A multi-vehicle accident has left one person dead and another person severely injured on Nov. 26 just before midnight. The accident occurred on the on the I-24 eastbound, heading towards Chatanooga, and Sam Ridley Parkway. The driver of a 2007 Chrysler 300 had pulled over to the far right lane at the eastbound exit near the merge lane. His vehicle was rear-ended by a 1989 Honda Accord. The driver of the Chrysler exited his vehicle to inspect the damage but was then struck by a 2004 Ford Escape, which had attempted to swerve out of the way to avoid colliding with the Accord. The driver of the Chrysler died at the scene. The driver of the Ford Escape then proceeded to slide across the remaining lanes and collided with the median barrier. The number of vehicles involved increased by two when the Ford Escape was struck by both a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and a 2005 Ford Focus.
Anyone who is driving must give their full attention to what is going on around them. Becoming distracted by anything else, such as cellphones, the radio, children or primping, can lead to an accident. Each day more than nine people die because of car accidents caused by a distracted driver, according to an estimate based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. For families that have lost loved ones in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, this information hits close to home.
There are many working parts when it comes to the entire goal of traffic safety. There are motorists, some on motorcycles and others in SUVs. There are pedestrians and bicyclists. There are traffic laws, some new some old. There are drunk drivers, distracted drivers and simply drivers who make dumb decisions.