Nashville Automobile Accident Attorney Studies A Distracted Driver Roadway Departure Crash

A curvy road and a speeding driver can make a dangerous situation, as it did for a Nashville woman Tuesday night around 7 PM in Antioch. News reports of the accident are sketchy, as is the usual case in these kinds of accidents, but I would bet there was another factor at play here. The other factor I’m referring to is driver distraction. Something was taking this woman’s attention away from the task at hand. She was hospitalized in Critical condition. My prayers go out to this young lady, prayers for a speedy recovery.

Driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes. Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Primary causes of driver inattention are distracting activities, such as cell phone use, and drowsiness. Investigators will most probably review her cell phone records and find that she was engaged in a conversation with someone.

As an experienced Nashville automobile accident attorney we know that these crashes are referred to as “Roadway Departure Crashes” (RDCs). The Federal Highway Administration defines a RDC as a non-intersection crash that occurs when a vehicle crosses an edge line or a centerline, or otherwise leaves the traveled way.

According to the Federal Highway Administration roadway departure crashes are frequently severe and account for the majority of highway fatalities. In 2008, there were 19,794 fatal roadway departure crashes resulting in 22,080 fatalities, which was 53 percent of the fatal crashes in the United States.

If you or a loved one are involved in a Tennessee automobile accident caused by a distracted driver contact the experienced Nashville automobile accident attorneys to find out about your rights and remedies.

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Nashville Automobile Accident Lawyer Names “Tennessee’s 2010 Worst Driver Of The YearWell folks,

Well folks, I think I found the 2010 Worst Tennessee Driver of 2010. Picture this scenario, a man is driving along a highway in a Ford Focus, his passengers include a 17-year-old girl, a 10-year-old and a one-year old, along with another adult. He attempted to pass several school buses and had the adult passenger no grabbed the steering wheel at the last second, he would have hit another car head-on. He did hit the other vehicle on the driver’s front side as well as the car following it before he left the roadway and was ejected. All in all, 10 people were injured by this bozos stupidity. Thank God no one was killed.
Two-lane highways in Tennessee have a single broken yellow centerline. You should always drive to the right of the centerline, except to safely pass another vehicle. Passing another vehicle is a normal part of driving, but it can be very dangerous. Collisions resulting from improper passing are often fatal, since the impact is greater in this type of crash. Before you attempt a pass, be sure you have enough room to complete the maneuver. If you have to cut back to your lane too soon, you risk sideswiping the vehicle you are passing. If you do not cut back to your lane soon enough, you risk a head-on collision.
It is equally important to know when NOT to pass, as well as when to pass. The decision of whether or not to pass is influenced by the knowledge, judgment, attitude and behavior of the driver. BE PATIENT. As a general rule, it is NOT SAFE to pass more than one vehicle at a time, although it is not illegal in Tennessee to pass multiple vehicles. It is recommended that you not even consider passing multiple vehicles unless you:
A. Are on a straight, level roadway where your vision of oncoming traffic is excellent;
B. Can complete the pass of all vehicles and be safely returned to the right lane before coming within 100 feet of the no passing markings (solid yellow line, signs, etc.) and/or any oncoming vehicles approaching from the opposite direction.
If you or a loved one is injured in a Tennessee car accident caused by a negligent driver contact our Nashville car accident attorney’s and find out about your rights and remedies.

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Drunk Wrong Way Nashville Driver Crashes And Kills Another Woman

Interstate Traffic Fatality

Interstate Traffic Fatality

I’ve had a hard time writing this blog, as an experienced Tennessee automobile accident attorney, I’ve seen my share of horrible wrecks caused by drunken drivers, but an accident in Nashville this past Thursday has left me numb. How does a driver get onto a busy Interstate highway going the wrong way?

Just this past week we wrote about an 80-year-old Knoxville man who did just that. His error lead to him crashing into a gasoline tanker truck and several other cars, fortunately no one was killed. The most recent Tennessee records available are from 2010 and show that we had a disproportionate number of wrong-way crashes that year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There were 1,005 fatal crashes involving wrong-way drivers in the United States that year, 105 of those in Tennessee.

The driver got on to I-65 going the wrong way and within minutes she slammed head-on into the victim. Photos of the cars show clearly how bad the impact was. The victim, a 29-year-old Nashville woman, was working her route as a Pepsi salesperson at 4 A.M. when she was killed. My prayers go out to the family and friends of this young woman, as well as the driver that caused this tragedy.

In the case I’m referring to, police investigators are certain that the cause was alcohol. A witness who stopped to render aide said the driver appeared to be drunk and when he inquired as to her condition she cursed him.

