At the law office of Pryor, Priest and Harber, we appreciate how difficult it can be for Tennessee residents to recover from accidents caused by drunk drivers. Such collisions may leave victims with serious physical injury, financial loss and psychological trauma. While nothing can undo the harms of a drunk driving accident, there are penalties for those who drink and drive.
Tennessee residents might be familiar with the news report about Bruce Jenner's recent car accident and the wrongful death lawsuit he faces. According to reports, surviving family members of a woman who died in the car accident on Feb. 7 have filed civil charges against Jenner, claiming that the 65-year-old ex-athlete is to blame for driving in a negligent manner that caused the crash.
A car accident that occurred in Tennessee on May 2 left one person dead and two others injured. According to authorities, the incident took place near the intersection of 40th Avenue North and Albion Street close to Tennessee State University.
Research continues to show how dangerous distracted driving can be. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and insurance companies, among other groups, are promoting awareness of the true dangers of texting or engaging in other distracted behavior while driving. Since many Tennessee drivers and passengers are injured by distracted drivers each year, it is very important that everyone understand how dangerous cell phone use behind the wheel can be.
On March 27, a car accident that occurred in Tennessee left one person dead and three others with injuries. Authorities reported that the crash took place near the Highland on-ramp on Sam Cooper at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Two individuals were killed and one was seriously injured during an early morning wreck that happened on Interstate 40 East in Tennessee. According to authorities, the driver of a Dodge Neon stated that he pulled over on the shoulder of the interstate to rest, despite having four passengers inside. After the driver supposedly fell asleep, the car was struck by a van. A third vehicle was then unable to avoid striking the van.
Tennessee residents might be interested in hearing about new research that was done on teenage driving behavior. According to the results of a study that was led by an assistant professor at Oregon State University, many teenagers engage in activities that are very distracting while they are behind the wheel. Among those that were surveyed, 27 percent admitted to sometimes changing their shoes and clothes while they drive. Other teens said that they change their contact lenses, do homework or apply makeup while driving.
Police say that a drunk driver may have been to blame for a crash that took place on March 11 at around 11:18 p.m. The crash occurred at the intersection of State Highway 297 and Little Elk Creek Road in Elk Valley. According to authorities, a Jeep being driven by a 33-year-old man tried to turn onto State Highway 297 while traveling south on Little Creek Road.
In Tennessee, one man is dead following a collision involving a pickup truck and a commercial delivery truck on March 6. According to media sources, the deadly crash took place in Lincoln County on Highway 50 near Louse Creek Road. At press time, it was not known if any charges are expected to be filed in the case. However, the preliminary report indicates that weather is not a factor.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported the death of a 44-year-old woman in a car and semi truck crash on Interstate 24 between Manchester and Monteagle. The semi hit the back of her 2000 Saturn coupe when her vehicle slowed down. The impact forced her car off the road. Her 20-year-old male passenger was injured.