Motor vehicle accidents in which the driver or passengers lose their lives are always tragic. Residents of one Tennessee county were recently plagued by tragedy when, within a matter of hours, two separate car accidents resulted in four fatalities.
The first fatal accident occurred when two teenage girls were traveling along a stretch of two-lane highway. The 17-year-old female driver of the vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a truck.
The 17-year-old driver sustained fatal injuries and died at the accident scene. The 17-year-old female passenger sustained serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for medical care. Sadly, she too died a short time later from her numerous injuries. The driver of the truck that was hit was not injured.
In a separate accident that occurred a mere six hours later, a 28-year-old driver and two passengers were traveling along the highway in the early morning hours. According to a police report, the 28-year-old driver lost control of the car. The vehicle left the road and ended up rolling and hitting a tree at which time all three occupants inside the vehicle were thrown out of the car.
The 28-year-old driver and a 32-year-old male passenger were both killed in the crash. The third passenger, a 33-year-old woman, sustained serious injuries, but survived.
While police continue to investigate potential causes for both of these fatal accidents, distracted driving may have been a contributing factor. With passengers in the vehicle, it's possible that the drivers in both crashes were talking and distracted.
In any event, these accidents serve as an important reminder to all Tennessee drivers of just how quickly an accident can occur and the resulting implications. All drivers would be wise to ensure they are following safe driving laws and keep distractions while driving to a minimum.
Source: WAFF, "Teens among 4 killed in Lawrence Co. wrecks," Cynthia Williams, Oct. 11, 2012