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In Tennessee in 2008, 327 people were killed in crashes where the driver or motorcyclist had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. There is another important aspect to this investigation, and that is where had this woman been drinking prior to the accident?

The Tennessee Dram Shop law establishes liability arising out of the irresponsible sale or provision of alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third parties as a result of alcohol-related car crashes and other accidents. I will keep up with this case and report later on the outcome.

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a Tennessee automobile accident caused by a drunk driver and you hope to recover all of the damages the law allows you need to consult with an experienced Tennessee automobile accident attorney which offer a free consultation so that you can gain the information you will need to face this odyssey through the legal system.

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Franklin Tennessee Police Are Aggressive In DUI Enforcement

The Franklin, Tennessee police DUI squad was busy the other day when, in a period of 24 hours they responded to two DUI crashes and made four DUI arrests. Aggressive enforcement of drunk driving laws is a key element in addressing this major problem. The attorneys and staff  send out a big THANK YOU to these brave men and women who belt up everyday to keep us safe on the highways.

The first one presented no real threat to other drivers since the guy had parked his car behind a Kroger store, left his keys in the ignition and passed out. He should have taken the keys out of the ignition and avoided a DUI. Maybe, the guy might get the message, we can only hope.

The first crash involved a previously convicted drunk driver. Robert Garrett 49, of College Grove, was arrested and charged with DUI second offense after he hit a parked car on West Main in Franklin.

Crash two brought police to a wreck outside the Whole Foods store where they found that a car had crashed into a utility pole. The driver had fled the scene but police arrested the man a short distance away. This driver was also a repeat offender.

The final arrest reminds me of the sage words of Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does”. In this case, a 24-year-old Franklin man was driving drunk speeding, without a license, an expired registration, and he ran a red light. To top it off he and the inside of his car was covered with vomit. Charming. He was charged with his second DUI, violation of a traffic control device, possession of drug paraphernalia and expired registration.

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In Tennessee in 2008, 327 people were killed in crashes where the driver or motorcyclist had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That is down from 377 people killed in 2007 with a BAC of .08 or higher. Over the 2008 Labor Day holiday, 12 people were killed in 10 fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways, down from 17 people killed on Tennessee roadways in 2007.

If you are a loved one is injured or killed in a Tennessee car accident caused by a drunk driveryou owe it to yourself to contact an experienced Nashville auto accident lawyer and take advantage of a free consultation to find out about your rights and remedies.

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All Tennessee Drivers Should Watch Out For Unattended Kids In Hot Vehicles

Over the past several days the heatwave in Tennessee seems to have ended. But don’t be fooled by the recent respite. In Tennessee the months of August and September can turn hot at the drop of a hat. With school back in session in Nashville, parents need to remain alert about leaving their children in hot cars.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) and Safe Kids Worldwide recently announced a new partnership focused on preventing child deaths from heat stroke in the United States. As part of this joint effort, the nation’s top auto safety agency and one of the country’s most vocal child safety organizations will host public events throughout August to highlight the dangers of heatstroke. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children under the age of 14, with at least 33 fatalities reported in 2011 alone.

Local media in Nashville reported several serious and fatal injuries to children in the last week. One young mother is in jail facing serious felony charges in the deaths of her two babies in the Murphreesboro area, south of Nashville.

If you see children left alone in vehicles during hot weather, do the right thing and call 911 and alert Metro police authorities, your call might save the life of a child.

For these and other important Tennessee highway safety tips visit the web site of the Nashville Certified Civil Trial Lawyers.

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Drunk Tennessee Driver Hits A Pedestrian And Flees The Scene

My hat is off to the Murfreesboro drivers who witnessed a hit and run that injured a pedestrian. These fine people who could have turned and driven off, but chose to get involved to take a dangerous driver off the road, followed the man to a local motel and advised the police who arrested him. The 65-year-old man now stands accused of vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, driving under the influence of alcohol and operating a vehicle without insurance. The good news is that the pedestrian was treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center for scrapes and bruises and released. The 18-year-old man was initially knocked unconscious.

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Here in Tennessee in 2008, 327 people were killed in crashes where the driver or motorcyclist had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That is down from 377 people killed in 2007 with a BAC of .08 or higher.

On average, a human being is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes, a decline of 9.8 percent from the 13,041 drunk driving related fatalities of 2007.

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a Nashville automobile accident by a drunk driver contact the experienced Nashville automobile accident attorney’s and take advantage of a free consultation so that you can get a complete picture of your rights and remedies.

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Tennessee Motorcyclist Dies In Motorcycle Tractor-Trailer Crash

The Chattanooga motorcycle community, along with friends and family buried one of their own this past week. The 57-year-old former police sergeant crashed his cycle during an early morning ride when, traffic investigators say he clipped the back end of a tractor-trailer truck on Highway 153. The man was popular and a friend to all, and the gathered said they will miss him dearly. Our prayers go out to the friends and family of this man.

