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Controlled crashes in Tennessee may help prevent other crashes

No matter where you live in the state of Tennessee, you cannot avoid hearing news about catastrophic car or trucking accidents. Because people like you hear about or witness so many of these accidents, it easy to believe that no person in any authoritative role cares about the crisis. You might be relieved to know that the truth is just the opposite.

Authorities in the entire state of Tennessee are always looking for ways to reduce car and trucking accidents and minimize any collateral damage they cause. This collateral damage comes in many forms. For example, at roadway accidents, other motor vehicles often crash into first responder automobiles or into cars and trucks flowing within traffic patterns.

As you might expect, this puts motorists at risk for becoming involved in the crash, suffering injuries and paying out-of-pocket expenses. In another example, say you are driving past an accident scene and someone in the oncoming lane becomes distracted by the crash and collides with your car.

If you suffer injuries in the above scenario, you will need to consider filing a personal injury claim so that you can recoup the costs of your injury treatment and any lost wages you might have missed. Since the other driver was distracted by the existing accident, you will probably be successful in your attempts to seek recovery.

The city of Nashville has developed a unique and effective response to minimizing collateral damage. On the grounds of a former mental health facility, law enforcement and first responders engage in training that resembles real-world car and trucking accidents. This gives officials a place to hone their skills by learning the best ways to process, investigate and protect accident scenes when they occur in the real world.

Those undergoing this training are able to work with real automobiles and real accident response equipment to practice their skills. They also learn how to safely set up accident scenes and how to park emergency vehicles in the safest manner. This training is free to all accident responders and can go a long way in minimizing additional risks associated with car and trucking accidents.

Source: The Eagle, "Where car crashes and hazardous waste spills are a good thing," Jenni Bergal, April 16, 2018

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