Car Accident Causes: Top 5 Most Common

By | Car Accident

Statistics show that an unusually high percentage (24.62%) of the auto accident deaths within the United States involve young, inexperienced drivers between the ages of 16 and 20. It may help parents, educators, and others to know what the top five car accident causes are, as well as some solutions. Distracted Drivers Teenagers are four times as likely to text while driving than adults are. Talking and texting (even sexting) on cell phones are just part of the overall distracting activities that people engage in while driving. Top distractions include: Texting on cell phones Talking on cell phones Reaching for…

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Police take higher approach to citing distracted drivers

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The majority of drivers in the U.S. understand how dangerous it is to get distracted by driving. However, many people also choose to ignore these risks and decide that they can quickly send a text or read an email behind the wheel without anyone getting hurt. However, texting alone has reportedly been a factor in about 1.6 million car accidents in the country. It has long been an issue for police officers to cite drivers for texting and driving. Many drivers conceal their phones or claim that they were dialing their phone if a police officer approaches a driver about…

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Amtrak-semi accident that killed six blamed on distracted driver

By | Truck Accidents

A collision between a tractor-trailer and an Amtrak train last year that killed six people has been found to have been likely caused by the truck driver, who was killed in the crash. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board discovered that his vehicle had bad brakes and that the driver had racked up a record of speeding infractions prior to the fatal truck accident which shocked people in Tennessee who saw reports of the incident. They also believe that the driver was distracted. Officials speculated that he simply didn’t see the oncoming train as a result of one of…

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CDC: Memphis One of the Most Dangerous Cities for Teen Drivers

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driver’s ed instructors work hard to stress just how dangerous driving is, especially for young people. In large part, they teach teen drivers about the dangers that come from inexperience and distraction. Unfortunately, it appears these lessons aren’t hitting home as much as they should be. A recent study from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident is highest for drivers between the ages of 15 and 24. All told, these young drivers account for 22 percent of all auto accident fatalities. The overall death rate is approximately…

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Feds Offer New Strategic Plan to Combat Distracted Driving

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Distracted driving has always been a problem. However, the advent of smartphones, GPS and similar handheld electronic devices has turned distracted driving into a national epidemic. Barely a day goes by where you can turn on the news and not hear about another wrongful death or grievous injury that was caused by a driver who was more focused on their phone than on the road. Recent campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving have helped to reduce the number of accidents, both nationwide and in Tennessee. However, crash rates are still far too high. Thankfully, distracted driving…

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Distracted Driving Cause of Memphis Day Care Bus Crash?

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Three vehicles collided in a Memphis motor vehicle accident at Western Park and Third Street earlier this week. Four adults were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. One of the three vehicles was a day care van from Chism Childcare Enrichment Complex carrying four children. No children were injured in the multi-vehicle crash. One of the children on the bus noted that the kids were able to see the car coming down the street but that the driver of their bus was busy talking on the phone and may not have seen it, leading to the crash. Whether distracted…

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Tennessee police focus on spotting, citing distracted drivers

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Drivers across Tennessee understand that it is illegal to text while driving in this state. There are some drivers who still try to get away with it, however, and they think that they can simply hide it from police. It can be dangerous enough to text behind the wheel, but going so far as to try and conceal it can further distract a driver, which is extremely reckless. In previous years, texting and driving has been at least partly responsible for thousands of car accidents. Some studies suggest that distraction played a role in about 80 percent of accidents in…

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What Is the True Cause of Tennessee Truck Accidents?

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The American Trucking Association (ATA) doesn’t believe that truck driver fatigue is a major contributor to the number of truck accidents that occur on Tennessee highways and other U.S. roadways. Citing data from the Large Truck Crash Causation Study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and more recent reports, missteps by the driver rather than his or her own alertness, contribute to 9 out of 10 accidents. As the FMCSA has increasingly focused on driver fatigue through new restrictions on hours of service, it has neglected more frequent causes of truck accidents, such as excessive speed, weather or…

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The Faces of Distracted Driving – Brought to You By the US DOT

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) started the Faces of Distracted Driving program in 2010 to help people across Tennessee and the rest of the U.S. ‘get the message’ about distracted driving. Through public service announcements and video testimonials by those who’ve lost loved ones due to distracted driving, the US DOT hopes to convince more people to just put it (a cell phone) down and save your call or text until you’re not driving. The US DOT recently released the latest segment of the Faces campaign – the story of 9-year old Erica Forney of Fort Collins,…

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Tennessee CoMET Program to Make Roadways Throughout State Safer

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Just in time for the holiday season, traffic safety is getting a second, more holistic look from Tennessee officials with the start of the new Combined Message Enforcement for Tennessee (CoMET) program. Rather than focusing on a single aspect of driver and passenger safety, as with the previous “Click It or Ticket” campaign, aimed at seatbelts or the “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, aimed at impaired driving, CoMET will focus on all traffic safety issues facing people driving in or travelling through Tennessee. While the main focus of CoMET will be impaired drivers, among the targets of the road safety…

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Shelby County Head-On Collision Sends Both Drivers to Hospital

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A two-car crash in Memphis, near Airways and Raines, sent a Shelby County Sergeant to the hospital with several broken bones. An 18-year-old driving a Ford Expedition slammed head-on into the Sergeant’s Ford Explorer after witnesses say the Expedition was taunting another car, weaving in and out of traffic and tailgating, in a possible road rage incident. The 18-year-old was reported to be in extremely critical condition. The Memphis car crash left both vehicles in flames, billowing black clouds of smoke and blocked traffic while emergency crews attended to the injured drivers and the burning SUVs. Both drivers had to…

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Slate’s Salute to Bus Drivers

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Tom Vanderbilt, writing for Slate, characterizes the dilemma many bus drivers face: “Make the schedule by driving more recklessly, or drive safely and irritate the passengers.” There are a host of indicators that driving a bus is a very stressful job-from high blood pressure to physical assaults perpetrated by enraged passengers-before we even get to the fact that by some estimates half of all bus accidents are caused by other drivers rear-ending the bus. Vanderbilt interviewed part-time bus driver Matt Leber, who took the job driving buses in Seattle after a 10-year stint at Microsoft. Leber relates stories he’s heard…

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