In our last post, we discussed the high car accident rates for teens in Tennessee. In this post, we'll look at some of the contributing factors and discuss car crash prevention.
Tennessee has the 12th highest rate of fatal accidents for teens in the country. The rate is about 15 percent for drivers aged 16 to 17 who are in car accidents. This is a concerning statistic for Tennessee residents and many are looking for ways to make driving safer for teens.
Usually when one thinks about the dangers of being a truck driver, the focus is on what happens when a driver gets into an accident. Truck accidents can cause serious injury and fatalities because of the size and weight of the vehicle. Trucks are recognized as having large blind spots and being slow to brake, which are both factors in the injuries caused by truck accidents. However, there are some factors that come in to play before the driver hits the road, such as health issues.
One of the main concerns after a serious injury is getting a victim to a hospital for medical treatment as soon as possible. For most people, that means calling an ambulance to be brought to a nearby hospital. But for people who live in high traffic areas or who experience an injury more than 30 minutes away from a hospital, a helicopter may be a better option for both speed and safety.
Teen drivers are known to be one of the most at-risk groups for car accidents in general. Although overall car accident rates have declined over the past few years, car crashes continue to be the leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related deaths among teens.A new study indicates that teen victims of car accidents are also likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury.
A Tennessee couple is suing their local sheriff's department for compensation from damage to their home caused by a detective. The detective was allegedly driving while intoxicated when he crashed his pickup truck into their home last year. They are suing the department for negligence and are alleging that officers tried to cover up the drunk driving accident.
A new federal study has reportedly found that electronically limiting maximum speeds in semis, tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks could significantly reduce the occurrence of truck accidents in Tennessee and throughout the country.
Several recent class-action lawsuits over concussions in the NFL have brought new scrutiny to safety measures used by contact sports teams at every level. Particularly for high school sports, which can be very competitive, repeated trauma to the head can have long lasting damage for kids. A recent study found that kids aged 6 to 17 were treated for about 8,600 concussions last year. Football was apparently responsible for about half of reported concussions for high school athletes, more than any other sport.