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.
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.
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.
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.
On August 19, a 33-year-old woman entered her plea in a Rutherford County, Tennessee, court on charges related to a fatal hit-and-run accident. The victim was changing a flat tire on his mother's car at the side of Interstate 24 when he was struck. Some of the charges against the female driver include vehicular homicide by intoxication, reckless assault and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.