As an experienced Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer, I find the media reports of this motorcycle fatality somewhat sketchy, and I can only surmise what exactly happened. When you’re riding a motorcycle behind a tractor-trailer it’s hard to visualize why the rider came close enough to hit the trailer. I’m thinking that one of several things happened.

The rider might have become distracted and the truck slowed for traffic and the cyclist was unable to stop quick enough to avoid the crash. Maybe he was following to close and was unable to stop when the truck slowed for traffic. It’s hard to say, but the lesson to learn here is that we must always avoid distractions and not follow to closely. We must avoid distractions, especially when driving along a busy highway, remembering that it only takes a distraction of a second or two for us to lose control.

If you or a loved one happens to become injured or, God forbid, killed in a Nashville motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you owe it to your family to pay a visit to an experiencedTennessee motorcycle accident lawyer  . Free consultation.

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A Winding Tennessee Mountain Road Is No Place For Distractions

A Lake City man was killed this past Monday in a one-vehicle crash on New River Highway. The 41-year-old man was driving a Toyota pickup truck on the winding mountainous road when he lost control and went over the embankment and down a hundred or so feet. The man was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected.

According to local media reports, that area winds around the mountain with several tight curves. Several areas along the road have drop-offs that go down several hundred feet. Our prayers go out to the family and friends of this unfortunate man.


Driving on winding mountain roads requires a driver to pay special attention to his speed, and the conditions of the road. On a road such as this, a distraction for even two seconds can be cause a driver to leave the road, and not be able to find his control again. It’s hard to say whether the man would have survived if he had been secured with seat belts, but statistics show that seat belts save lives.

Fortunately no one else was injured or killed in this accident. If you find yourself in a Tennessee auto accident caused by a negligent driver, call the experienced personal injury lawyers and take advantage of a free consultation.

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Two Young Women On Moped Crash Into A Turning Car Are Now Hospitalized In Nashville

Two sisters, a 16-year-old and a 20-year-old, are being treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center as the result of a collision between a Moped (motorized bicycle) and a car. The sisters were riding and had a green light and the right of way when a car turned left directly in front of them. Local media reports quoted witnesses saying the girls had suffered serious head injuries but failed to mention whether they were wearing approved helmets. Out prayers go out to the injured girls for a speedy and complete recovery. In Tennessee, riders must wear helmets even on low-powered cycles such as a Moped. Motorcycle helmets provide the best protection from head injury for motorcyclists involved in traffic crashes.   All motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and may lead to severe head injuries, which are sometimes fatal. In fact, a brain injury is the leading cause of death following a motorcycle crash. With less external protection for travelers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are twenty-one times more likely to die in an accident and four times more likely to suffer injury than those traveling in automobiles. Have you or a loved one been injured in a Nashville motorcycle accident or auto accident as a result of distracted driving or other negligent driving?  If so, you should call experienced Nashville personal injury lawyers and Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer  which will treat you with the utmost compassion and respect. Call us today and speak with an experienced Nashville personal injury lawyer to discuss the details of your case.

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Nashville Area Tops The Charts For Teen Driving Fatalities

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently released the results of a study that showed that the Nashville area (including Murfreesboro and Franklin) has a death rate 31 percent higher than the national average for people between the ages of 15 and 24. This places Nashville at number three on the list of the most dangerous places in the United States forteenagers.

According to local media reports, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of hospital visits for patents aged 15 through 19. Studies in Tennessee showed that approximately 50% of teens killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts. The report went on to say that winding rural roads, lack of driver education and safety programs, and use of cell phones, as factors leading to these high numbers.

Among experienced Tennessee automobile accident attorneys, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it is generally agreed that teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group.

Per mile, the crash rate for 16 year-old drivers is 10 times the rate for drivers between 30 and 59. The basic reasons behind this statistic are obvious, teen drivers have no experience with the myriad issues faced by drivers with experience, furthermore, they are immature and often takes risks, most often speeding, and are easily distracted which contribute to the increased death rate.

In addition to laws, safety experts agree that parents play a key role in helping teens become good drivers. Parents should not rely solely on drivers education classes to teach good driving habits and should restrict night driving, restrict the numbers of passengers riding with their teen, supervise practice driving, always require use of seat belts and choose vehicles for safety, not image. Parents can also set a good example by practicing safe driving techniques themselves.

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a Tennessee automobile accident caused by a teen driver contact the experienced Nashville automobile accident attorneys  and find out about your rights and remedies.

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