A Tennessee motor vehicle accident leaves 1 dead

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In Tennessee, one motor vehicle accident led to another in a tragic chain reaction. The first motor vehicle accident occurred when a car over-corrected its course and hot a concrete barrier after almost colliding with a tractor trailer. The second motor vehicle accident took place because of the slower congested traffic from the first incident. The driver of the car from the initial accident was apparently speeding when she almost hit the truck. When law enforcement arrived at the site of the accident, the woman was taken for medical treatment. She was cited for driving under the influence. Slower traffic…

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Left Turn Results in Tennessee Fatal Motorcycle Crash

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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”

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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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Distracted Driving Cause of Memphis Day Care Bus Crash?

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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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Memphis Hit-and-Run Motor Vehicle Accident Injures 3 Children

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A burgundy Chevrolet Impala collided with another car, causing the driver to hit a guardrail and light pole after losing control in a recent Tennessee motor vehicle crash. Three children in the car were thrown from the vehicle as a result of the Memphis hit and run accident. Police are still searching for the Impala blamed for the crash. The children were reported to be in non-critical condition after being ejected from their car by the collision. Police said only one car seat was inside the vehicle. Although the same laws apply to everyone on Tennessee roadways, it is impossible to know how…

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13-Year Old Memphis Student Hit While Boarding School Bus

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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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Memphis Welcomes Back Travelers Wearied and Wounded by Greyhound Bus Crash

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Fifty passengers on board a Greyhound bus traveling through Oklahoma City en route to Memphis were surprised when the bus they were riding on collided with a street sweeper. Twelve of the Greyhound passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment as well as the bus and street sweeper drivers. A second Greyhound driver took over the remaining route, driving through the night to get the remaining travelers back to Memphis. The remainder of the trip was less than enjoyable for many riders, who were shaken up by the crash and unable to sleep during the overnight ride. The cause…

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What Is the True Cause of Tennessee Truck Accidents?

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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

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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

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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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Beware of Highway 78 Road Construction Zone Outside Memphis

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A second motor vehicle accident happened this week on Interstate 78 just outside Memphis when a semi-truck and two other cars collided in Marshall County. The truck was broken into parts upon impact and the truck driver was killed. One driver was taken by helicopter to the Memphis MED; the other was injured but expected to survive. The car-truck collision occurred at a merge point, where drivers must file into one lane and slow down for an upcoming construction zone in Northern Mississippi. Highway 78 was shut down to motorists for several hours as police investigated the truck crash and…

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Memphis Motorcycle Crash Forces Driver to Choose Between Lifestyle and Leg

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In an attempt to avoid an April motor vehicle crash on I-40, motorcyclist Kent Stoneking swerved onto the shoulder and into the wet grass on the side of the roadway. His motorcycle slid on the grass, ultimately crashing and crushing his leg in the process. Several surgeries later, Stoneking had only the hope that in a year or so he would be able to walk again. Pins had been placed in the bones of his leg to hold them together and stabilize the muscles, but he was still facing a long journey filled with pain and medications. Stoneking was also…

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Two Tennessee Cities in Top 10 of Allstate’s Best Driver Report — Memphis is 58th

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Allstate, an insurance company, annually ranks the 200 largest cities throughout the United States in the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. The rankings are intended to list the safest cities first and are based on the frequency of car crashes. Memphis slid 10 spots on the 2011 report, dropping from 48th in 2010 to 58th in 2011. The report is based on the number of property damage claims made, with insured Memphis drivers averaging about 10 years between motor vehicle accidents. One problem with these numbers, however, is that they are limited to those Tennessee drivers who are insured. Tennessee is among…

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Unsecured Truck Load Leads to Closing Tennessee Highway for Several Hours

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A semi-truck carrying coils of steel crashed into another 18-wheeler on a Tennessee highway after the coils it was carrying came loose and fell from the trailer. According to the other driver, the load shifted as the semi changed lanes causing the loose cargo. “When 23,000 pounds of coil of steel shifts, it’ll flip a truck right over.” The coils damaged parts of the highway, including the median, and resulted in the highway being closed for cleanup. Thankfully, neither driver sustained serious injury in this accident, however unsecured loads can present dangerous conditions for Tennessee travelers. Unsecured Loads on Tennessee Highways Create Risk…

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