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February 2017 Archives

What You Need to Know When You're Involved in a Single Car Accident

All car accidents are equally terrifying, even if no other car is involved but your own. As frightening as they can be, great tragedy can occur in the blink of an eye. That's what happened in Bristol, Tennessee at 8:53am Sunday morning in the beginning of February 2017. According to Bristol Police, officers responded to an accident on Walnut Hill Road underneath the Interstate 81 bridge. The car, a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria, struck a guardrail while traveling north on Interstate 81, then continued to run off the road, causing damage to the passengers and vehicle alike. Police reported that the drive died at the scene of the accident. Thankfully, the passenger riding in the car had non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Uninsured drivers impact the economy

If you get into a car accident in the state of Tennessee, you have a 1 in 5 chance that the driver of the other vehicle will be uninsured. The latest Insurance Research Council report (put out in 2014) ranks Tennessee 6th among the states with the highest uninsured rate at 20%, which is much higher than the national average of 12.6%.

Icy Roads: Do's and Don'ts

Driving in icy conditions is a must for a select few. If you are a nurse or doctor at a hospital, a police officer, or a first responder, the icy roads mean more patients and more calls. Specifically, officers and first responders have been trained to drive in these conditions, but even they are not immune from accidents.If you don't need to drive when winter weather hits, stay home and stay safe.

Why don't school buses have seat belts?

It's a good question.

We did a little digging and found an old 2010 report in Today that described it as such: "Because modern school buses are already remarkably safe, and because seat belts don't work the same way in buses as they do cars, research shows." The report goes on to cite a figure from the National Safety Council that school buses are roughly 40 times safer than the family car.

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