Tennesseans have a deep sense of compassion for their neighbors, and when people need help, they can usually get it from their friends. Hit-and-run accidents, however, can force people to re-evaluate their innate neighborliness. A hit-and-run doesn't have to be fatal to cause damage to people's lives, but it can make people wonder why.
If you look at the causes of crashes in Tennessee and elsewhere, it becomes apparent that the primary cause is negligence in some form by one or more drivers. It is almost fair to list motor vehicles with negligent drivers as life-threatening safety hazards. The only difference between the five most common causes of automobile crashes is the circumstances under which they occurred.
While the winter months in Tennessee bring festivities that help to dispel the gloom of shorter days and longer nights, often accompanying the cheer of the holidays are dangerous driving conditions. We may not be overwhelmed with the intense snow storms that hit the northern states annually, however, black ice and sleet can make our commutes a white-knuckle experience. Pair poor driving conditions with other distractions and you'll find that the months of December, January and February are not kind to drivers in Tennessee.
It is likely that self-driving cars will not be a common sight on Tennessee roads anytime soon, but when they finally are, they will have an effect on the auto insurance industry as well. It is not clear how these cars will be insured, and in part, this is because the safety of the cars is not yet known.
Innovations in communications technology have made life easier and more productive for many Tennessee residents, but road safety advocates are becoming increasingly concerned about the number of drivers who use electronic devices while behind the wheel. The problem is particularly pronounced among younger drivers who have grown up with cellular technology. Campaigns run by the National Safety Council have generally focused on making the public more aware of emerging dangers, and the organization has named April the Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
While many Tennessee drivers believe that they are driving safely, the vehicles they are driving may not be safe, especially if they fail to care for or maintain their braking system. If drivers often drive in stop and go traffic, their braking system can potentially fail much faster than expected, resulting in a serious collision that could cause injuries or even deaths. There are signs that could indicate that the braking system needs to be attended to.
Tennessee motorists may have heard that for the first time, a Google self-driving car was in a crash that it caused. Other Google automated vehicles have been in accidents before, but they were all the fault of other drivers. The accident took place in Mountain View, California, where Google has its headquarters, and involved a city bus. However, no one was injured.
Tennessee motorists might wonder about what car makers are doing to continue to ensure driver and passenger safety. While many manufacturers are working towards self-driving cars, Volvo is developing vehicles that it is calling death-proof and which it hopes to introduce by 2020.
A substantial proportion of American's 36 million licensed drivers older than the age of 65 lives in Tennessee or travels through the state. Available research on the aging national driver population indicates that elderly drivers show no greater tendency to have motor vehicle accidents than other age groups.
According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers in Tennessee and throughout the United States are safer each year due to improved safety technology. However, driving remains a risky activity, and in 2013, there were 32,719 fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents.