July 30th, 2014|
When many think about Tennessee car accidents, they imagine the state’s traffic-filled highways. But a new study has shown that rural roads in Tennessee may be more dangerous than its highways.
The report from the national research organization,TRIP, showed rural roads in Tennessee had one of the highest fatality rates in the nation. Their findings showed State Route 360 in Monroe County had a total of 45 accidents during a two-year period. The intersection of State Route 437 and Fairfield Pike in Shelbyville recorded 16 crashes in the three years it has been open to traffic.
So what is being done to reduce the number of highway fatalities here in Tennessee? WSMV 4 News reports the Department of Transportation has allocated $2.5 million to improve these roadways by installing new rumble strips, warning signs, guardrails, and re-striping and repaving certain road sections. Additional efforts include adding extra law enforcement patrols and flashing warning lights at troublesome spots.
The Tennessee personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law understand the devastation caused by accidents resulting from defective roadways. That’s why we are hopeful the planned improvements will help better protect Tennessee’s motorists from harm.
July 21st, 2014|
Data shows that Tennessee has seen an upward trend in the number of serious car accidents in recent years. One of the major causes for these accidents is motorists failing to yield to traffic signals at intersections. In fact, the Tennessee Department of Safety reports there were almost 40,000 Tennessee car accidents recorded at intersections in 2008. Davidson County had the highest number of intersectional crashes with 6,026 accidents at road crossings.
Despite these numbers, Tennessee legislators recently passed a law that could significantly increase the chances of motorists being involved in car accidents. According to an article from The Tennessean, the law—which took effect on July 1—allows motorists to pass through a yellow light at an intersection as long as their front tires cross the stop line before the light turns red.
Many citizens believe the change in the law may encourage drivers to engage in dangerous behavior by attempting to get through traffic signals before lights change to red.
The Nashville personal injury attorneys with Ponce Law remind drivers that although traveling through yellow lights is legal under the law, it may not always be safe to proceed. That’s why we encourage motorists to do their part by stopping at signals when lights turn yellow.