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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in five years, 40 percent of car accidents in the United States will be caused by elderly motorists. However, it is a common misconception that older drivers cause more collisions than younger drivers. This is often based on the belief that older motorists have a decreased ability to operate their vehicles. While this may be true in some cases, the majority of accidents that involve an elderly driver are not the elder’s fault, and these drivers generally sustain more severe injuries than younger drivers.

Should Elderly Motorists Lose Their Driving Privileges?

Tennessee does not have a law saying that at a certain age, elderly drivers should cease operation of their vehicles. The state does require that all drivers over the age of 70 must renew their licenses every three years. It is up to the driver to decide when to stop driving. However, it is important to note that if a collision occurs as a result of the elderly driver’s negligent actions, the Tennessee Commissioner could restrict that driver from ever driving again.

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Campbell County pedestrian accident injury attorney

In 2018, 137 pedestrians were killed in Tennessee as a result of traffic accidents. This is a number that has been rising since 2014. Most pedestrian injuries are a result of negligence by a motorist; however, pedestrians also have rules that should be followed in order to protect themselves. The state of Tennessee aims to keep pedestrians as safe as possible with the installation of traffic signals, pedestrian crossing signs/signals, and crosswalks. Unfortunately, injuries and even wrongful death can occur when everyone does not follow the rules of the road.

What Are the Rules for Pedestrians When Crossing the Street?

Tennessee law states that all pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the road at an intersection marked with a crosswalk. In more busy intersections, a crossing signal will be utilized to let pedestrians know when it is their turn to cross. If there is not a crosswalk, pedestrians must yield to vehicular traffic. They must look both ways and only cross when cars are not present. 

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Campbell County pedestrian accident attorney

Traffic laws require drivers to stop at intersections when a traffic light is red. Failure to do so can lead to collisions with other cars or injuries to pedestrians who are crossing the road legally. In 2017, Tennessee had 13 pedestrian deaths due to drivers running red lights. This number decreased from the previous year (19), but it contributes to a grand total of 125 pedestrian deaths since 2008. According to a report from AAA Newsroom, there were 939 total fatalities in 2017 that occurred because drivers ran red lights; victims included pedestrians, cyclists, and passengers riding in cars with at-fault drivers. The most common reasons for drivers' failure to obey traffic lights were distracted driving, drunk driving, and reckless driving (running a red light).

Punishments for Running a Red Light in Tennessee

Tennessee law states that every motor vehicle must stop before entering an intersection in which a traffic light is red. This is for the safety of motorists traveling in a different direction, as well as pedestrians who are walking in a crosswalk.

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Campbell County construction zone worker injury attorney

The state of Tennessee was ranked as having the sixth-highest death rate of construction workers in the years of 2003-2017 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tennessee had 70 deaths within that time, contributing to a grand total of 1,844 nationwide. Studies show that speeding is the number-one cause of car accident injuries or fatalities in construction zones. In these work areas, the speed limits are decreased in accordance with Tennessee law. Those drivers who do not decrease their speed run the risk of hitting a worker on duty. This can result in at least a misdemeanor charge with a $250 fine or at most a charge of vehicular homicide, which comes with more serious punishments. By obeying the laws and safe driving practices, drivers can help reduce the likelihood of a construction zone accident. 

Tennessee Construction Zone Rules

Drivers in Tennessee are required to slow down when they pass through construction sites; however, it is up to the workers to make sure the proper warning is given so cars can reduce their speed. Signs should be placed along the road to give drivers an ample amount of time to slow down. These signals will usually appear as large orange signs, but they can also include:

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Campbell County automobile accident lawyer

The seasons are changing, and that means there will be more rainy days to come before winter sets in. Driving habits should change while on the road, or else serious car accidents and injuries can occur because of road conditions. Hydroplaning is the most common cause of car accidents in rainy weather. This occurs when a car is moving so fast that the moisture on the road causes the vehicle to lose traction. As a result, the car slides across the pavement, giving the driver little to no control. This can lead to cars veering off into other lanes of traffic, resulting in collisions with other vehicles and severe or fatal injuries.

