Murfreesboro Auto Accident Blog

Can a car accident paralyze you?

As you drive the Tennessee roads and highways this spring relishing the greening of winter's end, be sure to keep your mind on your drivings so as to avoid becoming an accident victim. You undoubtedly realize that car accidents happen all too frequently in our state and that you could suffer catastrophic injuries should you become involved in one of them. But do you realize that a back injury could put you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life?

The Mayfield Clinic points out that your spinal column, consisting of your spinal cord, 33 vertebrae and the nerves that connect your brain to the rest of your body, is divided into the following five regions:

  1. Cervical region containing the seven vertebrae found between the bottom of your brain and the end of your neck
  2. Thoracic region containing the 12 vertebrae found between the end of your neck and your waist
  3. Lumbar region containing the five vertebrae found between your waist and the end of your lumbar curve in your lower back
  4. Sacral region containing the five fused vertebrae found in your lower back
  5. Coccyx region containing the five fused vertebrae that make up your tailbone

Fate of taxi driver decided in fatal 2017 accident

Taxi services and ridesharing options are prevalent in many parts of Tennessee as they are all throughout the United States. While convenient, people do have to place a large amount of trust in their driver to follow traffic laws and drive responsibly in order to get them to their destination safely and efficiently. However, there are times when due to human error, a commercial vehicle driver may make a mistake that compromises the safety of his or her passengers. 

This is what happened in Iowa when a taxi accident claimed the life of one passenger and left another seriously injured. An initial investigation into the accident found that the taxi driver was not sober when the vehicle he was driving abruptly left the roadway and crashed. Immediately following the accident, a trial was suspended because the driver was found to be incompetent. After another analysis at a later time, he was found to be competent and a new trial date was set. In response to the multiple charges the driver was facing, he was recently sentenced to serve nearly 20 years in prison. He is set to be transferred to the facility where he will serve his sentence in the next several weeks.

Driving tips for heavy rain and strong winds

Most drivers have spent their fair share of time traveling in the rain. You, like many others, undoubtedly know that the roadways can become more dangerous during inclement weather and that other drivers do not always take the time to drive more safely.

You may not count yourself among those other people who do not make accommodations for roadway conditions, and this is wise of you. By taking the time to slow down and take other precautions during rainy and windy weather, you may avoid causing a serious car accident. Still, you may not remain completely safe due to the actions of others.

The right clothing can make you safer on a motorcycle

Of all the different ways to increase safety while riding on a motorcycle, from checking your motorcycle brakes to taking bike riding courses, the idea that the clothes you wear can make you safer might seem out of the ordinary. Yet the wrong set of clothes could make your motorcycle ride more hazardous or even deadly. There are a number of reasons why you as a Tennessee motorcyclist should watch what you wear.

Consumer Reports cautions that wearing loose, non weather resistance clothing like a T-shirt, jeans and sandals can end up causing disaster for you on your bike. These garments do little to protect you from a wind chill or debris that may fly your way on the wind. You can also be exposed to bugs, which is not something many motorists notice on the road since they ride in sheltered vehicles. Yet if insects hit you in an exposed area at a high speed, they can hurt and possibly distract you as you are riding.

A drug conviction carries long-term effects

Many federal and Tennessee state laws impose criminal penalties for a broad range of actions, from traffic violations to drug possession. While incarceration is a consequence that people often consider, it is not the only outcome of a drug crime, and other aspects can last much longer than a stint in jail.

According to Money Crashers, the repercussions of a drug charge are far-reaching, affecting many areas of your life.

Is your teenager prone to more driving risks because of age?

Allowing your teenager to have the freedom to drive him or herself to designated destinations around your Tennessee community can be a bit overwhelming at times. While you acknowledge that you cannot control every single decision they make, you are concerned about allowing such young drivers to have a complete reign of a vehicle. Understanding the risk factors that they face, and significantly more than other drivers because of their age, may allow you to make wiser decisions as a parent in the way you discipline and educate your young teenage drivers. 

For one, many teenagers are excited to test their boundaries and proud to show off their skills to their friends. Your children are probably no exception. It is critical that you educate your children about the dangers of distracted driving and remind them of what an important responsibility they have to keep themselves, their passengers and other motorists safe by driving responsibly. 

Hands-free devices and cognitive distraction

Although many studies have proved that using a cellphone while driving causes major accidents, injuries and death, people continue to engage in this deadly practice. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 481,000 drivers use their cellphones during daylight hours. In 2016, 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving accidents. Many states have banned the use of hand-held cellphones as a way to decrease the number of tragic accidents that occur each year. However, studies show that hands-free cellphones may not be a safe option for drivers.

In a study conducted by AAA, researchers asked participants to engage in several distractive activities while operating a simulator vehicle, as well as an actual car equipped with monitors. Researchers measures the participants brain activity, eye movement, heart rate and response time while they completed the following tasks:

  •          Talking on a hand-held cellphone
  •          Talking on a hands-free cellphone
  •          Composed an email using voice activated technology
  •          Maintained a conversation with a passenger in the car
  •          Listened to an audio book
  •          Listened to the radio

Tennessee drivers: Beware of distracted driving behaviors

Tennessee roadways can be pretty scary places. Heavy traffic may be something you are used to, along with fast speeds and having to quickly react to any number of situations between your starting point and final destination. Then again, does anyone ever really fully adjust to stressful driving experiences? Like most good drivers, you can do your part to stay alert and adhere to all safety regulations and traffic laws, but there's not much you can do about another driver's behavior.  

If another driver is distracted at the wheel, you're the one who might suffer if that distraction causes a collision that results in your injury. In a perfect world, every driver would remain cautious, alert and diligent to keep himself or herself and all others nearby as safe as possible. We all know, however, that the world is not perfect, and many people make irresponsible choices while driving that cause others serious losses, some that are irreplaceable.  

Alcohol consumption: Social event or addiction?

When is the last time you had a drink containing alcohol? Perhaps you're a social drinker who is careful to completely abstain from alcohol whenever you know you'll be driving a car. Maybe you drink on a more regular basis but still feel like it doesn't adversely affect your life in any way. Then again, you might be one of many Tennessee residents who are currently battling addiction.  

If so, you hopefully have built a strong support system to help you overcome your problem. There are many reasons people drink alcohol, and it is quite possible to do so in a responsible manner that puts no one at risk for harm. When things get out of hand, alcohol consumption can have serious negative consequences. In fact, some people have faced serious legal problems even after only a drink or two.

Parents may worry about college students facing charges

Over the years, you have watched your child grow in many ways. You knew the teen years would be difficult, and you likely knew that he or she would one day go off to college. However, you may not have anticipated this time being as difficult as it has proven to be.

Unfortunately, some teens can get off track in their behaviors, and some parents may not know how to effectively handle that derailment. Some parents may try to be more friendly than parental, but that approach may not allow children to understand the importance of discipline. Even despite some parents' best efforts, their children may participate in delinquent behaviors.

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