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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.

Construction worker killed in equipment-related accident

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 58-year-old man working outside a K-12 grade school in Murfreesboro was killed when a backhoe overturned, trapping him beneath it. The Sept. 23 incident happened at about 2 p.m. at Eagleville School in the southwestern part of Rutherford County.

At the time of the fatal workplace accident, the man was employed with a construction company that was hired to complete a $5.4 million major renovation project for the school. The project, which the school hopes to complete by the new school year in 2015, involves several large upgrades and increasing the size of the facility to an estimated 30,000 square feet.

Tennessee motorcyclist killed in accident

One motorcyclist is dead and another seriously injured in a crash on Barfield road that occurred on Sept. 13. According to a representative of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of a Mercedes allegedly failed to yield right of way, causing the fatal crash.

Accident reports say that a 38-year-old Murfreesboro resident who was driving a 2012 Suzuki died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash at Vanderbilt Medical Center on Sept. 18. His wife, a passenger on the motorcycle, was transported by helicopter to the same facility and underwent surgery. The 21-year-old driver of the Mercedes and a 22-year-old passenger were both uninjured in the accident.

Cellphone use while driving is a widespread problem

Tennessee residents may not be aware of the dangers associated with using a cellphone while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. According to various studies and statistics compiled by the Federal Communications Commission, there is a troubling correlation between distracted driving and auto accidents that result in catastrophic and fatal injuries. Partly because of these documented risks, lawmakers in several states have enacted laws prohibiting texting and other types of cellphone use while driving.

Researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that, compared to undistracted drivers, people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to experience a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, in 2010, distracted drivers caused 18 percent of the nation's car accidents. Altogether, distracted driving was responsible for killing 3,092 people and injuring 416,000 people that year, reportedly.

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