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April 2018 Archives

Proposed law may aid officers' efforts

In Tennessee, people are aware that drunk drivers can be on the road at any time of day or night and at any season throughout the year. It is not only New Year's Eve or other such times when people can be seriously injured or killed by intoxicated drivers who should never be behind the wheels of vehicles. Law enforcement officers continue to search for ways to curb this behavior and to nab those who choose to engage in it.

Motorcyclists' rights and protection

With spring fully underway, many people in Tennessee may be getting ready to get out and enjoy the open road on two wheels. The freedom and joy that comes from riding a motorcycle is something that simply cannot be matched from riding in a car or other passenger vehicle. At the same time, the level of risk that a person faces when on a motorcycle is also greater than that of a person in a car or other vehicle. 

What should I do immediately after a car accident?

If you become involved in a Tennessee car crash, there are several things you should do immediately afterward. There also are several things you should not do. As FindLaw explains, the most important thing you should not do is leave the scene until law enforcement officers authorize you to do so. Leaving too soon could put you at risk for charges of leaving the scene or even hit-and-run.

Minimal regulations in effect for autonomous vehicles

Residents in Tennessee and around the country understand why so many companies might seek ways to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur every year. While this may be a goal most people would agree with, the path to achieving this may not be something everyone is in agreement with. The United States Department of Transportation indicates that up to 94 percent of all crashes are influenced by some type of human error. This fact is often used to support the advancement of autonomous vehicles as the potential answer to traffic fatalities.

Motorcyclist injured in hit-and-run accident

Motorcycylists in Tennessee certainly have less inherent protection around them than do drivers and passengers in cars, trucks or sport utility vehicles. This fact can make them highly susceptible to injuries when they are hit by other vehicles. That, however, does not mean it is their fault when they are hurt and operators of other vehicles do have a responsibility to avoid hitting motorcyclists just as they do other vehicles, pedestrians or bicyclists.

Drowsy driving: a nationwide issue

Most Tennesseans have heard it all before: drowsy driving is dangerous driving. Despite these warnings, thousands of tired drivers hit the state's roads each day -- posing a threat to themselves and other drivers. While this issue is hardly a new one, there are recent studies that can help residents drive in a manner that is more alert -- and, subsequently, in a way that is safer for everyone on the road.

Texting and driving: possible solutions

It is a nationwide issue, and also one with which most Tennesseans are familiar: texting and driving. Although countless campaigns have circulated in efforts to spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, countless drivers succumb to this habit. Unfortunately, some drivers face serious repercussions as a result. What is the current outlook on texting and driving in America, and will the country ever see change? 

Alcohol a potential factor in deadly crash

Tennessee residents have seen the increase in public awareness about the risks associated with drinking and driving increase over the past several decades thanks to the efforts of many groups including those like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving. At the same time, laws outlining the penalties associated with impaired driving have become stronger. Sadly, even with these advances and changes, many people continue to ignore the fact that operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol is negligent and unsafe.

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