SUVs are popular vehicles on Tennessee highways. Still, the great majority of personal vehicles on the road tend to be the small- to mid-size passenger cars.
It takes only two seconds of driver distraction to increase the chances of a motor vehicle crash. That's what experts who study car wrecks have determined. We see the evidence of the problem all around us in the many car and truck accidents that happen in the Nashville area. Too often these accidents result in debilitating, life-altering injuries or deaths, causing grief, suffering and major financial hardship.
Megan Bouge smiles when she talks about her current state, but among the emotions she says she is feeling is anger. Who could blame her? The Robertson County woman considers herself lucky to be alive after a horrendous head-on crash back in January, but at the same time she is dealing with the loss of her 3-year-old daughter and her mother. They were killed in the crash.
Two fatal car wrecks in a week, both involving wrong-way drivers, likely have many in Knoxville residents more than a little concerned. They certainly are presenting challenges to the city's investigators.
Eight-thirty in the morning on a Monday is probably not the time anyone would thinking they might get caught up in the middle of a high speed police chase. Certainly, in3 and around Nashville, that's a time when most people are just trying to get to work or get their kids to school.
People are dying on the roads of Tennessee and the nation at a rate that no one is happy with. What is of additional concern is that the rate of teen deaths due to car accidents showed an uptick in 2011 after years of being on the decline, and things seem to have gotten worse in 2012.
Murfreesboro police are investigating a deadly accident involving a car and a man walking his bike.
A few weeks back we told you about a wild chase and shootout between a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper and a Gray, Tennessee man. The case is now headed to a grand jury that will consider charges including attempted second-degree murder, possession of a handgun by a felon, felony reckless endangerment, speeding, felony evading arrest and failure to exercise due care. Perhaps figuring they had enough to nail their suspect, prosecutors dropped some charges including failure to wear a seat belt, failure to carry insurance, an open container violation and no registration. The speeding charge was dialed down from driving 115 MPH in a 70 MPH zone to driving 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone.
The federal government is worried that too many pedestrians are stepping into the path of those ultra-quiet electric cars, so a few years down the road those electrics and hybrids will have to announce their presence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new, 230-page rule that specifies what carmakers must do to help visually-impaired pedestrians and those just not paying attention avoid being injured or killed.
Police chase fans hoping for some footage of that pursuit, crash and shootout in Greene County are about to be disappointed. The Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who ran down the suspect and traded gunfire with him left the camera back at the station. Images from the digital camera were being downloaded at the Highway Patrol's headquarters when the report of a man tailgating cars and flashing a blue light came in. The officer made the obvious choice and lit out after the lawbreaker, chasing him at speeds as high as 115 miles per hour before the fleeing motorist crashed into a couple of trees.