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Tennessee ranks fairly well in workplace safety

Tennessee tops many other states, including many of its neighbors, when it comes to workplace safety, according to a WalletHub report.

The report ranked the states in overall safety, and in five safety categories: personal & residential, financial, road, workplace and emergency preparedness. While Tennessee was towards the bottom in overall safety, with a rank of No. 39, it was in top 15 for workplace safety.

Understanding the basics of a wrongful death lawsuit

Tragedy can hit at any moment—dividing the time spent with and without your cherished loved one. The shock of an unexpected death is always difficult to manage, especially when it could have been prevented. Continuing with everyday life is extremely hard when multiple emotions get tangled up in the present truth of your loss.

Wrongful death lawsuits exist to advocate for grieving loved ones seeking justice for an untimely death due to the carelessness of another person or property owner. The key to petitioning justice in a wrongful death lawsuit is proving irrefutable negligence or harmful intent as the cause of death.

You were injured at work. What happens now?

Tennessee is home to many dangerous jobs, ranging from mining to construction. Unfortunately, those types of work come with higher chances of injury while on the clock.

Tennessee requires most employers (besides government employers) with over five employees to purchase workers' compensation insurance, which protects companies from lawsuits.

Why do people leave the scene?

Tennesseans have a deep sense of compassion for their neighbors, and when people need help, they can usually get it from their friends. Hit-and-run accidents, however, can force people to re-evaluate their innate neighborliness. A hit-and-run doesn't have to be fatal to cause damage to people's lives, but it can make people wonder why.

A recent accident in Nashville is that phenomenon in a nutshell. Police arrested three men last month in connection to an accident that killed a motorcyclist. They are facing several charges, including evidence tampering, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving without a license.

Taking the necessary steps in the aftermath of an accident

A motor vehicle accident can occur at any given moment and under a variety of circumstances. While you may seek to reduce the chances of a similar incident by strictly adhering to Tennessee state traffic laws, if you encounter a negligent driver, you may have little control over what happens next.

Regardless of the severity of the collision, the aftermath thereof can be a stressful and intimidating period. However, you may be able to alleviate a great deal of your post-collision stress by knowing the necessary steps to take following such an incident.

Speeding toward compensation after a speed-related accident

Car accidents happen for many reasons, but speed is one of most common reasons why people get hurt on Tennessee roads and highways. Most if not all drivers speed at some point, and while it may seem like a benign behavior, it is actually quite dangerous.

Speeding will not necessarily get a driver to his or her destination faster, but it will make it more likely that the person behind the wheel will cause an accident. If you suffered injury in a speed-related car crash, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. Like other types of negligent and reckless drivers, speeding drivers can be held accountable for their actions.

Drunk driving accidents are entirely preventable

Like accidents involving a drowsy or distracted driver, those involving a drunk driver are entirely preventable. The moment that a person decides to get on Tennessee's roads after drinking, he or she shows a disregard for the safety of everyone unfortunate enough to share those roads. If you had the misfortune of coming across one of these drivers, and his or her vehicle collided with yours, you may have suffered serious injuries.

Understanding what alcohol does to a person could help explain why alcohol-related crashes happen even when a driver does not meet or surpass the legal blood alcohol concentration limit of .08. The following information could give you pause the next time you order that second or third drink while out with friends or family.

Eating while driving: Is it really that dangerous?

Most drivers are aware of the fact that distracted driving is extremely dangerous. Likewise, most people associate distracted driving with cellphone use while behind the wheel. This typically includes texting, talking on the phone, using a navigation system or even using social media.

Phones are one of the most common sources of distraction for Tennessee drivers, but that is not the only dangerous behavior that could threaten your life and the lives of others. Eating while driving, while seemingly a benign activity, can be incredibly dangerous and have devastating consequences for drivers, passengers, and others.

How many Tennessee car accidents are really accidental?

If you look at the causes of crashes in Tennessee and elsewhere, it becomes apparent that the primary cause is negligence in some form by one or more drivers. It is almost fair to list motor vehicles with negligent drivers as life-threatening safety hazards. The only difference between the five most common causes of automobile crashes is the circumstances under which they occurred.

Reduce the risks of winter driving with cellphone blocking apps

While the winter months in Tennessee bring festivities that help to dispel the gloom of shorter days and longer nights, often accompanying the cheer of the holidays are dangerous driving conditions. We may not be overwhelmed with the intense snow storms that hit the northern states annually, however, black ice and sleet can make our commutes a white-knuckle experience. Pair poor driving conditions with other distractions and you'll find that the months of December, January and February are not kind to drivers in Tennessee.

For these reasons, it's doubly important to reduce whatever risks that can limit a driver's focus and response time. If you have been reading articles and blogs on our website, you know that a major distraction for drivers is the cellphone. In an unfavorable review of our state's drivers, the National Safety Council reported that the state led the nation in cellphone-related car accidents. In spite of the fact that most drivers know texting and driving is dangerous, adults and teens admit to engaging in this activity.

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