Knoxville-area residents and tourists are often seen operating their motor vehicles while engaging their cellphones. Some of these individuals are utilizing GPS, while others are using the device for surfing the Internet, texting or talking. Regardless of how or why a phone is being used, it can take an individual's attention away from road. This can increase the chance of being involved in a serious car accident by as much as 66 percent.
Semi-trucks make up a significant portion of the traffic on Tennessee's roads. These massive vehicles can be intimidating, and for good reason. Their sheer size can prove deadly in a car accident, as their increased weight can crush a passenger vehicle like a soda can in the blink of an eye. Therefore, regulations are in place to ensure that truckers operate their vehicles safely. However, despite these regulatory attempts, far too often truckers act negligently, thereby putting innocent motorists in harm's way.
Drunk driving continues to occur in Tennessee, and, as a result, everyday Tennessean's lives are put at risk. An intoxicated motorist can drive the wrong way, cross over into oncoming traffic, fail to yield to pedestrians, neglect to slow for stopped traffic or fail to halt at stop signs and red lights. Any of these situations can result in a car accident that has tragic consequences where innocent individuals are injured or killed.
It's no secret that distracted driving is a growing problem across America. In fact, studies have shown that distracted driving accounts for about 25 percent of all car accident deaths. This is staggering considering that more than 3,400 people were killed in distracted driving wrecks in one year alone, 2015, and another 391,000 were injured. Motorists mistakenly think that they can glance down at their phone, a magazine or food without missing anything on the road. Yet, given the speed at which an individual may be traveling when attention is taken off of the road, a significant distance may pass without a driver even seeing it.
A 32-year-old man from Friendsville, Tennessee, has been charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and possession of heroin after a fatal car crash on September 30.
A Tennessee firefighter recently comforted a new friend and was reminded in that moment why he chose a difficult and dangerous job. A photo of the fire captain cradling a young child after a car accident in which there were injuries went viral soon after he posted it on Facebook.