According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, the majority of fatal accidents caused by intoxicated drivers involved motorists whose Blood Alcohol Content exceeded the national standard of .08. Indeed, more than half of drunk driving car accidents involved drivers whose levels were nearly double the legal limits. There are several states where drunk driving is a serious issue, and while Tennessee did not make the top 10, it still sees more than its share of fatalities.
According to statistics compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen drivers pose a significant danger to fellow travelers. For the five-year span between 2013 and 2017, an estimated 3,500 people were killed in car accidents caused by teenage drivers. In Tennessee and elsewhere helping teenagers develop safe driving skills is important.
The decision to work as a public servant charged with protecting residents is seldom undertaken without full consideration of the risks involved. In spite of the inherent danger of police work, it is often the ordinary dangers that take the greatest toll on the lives of both law enforcement and civilians. Recently, a Tennessee police officer became the latest victim of fatal car accidents involving law enforcement.
Recently, police in one Tennessee city reported to the scene of a fatal two-car crash. The two victims who died in the crash were a mother and daughter on their way to a lunch date. Residents in the area are worried about possible future car accidents due to purportedly hazardous conditions.
Whether one is a resident of Tennessee or simply traveling through the state to another destination, it is important to remain vigilant behind the wheel. Unfortunately, car accidents continue to take a toll on victims and their families on a daily basis. One recent crash killed a resident and an out-of-state traveler along a stretch of local highway.
One of the sadder truths in life is that there are no promises of tomorrow. In reality, in spite of experience and careful consideration while behind the wheel, the actions of other motorists can lead to tragic car accidents that leave not just family, but also a community, in mourning. One such accident in Tennessee has taken the life of a dedicated police officer.
Driving a motor vehicle requires attention to one's own vehicle as well as the surrounding environment. Anything that impacts one's ability to operate a vehicle safely places everyone in the vicinity in danger. Tennessee drivers who choose to drive while intoxicated run the risk of injuring others in serious car accidents.
In spite of the myriad of public service campaigns warning motorists about the dangers of bypassing school buses with their lights and traffic arms activated, there have been numerous accounts of children suffering serious injuries. Tennessee officials are concerned about the rising number of motorists who are driving while distracted and causing serious car accidents. The question of how to increase the safety of students is one that both state and federal officials are trying to resolve.
No matter one's age or pace of residence, tragedy can come without warning. Many Tennessee families have been forever changed when car accidents steal the lives of their cherished loved ones. Recently, one crash involving four cars resulted in the death of a young child.
One of the most frightening experiences for any motorist or pedestrian is to be caught up in a collision. There are times that these car accidents will also lead to additional charges against the at-fault driver who may be wanted for reasons beyond the current wreck. Recently, a man who was wanted by Tennessee officials for causing a serious hit-and-run accident was located in the state's correctional system after being remanded into custody for other charges.