Rock band bassist arrested after fatal car accident in Tennessee

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

One of the most reckless and dangerous decisions that a person can make is to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or too much alcohol. Under the influence of these substances, a person can become a serious threat on the road. They are unpredictable and take risks that a responsible driver would not. Often times, these risks end in the devastation of a serious car accident. Recently, one such accident occurred in Tennessee after an allegedly impaired driver crashed into another vehicle. The crash left one man dead and another in jail for charges related to drunk and drugged…

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Car accident at county lines: What a difference a minute can make

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

People all across Tennessee may have been following the story of a young man who was killed in a car accident on the Davidson-Robertson County line. The victim was fatally injured when he was involved in a two-car accident which caused his car to rollover. The man was stuck inside the vehicle, trapped by his seatbelt while he waited for emergency responders to come. However, it took the ambulance more than 15 minutes to arrive at the scene, and within 12 hours, the young man died from his injuries. The accident itself was devastating enough for his parents and family….

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2 Killed, 2 Injured in Crash With Memphis Police Officer

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Earlier this summer in this blog, we discussed statistics showing that in 2011, Tennessee police officers were responsible for causing crashes that killed four people and injured an additional 637. Sadly, a crash in Memphis last week added another four people to the list of individuals who have been harmed by speeding police cruisers. Last month, two people were killed and another two were critically injured when their vehicle was hit by a Memphis Police Department squad car. Witnesses say the officer was speeding before the crash and may have run a red light. The MPD says that the officer…

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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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NHTSA Investigating Jeep Fire Hazards

By | Product Liability

If you drive a Jeep, you may want to watch out. New evidence is showing that these vehicles could be more dangerous than you think. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating two potentially serious safety hazards involving Jeep vehicles. The first stems from concerns that some Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Liberty models could catch on fire during rear-end collisions. The risk comes from the fact that the vehicles’ gas tanks are housed in a vulnerable location just behind the rear axle and below the rear bumper. In a car accident, the tank may rupture or leak,…

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Motorcycle Rider Killed In Crash Near Belmont University

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motorcycle riding comes with its own special risks. Seasoned riders know that small mistakes can quickly lead to serious injuries. Without the protective cocoon offered by a car or truck, motorcycle riders have a much greater chance of being killed or grievously injured in an accident. Unfortunately, this message may not be coming through as clearly as it should be. Tennessee has seen a troubling increase in motorcycle accident deaths this year. As of mid-August, 89 motorcyclist have been killed in traffic accidents so far in 2012. At this time last year, only 78 had died. The most recent fatality…

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Memphis Toddler Killed After Driver Suffers Seizure

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A tragic accident in Memphis last month claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl and left her sister, mother and grandmother with serious injuries. The fatal car accident occurred after a driver suffered a seizure and crashed into a group of people who were standing outside a funeral home. According to police reports, the driver had suffered from infrequent seizures over the last 20 years. She had just finished a shift as a waitress at a local café when she started to not feel well. On her way home, she had a seizure and lost control of her car. The…

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Teen Killed in Shelby County Truck Crash

By | Truck Accidents

The recent death of a Memphis-area teenager is serving as a stark reminder of the need to be on the lookout for heavy trucks. The girl, a 17-year-old high school senior, was killed last week when her Jeep was hit by a dump truck at the intersection of Raleigh-LaGrange and Collierville-Arlington roads. According to police, the teen was attempting to make a turn when the truck crashed into the driver’s side of her vehicle. She was killed instantly. Police are still investigating the accident to determine the exact cause of the fatal car accident. However, they have said that the…

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Accidents More Likely to be Fatal When Speeding is Involved

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

For a lot of reasons – someone is late to work, running behind on errands or simply not paying attention – speeding occurs every day on Tennessee roads. Many people may not feel it is a major issue, but recent data sheds an important spotlight on the dangers of speeding and its relationship to fatal car accidents. Crash data published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration notes that speeding is one of the main factors in motor vehicle accidents. In 2009, the most recent year for which data is available, over 30 percent of fatal crashes involved speeding. This…

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Left Turn Results in Tennessee Fatal Motorcycle Crash

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A motorcycle passenger was killed in a fatal motor vehicle accident in Eastern Tennessee when the bike’s driver attempted to pass two cars on the left, unaware that one car was planning to make a left turn into a driveway. The 18-year-old motorcycle accident victim was taken to a nearby medical center, but did not survive his injuries. The 43-year-old driver of the motorcycle was also injured in the crash. The driver of the car was not. Motorcycle accidents result in injury to over 50,000 people each year. Some reports estimate that almost 80 percent of motorcycle accidents will result in…

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Fatal Germantown Pkwy Crash Leaves One Woman “With Only Memories”

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A devastating motor vehicle accident on the Germantown Parkway took everything one Cordova woman had away from her in an instant. The newlywed lost her husband and her unborn child in a car crash with a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Reports indicate the other driver crossed three lanes of traffic and the median before causing the Memphis fatal car accident. Police are still investigating the cause of the car crash and the driver’s condition just prior to the crash. Any time two or more vehicles collide on Memphis roadways, there is a chance that everyone involved will suffer…

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TN Motor Vehicle Accidents Result in Less Than 1000 Fatalites

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

For only the third time in almost 50 years, Tennessee motor vehicle accidents resulted in less than 1000 fatalities, according to preliminary statistics from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott said of the 2011 stats, “One life lost is one too many, but we are encouraged by last year’s fatality results and will continue to make every effort to ensure the public’s safety on Tennessee roadways.” Memphis fatal car accident attorneys agree with Colonel Trott’s statement that even one person’s death in a motor vehicle accident is too many. But, the statistics do…

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13-Year Old Memphis Student Hit While Boarding School Bus

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Earlier this week, a hearing-impaired Memphis student was involved in a motor vehicle accident on his way to school. After a Memphis school bus driver turned on the bus’ red lights and put out the stop arm, the 13-year-old student walked over to board the bus. Before getting safely aboard, the student was struck by the distracted driver of a Jeep Cherokee, resulting in head injuries that sent the student to the hospital for treatment. The Memphis bus accident led to charges against the driver for Failure to Maintain Control and Safe Lookout and Overtaking a School Bus. But is that…

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Pee Wee Wisdom Bus Accident Fatally Injures 6-Year Old Memphis Boy

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

First-grader Anthony Scott was involved in a fatal bus accident on Monday in the parking lot of his Memphis Community school, Oakshire Elementary. He was struck by a day care bus from Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center just shortly after school was dismissed for the day. The Memphis bus accident was the most recent in a line of legal problems that have plagued the Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Centers. In 1999, a 2-year-old boy died in a Pee Wee vehicle when he was left inside in scorching temperatures. A former Pee Wee operator was criminally convicted for embezzling…

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