Many people think that if they drive attentively and take notice of other drivers they will avoid accidents. While being alert can greatly reduce the risk, the fact is that a car accident can take one by surprise at any time. These wrecks are often tragic, leaving victims seriously injured or even dead. One such fatal accident happened on Christmas Eve in Campbell County.
The number of motorcycle-related deaths has skyrocketed this year in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, 133 people have died so far this year in motorcycle crashes. Only 114 people died in motorcycle wrecks in all of 2011. The statistic is staggering, highlighting the true dangers of a motorcycle accident.
A motorcycle ride can turn tragic in seconds. For instance, an inattentive driver can switch lanes without looking and cause a tragic motorcycle accident. Serious injuries, head injury, neck injury, broken bones, permanent disability and death are all real risks in these types of accidents. A recent crash in Tennessee highlights how dangerous motorcycle unawareness can be, and Knoxville riders should take note.
Every year thousands of people find themselves becoming accident victims at the hands of drunk drivers. A drunk driver can wind up causing serious injuries and death. While criminal penalties can punish these intoxicated motorists, retributive punishment does little to help a victim of a drunk driving accident. It is therefore in a car accident victim's best interest to pursue civil action when injured by a drunk driver.
A recent two vehicle accident in Sevierville has left two men injured and one woman dead. The car accident happened when the driver of one vehicle turned left without yielding to the other oncoming vehicle. The two trucks collided, causing one to overturn. The driver of the overturned vehicle was injured while the passenger later died from her injuries. The driver who failed to yield fled the scene, but later turned himself in. He now faces criminal charges.
Accident severity runs the gamut from minor fender-benders with no injuries to the devastating multi-car pile-ups where fatalities abound. Fatal accidents caused by negligent drivers call for legal action. But there may be grounds for a lawsuit in a car accident that results in only minor injuries and vehicle damage. One example of such a crash happened recently in Tennessee.
A typical car ride can turn tragic in the blink of an eye. All it takes is a brief moment of inattentiveness to turn a family's life upside down. Sadly, this was the case recently in Grainger County when a driver crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an oncoming car. The car accident resulted in the death of two passengers. The two drivers were also injured.
So far this year in Tennessee there have been 102 deaths resulting from motorcycle crashes. This high number is the result of a number of factors, but perhaps the most devastating is the inattentive driver. A negligent driver who is not paying attention on the road can easily cause a motorcycle accident by a change of lanes without looking or a failure to yield to a motorcycle.
A recent wreck in Sevier County has left a youth pastor and a 16-year-old high school student dead and several others seriously injured. The car accident occurred when an SUV crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a church van. Police say drugs may have been involved as drugs were found inside the SUV.
No matter how carefully Tennessee residents drive, there remains the risk that a major accident can occur. In the blink of an eye a negligent driver can cause a fatal accident and leave families devastated. The police, by enforcing traffic laws, do their best to prevent these tragic car accidents, but their actions often come after the damage has already been done.