A Nashville woman was killed in a car accident on Interstate 65 last week. Authorities say that the 52-year-old woman died just after midnight on Friday. The woman was a passenger in a Toyota Corolla that slid off of the exit from I-65 to I-24 near Rosa Parks Boulevard.
Federal safety advocates have noticed a curious trend on our nation's roads: car accident deaths are down but pedestrian deaths continue to climb. Although sometimes a pedestrian accident is attributable to a pedestrian improperly entering a busy road, it is much more common for a negligent or distracted driver to be the cause of a fatal pedestrian accident.
In our last post we discussed the problem of drunk driving car accidents and the fact that there are over 300,000 daily instances of drunk driving across the country. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week that his agency will pursue a new "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to encourage safe driving during the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday season. The campaign consists of PSAs and local law enforcement agencies increasing the amount of DUI saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
A drunk driver is one of the most dangerous people on Nashville roads. Drunk drivers are responsible for many deaths every year and have caused immeasurable heartache for local families. When someone decides to drive drunk they are not only breaking the law, but they are risking the lives of everyone they pass and come into contact with. Science has proven that drunk drivers are less likely to control their vehicles in a safe manner and more likely to cause severe car accidents. Even one drink drastically increases the likelihood of a car accident so it is important for Nashville residents to always find a sober ride home.
In our last post we discussed the role that cellphones play in Nashville distracted driving car accidents. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently proposed a national ban on texting while driving and yesterday the National Transportation Safety Board recommended blanket ban on any cellphone device use while driving. The NTSB does not have the power to create laws but it has influence with both the White House and Congress.
We have all seen "that driver" on the way to work: the man or woman who is more interesting in tweeting than the road. Although most of these drivers stop texting after being involved in a minor fender bender, there are many distracted drivers who cause fatal car accidents while their eyes are glued to a phone screen. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that 3,092 people died last year in cellphone-related car accidents.
In yesterday's post we discussed the drunk driving allegations brought against Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih. The beauty pageant winner was stopped last weekend after a police officer observed her speeding in a 2011 black Jaguar. The beauty queen was allegedly weaving in and out of traffic without signaling. This is common poor driving behavior exhibited by people who are intoxicated. Drunk drivers are more likely to speed, less likely to wear seatbelts and also more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents than the general population.
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih was arrested last weekend for drunk driving. Drivers who decide to drive while intoxicated are not only breaking the law, but they are also placing innocent drivers and pedestrians at risk for grave personal injuries and death. There are many people in Nashville who have been maimed by irresponsible drivers who have gotten behind the wheel after drinking. Personal injury attorneys are uniquely situated to hold these drunk drivers responsible for their irresponsible actions.
Many Tennessee residents have experienced the frustration of being involved in a rear-end collision. Being hit from behind can cause serious property damage and personal injuries, which we saw in the 50-car pileup which happened on Thursday morning. That pileup was caused by a combination of slick roads, fog and speed. The motorists were traveling too fast for the limited visibility conditions on the road and were unable to keep from rear-ending each other.
The change of the season can create serious challenges for Nashville drivers. Today dense fog caused a massive pileup near Nashville involving 50 cars. As many as 179 vehicles stopped because of the crashes on Vietnam Veterans Parkway in Hendersonville.