When a motor vehicle collision occurs in Tennessee or elsewhere, there's always a risk for injury. Car accidents that result in injury or fatality to children are especially tragic. This was the case in a crash that happened on a recent Friday.
Most adults in Tennessee either own a smartphone or know someone who does. Such devices took surfing the internet, cellular phone communication and advanced technology in general to a whole new level. The problem is that many people are now addicted to their smartphones and evidence suggests this may be closely related to an increase in car accidents.
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.
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.
The slightest distraction while operating a vehicle can be a danger to the driver and anyone around him or her on the roadway. Drivers with all levels of experience may experience serious and fatal car accidents as a result of distractions. It is unknown what events preceded a recent fatal accident in Tennessee, but two drivers are now dead as a result.
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.
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.
Drivers must focus more than ever to keep their eyes on the road. Prior to the use of mobile phones, there were plenty of distractions all around a driver, such as the scenery on the road, other occupants of a vehicle, radios and more. Mobile phones and other technology, such as navigation systems, are a significant added distraction and can result in serious car accidents. Although it is not known if a recent crash is the result of a driver's use of a cell phone, something resulted in the Tennessee driver committing a fatal driving error.
There has been an increase in the number of traffic-related fatalities in Tennessee this year compared to data from the previous year. In 2017, 984 deaths were reported as a result of car accidents, and 1,014 fatalities have been reported in 2018. Authorities sadly anticipate that there may be more fatalities before the year comes to an end. Unfortunately, a single car crash recently added to the number of fatalities in Tennessee when two passengers were killed.
Tennessee drivers are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of others on the road around them, whether those other individuals are pedestrians, bicycle riders or individuals in other vehicles. In addition to looking out for others on the road, drivers are also responsible for the safety of the passengers in their vehicles and could be held liable for personal injury passengers suffer in serious car accidents. One man has recently been charged with the injuries and death that resulted for a passenger in his vehicle after he crashed into a tree.