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Tennessee saw a dramatic increase in the number of motor vehicle fatalities last year compared to previous years. An article from Northwest Tennessee Today discussed the increase and what officials are doing to curb the problem.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) reported more than 1,000 fatalities associated with traffic accidents last year, which means there were roughly 70 more deaths in 2012 than during the same time period in 2011. TDOT officials became aware of the growing trend of fatal Tennessee Car Accidents in April 2012 and swiftly began working to halt the problem.
They began by installing signs along major highways that keep a running tally of the number of fatalities in the state for the year. The signs also offer messages to educate the public about the importance of certain safety precautions, such as buckling up and slowing down on the interstate. The Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Kendell Poole, says that the number of traffic fatalities has flattened since the installation of the signs.
The Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers with Hughes and Coleman Injury Lawyers are hopeful that the new signs will continue to help decrease the number of fatal traffic accidents in the state while also better educating the public on the importance of traffic safety.
Your auto insurance is a contract and the terms of your insurance coverage are the subject of that contract. Sometimes, it can be very complicated to determine whether your coverage extends to specific circumstances. Some policies of auto insurance only cover a car or truck that you have rented because your regular vehicle is in need of repair not because you just didn’t want to put extra miles on your new car or because you needed a moving van. It is always safest to obtain the insurance coverage that is available from the rental agency. However, in many situations, auto insurance obtained in Kentucky will be interpreted to provide the state minimum limits of coverage without exclusion. If you have had an auto collision while driving a rented vehicle or you were in an auto collision in which the at-fault vehicle was rented, then you should consult an attorney to assure that you get the liability, personal injury protection and other coverages to which you are entitled both by law and by contract.
Motorcycles can be a fun and efficient way to get around town, but new studies are showing the number of motorcyclists who die each year in Tennessee is increasing. WATE 6 News discussed this disturbing trend in detail and what is being done to stop the problem.
Reports from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security show that more than 133 bikers died in 2012 due to Tennessee Motorcycle Accidents. That is more than the 114 motorcyclist lives lost in 2011. Experts say the increase has been a recognized trend over the last several years.
To combat the problem, the state was given millions in federal grants to improve motorcycle safety in the state. However, officials with the US Government Accountability Office say there are too many restrictions on how the money is spent, which can limit the effectiveness of the funding.
Experts point out that motorcycle safety could be dramatically improved if states were allowed to decide how the money is spent. For example, many believe Tennessee officials should be allowed to choose between using funding for traffic enforcement or providing driver safety courses.
The Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyers with Hughes and Coleman Injury Lawyers know the dangers motorcyclists face every time they ride and hope recent research findings will be used to implement safety improvements for those who ride as well as others on the road.
Last Friday the Kentucky State Police (KSP) outlined an initiative to crack down on drunk drivers over the holiday weekend. According to trooper Michael Webb, the KSP and local law enforcement will be utilizing everything from safety checkpoints to roving patrols to help keep Kentucky’s highways safe this holiday. Last year more than 1,300 accidents occurred during the NYE holiday, 63 of which involved impaired drivers. The enforcement period began on Friday, Dec. 28 and will continue through midnight Jan. 1.
Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!
“Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive.”
Kentucky State Police say a man was killed and three others injured Friday in Gallatin County when a mother attempted to reposition her child in the backseat moments before striking a vehicle head-on.
A report made by WLWT.com states 26-year-old Maria Miller, of Warsaw, was driving on US 42 with her two children when one of the children got out of their safety restraints and stood up. Miller turned around to reseat her child, causing her vehicle to cross the median and collide head-on with another vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle Miller struck, 30-year-old Joseph Gripshover, of Warsaw, was pronounced dead at the scene. Miller and her two children were transported to area hospitals where they were later listed in stable condition. Police say investigations are continuing in the fatal collision.
Hughes & Coleman Law Firm sends our deepest sympathy to the family that lost a loved one in the auto accident last weekend.