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Car accidents: Woman arrested after fatal hit-and-run

When tragedy strikes a family, there are often many questions asked by those left behind. Sometimes, families want to know why and how such a tragedy occurred and who is responsible. Sometimes, the answers to questions offer closure for families, and sometimes, families seek the assistance of a personal injury in Tennessee when closure is not achieved. Typically, victims of car accidents are given answers fairly quickly, but it took months for one family to receive some closure after a fatal crash in January.

The accident occurred after a driver attempted to pass another vehicle. Authorities believe that the passing 26-year-old driver may have been speeding at the time of the crash. In the process of the pass, the female driver struck the other vehicle, and the vehicle lost control and crashed into a tree. One passenger was seriously injured, and another passenger was killed.

Bird scooter debate continues in Nashville

Perhaps you have seen them on the streets. Bird scooters are all the rage, as people of all ages are using them to zip around busy city streets. They're convenient and fast but are causing a legal frenzy. The scooters are also causing accidents for scooter riders, pedestrians and other motor vehicle drivers.

San Francisco and Los Angeles have reported that people hurt riding or hit by scooters have been calling legal firms to file claims. Many firms have carved out a spot on their websites dedicated to urging people to file scooter-related claims. You may be thinking the same thing as them, this is an accident waiting to happen.

Motorcycle accidents: Man survives serious crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging motor vehicle operators to watch for motorcyclists. Motorcycles are fast and small, making them easy to miss and easy for motorcycle accidents to occur. The highway patrol reports that 124 motorcycle accidents occurred in 2017, and they have already seen 53 in 2018.  Sadly, these accidents can also be fatal for the rider. One man recently experienced his own accident and has fortunately lived to recount the serious injuries he has suffered.

While he was  riding his bike, another vehicle pulled out in front of the rider. Not able to stop, the motorcycle T-boned into the other vehicle. The man estimates that the impact of the collision sent the man and his bike in the air about 50 feet. To make matters worse, he slid for about another 50 feet.

Car accidents: 3 vehicle crash claims 4th victim

Tennessee roadways are important for the infrastructure and function of the state and all its occupants. When negligent driving occurs, serious car accidents can occur. Sadly, a man recently became the fourth victim of a deadly three-vehicle crash.

The accident occurred after a 53-year-old pickup truck driver crossed into a highway's continuous turn lane. Unfortunately, he went too far and ended up in the opposite lane of traffic, sideswiping another vehicle. The impact of the collision resulted in the other vehicle sliding to stop on the road, but the pickup truck rolled over many times, resulting in it striking a different sedan.  The truck finally came to a stop after it rolled over the sedan.

Tennessee bans court cost license revocation

If a driver causes an accident or gets caught driving under the influence, few would argue that the driver does not deserve some form of punishment. But can certain penalties go too far? They can drastically alter the driver’s life and sometimes leave little room for recovery. Even if it is a first-time offense and nothing too severe, a driver may not be able to get behind the wheel again after losing their license and failing to pay the court cost.

This debate over the severity of the punishments led to an important decision on Monday, July 2. A federal district judge in Tennessee declared that forcing drivers to pay a court cost to reobtain their license after a revocation is unconstitutional. This is the first time that a federal judge in the country has done this and it is bound to have a large effect on all drivers in the state and potentially the country as a whole.

Motorcycle accidents: Man killed riding to work

Motorcycles are the chosen vehicle for transportation for many motorists. It can be an efficient and enjoyable way to commute to work and travel, but it can be dangerous for riders when motorcycle accidents occur. The lack of a barrier between a rider and a larger vehicle offers little protection if a collision occurs. Sadly, one Tennessee family recently learned how dangerous a motorcycle crash can be following the death of their father.

The 54-year-old father was commuting to work on his motorcycle when the accident occurred. It is unknown what events transpired just before the collision, but another motorist struck the bike. Reportedly, the bike was mangled to the point of unrecognition.

Meet the Bird that is causing havoc and accidents in Nashville

Two women riding electric scooters known as “Birds” in downtown Nashville were seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident last month. Also last month, a Bird rider in Santa Monica, California, crashed into a car and was taken to the hospital with head trauma.

Meet the Bird, the electric scooter that is causing accidents in the streets of major cities around the country. The Bird has landed in metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, and most recently, Nashville.

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.

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