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Motorcycle accidents: Teen driver pulled out in front of rider

It is understandably easy to make a mistake when learning a new skill. Mistakes often help an individual improve on a learned skill. Unfortunately, a mistake made as a novice driver can result in serious or even fatal consequences for anyone on the roadway. Sadly, a new driver was recently involved in one of Tennessee's recent tragic motorcycle accidents.

According to reports, a 53-year-old man was riding his 2014 Harley-Davidson when the crash occurred. The crash occurred on a state route in the afternoon, and it involved a teenage driver operating a large pickup truck. Reportedly, the 16-year-old driver pulled out into the path of the motorcycle rider, resulting in the crash. 

Teens may need reminders for safe driving habits around big rigs

Young drivers often revel in the freedoms that come with their newly-earned driver’s licenses. However, in their excitement to handle their transportation needs on their own, teens may forget some of the safe driving habits they learned early on, which can lead to hazardous situations.

Parents of new drivers may help protect their teens by providing periodic reminders about safe driving habits. In particular, make sure your teen knows how to drive safely when near big rigs. While all safety tips are important, it is especially important for drivers to know how to safely share the road with big rigs because crashes between these large trucks and passenger vehicles can be much more serious than similar types of crashes between two passenger vehicles.

Focus on safety this motorcycle season

Beautiful weather means peak riding season for motorcyclists. Being on the open road with the sunshine and warm temperatures makes it easy to forget your cares. Motorcycle safety, however, is not one thing that should slip your mind. Motorcycle accidents kill dozens each year, and injure even more There are far too many stories of motorcycle rides turning deadly. These fatalities are often preventable.

Motorcycle-related fatalities in Tennessee are up 38 percent since 2014. Fatalities have increased in four of the last five years. After motorcycle-related fatalities decreased in 2017, we saw 32 more in 2018, making it the deadliest year for riders in the last five years. That’s not the direction these numbers should trend with the amount of motorcycle safety information available to us.

Victim suffers personal injury when car was crushed by concrete

Accidents occur on Tennessee roadways on a daily basis. Typically, many accidents will share similarities and may be the result of reckless, distracted driving and/or weather hazards. For one individual, he or she suffered personal injury from an unusual car accident that officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation are saying is a "once-in-a-lifetime accident."

The unusual accident occurred at one of the busiest Tennessee interstate intersections at the I-75 and I-24 split. For unknown reasons, a large piece of concrete railing fell from a bridge at the intersection onto a traveling vehicle below. The vehicle was crushed. The occupant was reported as injured, and the severity of the victim's injuries are unknown.

Officer suffers personal injury from driver on ATV

Rules and laws for Tennessee roadways exist for the safety of all travelers, no matter what type of vehicle they travel. The laws also exist to protect travelers on foot. Sadly, a long-time police officer suffered serious personal injury after an unusual crash. He was hit and drug down the street by a four-wheeler traveling with a group of other reckless drivers on ATVs, motorcycles and dirt bikes.

Reportedly, dozens of drivers took to Tennessee roads on ATVs, motorcycles and dirt bikes. Witnesses report observing the drivers making wheelies, running red lights and making illegal turns as they traveled the streets. One report claimed that as many as 100 people traveled with the group.

School bus accident results in personal injury of 5 students

It is certainly alarming to hear that a child has been placed in harm's way, especially when in the care of someone else. Unfortunately, several Tennessee families received news that their children had been involved in a school bus wreck. Although no one suffered a serious personal injury, any injuries requiring medical attention can result in expensive medical bills.

The accident occurred as the bus was traveling to school early in the morning. Initial reports released by a school official state that the 59-year-old bus driver was distracted by bright sunlight as he drove around a curve. Investigators reported that the bus drove off the side of the road and flipped over into a ditch. Investigators indicated that recent rains and soft ground next to the road may have contributed to the bus flipping over on its side.

Car accidents: Child killed in DUI crash

Most drivers in Tennessee have likely been warned of the dangers of drinking and driving throughout their lives. Ample data exists to support that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a recipe for serious and fatal car accidents. Sadly, victims of one car crash are grieving the loss of a child, following negligent impaired driving by one man. 

According to the accident report, a 26-year-old driver was witnessed driving erratically on the road. The man's passengers were a woman, whose age was not reported, and a 2-year-old toddler. After swerving on the road, it is believed that the man lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. 

Some pedestrian death details go unreported

Since Nashville is one of the most popular cities on the eastern side of the nation, few tourists and even residents often prefer walking down the streets instead of driving a car or calling a ride service. It not only allows for great exercise, but it gives people more of a chance to take in the area’s unique atmosphere and visual wonders.

Unfortunately, this has also led to several pedestrian fatalities in this part of the state. The state and media often warn people walking at night to avoid roaming the streets drunk, wearing dark clothing and to properly yield to incoming traffic. However, researchers from Tennessee State University found that there may be some issues with how these deaths are reported. Their study should serve as a reminder about additional factors that can influence pedestrian fatalities from motor vehicle accidents.

Ambulance rides can be risky in the winter months

Ambulance drivers always have a difficult task on their hands. They need to transport the victim, medic and any other additional family members or passengers to the hospital as fast as they can while navigating through Nashville’s terrible traffic. Drivers that do not slow down or move over to an adjacent lane when the emergency vehicle starts speeding forward with the sirens blasting could receive up to $500 in fines and up to 30 days in jail.

It is also the duty of the ambulance driver to get the victim to the hospital safely. While getting to the destination quickly is important, not considering other road hazards means they could be putting themselves and anyone else in the vehicle at risk. Winter makes driving especially dangerous with how much snow, rain and ice accumulates on the roads. A recent crash in the city demonstrates the consequences that occur when ambulance drivers fail to consider seasonal hazards during their trips.

Car accidents: Driver, passenger killed in wrong way crash

Remaining safe on Tennessee roadways is dependent on weather and road conditions and the behavior of drivers. When drivers neglect to drive in a safe manner, serious car accidents can occur. Sadly, a recent late night accident resulted in the death of two individuals and injuries to others.

According to the investigation report, the 52-year-old driver of a car drove on the wrong side of the road. As a result, the vehicle crashed into an oncoming sedan. The unsuspecting 25-year-old driver of the sedan suffered serious injuries and did not survive the crash.

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