It is the time for holiday shopping, cards and parties. Unfortunately, it is also the time for holiday drinking and driving. December is a National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to a recent survey, 26 million people over age 16 admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs during the past year. The largest percentage were drivers age 20 to 25 years old. The consequences are staggering. Drunk driving costs approximately 10,000 lives each and every year and injures even more. So as the holiday season enters full swing, and in honor of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, here are some reminders about how to stay safe on the roads while still enjoying the festivities. Continue reading
Self-driving cars are not really “self-driving.” Instead, manufacturers warn drivers of autonomous vehicles that they must remain in control of the vehicle. For instance, Tesla states: “keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times” and to always “maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle.” ProPILOT (Nissan/Infiniti) and SuperCruise (GM) focus on the fact that those programs are an assistance feature and not a substitute for a human driver. And yet, a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that 53% of SuperCruise, 42% of Autopilot (Tesla) and 12% of ProPILOT said they were “comfortable treating their vehicles as fully self-driving”. Perhaps not surprisingly, in the event of an accident, drivers using a self-driving vehicle could face legal trouble – both criminal and civil. If you have a self-driving vehicle or you have been injured in an accident with one, read on for the latest.
Have you heard about these recent road rage incidences in Tennessee? Four days ago, a man was shot in the hip in a road rage incident on I-24 in Nashville. On October 18th, a man in Sevierville got out of his car and started punching another driver and was then shot. On September 18th, a man was killed and children were injured in a car accident caused by road rage. A month earlier, in a Chattanooga road rage incident, a man followed a woman and her son home and has now been charged with assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct. And these are just the ones that made the news! Road rage problems are plaguing our roads and police are ramping up enforcement in an effort to curtail it. But do you know what to do to help prevent road rage and how to protect yourself if it occurs? Continue reading
Lane departure warnings, blind spot alerts, back-up cameras, and automatic emergency braking are just some of the more recent accident-avoidance technology that has become prevalent in new cars and trucks. Today, we want to tell you about some technology that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending in order to combat drunk driving and the crash detection technology in the new iPhone 14 that is creating some headaches for emergency dispatchers. Continue reading
Pedestrian deaths are at a 40-year high. In 2021, 7,342 pedestrians were killed which was a 13% increase. In the City of Nashville alone, 28 pedestrians have been killed so far this year. Read on to learn the most dangerous streets in Nashville for pedestrians, how the city intends to combat the rising death rate and what you can do too. Continue reading
At the Day household, we have a new driver. Our youngest daughter, Kate, got her learner’s permit a few weeks ago. While we have gone through this phase with the two older kids, it has been a while so we are once again reminded of all the issues surrounding teenage drivers. If you have teenage drivers now or will have them in the near future, this post is for you. For the rest of you, read on to learn what to do if you are involved in an accident with a teenage driver. Continue reading
Did you know that Labor Day is one of the most dangerous days to be on the road? It is second only to Memorial Day. On average, traffic deaths spike 37% on Labor Day weekend. In fact, for the most recent data year (2019), 433 people were killed on Labor Day weekend and thousands more were injured. So here are a few simple steps you can take to stay safe this holiday weekend.
We all know that animals can cause all types of accidents including car and motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, trips and falls, etc. We also know that animals can be hurt or killed in accidents and by other animals. But there are so many questions from these two basic facts. For example, does auto insurance cover pet injuries? Do I have to report an accident involving an animal? If a neighbor’s dog kills my dog, how much can I recover? If my dog bites someone, is it covered under my homeowner’s policy. Read on for quick answers to common questions surrounding animals and accidents: Continue reading
Public schools in Middle Tennessee have been in session for a couple of weeks now. And, as of last week, Middle Tennessee private schools are back in session, so every weekday morning and afternoon there are going to be more pedestrians, bicyclists and school buses on our roadways. Now is a great time to refresh ourselves on school zone safety and the penalties for violations of school zone rules. This is especially true since in 2021 the number of pedestrians killed rose by 13% and the number of bicyclists who were killed increased by 5%. Continue reading
Here is a statistic that is both tragic and embarrassing for our State: Tennessee has the 3rd most road rage shootings in the nation. A recent study found that in 2020 three people were killed and 25 injured in roadway gun violence. In 2021, five people were killed and 2021 injured in road rage shootings. Of course, these numbers do not reflect the number of accidents caused by road rage or the road rage incidences that resulted in physical violence with things like bats, knifes, bear spray (yes, bear spray), vehicles and objects other than guns. Let’s take a look at the most common causes of road rage, the civil and criminal penalties for road rage and how to avoid being a victim. Continue reading