As a parent, you do everything in your power to keep your children safe. That includes taking precautions like removing potentially dangerous objects from your home, being careful about the toys and food you buy for them, and making sure they’re always in the company of trusted family members and friends.

But one risk factor that should never be overlooked is car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 663 children 12 years old or younger were killed in car accidents in 2015, and more than 120,000 were injured in 2014. In fact, auto accidents are the leading cause of death for children.

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Last week, the Clarksville Police Department issued safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists after recent fatal motorcycles accidents in the city. On Saturday, two more motorcycle accidents were reported within hours of each other in Montgomery County, and both caused riders to suffer serious injuries.

Per a report by, the first accident happened when a Pontiac Montana driven by a 73-year-old woman was headed south on Ft. Campbell Blvd. The woman attempted to make a left turn onto Ashbury Rd., but she didn’t see a motorcycle headed in her direction.

The 22-year-old motorcyclist collided with the front passenger door of the Pontiac, and he was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center via LifeFlight helicopter to receive treatment. He was recently reported to be in stable condition.

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Eight people have lost their lives in traffic accidents in Clarksville in 2017 thus far, and four of them were on motorcycles. In response, the Clarksville Police Department wants drivers to be more cautious when they’re on the city’s roadways, especially when they’re driving near motorcycles.

Per a report by Clarksville Now, a spokesperson with the CPD says that drivers and motorcyclists should work together to reduce the risk of accidents. He says that there are actions that can be taken by both that can help improve everyone’s safety on streets, highways, and interstates throughout Clarksville and Montgomery County.

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A 64-year-old woman was killed when the vehicle she was riding in was involved in an accident with another car in Rutherford County on Wednesday night.

Per a report by WGNS Radio, the accident happened at around 9 p.m. on West Northfield Boulevard near Sulphur Springs Road. An investigation by the Murfreesboro Police Department revealed that one of the vehicles involved in the crash—a Dodge Neon driven by a 36-year-old woman—exited its lane and entered the path of oncoming traffic before colliding with another vehicle—a Hyundai Elantra driven by a 30-year-old woman.

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Fatal Injuries Reported after Man is Struck by Music City Star

A 25-year-old man was struck by the Music City Star passenger train in Nashville on Tuesday morning, causing him to be pushed into the Stones River and to suffer fatal injuries.

Per a report by, the accident happened in Donelson at around 7:30 a.m. A spokesperson with Metro Nashville Police says that the victim was walking with his back to the train and may have been wearing earbuds at the time of the accident.

The conductor of the train saw the man walking in its path and applied the train’s brakes and sounded its horn. However, the man didn’t move out of the way and was struck by the locomotive. The impact of the collision caused him to be thrown into the river off Lebanon Pike.

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Several cities throughout Texas, including Houston—which is the 4th most-populated city in the country—are heavily flooded after getting significant rainfall due to Hurricane Harvey over the weekend. The images that have been released that show parts of Houston completely underwater are bringing back memories of the 2010 flood that devastated Nashville for many residents.

Per a report by the Tennessean, the flooding in Texas may be even worse, as the area was inundated with water even faster than Nashville. Some locations in Texas received more than 20 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, while Nashville received around the same amount in a 48-hour period in 2010.

A Facebook post by the U.S. National Weather Service in Nashville also stated that conditions are unlikely to improve in Texas over the next week, as an additional round of rain is expected in the coming days.

A Memphis woman lost her son in 2014 in an auto accident involving a tractor-trailer, and now she’s pushing for legislation that would increase safety standards in the trucking industry.

Per a report by and WATN, her son was fatally injured when his vehicle collided with a semi-truck that was making an illegal U-turn. The woman is traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to speak with legislators about creating a law that would make side safety panels mandatory on all trucks in the U.S.

The Truck Safety Coalition reports that around 4,000 people are killed in semi-truck accidents every year. Many of those fatalities occur when victims’ vehicles collide with or even drive under the sides of trucks and their trailers.

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Parents of children who attend East Nashville Magnet High School are frustrated with the lack of a crossing guard outside of the school, and they say that too many drivers passing through the area are speeding and not paying attention.

Per a report by, parents say that Gallatin Avenue in front of the school is simply too busy and too heavily trafficked for students to attempt to cross the street on their own. The Tennessee Department of Transportation says that nearly 22,000 drivers use the roadway every day.

One local parent told reporters that the roadway is dangerous for anyone to cross, let alone high school students. She also said that a crossing guard was present on the roadway last year. However, Metro Nashville Police says that crossing guards are only provided to elementary and middle schools.

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Seat belts and air bags have long made drivers and passengers safer in their vehicles in the event of accidents, but in recent years, a whole host of additional high-tech safety features have been added to cars, trucks, and SUVs, further improving their safety.

Per a report by the Associated Press and, two of the most prominent safety features that are reducing accidents are lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that both safety features have significantly reduced crashes since they were added to vehicles.

However, the study by the institute also found that the systems may cause drivers to be less vigilant about their driving—especially if they become too reliant on the safety features protecting them from crashes. Vehicles equipped with lane departure warning systems were 21 percent less likely to be involved in crashes with injuries, while vehicles with blind-spot warning systems were 23 percent less likely to be involved in injury accidents.

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Two women were struck by a vehicle in Hyden, Kentucky on Monday, causing one to suffer fatal injuries and the other to suffer serious injuries.

Per a report by Clarksville Now, the accident happened when the two women were standing on a sidewalk watching the solar eclipse and a vehicle crossed the center line, struck a utility pole, and then struck the women.

A spokesperson with Kentucky State Police says that the 23-year-old woman who was struck by the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 41-year-old woman was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, which is around 120 miles away, to receive treatment.

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