Driving this time of year can be frightening. Everyone is celebrating the holidays and is not paying attention to the amount of alcohol they consume. Their judgment is clouded and they think that they can make it home in their current state. They end up plowing into your car and, while you don't know if there are deaths in the accident, the effects are enormous. There can be serious injury to more than just the driver and definitely property damage. Recently, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been informed that the number of drunk driving fatalities is below 10,000 for 2014 as a whole. That is the lowest it has been since 2011.
Driving under the influence doesn't always mean that the driver is drunk. It can mean that the driver was under the influence of drugs. Drugged driving is a new and upcoming problem on the highways of Tennessee and the entire United States. Since 23 states and Washington D.C. have made marijuana legal it has become a bigger problem than it has been in the past. Four of these states and the District of Columbia have approved this drug for recreational use, while the others have made it legal as a medicine. There has also been a surge in prescription drugs recently.
Car accidents can happen at any hour of the day in Tennessee, and arguments could be made for various times of day as the most dangerous. For example, there is danger in the early morning from drivers who are too tired and fatigued, and there is also danger during rush hour when people are hurrying to get home—and may be more likely to speed. So, when is the most dangerous time to be on the roads?
As the 4th of July grows closer, it's important for people in Tennessee to know that it is one of the most dangerous days to drive, as it usually sees a spike in drunk driving accidents.
Memphis area residents can likely recall the thrill and excitement of first being able to drive. For many teenagers, a driver's license equates to freedom and independence. Unfortunately, some teen drivers lack the experience and, in some cases, the maturity, to handle the many responsibilities that comes with operating a motor vehicle.
As Memphis area residents gather next week with family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, many will travel by motor vehicle. Thanksgiving is among one of the busiest travel times of the year and, according to AAA, an estimated 90 percent of U.S. residents who travel this Thanksgiving holiday will do so by car. This means that drivers are almost guaranteed to encounter traffic congestion and other driving challenges while en route to holiday destinations.
Whenever people need to walk along a Tennessee roadway, there may be certain risks involved, depending on what kind of road they are walking along. If pedestrians need to walk along major roadways with exit and entrance ramps, there may be more of a risk involved. If they are attempting to walk along those ramps at night, the danger is greater. However, despite the risks, every driver should be keenly aware of any pedestrians around them so as to avoid the possibility of a car wreck.
For one family, merely being in the wrong spot at the wrong time has led to tragedy as they become the victims of a car wreck. A young boy injured in the Tennessee car wreck later died from his injuries. The driver who hit the vehicle he was in was arrested and faces a number of charges, including drunk driving.
Early morning traffic on a highway can lead to any number of accident scenarios. However, people may feel safer from a DUI car wreck in the morning compared to being on the road at night. For one group of drivers and passengers, being on a Tennessee highway in the morning was not enough to safeguard them from becoming ensnared in a serious car wreck.
Statistics often point to the fact that teenage drivers on the road engage in more risky behavior or are involved in more accidents compared to their adult counterparts. However, this does not mean that every time a crash involves teens, they are to in blame. In fact, a recent Tennessee head-on collision proves that teens are sometimes the innocent victims of adult drivers who are either negligent or reckless behind the wheel.