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Distractions on the road

For Tennessee drivers, distractions on the road can lead to serious consequences. Activities that cause drivers to become distracted fall into three non-discrete categories: manual, visual and cognitive. Manually distracting activities include smoking, eating and drinking. Examples of visual distractions include making phone calls and using other technology. Cognitive distractions can be as simple as engaging in conversations with passengers to driving under the influence. Cellphone use, including texting, involves all three types of distractions, which makes it particularly dangerous.

A 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of the U.S. and seven European countries compared percentages of use of cellphones for calls, emails and texting while driving. Data analysis revealed that of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 64, an estimated 69 percent reported driving while talking on their cellphone, and 31 percent reported texting while driving during the 30 days previous to the survey. This number was more than their European counterparts.

Experiencing post-traumatic stress after an auto collision

Major car accidents happen every day in Tennessee and across the U.S., and many people suffer from severe injuries as a result. One type of injury that often goes unnoticed is the emotional trauma that some people experience after an accident. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very real condition that can occur after a car collision and wreak havoc in many areas of people's lives.

It is normal for people to experience heightened anxiety during the days and weeks following a collision, and typically, the strong emotions fade with time. However, when the anxiety is persistent for weeks and months or starts getting worse, a person may be suffering from PTSD. The disorder can become debilitating and keep people from functioning normally in their daily lives, interfering with personal relationships, work and other areas.

Head-on crash kills 1

A Tennessee man has died following a head-on car accident in Chuckey. According to the state police, the crash took place on Highway 107 near Clark's Creek at around 7:40 a.m. on Jan. 9.

The police believe that the accident occurred when a Honda Accord driven by 42-year-old man who lived near the area was hit by a Chevy S-10 driven by a 43-year-old man from Unicoi. According to the reports of eyewitnesses, the Accord had been driving in a reckless manner before the accident. They alleged that the Accord had been moving violently from side to side in the road and attempting to pass vehicles traveling in the same direction. They further alleged that the Accord went into the path of the Chevy, which had been approaching from the opposite direction, and that both vehicles maneuvered to avoid hitting each other. This resulted in a head-on collision.

Whiplash and car accidents

One possible consequence of a car accident in Tennessee is suffering whiplash, which is a violent motion that involves the head being jerked in one direction and then another. Although several things might produce whiplash effects, motor vehicle accidents are among the most common causes.

The most common type of injury in whiplash is a combination of a sprain and a strain. Torn ligaments, along with strained muscles and tendons, hurt the neck. Nerves often become inflamed as a result of the accident and disc herniation or fractures may also occur. Although it is impossible to prevent whiplash from happening, properly adjusted headrests and use of seat belts may minimize the injury.

Husband and wife injured in truck accident

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a truck driver was cited for failure to yield after he was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Dec. 16. After pulling out of a Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Greeneville, the 29-year-old truck driver collided with a 2002 Toyota Corolla. Both the driver and the passenger in the Toyota suffered injuries in the crash.

The car accident took place while the driver of a 2015 International tractor-trailer was attempting to enter U.S. 11E from Bridge Burners Boulevard. At the same time, a 45-year-old woman was driving a Toyota northbound on U.S. 11E with her 41-year-old husband sitting in the passenger's seat. After hitting the side of the empty tractor-trailer, the Toyota driver broke her neck and her husband suffered a detached retina.

Car accidents may result in skull fractures for car occupants

Tennessee residents may know that there are several types of skull fractures. However, there is only one cause of skull fractures, namely, a blow to the head, such as one that occurs when a person's head smashes into a windshield in a car accident.

The types of skull fractures include closed fracture, so called because the skin is not broken; open fracture, in which the skin is broken and the brain can be seen; depressed fracture, in which the skull is pushed into the brain; and basal fracture in which the door of the skull is fractured. This can be around the eyes, ears, nose or back. Other types of fractures include comminuted, in which the skull is broken in three or more places; linear, in which the break is a straight line, and greenstick, which is an incomplete fracture.

Multi-vehicle crash kills 2

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported a three-vehicle accident on the west side of Knoxville, which caused two fatalities and sent a third person to the hospital on Dec. 9. The police were alerted that the collision occurred around 7 p.m.

They responded to the scene of the accident in Roane County at the point where Eagle Furnace Road crosses Highway 27. According to sources, the Rockwood woman had been driving a Buick Riviera south when she ran into a northbound station wagon head-on. The accident pushed the station wagon into a third car.

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.

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