Murfreesboro Auto Accident Blog

Traffic crash in Murfreesboro leaves multiple people injured

A crash in Interstate 24 shut down the highway heading east after multiple vehicle collided and blocked the roadway. According to the report, the crash happened during the morning rush hour at 7:05 a.m.

At the scene, troopers arrived to see multiple people injured. Fortunately, no one passed away in the crash. What happened? The highway patrol lieutenant believes that three vehicles collided when one car stopped in the travel lane. Another two cars then collided with it.

Driver fleeing shooting causes severe crash in local intersection

As the weather cools and rain becomes more common, you may hear about more crashes in Murfreesboro. Sometimes, it's distractions combined with darkness at night that makes it harder for drivers to make good decisions behind the wheel. Other times, it's a shooting that pulls traffic to a stop.

In Nashville, the police are investigating a shooting that took place and left one person in critical condition. The shooting was reported a little before 10:00 a.m., according to the authorities. One man, 45, said that he heard the gunfire and began to drive with his head down. There were six passengers in the vehicle, including three who were children. One passenger, 24, suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.

Drugged driving crashes are on the increase in Tennessee

Drug crimes can lead to serious trouble for you and for others. Driving while being drugged is a risk that you shouldn't take, but it's one that many people do. Drugged driving can, and does, lead to accidents, injuries and death. If you cause a drug-related collision, you could be held liable for injuries that you cause.

Interestingly, the number of drivers impaired by drugs while behind the wheel has been increasing in Tennessee. According to data from 2010 to 2015, the number of deaths caused by crashes involving drug-impaired drivers went up by 89%.

Be respectful of large trucks this holiday season

Commercial accidents are scary. They can involve large semitrucks carrying any kind of goods, or they could involve box trucks, mail carriers, trash collectors or others. Regardless of the kind of vehicle that is involved, the reality is that injuries and deaths are possible. When you add in the fact that these commercial vehicles are usually much larger than typical passenger vehicles, you see that there is a higher chance of serious injuries and deaths in these crashes.

Now that the winter is getting close, and the holidays are here, you may notice an increase in the number of large vehicles on the roads. They're transporting goods, hauling foods and generally making sure everyone has what they need at this time of year. Unfortunately, that also means that there is an increase in the number of large vehicles on the roads combined with an increase in traffic as a result of the holiday season.

Inattentional blindness plays a role in some motorcycle accidents

Did a motorcycle accident leave you injured or claim the life of a loved one? Collisions involving motorcycles are, sadly, all too common in the state of Tennessee. According to researchers, there may be a reason for this. Inattentional blindness, they say, contributes to many motorcycle accidents ever year.

Inattentional blindness is not a concept that is new to researchers. It is something scientists and psychologists have been studying for years. What causes it? How big of an issue is it?

How serious is drug possession in Tennessee?

Drug crimes are serious, and they need to be addressed as soon as you know that you'll be facing them. From the moment that you're arrested, you're being monitored. What you say or do might be used against you, and your actions could lead to harsh penalties.

Tennessee is hard on drug use, possession, trafficking and distribution. You might face one or more charges such as:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Possession with an intent to sell
  • Selling a controlled substance
  • Possession

If you plan to drive, don't drink: Save a life

Drunk driving is a dangerous habit to get into, yet many people do. Whether it's young adults who recently turned 21 driving between bars or an older individual who has an addiction issue, anyone who drinks and drives is putting themselves and others in danger.

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. If you show signs of impairment, you could face charges for driving while intoxicated under that limit.

Commercial vehicle crashes linked to drowsiness are a major issue

Commercial vehicles are driven by people with commercial drivers' licenses. That means that those individuals have been trained to drive these larger vehicles and have the experience necessary to keep others safe on the roads. It also means that they should be familiar with laws pertaining to safety behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.

One major part of commercial vehicle safety is getting enough rest. It's so important, in fact, that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has dedicated much time, money and effort into making sure that commercial drivers are required to take breaks and get enough sleep.

How can I keep my kids safe on Halloween?

Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it's not without its risks. Pedestrian safety is crucial during the holiday. Children are often unpredictable when crossing the street while trick-or-treating, which can lead to serious accidents and injuries. It's up to parents to keep young trick-or-treaters safe, as explained by Kids Health.

If you have children under the age of 12, you must accompany them on Halloween. Young children lack the wisdom and awareness to successfully navigate streets at night, even within a group. For children 12 and older, have them plan out their route so you're aware of where they are at all times. It's also best for kids to travel in a group. That way the other children will be able to call for help should something happen. It's also a good idea to send kids out for the night with a mobile device so they can call you if necessary. 

Fatal trucking accidents continue to rise

Highway safety advocates recently released a report that gave many cause to rejoice. The number of fatal motor vehicle accidents across the country has dropped. Perhaps it is tougher drunk driving laws, public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving or advanced safety features in vehicles that has saved hundreds of lives, but you may agree that it is worth celebrating.

Unfortunately, a closer look at the report reveals a disturbing trend. While most categories of motor vehicle accidents have declined, one category is bucking the trend. Fatal accidents involving large trucks rose 9% at the same time other accident fatalities dropped 1.8%. You may feel this is like taking one step forward and two steps back.

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