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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.

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 WKRN.com, 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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A 27-year-old woman from Smyrna, Tennessee, was killed when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle belonging to the Arrington Fire Department last week.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the crash occurred Thursday night in Nolensville, Tennessee, at around 6 p.m. at Williams Road and Nolensville Road.

An investigation by the Nolensville Police Department revealed that after being struck by the fire department’s vehicle, the woman’s car was pushed into a parked construction vehicle that was on the side of the road, while the fire department vehicle struck a utility pole.

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TDOT Workers Injured At Job Site in Fayette County

Two workers with the Tennessee Department of Transportation were struck by a vehicle while working at a job site in Fayette County on Monday morning.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the accident happened on Highway 59 south of Interstate 40. A spokesperson with TDOT says that the workers thankfully suffered only minor injuries.

TDOT is currently urging all drivers to pledge to follow its “Work with Us” program, which is designed to help more drivers follow the state’s Move Over Law.

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A recent neighborhood meeting among 12 South residents called for a better way to address traffic issues in the area, and in response, Metro Public Works will install a traffic circle at the intersection of 10th Avenue South and Lawrence Avenue.

Per a report by WSMV.com, the city will collect data and traffic observations while the circle is in place, which is scheduled to last from July 15 to July 22.

A statement by the MPW says that the traffic circle could help reduce crashes and cause drivers to slow down as they pass through the area, which has a significant number of pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Four vehicles were involved in a serious collision in Davidson County early Friday afternoon, causing one man to suffer fatal injuries.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the crash happened just before 1 p.m. at the intersection of Charlotte Pike and Old Charlotte Pike. An investigation by officers with Metro Nashville Police found that prior to the accident, the driver of a tanker truck had stopped his vehicle at a red light and was waiting to turn onto Interstate 40 East.

Soon after, another vehicle entered the turn lane, sideswiped a Ford Fusion and Honda Civic, and then crashed into the back of the tanker truck. The impact of the collision caused the 45-year-old driver of the vehicle that entered the turn lane to suffer critical injuries, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Thousands of drivers use Interstates 24, 40, 440, 840, and 65 in and around Nashville every day to get to and from work and when passing through the area.

In addition, there are also dozens of high-speed highways throughout the mid-state region. These roads have higher speed limits than other streets, making trips faster and easier. But the higher speed limits can increase the risk of serious injuries when accidents occur.

You can reduce your risks of getting hurt while driving on a high-speed roadway by:

  • Driving at or below the speed limit

Most interstates in Middle Tennessee have speed limits of anywhere between 55 mph and 70 mph. It’s important to drive at or below those limits. Exceeding the speed limit makes you more likely to lose control of your vehicle, and it also increases your vehicle’s stopping distance. During inclement weather such as rain, snow, or fog, you should further reduce your speed.

  • Avoiding distractions

Keeping your eyes, ears, and mind fully focused on the road are vital no matter when or where you’re driving. But distracted driving is an even bigger risk when you’re traveling on a high-speed highway or interstate. In the time it takes to send or read a text message, your vehicle can travel the length of a football field.

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Drivers with Uber and Lyft say they expect to pick up and drop off plenty of passengers in Nashville this weekend due to things like the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bonnaroo, and CMA Fest.

WKRN.com reports that one driver quit her job to drive for Lyft in Nashville. She says that because parking downtown is so expensive, with some lots charging $80 for two hours, more people will rely on ride-sharing services to get to their destinations. She also said that she expects to complete around 30 fares.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation told reporters that traffic backups and congestion are expected throughout the area, including downtown, and that people who plan on participating the festivities should avoid driving if possible.

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Children are extremely vulnerable during car accidents. Motor vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause of death for children between the ages of 4 and 10, and around one-third of children who die in car crashes aren’t properly restrained.

To protect your children in the event of a collision, always follow these tips:

  • Make sure children are properly restrained for their age, height, and weight.

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to keep kids safe in cars. Make sure you have the correct restraints for your children at all stages of their growth and development. That means having rear-facing car seats for infants up to 2 years old, forward-facing car seats for kids 2 to 5 years old, booster seats for kids 5 and older, and standard seat belts for kids after they outgrow booster seats.

  • Don’t let kids under 12 sit in the front seat.

The safest place for all kids under the age of 12 is the back seat—even after they’ve outgrown booster seats. Children are at risk of suffering serious injuries when front airbags deploy during collisions. In addition, children have different bone structures, making them more prone to injuries when sitting in front seats due to impact zones and seat belt configurations.

  • Secure loose items before driving.

Another risk factor for everyone in your vehicle during a crash, including children, is loose objects. Even relatively low-speed collisions can cause items to go airborne, putting everyone in their path at risk. Children can suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries when they’re struck by these items, as they can move at high speeds and with tremendous amounts of force.

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A vehicle collided with a Tennessee Department of Transportation truck at an intersection in South Nashville on Thursday, and investigators say that it was likely caused by the driver having a medical emergency.

Per a report by WKRN.com, the crash happened at around 4 p.m. near the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Nolensville Road. An investigation by TDOT revealed that the driver suffered a medical event and crossed the center line of the road, causing his vehicle to collide with a TDOT truck.

Metro Nashville Police say that the 52-year-old driver from South Nashville was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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