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2 killed in car accident at recent festival in Tennessee

With summer nearly in full swing in Tennessee, temperatures are climbing. However, as the temperature goes up, gas prices continue to stay at historically low levels, which has led many Tennesseans to hit the roads in their vehicles to take road trips. With more and more vehicles on the roads this summer, the chances of being involved in a car accident increase substantially.

A recent car accident that occurred in McNairy County took the lives of a man and a woman. The accident occurred on a recent Saturday afternoon in June. The couple were at a festival and car show when, at around 1:48 p.m., a car suddenly crashed through the festival's barricade and struck them.

Texting and driving a concern for Tennessee drivers

Today's technology allows one to keep in touch and communicate with friends and family at almost any given point in time. It is possible to make plans, change plans or even say "hi" from just about anywhere. While this convenience has its benefits, the perils of texting and driving have become evident throughout Tennessee.

One Tennessee sheriff's department has recently addressed the issue of texting and driving among teenagers. With the advent of summer, many teens are talking with their school friends via text messaging. This form of communication allows them to send a message whenever it comes to mind. Unfortunately, items to be messaged often come to mind while the teen is driving.

Construction worker suffers job site injury

Over the course of one's life, a Tennessee worker may be employed in a variety of fields. Out of all the different fields of work an individual may find him or herself engaged in, construction work is often considered the most dangerous. Due to working in unsafe conditions that include tools, heights and heavy equipment, the chance for suffering a job site injury is often high.

A construction worker recently suffered one such injury while working at an out-of-state construction site. The accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. on a recent Thursday in June. The worker was listed in critical condition after he fell over 60 feet from scaffolding at the site.

The employer's responsibilities for workers' compensation

When a Tennessee worker is injured on the job, the employee typically files a claim with the employer's insurance company. The insurance company then pays benefits, per an approved formula. It is the employer's responsibility to carry workers' compensation insurance and, unless the employer is within certain exempt, limited categories, the employer may be subject to criminal prosecution, including fines and civil liability, if it does not carry this type of required insurance.

There may be situations in which an employee may sue his or her employer instead of receiving these benefits. However, workers' compensation is typically considered the sole remedy for injuries incurred at the workplace. That is why, when an employer fails to provide this type of insurance coverage, the employer may be exposed to steep and severe sanctions.

Chattanooga worker hurt at work

Many individuals experience varying levels of danger while at work on a daily basis. From airline pilots to race car drivers, sometimes a certain level of exposure to risk is to be expected. Due to work conditions and heavy machinery, Tennessee construction workers take their health -- and sometimes, their lives -- in their hands every day. However, when they are hurt at work, they are legally entitled to file a workers' compensation claim.

A construction accident occurred recently in Chattanooga that injured one worker. The accident occurred on a recent Wednesday morning in May. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration Department (TOSHA) is currently investigating the accident.

Fatal 5-car accident kills 1

In the midst of spring, nice weather and declining gas prices, more and more individuals will be taking road trips this summer. However, more cars on Tennessee roads increase the chances for accidents to occur. A fatal five-car accident recently took the life of one individual. It occurred near Memphis on a recent Saturday morning in May. 

The accident was on I-40, close to Sycamore. Around 5 a.m. that morning, Memphis police were called to the site of the accident. According to the accident report, it appears as though as though a chain reaction crash occurred.

Recent Tennessee truck accidents: semi driver causes 8-vehicle ac

A recent truck accident occurred that involved a FedEx semi truck and eight vehicles. The accident, which occurred on a recent Thursday morning in May, happened in Nashville. When Tennessee residents are involved in similar truck accidents that result in their suffering serious injuries, the victims may have legal recourse.

The accident occurred during the morning rush hour on Interstate 24 West. Authorities say that a FedEx semi truck struck at least one other vehicle, possibly one other and these collisions set off a dangerous chain reaction. A portion of the road was closed as the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Metro police conducted their investigation.

Worker suffers fatal job site injury

A 45-year-old electrician recently died in an out-of-state industrial accident. The accident occurred on a recent Friday in April, officials said. When a Tennessee worker suffers a similar fatal job site injury, the family of the victim may choose to file for death benefits via a workers' compensation claim.

Co-workers discovered the electrician, who was unconscious at the time. However, when paramedics arrived at the site of the accident, the man was pronounced dead. He had been performing a tenant-improvement job at the time of the accident, according to the man's employer, Metropolitan Electrical Construction of San Francisco.

Wrongful death claim may follow accident that killed 1, injured 7

A car crash that occurred recently in Davidson County resulted in one individual's death, as well as seven others' injuries. The fatal accident occurred on a recent Monday in April, local police said. When a Tennessee resident is killed in a car accident due to another driver being at fault, it may be appropriate for the victim's family to establish whether a wrongful death suit is viable.

Officials said a 30-year-old male driver crashed his van into one vehicle at an intersection before continuing on to another intersection, where he reportedly did not stop at a red light. His vehicle then struck two SUVs. The 66-year-old Antioch man driving the first SUV died a short time later at the scene, police said.

Truck accidents more common as more drivers fall asleep

When criminally negligent truck drivers push themselves too hard and fall asleep at the wheel, catastrophic crashes can occur. This is part of a larger trend of a decline in safety after decades of progress. More and more truck accidents are occurring in Tennessee and throughout the United States, and many blame the U.S. Congress for loosening safety rules -- even as more truck drivers are pushing themselves to their limits.

Accidents in which trucks were involved were at an all-time low in 2009, when 3,380 people died in 2,983 truck accidents. After the economic doldrums ended and the economy recovered, truck accidents have once again been on the rise. In 2013 -- the most recent year that the finalized statistics were made available -- 3,964 people died in 3,541 truck-related deaths.

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