Tennessee drivers might be interested to learn about a new study that shows glancing from the roadway for just two seconds can increase the risk of a car crash. The findings were issued by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in April to correspond with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Research has determined that 60 to 90 percent of all sternum fractures are suffered in car accidents. This type of injury is often seen in females and in those over the age of 50, and it is thought to be rare for a child to suffer such an injury. As the sternum covers important parts of the body such as the heart and lungs, an injury to that body part could result in additional injuries or even death.
Criminal charges are expected to be filed in Tennessee following a deadly crash that killed one out-of-state woman and injured two men on March 11. According to the accident report, the crash occurred when a Dodge Ram driven by a 54-year-old Kentucky man failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle at the intersection of Little Elk Creek Road and State Highway 297. Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers say that alcohol may be a factor in the fatal head-on collision.
When Tennessee drivers are in a high-speed auto accident or head-on collision, an occupant could receive spinal injuries. Spinal fractures that are common in car accidents are thoracic mid-back and lumbar lower back fractures. A major symptom of a spinal injury is moderate to severe back pain that is exacerbated by movement. In some cases, a victim might also suffer from numbness or tingling if the spinal cord is affected.
Most Tennessee drivers know that drunk driving kills, but they may not realize just how serious the problem is. Across the United States, one person dies every 51 minutes in a motor vehicle accident caused by an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
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 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 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.
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.