A recent motorcycle crash left a young Tennessean dead. According to reports, the 22-year-old was riding on a dirt bike when a 16-year old rider, also on a dirt bike, crossed the center line and struck him head on. Neither rider was wearing a helmet. The 16-year-oldwas airlifted to the hospital and he is now awaiting criminal charges. Authorities say they will perform tests to determine if intoxication played a role in the wreck.
Many Knoxville residents may be aware of a recent school bus accident that left four people injured and three dead, including two elementary-aged students and a teacher's aide. This tragic accident, which involved two school buses, has left many in our community wondering how such a thing could happen. Investigators from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Knoxville Police department are analyzing the busses to determine if mechanical failure played a role in the wreck. However, both busses passed inspections conducted not long ago. The National Transportation Safety Bureau will join the investigation.
Driving has become so common for many Tennesseans that it has simply become part of the daily routine that does not require much thought. Unfortunately, though, this seemingly minute part of our days is riddled with danger. Distracted, drunk, reckless, and otherwise negligent drivers populate Tennessee's roadways and, in the blink of an eye, can cause a tragic accident.
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Though we spoke last week about the decreased rate in traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July, a recent car accident claimed the life of a Knoxville woman. The incident occurred in North Knoxville when a church bus from Indiana ran a red light and slammed into her car and a truck before stopping after hitting a CVS sign pole. Some believe the bus's brakes may have failed, rendering it unable to stop, but the accident remains under investigation and blood was drawn from the bus driver for purposes of looking for intoxicants. Police claim this is standard procedure when an individual is involved in a fatal accident.
There is some good news for Tennessee's motorists. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, this year recorded the least number of fatal car accidents on a Fourth of July weekend. Across the state, eight people died in fatal accidents, and only a single death was attributable to an alcohol-related crash. The number of deadly crashes is down this year compared to the same time last year, too, numbering at 468. Additionally, over the extended weekend, officers made 119 drunk driving arrests and issues more than 1,000 tickets for seat belt violations.
Driving on Tennessee's Interstates can be dangerous. Increased traffic and higher speed limits on these roadways can cause multiple-vehicle accidents that result in catastrophic injuries and death. These tragic accidents are even more likely to occur when motorists act negligently or distractedly behind the wheel. This includes being intoxicated, inattentive or disobeying traffic laws.
One person is dead after an accident on I-75. Reports indicate a wrong-way driver entered the interstate and caused a wreck that involved may have involved as many as four other vehicles. The victim's identity is unclear at this time, but in these types of crashes it is not uncommon for an unsuspecting motorist to be killed and for the errant driver to survive.
Almost all Tennesseans have experienced a flat tire at one time or another. Though they are often easy to change, the location where one sustains a flat tire can make the procedure more difficult and dangerous. However, so long as other motorists abide by their reasonable duty of care, those changing tires and dealing with other car issues along the roadside should remain safe.
Another fatal accident has occurred on one of Tennessee's roadways. In this instance, a car was hit by a truck when it tried to entire a highway by turning across traffic from a side street. A juvenile who was a passenger in the car was killed while the car's driver and the truck's driver were rushed to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Though the investigation continues, many say the particular stretch of road in question is known for speeding drivers. While the speed limit where the car accident occurred is 50 miles-per-hour, drivers are known to go as fast as 70 miles per hour.