A police officer in Tennessee was responding to a car accident when he lost his life. He had parked his patrol car on the roadway and had begun directing traffic, having responded to a call about a pickup truck that, while driving on the ramp, had rolled over. Another response truck from the Tennessee Department of Transportation was also on the scene.
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.
Taking pride in your community is one of the signs that you care about where you live. One of the ways to show your pride is to help keep the area clean. For one Shelby County woman, sweeping her sidewalk ended with a tragic accident.
A young woman was killed in Tennessee when the car that she was riding in failed to yield to traffic and was struck by another vehicle. After the accident, she was injured and remained in the vehicle while the other two girls, including the driver, got out and ran from the scene. They were later spotted and returned to talk to the police. By the time injured girl could get medical attention, it was too late for her.
The safety of anyone in a moving motor vehicle is often in the hands of the other drivers on the road. Accidents can happen when a driver is reckless, intoxicated, high on drugs, experienced or distracted, but sometimes they just happen because a good driver had a momentary lapse of judgment. No matter what the root cause of a car crash is, it can have an absolutely devastating impact on everyone involved.
There is no doubt that we have evolved into a connected society. It seems like every waking hour involves some form of communication with the outside world, and everything from tweeting to texting lets us do that. But this constant need for connectivity can be incredibly dangerous behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. It can cause drivers to become distracted and cause accidents. But despite this fact, manufacturers continue to introduce new technologies that can make any motorist a hazard.
Many of our Memphis readers may have already seen or heard about the study grabbing national attention this month regarding elderly drivers and their perceived safety behind the wheel. For several decades, researchers have believed that accidents caused by elderly drivers would increase as the Baby Boomer generation continued to age. But a new study seems to suggest that this might not be true, even going so far as to say that aging Baby Boomers are less of a safety threat than we thought.
Old wounds may have been recently reopened for the family of a 47-year-old Nashville man who was killed in a fatal motor vehicle accident on April 19, 2013. That's because the driver of the vehicle that hit him, the 42-year-old bassist for the band 3 Doors Down, was recently arrested in Mississippi for once again driving under the influence. Although no one suffered injury this time around, the musician's recent arrest shows a pattern of negligent behavior that could be pointed out in future civil litigation.
When most people hear about an instance of drunk driving, there is usually one thought that is universal: I hope no one got hurt because of that decision. That's because, as so many readers of our blog know, drunk driving can lead to incredibly serious accidents. And behind every one of those accidents is a family that is left grieving and wanting justice for their loved one.
“I’m not drunk, I’m just a little buzzed.” It’s a statement that people may have heard someone say in Memphis. It is a justification that might be used by someone who has had a couple of alcoholic drinks and then decides to drive home. The truth is that someone who is only buzzed might even pass a breathalyzer test and avoid arrest, but does having a blood alcohol content below 0.08 mean that a person can operate a vehicle safely?