Tips for Road Safety in Wet Conditions

According to a study by AAA, wet pavement leads to over one million car accidents annually nationwide. Although it is an instinct to want to drive quickly to make it to one's destination in a shorter amount of time, drivers should adhere to the following safe driving practices when traveling in the rain:

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Campbell County personal injury compensation lawyer

Tennessee law requires drivers and passengers of moving vehicles to wear safety restraints (seat belts) at all times while the car is in motion. Not only do restraint systems keep the occupants from moving around inside the car, but they also can help prevent an injury that can result from a car accident. While some restraints have been shown to cause injuries such as whiplash or broken ribs, seat belts protect against worse bodily damage and even can prevent death due to a collision. Whether or not an accident happens, a person can be ticketed for not using a seat belt while operating a motor vehicle. It is important to understand what the law says about seat belt use and how it relates to receiving compensation in a vehicle crash.

What Does Tennessee Law Say?

According to the law, drivers and passengers over the age of four years old are required to wear a seat belt if they are in a moving vehicle. The only exception to this law is for vehicles that are used as public transportation or livery vehicles such as limousines, which do not have seat belts available to passengers.

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Jacksboro, TN motor vehicle crash lawyer

Most states, including Tennessee, have a required tread depth for tires on a motor vehicle. This is because the tread is what makes a car able to travel safely along the roadways. When ice coats the pavement, adequate tread depth is what can prevent cars from sliding around. Tires can wear out after several years of use and could eventually “burst” if the tread is completely worn away. When this happens, cars can spin out of control and possibly collide with another vehicle, resulting in personal injuries for any of the occupants.

Tire Tread Depth

On average, a tire can last three or four years before needing to be replaced. Tennessee law states that tire tread depth needs to be at least 4/32 inches deep for front tires and 2/32 inches deep for back tires. Other factors that can affect a tire's safety and performance include:

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Jacksboro car accident lawyer

According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, every 34 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a car accident. Each state in the country has its own specific laws regarding child safety when traveling in a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the most appropriate safety restraint system to use to keep their child as safe as possible.

Tennessee’s Child Restraint law has clear rules for how a child should be secured at every age. A car accident can cause catastrophic injuries to a child, and that is why it is mandatory in every state for children under the age of 16 to be securely fastened while riding in a vehicle. If your child is injured in an auto accident, a skilled personal injury lawyer can advise you on steps for taking legal action against a negligent driver or manufacturer.   

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Jacksboro, TN personal injury lawyer

With approximately 2 million tractor-trailers on the road, truck drivers and motor vehicle drivers should be aware of ways to avoid truck accidents. Truck drivers are responsible for earning a commercial driver’s license (CDL) before operating a commercial vehicle and motorists are responsible for being extra vigilant when in the presence of big rigs.

Truck Driver Safety

After earning a CDL, the best way to stay safe on the road is also the most basic: know how to operate and keep control of your vehicle. According to the commercial driver’s license manual, all trucks should be inspected before, during, and after each trip. These inspections must be logged in case a truck needs to be repaired.

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Campbell County car accident lawyers

In the state of Tennessee, there were more than 497,000 reported motor vehicle collisions throughout 2017, including over 30,000 in which at least one passenger suffered injuries. Tragically, more than 1,000 people ultimately died due to injuries suffered in car accidents, statewide. 

If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, the related expenses, including vehicle damage, loss of work hours, and medical bills, can be significant. After being involved in a car accident, the first step is to check the medical condition of all passengers and to seek medical treatment for any injuries suffered. It is important to act quickly after an accident to help your chances of securing financial compensation for your injuries.

