83-Year-Old Dowelltown Woman Killed in Two-Car Accident
An 83-year-old woman from Dowelltown, Tennessee, was killed in a two-vehicle accident in DeKalb County on Monday.
According to a report by the Herald-Citizen, the woman was driving a 2007 Chevy Impala when her vehicle collided with a 2010 Chevy HHR at the intersection of Nashville Highway and Highway 83 around 2:30 p.m. The impact of the collision caused the 83-year-old woman to suffer fatal injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, a 35-year-old woman from Smithville, Tennessee, also suffered injuries in the accident according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s report.
THP also reported that both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident and that no citations or criminal charges are pending.
The Cookeville car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law express our condolences to the woman who lost her life in this tragic accident, and we also hope the other driver is able to recover from her injuries.
Intersection Safety Tips
Most drivers encounter multiple intersections every day. Although intersections use stop signs, yield signs, and traffic lights to reduce the chances of collisions, these safety features aren’t perfect and many accidents still happen in these areas.
To help reduce your chances of being involved in a traffic accident at an intersection, follow the tips below:
- Exercise caution and stay alert when approaching red lights.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that drivers running red lights led to 762 deaths in 2008 and an estimate 165,000 people are injured by drivers who run red lights. These statistics make it extremely important that you not only never run a red light yourself, but also that you approach red lights with caution and look both ways—even if you have a green light. In addition, you should momentarily pause when you get a green light to avoid being struck by any drivers who tried to beat the light at the intersection.
- Wait your turn to merge at roundabouts.
Once primarily a domain of European roads, roundabouts are becoming more and more common in the U.S. Despite the safety improvements and traffic flow issues roundabouts can solve, many drivers are unfamiliar with them—and that can lead to accidents. It’s important to understand that drivers in roundabouts have the right of way and that you should only enter the roundabout when you have a clear shot to merge with the traffic.
- Stop at flashing red lights and remain cautious at flashing yellow lights.
Some intersections, especially late at night or early in the morning, no longer use traditional red, yellow, and green traffic signals. Instead, they flash either red or yellow. Drivers who may be unfamiliar with these changes are at high risk of striking or being struck by other vehicles. Always remember that flashing red lights means that drivers in the perpendicular lane have the right of way and that you should come to a complete stop when approaching the intersection, while flashing yellow lights mean you have the right of way but should remain cautious for any vehicles that might enter the intersection.
These are just a few of the most important tips for drivers to remember any time they approach or encounter an intersection. Data from several traffic agencies concludes that intersections are among the most dangerous areas of roadways throughout the world, but a cautious driving style and a commitment to safe driving can help reduce your risks.
If you or someone you love was injured at an intersection or anywhere else on a roadway in Cookeville, get in touch with the Cookeville car accident lawyers at Matt Hardin Law. We know what it takes to build claims that get results, and we’re ready to go to work for you. Call us at (931) 754-1188 or fill out a free online form today.