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Starting a new job and the risk of a wreck

There are many times in a person’s life when a motor vehicle collision may be more likely. Someone driving during poor road conditions may have an increased chance of crashing with another vehicle or veering off the road. Other situations may also lead to a greater car accident risk, including those which may not seem significant. For example, someone who starts a new job may be more likely to cause an accident for multiple reasons and it is essential to be vigilant if you have recently switched fields or plan to work somewhere else in the near future.

Latest collision at Germantown railroad crossing kills couple

When cars take on trains, it may be easy to deduce who wins. Recent years have seen increased efforts to educate motorists in Shelby (and throughout the rest of the U.S.) on the importance of exercising caution and sound judgment around railroad crossings. The question of liability in cases where trains collide with cars may seem like a moot point. A train cannot, after all, deviate from its tracks, so short of operator negligence, blame for such accidents may almost always fall on the part of the motorists involved. Yet what about cases where warning systems meant to alert drivers of approaching trains fail? 

What should I do after a car crash?

Unfortunately, auto accidents happen all too often in Tennessee. If you become involved in one, you need to take some immediate steps to prevent an already bad situation from becoming even worse. The decisions you make right after your accident could affect you for months or years to come.

Do others have a duty to render aid?

The immediate aftermath of a car accident in Shelby can be quite traumatic. You may suffer an initial shock over what has happened, which ultimately may turn to panic if you and/or others in your vehicle sustain injuries. Your fears that the longer it takes for you to be treated, the greater the danger you may face are well-founded. Fortunately, you are often not alone in such accidents; the other motorists involved may be available to assist you. While there's no question that you hope that they feel compelled to, the question becomes whether they are legally obligated to. 

How Can I Be a Better Driver?

As a Tennessee motorist, safety is a must. While you can’t change the actions of other drivers, the steps you take to be a safer, more conscientious driver will actually minimize your risk of an accident. KidsHealth.org offers the following tips in this case, which can help drivers both young and old stay safe when on the road.

What should I do if involved in a hit and run?

It can happen to any Shelby driver, no matter how safe you are. Hit and runs will turn your world upside down, potentially depriving you of a reliable vehicle and leaving you responsible for an exorbitant repair bill. There are steps you can take to improve the situation however, as explained by State Farm below.

Eating behind the wheel: a dangerous distraction

Many in Shelby may perceive dangerous driving to only include those practices that are blatantly negligent, such as being intoxicated or texting while behind the wheel. In reality, there are a number of other actions that many undertake while driving that can also impair their abilities. Chief among these is eating while driving. Most consider eating to be such a natural action that it requires little to no thought at all. Yet when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists the actions that can be most distracting to drivers, it includes eating right near the top. 

How can I avoid distracted driving?

As a Tennessee driver you know that safety is crucial when behind the wheel. However, keeping distractions at bay while driving can be difficult, especially with smartphones and GPS in every vehicle. Geico offers the following advice in this case, which will help you preserve the safety of yourself as well as other drivers.

What Is Defensive Driving?

Defensive driving is defined as being hyper-aware of the many threats and dangers that exist on Tennessee roads. It entails a number of safe driving behaviors that can greatly reduce your risk of being involved in a serious accident. But what does it actually mean to be a defensive driver? Business Insider offers the following tips to help you hone your ability and preserve the safety of yourself as well as your passengers.

What is negligent entrustment?

Car accidents are certainly not an uncommon occurrence in Shelby. Yet they also are not a risk that you and other motorists should simply be expected to accept. If you have been involved in a car accident, you have every right to want to know the circumstances that contributed to it. Oftentimes it may be revealed that the driver that hit you likely shouldn't have been behind the wheel (e.g., he or she had been proven to be a careless driver or was driving with a suspended license). When this happens, your frustration may be equally split between the driver and whomever allowed him or her to drive. 

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