Memphis Car Accident Kills 18-Year-Old Woman
A car accident in Memphis, Tennessee, claimed the life of an 18-year-old woman last Friday.
According to a report by the The Commercial Appeal, the accident occurred around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Silver and Ethlyn and involved a 1998 Honda Accord and a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria.
Memphis police stated that the driver of the Accord was heading east on Ethlyn when she stopped at a stop sign before entering the intersection. The driver of the Crown Victoria then struck the driver’s side of the vehicle. Police also stated that the street that the Crown Victoria was on didn’t have a stop sign.
The woman who was killed in the accident was sitting in the back of the vehicle on the driver’s side, and she suffered severe injuries and was taken to Regional One Health center in Memphis for treatment before she succumbed to her injuries.
Police said that neither driver had up-to-date licenses or insurance at the time of the accident.
The driver of the Honda Accord was charged with failure to yield the right of way resulting in death after the accident, while the driver of the Crown Victoria was charged with driving with a suspended license.
Intersection Safety Tips for Memphis Drivers
By their very nature, intersections are one of the most dangerous areas for drivers and passengers. Traffic lights, roundabouts, yield signs, and stop signs are all effective at helping to regulate the flow of traffic and keep vehicles moving in an orderly fashion, but accidents still happen despite these safety measures. To decrease your chances of being involved in an accident at an intersection, do your best to follow these tips:
- Wait for a couple of seconds before accelerating at green lights.
It’s tempting to immediately accelerate and enter the intersection when you get a green light, especially if you’re in a hurry to get to work or get home. But if you’re in a hurry, chances are other people may be as well, and that can lead to risky and dangerous behaviors like running red lights. To reduce your chances of being a victim of a reckless driver, always pause momentarily at intersections after getting a green light in case someone tries to beat the light.
- Keep your wheels pointed straight at intersections if you’re turning left.
A common mistake drivers make when waiting to turn left at intersections is positioning their vehicles and tires pointing left. While that can make it easier to complete the turn when you get an opening in traffic, it also puts you at serious risk of being pushed into traffic if someone rear-ends you. Always keep your vehicle and wheels pointing straight to avoid this scenario.
- Proceed with caution at flashing yellow lights and stop at flashing red lights.
Whether it’s due to late night hours or power failures, stop lights at intersections may flash yellow or red. If you’re approaching an intersection and see flashing lights, it’s important to know what to do to keep yourself and others safe. Always slow down and be aware of traffic when you see flashing yellow lights and come to a complete stop at red flashing lights. If other vehicles are stopped at the intersection as well, treat it like a four-way stop and allow the right of way in the order that everyone arrived at the intersection.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Memphis car accident attorneys know that intersections are dangerous for all drivers, regardless of their experience level or knowledge of Tennessee traffic laws. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate your chances of being involved in a car accident, you can make yourself and your family safer by being cautious and alert at all times.
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident at intersection, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our legal team has years of experience helping injured victims like you, and we know what it takes to negotiate with insurance companies. Call us at (901) 201-4478 or fill out a free online form today.