Drivers in Tennessee might not realize how distractions can be the catalyst for a car collision. Glancing away from the road for a mere two seconds at 70 mph will lead to a driver traveling approximately 200 feet without watching where they are going. There are numerous reasons why a driver might look away including texting and driving. This might reduce the ability to anticipate and raise the risk of a car accident.
Many Tennessee residents have likely seen news reports about a multi-vehicle accident in Georgia that resulted in five deaths. The fatal accident occurred on April 22 when seven vehicles crashed near Savannah on Interstate 16. In addition to the fatalities, two people were injured in the wreck.
Tennessee Highway Patrol report that the chief of the Lewisburg Police Department was injured in a two-car collision during the early morning hours of April 18. Officials do not suspect that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Tennessee and many other parts of the country are in the middle of the annual rainy season. However, automobile travel cannot wait for summer weather. In order to avoid being involved in one of the 1.2 million motor vehicle crashes each year, there are some basic tips to follow when driving in the rain.
A car accident can change the course of a person's life in a matter of moments. Take, for example, the recent accident highlighted on this blog. In that case, a man was killed and another seriously injured when in a wrong-way accident. In that case, a drunk driver was responsible for the wreck and is facing criminal charges.
Many people drive or ride in a car on a daily basis. With this much exposure to motor vehicles, it can be easy to forget just how dangerous these machines can be. With just one mistake, a car accident can be deadly. Thankfully, cars are equipped with many safety features to try and minimize this risk. These include airbags, warning systems, seatbelts, safety glass and more.
Driving a car often takes skill and attention by drivers. Without with the right attention to detail a car accident is likely to occur. Negligent drivers are often the cause of car accidents because they failed to follow the rules, drive while distracted or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, these are not the only factors that contribute to car accidents in Tennessee. Residents may wonder what other factors contribute to car wrecks within the state.
This blog has frequently mentioned that negligent drivers can be held responsible for the damages they cause during an accident. However, people may wonder -- who exactly is a negligent driver? Under Tennessee law, a person -- including a driver -- is negligent when five elements are met.
The worst part about a car accident, other than the devastating affects it could have, is the fact that it could happen at any time. When faced with a negligent driver, drivers or passengers can be injured or killed when they are on their way to work, school or even the store. Even worse, it could only take a small for or negligence or a simple distraction to cause a tragic automobile collision, affecting numerous lives.
Even the smallest error on the roadways could lead to a massive incident. A distracted driver or negligent motorist could greatly impact the lives of the victims involved or even the lives of the victim's family members if they did not survive the crash. Our firm understands how tragic an automobile accident could be for Tennessee residents. A victim's suffering could go beyond just the injuries involved, and it is important they understand their legal remedies to recover from their losses and damages.