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The widespread danger of distracted driving

By now most people in America, including our readers in Tennessee, are well-aware of the danger that distracted drivers present to all others on the road. Public and private awareness campaigns have informed the public for years now about this danger but, unfortunately, distracted drivers are, perhaps, more common now than ever before. The primary reason: smartphones.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in one recent year, 2016, almost 3,500 people in America died in accidents in which the primary cause was distracted driving. Distracted driving is so common that most people have engaged in it and may not have even been aware, with activities such as eating, talking to people in the vehicle, changing the radio station and even drinking a cup of coffee on the morning commute all being considered as activities that take a driver's attention off of the task of operating the vehicle.

Know what to do after you suffer an injury at work

Most Tennessee residents don't worry about getting injured in the course of their daily tasks at work. However, our readers probably know that the reality is that many workers do, in fact, suffer injuries throughout the state each year. Workers in the construction industry are hard hit, as are others in "manual labor" types of jobs. But, they aren't alone. Many other workers can suffer repetitive stress injuries or might be exposed to toxins that make them ill.

When you are injured or become ill due to work-related duties, it is important to know what to do next. First and foremost, obviously, an injured or ill worker should seek medical attention and alert their employer. But, from there, some people may not realize that they have the option to apply for workers' compensation benefits if they will miss time from work.

What are some common ways truck drivers cause accidents?

There are a lot of winding roads in Tennessee's rural areas, but there are plenty of city streets as well. What do all of these roads have in common? Heavy-haul trucks use them to deliver goods throughout the state and the country as a whole. While most of the drivers of these "big rigs" are well-trained and are good at their jobs, there are, unfortunately, some who, either through negligence or recklessness, place the lives of other drivers at risk.

So, what are some of the common ways that truck drivers cause accidents, be it on highways in rural areas or the downtown area of a city? Well, for starters, truck drivers who have not received the appropriate level of training to handle these huge vehicles present a danger not only to others, but also to themselves. If these drivers don't know how to handle the vehicles, or at least they don't know how to handle them in certain situations, the potential to cause devastating truck accidents becomes very real.

Deaths in boating accidents on the rise in 2018 in Tennessee

Many of our readers in Tennessee probably don't think about boating accidents when it comes to personal injury claims. Car accidents would probably come to mind, as would workplace accidents. However, the fact is that boating accidents are not uncommon in Tennessee.

In fact, a recent report noted that Tennessee is seeing a rise in the number of boating deaths that have occurred in 2018 so far. Since the beginning of the year, there have reportedly been 21 deaths in boating accidents. That is over twice as many as there had been in the state by this time of the year in 2017. One of the most common factors in the deaths in boating accidents is that the victims had not been wearing life jackets at the time of the incident, and that many of the incidents are occurring with smaller boats involved, like kayaks and canoes.

How do teen drivers learn distracted driving habits?

Many of our readers in Tennessee have probably seen news stories about how teenage drivers on the roads today are presenting more of a danger to other drivers than older drivers do. This is nothing new, as it only makes sense that younger, less experienced drivers would be more prone to causing car accidents. However, today's teenage drivers are likely more distracted than young drivers of years past because of one, simple reason: smartphones.

Older Americans often lament how young people are "addicted" to their electronics and smartphones. Indeed, the number of Americans who own smartphones has skyrocketed over the past several years. And when young drivers are distracted by text messages, phone calls or using an app while driving, the potential to cause a devastating car accident is almost inevitable. But, where do teen drivers learn their distracted driving habits? Well, according to a recent news article, it may be the same source from which they learn many other habits: their parents.

The right approach to proving your personal injury claim

Tennessee residents who have been injured in some type of accident are usually looking for answers. How did the accident happen? Who was at fault? How extensive are my injuries? What is the timetable for my full recovery, if ever? These, and many more questions, are at the forefront for injured victims.

For Tennessee residents who find themselves in this position in the aftermath of an accident, one of the first steps will likely be to attempt to determine what legal options may be available in order to attempt to recover financial compensation. After all, medical care in America is not cheap, and sooner or later those bills are going to start to pile up. If a person is injured in an accident that was caused by another party's negligence or recklessness, the right legal approach may include pursuing a personal injury claim in state court.

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.

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