. The most recent statistics list the number highway deaths at 32,788 in 2010, down from 33,808 in 2009.
Graduation celebrations at one Tennessee high school are dampened by the loss of one of its star students. A Columbia Center High School senior died four days after being in a car accident but ended up saving about a dozen lives through her organ donations.
Many Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters are focusing their safe driving education efforts around decreasing drunk driving after prom. SADD members are also hoping that their classmates adopt other safety measures such as wearing seatbelts and avoiding texting.
We have discussed the dangerous consequences of motorcycle accidents in previous posts. Motorcycle riders are at an increased risk for serious personal injuries when an accident occurs because a motorcycle does not afford a rider any protection in the event of a crash. While car drivers can use seatbelts to remain in their cars during a high impact crash, motorcyclists are frequently injured upon being ejected from their bikes.