About 40 miles south of Memphis on Highway 51, a three-car motor vehicle accident took the lives of two children. The crash happened in Senatobia, Mississippi on Thursday and involved a Saturn, FedEx Truck and possibly an additional vehicle.
The driver of the Saturn and a 15-year old passenger were treated for injuries. The 2-year-old and the 7-year-old sisters that were riding in the backseat of the Saturn were fatally injured. According to witnesses, a car in front of the Saturn had stopped, but the driver of the FedEx truck did not realize it in time to avoid slamming into the backend of the slowed or stopped Saturn. The truck driver was not injured.
The Northern Mississippi car-truck rear-end collision remains under investigation.
Fatal Car Accident Statistics for Tennessee and Mississippi
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports a decrease in the number of people killed in traffic accidents in both Tennessee and Mississippi from 2005 to 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. In 2009, Tennessee roadways saw 989 fatalities from traffic accidents, while 700 occurred in Mississippi. Across the U.S., fatal traffic accidents claimed the lives of over 33,000 people.
Despite the decrease in fatal traffic accidents, the numbers could still be improved upon. Vastly improved upon. The most common causes of motor vehicle accidents include distracted drivers, fatigued drivers, drunk or impaired drivers, speeding drivers, aggressive drivers, and the weather.
The common factor in most causes of motor vehicle accidents is the driver.