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Avoiding Tennessee accidents with technology

Motorists in Tennessee may be unaware of the available technological advances that assist drivers with decreasing their reaction times, thus reducing their risk of involvement in motor vehicle collisions. Many of these are currently available as options people can choose to add when they are purchasing a new vehicle, but the government does not currently mandate that manufacturers include them as standard features.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrated that inclusion of accident avoidance technologies on every new car would result in a 40 percent reduction of certain types of accidents for passenger vehicles and a 70 percent reduction for SUVs. The analysis was done by looking at rear-end collisions, run-off accidents and lane change incidents, the largest categories of accidents caused by driver inattention.

5-vehicle Rutherford County crash kills 1

Tennessee Highway Patrol officers reported that a five-vehicle crash that occurred on Nov. 26 claimed the life of a 34-year-old La Vergne man while injuring a 31-year-old Murfreesboro man. According to reports, the accident happened at 11:50 p.m. on I-24 east at the Sam Ridley Parkway Exit.

Authorities reported that the 34-year-old Lavergne man was stopped in the far right lane near the exit in his Chrysler 300. While he was stopped in traffic, his car was struck from behind by a Honda. The Lavergne man got out of his car following the initial accident, stepping into the lane of traffic. A 2004 Ford Escape then apparently swerved in an attempt to miss the Honda, striking the Lavergne man.

Woman on trial for accident that seriously injured 2

Two Tennessee women were severely injured in an accident that occurred on May 16, 2013, and the trial of the woman whom authorities say is responsible began on Nov. 17. She is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, improper traffic lane violation and vehicular assault. Her attorney argues that the case should be a civil one and not a criminal one.

The accident happened around 7 a.m. in Clarksville. A witness reported seeing a pickup truck in front of him that was swerving and nearly hit two other cars before hitting a Chevrolet head-on. The witness stopped, called 911 and went to the assistance of the injured individuals. According to him, the woman driving the pickup appeared to be under the influence based on her behavior after the accident.

2-car accident in Tennessee leads to fire

A two-vehicle accident in Bristol, Tennessee, that ended in a car fire has led to DUI charges against a West Virginia man. Police reports indicate that the crash took place on the evening of Nov. 7.

The car accident happened at the corner of Highway 126 and West State Street. A Toyota Sequoia was reportedly waiting at the intersection when a Chevrolet Avalanche ran into it from the rear. The force of the impact caused the Toyota to catch fire. A passenger in the Chevrolet had to be pulled from the wreck by rescuers.

Man charged with multiple offenses after violent crash

The Bristol Tennessee Police Department charged a driver with aggravated assault and driving under the influence following a Nov. 7 accident in which two people were injured, reportedly. Authorities said that the 10:30 p.m. crash took place at the Bristol intersection of State Route 26 and State Street.

That is where a Chevrolet Avalanche traveling eastbound on State Street rear-ended a Toyota Sequoia that was stopped at a traffic light, police stated. The collision caused the Toyota to catch fire, and the 28-year-old female driver of the vehicle suffered injuries in the accident. Moreover, a 37-year-old female passenger in the Chevrolet reportedly suffered injuries in the wreck as well, and it was necessary for emergency crews to extract the woman from the Chevrolet.

Bicyclist dies after car crash, driver suspected of DUI

A bicyclist has died after an Oct.26 accident that took place in Bristol, Tennessee, and the motorist who hit him faces a vehicular homicide charge. The incident took place near Canthook Hill Road on Weaver Pike at night.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper reported that a 35-year-old man, from Bristol, hit a bicycle from behind while driving a GMC van. The 37-year-old Bristol man who was struck fell off the bike and ended up in a ditch. The trooper said that the bike and van were off the right side of the road, and the bicycle sustained severe damage. The bicyclist wore a helmet and had a headlight on his bike turned on, but he died after being taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Effects of a traumatic brain injury

Some people in Tennessee may suffer from a traumatic brain injury after their head sustains any kind of blow. This type of injury occurs suddenly and violently, and the symptoms of a TBI can range from mild to severe. Depending on how serious the injury is, the victim may stay conscious or lose consciousness for as long as a few minutes.

Even a mild TBI can result in the victim suffering from numerous symptoms. Some possible symptoms of a TBI are dizziness, headaches, blurred vision and difficulty concentrating. A moderate or severe TBI could cause more symptoms like a headache that gets worse over time, slurred speech, seizures and agitation.

What the Ebola scare has revealed about workplace safety

Ebola has become big news in Tennessee after recent developments in Texas and Liberia. The recent cases of Ebola, a disease that is not usually encountered in America, have captured the attention of the nation and focused it upon the outdated and insufficient protections against blood-borne diseases in the health care system.

Although the current chances of catching Ebola are vanishingly small, the controversy illustrates that health care and social assistance careers are already among the most hazardous jobs in America. Approximately 653,900 on-the-job injuries were reported in these industries in 2010. This is a higher rate of injury than any other private sector job in the nation.

Vaginal implant manufacturer to pay $21 million in settlement

Eastern Tennessee residents may be interested to know that C.R. Bard Inc. has agreed to a $21 million settlement stemming from their defective vaginal-mesh implants. The implants are meant to help fortify the pelvic muscle by being sewn to the vaginal wall, which can then better support internal organs. According to lawsuits, these implants begin to disintegrate after being inserted.

Patients who received the implants have complained of painful sexual intercourse and vaginal tissue and organ damage. In 2010, the FDA ordered Bard and other vaginal implant manufacturers to study the safety of the devices. Other implant makers have pulled some lines of their vaginal implants from the market.

Truck crash into a home leaves sleeping woman dead

A Tennessee woman asleep in her home was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in the early hours of Oct. 8. The big rig loaded with several thousand pounds of pumpkins ran off the road and into the 66-year-old grandmother's bedroom.

The 34-year-old driver of the truck told investigators that the trailer began to wobble, causing him to lose control over the vehicle. He was unharmed in the collision. Several other family members were present in the home, located on the 2800 block of McGavock Pike of Donelson, but were uninjured. The victim was a retired wife and mother with grown children and several grandchildren.

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