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Nashville Labor Day Weekend driving safety tips

It should come as no surprise that Nashville is one of the most popular southern destinations for Labor Day Weekend. The Music City celebrates the end of summer by throwing several concerts and festivals for residents and visitors from around the country to enjoy on their time off.

Even if you’re not in the mood for live performances, there are still plenty of barbecues and bar parties thrown throughout the city. While all that sounds like a fun time, it also isn’t exactly the safest holiday of the year. Last year at WalletHub, they stated 86 percent of Americans that traveled did so by car and that there was an estimate of over 420 traffic fatalities that would occur that year. With the amount of drunk and inexperienced drivers on the road, it’s crucial to formulate a game plan to stay safe while celebrating.

Car accidents: Dealing with the aftermath can be frustrating

If you're driving along a Tennessee roadway and another vehicle crashes into yours, the rest of your day will undoubtedly not be going as planned. Depending on the details of your situation, the weeks and months ahead, or even the rest of your life, may be challenging. Surviving car accidents and obtaining full recovery are two very different things.

If you suffer moderate to severe injuries in a motor vehicle collision, the hours that follow may be filled with an ambulance or helicopter transport to a hospital or trauma center. Then, you will face medical examinations or perhaps even emergency surgery, if needed. You might spend the night in the hospital or even several days or longer. The recovery process typically does not end when you return home either; in fact, it is often only beginning.

What the new scooter bill means for Nashville

It’s been no secret that the rise of electric scooters in recent years throughout popular cities has been controversial. Multiple injuries and deaths have occurred due to riders being reckless on the streets or drivers not paying attention to them speeding by the road. A few months ago, the mayor of Nashville even threatened to ban these scooters if the city didn’t take more safety measures against them.

In July, the Metro Council voted to keep electric scooters in Nashville for now, but they also decided to update some of the city’s safety regulations. Both drivers and scooter commuters should be aware of these changes so they can get around the city safely and legally.

Motorcycle accidents frequently caused by negligent motorists

Operating a motorcycle requires a level of skill and confidence that may not be required by the average motorist. Due to the fact that riders are more vulnerable to serious or life-threatening injuries in the event that they are involved in motorcycle accidents, the vast majority are diligent and pay close attention to their surroundings as they ride. Unfortunately, many tragic crashes are caused by the negligence of other motorists like the one that recently occurred in Crossville, Tennessee.

Police arrived at the scene of a collision between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. It was determined that the motorist was proceeding along a local road when he entered an intersection. Police stated that the 20-year-old man failed to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcycle operated by a 44-year-old man.

Proposed easing of law increases fears of future truck accidents

Trucking industry advocates support the efforts to ease restrictions that limit the numbers of hours that truckers are permitted to drive. Current laws dictate the number of consecutive hours that a truck driver can drive. Though truckers may benefit economically, travelers in Tennessee and elsewhere may be more at risk from truck accidents caused by fatigued drivers.

Truck drivers state they are unable to maximize their drive times. The regulation requires truckers to immediately stop once they reach the 11-hour maximum drive time. Truckers are permitted to work a 14-hour day, but three of those hours most be non-driving related. In addition, if truckers are planning an 8-hour run, they are mandated to take a 30-minute break before they reach that mark. Truckers have complained about the logistical nightmare these requirements impose if they reach these deadlines in the midst of traffic slowdowns or while traveling through an area that makes it difficult to park a large rig.

How can drivers change their phone habits for the hands-free law?

Now that July is here, Tennessee’s new hands-free phone bill is in effect. Drivers will now receive fines if the police catch them holding the phone in any capacity that doesn’t involve an emergency situation.

This will be difficult for many motorists to adjust to. Thousands of drivers still use phones for many necessary functions that don’t involve texting, and now they can’t access them without risking potential penalties. It is crucial that you and your family begin adjusting for the following cellular activities:

Does your teen text or listen to music while walking?

Now that school is out for the summer, your teenage child may be out walking around the community more often than he or she did during the school year. Teenagers are generally able to make safe decisions when walking. Unlike some younger children, teens can often tell when it is safe to cross the street, can navigate on their own and can confidently read traffic signs and signals. However, they may be susceptible to other unsafe practices.

Walking distractions contribute to numerous pedestrian traffic collisions every year, and one out of four high school students crosses the street while distracted. Although many activities can be distracting, some popular distractions among teenage pedestrians include cellphones and music.

Intoxicated drivers often cause horrific car accidents

Law enforcement officers are often called upon to handle difficult and sometimes gruesome incidents. Though car accidents often prove to be routine, there are times when these calls involve horrific scenes that have been caused by impaired or otherwise negligent drivers. Recently, Tennessee police found more than they bargained for when they stopped a purportedly intoxicated driver.

According to the police report, a driver was observed having difficulty maintaining his position in a travel lane. When the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver purportedly shouted that he had to return home and proceeded to drive off. The officer followed the erratic motorist in with the goal of attempting a second traffic stop.

Three ways that parents can promote safe driving in their teens

Parenting a teenager may be one of the hardest things to do well. One of the many challenges that is unique to this age group is balancing granting your children more independence while continuing to exercise some control over their well-being.

When teens reach driving age, this balance becomes crucial. For teenagers, the car represents a new freedom; for parents, it can represent a new source of unimaginable stress. Here are three ways that you as a parent can promote safe driving habits in your children to help reduce your anxiety:

Man suffers personal injury after hit and run accident on bike

Hit-and-run accidents are taken very seriously by authorities in Tennessee and across the county. When accidents occur, there are consequences for victims involved as well as individuals whose negligent actions may have contributed to a crash. It is certainly upsetting for victims to learn that negligent drivers do not remain at the scene of a crash, but most find assurance with authorities' diligence to locate hit-and-run drivers. Sadly, one family is faced with unanswered questions, following the death of their loved one who suffered a fatal personal injury in a hit-and-run crash.

Authorities became aware of a crash in the late evening. Once at the scene, they found a 66-year-old bicycle rider who had suffered a serious injury following a crash. The vehicle that crashed into the man was not at the scene of the crash.

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