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Campbell County car accident lawyer

Here in the United States, rear-end collisions occur more frequently than any other type of collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes make up approximately 29 percent of all annual car accidents. In many of these instances, rear-end collisions cause severe injuries, ranging from whiplash to brain trauma and spinal cord damage. These types of injuries often come with significant medical bills and potential loss of work hours. Due to the monetary ramifications of a rear-end collision, it is important to secure injury compensation. Below we will explore the steps you need to take so you receive the financial compensation you deserve. 

Establishing Accident Liability

For a successful personal injury claim, it must be established that another driver was responsible for the collision. In the vast majority of rear-end collisions, the negligent party is the rear-vehicle driver. The most common form of negligence leading to a rear-end collision is driver inattention. Distracted driving is prevalent these days, especially texting while driving. Driver inattention can also be a result of fatigued driving or driving under the influence of alcohol. In any case, the odds of a rear-end wreck also increase if a driver maintains an unsafe following distance (tailgating).

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Campbell County car accident lawyer

On April 4, an elderly man and his passenger were both fatally injured in a car crash on Tennessee’s State Highway 128. The car accident served as a reminder of the risks that elderly drivers can face and present when they get behind the wheel of a car. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 290,000 elderly Americans were injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2016, while 7,400 proved fatal. 

Elderly Driver Accidents

An average of 20 elderly Americans are killed each day in car crashes. In many cases, car accidents caused by elderly drivers can be prevented with intervention from close family members.

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Campbell County car accident lawyer

In Tennessee, serious motor vehicle collisions are common throughout the state. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, over 208,000 motor vehicle collisions occurred statewide throughout 2018 alone. More than 23 percent of those car accidents resulted in injuries that required immediate medical attention. In all, 48,031 travelers were injured in car accidents in 2018. Tragically, nearly 1,000 people ultimately passed away due to the impact of the collision. 

Below, we will explore the factors in many traffic collisions and injuries, and how you can increase your safety. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, contact a legal professional right away. 

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Campbell County pedestrian accident lawyer

With the sun out and temperatures beginning to rise, more and more pedestrians will be outdoors. Unfortunately, thousands of pedestrians are seriously injured or killed in traffic collisions throughout the United States each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 5,400 U.S. pedestrians were killed after being struck by motor vehicles during a recent 12-month period. If you or a loved one are injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

Remaining Safe as a Pedestrian

Approximately 129,000 pedestrians are treated annually in U.S. emergency rooms after being struck by automobiles. In many cases, there is nothing a pedestrian can do to avoid a collision. Other accidents are preventable. Here are some safety tips you may want to consider the next time you go for a walk. 

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On the night of February 20, a 30-year-old woman was fatally injured when her vehicle traveled off-road and collided with a tree. The accident, which took place on Shelby County’s Morning Sun Road, occurred around 11 p.m. By the time first responders arrived at the scene, the lone passenger was already dead. 

Driving at night can come with increased risks due to decreased vision and driver fatigue. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision due to another driver’s negligence, it is important to seek skilled legal representation as soon as possible.

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On February 6, six motorists were injured due to one driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign on Tennessee’s Highway 160. The 20-year-old driver was fatally injured after colliding with a truck. The initial impact led the young driver veer into the oncoming traffic, where they collided with a third vehicle. The tragic accident is a reminder of how important adherence to traffic laws can be. 

Failure to stop accidents are a growing crisis across the country, in large part due to the increased use of cell phones while driving. Reckless drivers continue to endanger other travelers by disregarding yield signs and traffic signals and failing to stop at marked stop signs

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Campbell County Wrongful Death Lawyer

In 2017, more than 34,000 Americans lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions across the country. For family members of those victims, coping with the loss of a loved one is a traumatic and emotional process unlike any other. 

In a large number of these cases, collisions are caused by the negligent and reckless actions of another driver. If your family member was fatally injured in a motor vehicle collision, your family deserves skilled legal representation that can hold negligent parties accountable.

