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Crash on Highway 70 North Injures Two in Cumberland County, Tennessee

December 29, 2019

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TN- writes that a three-vehicle crash took place earlier this week in Cumberland County, injuring two people. Reports indicate that a 48-year-old woman from Crossville stopped her Nissan Altima in order to make a turn off of Highway 70. The driver behind the Altima, a 26-year-old man, failed to slow his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado in time and then swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid colliding with the Nissan.*

The Silverado struck a 1994 Chevrolet Astro Van head-on. The 29-year-old man operating the Astro and a 31-year-old passenger in the van both sustained injuries in the crash. Police charged the man driving the Silverado with failure to exercise due care. 

Many drivers fail to realize how much time is necessary to come to a stop in their vehicle in an emergency. Drivers who are traveling too fast and too close to the vehicle in front of them create massive risks for themselves and others on the road. 

When traveling at about 30 miles per hour, a driver will need around 75 feet to come to a complete stop. At 60 miles per hour, the distance required is around 240 feet. The distances are determined based on the time it takes a driver to see the need to stop and react, and the time the vehicle requires actually to slow down and stop at various speeds. The distance required will be greater on days when the roads are slick or wet, too, meaning drivers should slow down in these driving conditions. 

Another issue is driver distraction. A driver who is not paying attention can fail to notice brake lights in front of them until it is too late. Most car crashes are entirely avoidable. Traveling at a safe speed and a safe distance, as well as focusing on the task at hand will prevent many collisions. 

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