After a tractor trailer rear-ended a bus on a highway about 30 miles outside of Nashville late last week, many shared the same sentiment: It could have been much, much worse.
The driver who was convicted of striking and killing two people with his vehicle while he was driving drunk received two eight-year sentences in a Nashville court this week. He pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide. He won't be serving all that time in prison, however.
The numbers are in. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security officials released preliminary figures last week that indicate traffic deaths have fallen to the lowest level in 48 years.
Returning from a tour of duty can be incredibly difficult for members of the military. Many of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and changing back into civilian clothes can feel a little strange.
Here's a staggering statistic: the number of pedestrians seriously injured while listening to headphones has more than tripled in the last six years. As iPods have skyrocketed in popularity, they may also cause people to pay less attention when taking a city stroll, and that can lead to fatal pedestrian accidents.
Most of us have been faced with the situation. You are driving along and an animal abruptly darts in front of your car. Whether it is a deer, a dog, a raccoon or what have you, swerving to avoid the animal can be more dangerous than actually hitting it.
A metro police officer was struck by a vehicle in a bizarre car accident on Saturday morning. The officer was apparently directing traffic due to another accident when he was hit.
It was not a good day for travelers on Interstate 65 in Nashville yesterday. There were two different crashes, one involving life-threatening injuries, while one caused a fuel spill that required assistance from hazardous material teams.
Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended completely banning the use of handheld and wireless cellphones and electronic devices by drivers. Since it was a recommendation, states do not have to adopt it, but some might.