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Campbell County failure to stop car accident lawyerEvery year, approximately six million car accidents occur throughout the United States. According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a shocking 15,786 motor vehicle collisions occur every single day nationwide. Many of these accidents are caused by negligent and reckless driving. 

It should come as no surprise that a large percentage of motor vehicle collisions occur at intersections. If you or a loved one are injured in an automobile accident, and you believe the accident was caused by another driver’s failure to stop, a personal injury attorney can help you demonstrate fault for the accident and pursue compensation for your injuries. 

Stop Sign Intersection Accidents Nationwide

Stop signs are designed to protect drivers throughout the United States by ensuring that drivers navigate intersections safely. A driver’s failure to obey stop signs or comply with the traffic laws can result in serious injury and even death. Extensive research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) concluded that approximately one third of all intersection collisions occur at stop sign intersections. In all, about 700,000 stop sign accidents occur each year in the United States. Unsurprisingly, failure to stop accidents account for 40% of all intersection fatalities. 

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Jacksboro car accident lawyer seat beltA 22-year-old driver was fatally injured this past Thanksgiving when her car collided with a tree in Anderson County. The accident occurred when the driver lost control of her vehicle, swerved off the road, and ultimately hit the tree. While the Tennessee State Patrol has stated that alcohol and drugs did not play a role in the fatal crash, the driver did make one mistake: she was incorrectly wearing her seat belt. Every year, approximately 32,000 people are killed in motor vehicle collisions throughout the United States. A large number of those who are fatally injured neglected to wear their seat belts. 

Seat Belts Save Lives 

While the traffic fatality rate throughout the United States may seem alarmingly high, the number of fatal injuries would be much higher without the use of seat belts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately two million Americans are injured each year in car accidents. Seat belt restraint systems are responsible for saving 14,000 American lives on an annual basis. Despite that fact, 27.5 million Americans still neglect to wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Of all those killed in motor vehicle collisions throughout 2016, 48.5% of them were not wearing their seat belts. 

Why a Seat Belt Helps 

Proper use of a seat belt restraint system helps to increase safety in a number of ways. Not only do seat belts keep you securely in your vehicle in the event of a car crash, but they also ensure that the vehicle’s airbags and other safety measures work as designed. When seat belts are not utilized, airbags can cause severe and even fatal injuries. Common airbag injuries include punctured lungs, broken ribs, and severe head trauma. 

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Jacksboro pedestrian accident attorneyAccording to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an American pedestrian is killed every 1.5 hours in an accident involving a motor vehicle. Due to the size and weight of standard passenger automobiles and the lack of protection that pedestrians have in the event of a collision, severe injuries and even death are quite common in pedestrian accidents. Throughout 2016, just under 6,000 pedestrians were fatally injured throughout the United States. If you or a loved one have been injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, you should contact a quality team of legal representatives to determine your options for receiving compensation for your damages. 

Pedestrian Deaths in Tennessee

Here in the state of Tennessee, pedestrian fatalities seem to be on the rise. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, approximately 1,559 pedestrians were fatally injured in the state throughout 2017. This marked a 5% increase in pedestrian fatalities in comparison to the previous year. In highly populated areas throughout the state, fatal pedestrian accidents are increasingly common. In Memphis alone, there were 28 pedestrian deaths in 2016. In Nashville, 16 pedestrians were fatally injured in the same year. 

Avoiding Pedestrian Fatalities

In many cases, there is nothing that pedestrians can do to avoid serious injury after being struck by a motor vehicle, but there are some preventative measures you can take to lower the likelihood of a collision altogether. When traveling as a pedestrian, always follow traffic laws and only cross the street at marked intersections. Take precautions to increase your visibility by wearing bright clothing, cross at well-lit intersections, and make eye contact with all approaching drivers. Much like driving, walking in populated areas can come with severe injury risks, and you should never use drugs or alcohol when you are planning to commute by foot. 

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