A recent review of veteran driving records reveals that service members are 13 percent more likely to cause an accident after deployment, particularly within the six months after an overseas tour. The numbers point to a very personal problem for many veterans - that driving is now a daunting and frightening task.
After it was learned that a teenager who had been killed by a train was listening to headphones when he walked onto the railroad tracks, researchers wanted to determine whether headphones play a part in auto-pedestrian accidents, injuries and fatalities. What they found was surprising. Serious injuries to pedestrians who were wearing headphones at the time of a car accident have more than tripled in less than a decade, and such accidents are highly likely to be fatal.
Paramedics are on the scene of a major pileup in Campbell County, Tennessee. A snowstorm blew through the area and apparently caught motorists off guard. Authorities say that at least eight semi-trucks, nine cars, and a Greyhound bus are involved in this serious accident. About 56 people were treated for personal injuries at the scene of the pileup and five people were rushed to local hospitals via ambulance.
Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Tennessee Safety Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons recently announced new rules that will help clear local highways quickly after car accidents. The rules follow a December traffic accident in which hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight after a potato truck crashed on I-40 in Wilson.
We have covered many serious teen car accidents in previous posts. There are many contributing factors to teen car accidents including driver in experience and driver distraction. Car accidents are the leading killer of teens in the Nashville area and a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that teen drivers are 50 percent more likely to be involved in a car accident during their first month of driving on their own as they are in their first year of driving alone.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper is fighting for his job back after his involvement in a high speed crash which killed a 20-year-old driver. The driver died when his car hit a tree and caught fire on Andersonville Pike last November. The young driver's parents recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Tennessee Highway Patrol in connection with that crash. The parents allege that the trooper left their son to die.
We have covered many car accidents in previous posts which involve drivers who swerve or overcorrect their vehicles. Swerving often creates a great likelihood that a car will leave the road and flip, which is why it should be avoided if all possible. Many people are likely to swerve in order to avoid hitting an animal, but some traffic safety experts say that it is usually safer to hit an animal on the road than swerving.
Most Nashville car accidents are attributable to poor driving behavior such as speeding or distracted driving. Although most drivers know that it is dangerous to speed or to text while driving, fewer drivers know that their runny nose may be equally as hazardous.