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Dangers of drowsy driving

While it doesn’t get as much publicity as distracted driving, driving while you’re tired is a dangerous road hazard that causes multiple crashes and fatalities each year. It’s far too common and many ignore the warning signs, not realizing the severity of their actions.

Drowsy driving has serious consequences. According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, drowsy driving contributes to roughly 1.2 million crashes each year causing 5,000 to 8,000 fatalities - that’s twice as many as are caused by distracted driving.

Staying aggressive in the aftermath of a truck accident

Tennessee residents see large trucks on the roads and highways of our state all the time, but they probably don't think of the potential devastation that could be caused if such a vehicle is involved in a collision with a car or other passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, the fact is that truck accidents happen in America more frequently than anyone would like, which forces families in Tennessee to stay aggressive in their pursuit of a legal remedy in the aftermath of such an incident.

Staying aggressive can be crucial for an injured victim, because the trucking company and the insurance companies will definitely stay aggressive in the pursuit of their attempts to shift blame or offer low-ball settlement offers. The stance that a trucking or insurance company takes can even begin to make an injured victim think twice about considering the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit.

Law enforcement operation targets distracted drivers

Our readers in Tennessee who are familiar with previous posts here know that the danger of distracted driving is widespread throughout the state, and throughout the rest of the country as well. These days, most people seem to willingly put their own lives and the lives of others in danger simply so that they can send or read a text or email, or even look at the internet while driving. We have all seen these drivers on the roads by now, and we shake our heads at the reckless behavior.

However, some drivers may not realize that this type of distracted driving behavior can also lead to police action. A recent news article detailed a law enforcement operation in Tennessee that was aimed at pulling over distracted drivers for their reckless behavior. The event was called "Operation Incognito" and it was led by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Tragedies across the U.S. put focus on school bus accidents

Many of our readers in Tennessee have probably seen the recent reports about collisions at bus stops in a couple of states in the region - Indiana, Pennsylvania and Mississippi. In one of the collisions, three siblings died when a young woman driving a vehicle hit them while they were attempting to board their bus at their assigned bus stop. In that collision, the school bus stop sign was on and, since the young driver disregarded the sign, she has been arrested due to the deaths she caused. The recent collisions in Pennsylvania and Mississippi also involved the deaths of children at bus stops, and were equally tragic.

While fortunately these accidents did not occur in Tennessee, the fact that they occurred at all has begun to raise awareness about the issue of safety at bus stops. Many people are focusing on car accidents involving school buses as well, in light of a couple of recent incidents in which school buses were hit by other vehicles, injuring the students inside.

How can you prove negligence in a personal injury lawsuit?

Of all the legal terms that Tennessee residents will likely need to become familiar with in the course of preparing and pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, there is perhaps no more important term than "negligence." This is the key term in most personal injury cases, which needs to be proven to be successful in court. So, how can you prove negligence in a personal injury lawsuit?

Well, for starters, the most important step is to understand the elements of "negligence," which typically forms the basis of a personal injury claim. First, there must have been a duty owed between the parties involved in the lawsuit - one to another. Second, that duty must have been breached in some way. For instance, in a car accident, perhaps one driver was distracted by a cellphone - not paying attention to the task of driving. To engage in such conduct is to breach the duty that driver owes to all other drivers on the road, which is to operate the vehicle safely.

Spinal injuries after a car accident and your compensation

While driving home after work, a distracted driver crashes into your vehicle from behind. You face serious injuries to your spine, and you require substantial medical and rehabilitative care.

Because Tennessee operates under ”fault” car accident laws, the driver that hit you will likely be held responsible for paying for your compensatory damages. You have the opportunity to receive economic and noneconomic damages for your expenses and emotional loss, so that you can focus on your recovery rather than facing medical debt. To receive maximum compensation, you may wish to seek the expertise of a personal injury attorney, as he or she will hold specific knowledge in your quest for financial reimbursement after your devastating spinal injury.

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.

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