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Start calling out your friends’ distracted driving habits

It’s not just looking down at phones that kills Tennessee teens. Distracted driving is a phrase that encompasses anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the roads. Even with the warnings plastered all over social media about the dangers of driving distracted, it seems like the messages still aren’t hitting home -- and not just for young adults.

Personal injury: Man dies during Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Large festivals have been an enjoyment of music lovers for many years. For the last 17 years, thousands of people have flocked to a community in Tennessee for a four-day music festival, and many choose to camp on the provided grounds for accommodations. Unfortunately, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival does not always go as planned for attendees, and many leave with a personal injury. This year, a man died while attending the festival.

The man's death is not the first one to darken the gates of the festival grounds. It is the 13th death in the last 17 years of the festival's existence. The man was discovered in a vehicle and was pronounced dead when authorities arrived mid-morning. Investigators hope an autopsy will offer some clues to the events that may have led to the 32-year-old's death. Although the investigation has just begun, investigators did report that they did not suspect that his death was a result of foul play.

Summer road hazards you can’t control

For many, the summer road trip is a great way for people to get about and see the most beautiful parts of Nashville and the surrounding area. However, summer is also one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads for a certain segment of the population.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol considers the span of days between Memorial Day and Labor Day to be one of the most dangerous for teen drivers. Every year when schools let out for the summer the rate of teenager related crashes and deaths skyrocket across the state. Parents should take matters into their own hands to keep their teen drivers as safe as possible.

Motorcycle accidents occur during "Ride to the Wall"

Every year, motorcyclists from Tennessee and across the country participate in an event called "Ride to the Wall." The event aims to honor fallen men and women from the Vietnam War and other wars as well as bringing awareness that many Americans are still listed as prisoners of war or missing in action. Sadly, one of the convoys headed to Washington experienced motorcycle accidents in Tennessee after a collision occurred with a tractor-trailer.

Due to the pending investigation, details are not yet clear on the events that led up to the collision. At some point, one of the motorcycle riders headed to Washington collided with a tractor-trailer. In the process, the motorcycle became caught on the truck and was dragged. As a result, the motorcycle and truck both caught fire.

2 hit-and-run motorcycle accidents occur in 1 night

Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Often, the most danger a rider can face on the road is another vehicle. A collision with a larger vehicle can result in a motorcycle operator losing control of his or her bike and result in serious injuries, or worse. Recently, Tennessee authorities were called to separate fatal motorcycle accidents in one night.

A 52-year-old man was the first victim and sadly died before authorities were able to attempt medical care. Initial reports indicate that a dark vehicle, possibly a Honda, struck the man's bike. The vehicle left the scene of the 12:35 a.m. accident, but authorities are actively searching for the hit-and-run driver. The interstate was closed as authorities investigated the scene.

Tennessee ranks high for deadly car crashes

Any Tennessean will proudly boast about our state’s many virtues, including beautiful scenery, great music and friendly people. It’s no wonder that our residents are so proud of where they live.

But Tennessee also has its downsides. One is that our state ranks among the highest in the nation for fatal car accidents. A recent list compiled from data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows just how deadly our state can be for drivers.

Injured in a motorcycle accident, what do you do?

For some, riding a motorcycle is just plain fun. They enjoy the feeling of the open air on their faces and the freedom of it. But driving a motorcycle can also be very dangerous and accidents happen every day.

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death. If you drive a motorcycle, it is even more dangerous because you are more vulnerable, as motorcycles are less visible and less stable than cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2014, people died driving motorcycles 27 times more frequently than those operating other types of vehicles.

3 Quick tips for being a wise walker

No matter where you’re going, it’s always a good idea to be a wise walker.

Over 25 percent of Americans have been in a distracted walking incident, but many still don’t realize the part they have to play. 74 percent see “others” as distracted while only 29 percent claim to be distracted themselves.

AAA: Pedestrians, bicyclists in increasing danger

In busy, congested cities such as Nashville, there are an incredible number of people, signs, moving objects and more for drivers to track as they make their ways on our streets. The last things they should be keeping an eye on is their phones.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a new report that shows hit-and-run crashes are skyrocketing. Pedestrians and bicyclists are usually the victims in fatal hit-and-run collisions that transportation experts say are often the result of distracted driving.

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