The brain is an extremely strong but extremely vulnerable part of the human body. For this reason, Tennessee residents may find themselves at risk of brain damage as a result of a construction accident, car crash, sports-related injury or a fall. Unfortunately, sometimes symptoms of brain related injuries are difficult to recognize, but brain injuries can create lasting problems for people.
Unfortunately, the victims and their family members of many Tennessee residents involved in car crashes are left with debilitating injuries, extremely costly medical bills, and even the loss of loved ones. In DUI accidents, the criminal penalties imposed on the drunk driver often seen minor compared to the losses and injury suffered by the people affected by the crash. Fortunately, there are legal mechanisms outside of the criminal justice system that can help victims and their families pursue some level of compensation for the losses suffered.
Tennessee is among a number of states that has passed laws aimed at stamping out the growing threat of texting and driving. Unfortunately, the problem remains rampant.
The Nashville metropolitan area is growing rapidly and this means increasingly congested and sometimes increasingly dangerous roadways. Car accidents are all too common.
Nashville's music community was shaken recently by the news that drummer Gregg Lohman, a music instructor at Tennessee State University and a member of country star Kellie Pickler's band, was seriously injured in an auto accident. Lohman sustained head and neck injuries in a four-vehicle car accident in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65, near Glendale, Kentucky. The accident happened about 15 minutes after a fiery crash killed six people in the northbound lanes at the same spot.
Tennessee law currently requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets, but legislators recently introduced bills that would largely repeal that law. Instead, the law would require helmets only for riders under age 21. In fact, this has been the third year in a row that lawmakers have introduced efforts to repeal the mandatory helmet law, but the new bills remain stalled in the legislature.
Tennessee hospitals see about 8,000 new cases of traumatic brain injury every year. Nationwide, that number is about 1.7 million. TBI can be caused by car collisions, falls, sports injuries or other accidents. It can lead to headaches, sleep problems, memory loss and permanent disability. It contributes to an untold number of deaths. However, TBI is often difficult to detect, and its effects may take a while to develop. Many people suffering from TBI don't show any outward signs of disability, and it can be hard for others to understand how they're suffering inside.
A recent study found that Tennessee is one of the worst states in the nation for fatal traffic accidents involving teenagers. Nationwide, the number of teenagers killed in car accidents rose 19 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The rise was greater among teens than it was for the general driving public.