According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there is currently no statewide ban on handheld devices for drivers in Tennessee. However, if you live or drive here, you should be familiar with some the distracted driving laws that are in place, such as the following:
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.
The Lewisburg police chief was involved in a car accident on April 18. The police chief, a 57-year-old man, was on his way to breakfast around 6 a.m. when a vehicle that was being driven by a 68-year-old woman rear-ended him at a stoplight, pushing his vehicle into the intersection. His vehicle then crashed into a light pole nearby.
Some Tennessee residents may have heard about a deadly car accident that took place at the Walt Disney World Speedway on April 12. A 36-year-old man who worked as an operations manager at the Florida park was killed while riding in the passenger seat of a Lamborghini. The deceased man began working at the Speedway in 2001.
Illegal street races in Tennessee pose a major threat to drivers, pedestrians and spectators. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other transportation agencies, illegal street racing is growing in popularity across the country. To combat this problem, authorities are imposing serious penalties on people found street racing or viewing a street race.
The American Auto Association reports that 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents are caused by wet weather crashes a year. Tennessee drivers can take precautions to avoid accidents during rainy springtime weather, and staying alert and being ready to take action is most important when driving under these types of conditions.
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.
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.