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Risk of player injury brings football coaches forward on safety

Sports are a big part of growing up, especially in the southern United States. Football is one of the most widespread pastimes between the Mason-Dixon Line and the Gulf of Mexico, with every type of school offering students a chance to get caught up in some gridiron action.

Recent injuries have highlighted the need to review sports safety guidelines below the professional leagues. A student at a Tennessee university is in critical condition after a head injury during a league game. An earlier injury at a high school matchup in Georgia ended the life of an Atlanta-area athlete.

Lawsuit alleges a company knew it was dumping harmful chemicals

We rely on companies to make good products safely for consumers and neighbors alike. Tennessee has seen some dangerous product lawsuits over the years, but one of the state's largest liabilities may be industrial interference in its precious water resources.

A Lawrence County woman is suing a major office and industrial supply company, claiming its leadership knew that it was dumping cancer-causing waste chemicals into the Tennessee River in Decatur, just to the east of her home. The woman was diagnosed with kidney cancer and believes it was caused by the company's irresponsible waste disposal.

Tennessee man killed in van collision

Anyone familiar with the roads of Tennessee knows that most of them include gorgeous vistas, and some can pose serious dangers to drivers and passengers. Drivers across the Volunteer State must stay vigilant to avoid collisions.

A 78-year-old motorist from Loudon was killed in a car accident in Maryville recently. The accident happened on U.S. Route 411 at Calderwood Highway when the victim turned his convertible to make a left turn. A van owned by the University of Tennessee pulled in front of the car and pushing it into a pickup truck stopped at the traffic light.

Staying safe on the road through winter weather

Tennessee doesn’t often experience the giant storms of Northern states, but when it does snow, it becomes a safety issue for all drivers. Fortunately, there are ways to stay safe on the road when there is ice and snow.

Below are a few safety tips for if you are caught on the road with snow this winter season.

Knoxville rest home investigated after neglect allegations

One of the most important decisions we can make for our elder relatives is to commit them to reliable round-the-clock care if the necessity appears. Many facilities across the Volunteer State help fulfill these needs, but families must be vigilant to prevent abuse or neglect among residents in nursing homes.

A nursing home in Tennessee has been forbidden from accepting new patients while authorities investigate a possible case of neglect for a disabled patient. The alleged victim, an elderly woman with dementia, was bedridden when she suffered a fall from bed and fractured both of her knees.

Truck crash injury claims are complicated. Here's why

If you are an active driver, you know that the highways and roads of Tennessee can be dangerous places. The volume of vehicles around you at any given moment can be huge.

So can the volume of any single vehicle. Commercial tractor trailer trucks, whether they are handling short hauls or long, are not only large in size but massively heavy. Laws of physics being what they are, collisions involving big rigs typically cause greater damage. Serious or fatal injuries are common.

Amusement park rides can be deadly

Are you a thrill seeker who enjoys rides at amusement parks and fairs? With fair season is full swing, it is worth noting that amusement park rides continue to cause critical injuries and even deaths. In 2017, Tennessee regulators began work to upgrade their inspections of amusement park rides across the state saying systematic problems needed to be addressed.

The Tennessee inspectors went into action after an 18-year-old man was killed when a ride malfunctioned in July 2017, at the Ohio State Fair. That ride is now banned in Tennessee as well as many other states.

Protecting loved ones from nursing home neglect

The safety and well-being of loved ones is always a top priority. Making the determination that your loved one may need round-the-clock care and monitoring can be difficult. Doing so shouldn’t result in added danger.

Nursing home neglect happens far too frequently. Just this month Tennessee state officials had to prevent a Knoxville nursing home from admitting new patients due to evidence of mistreatment of a patient with dementia. The Westmoreland Health and Rehabilitation Center must also pay $30,000 in penalties stemming from the case.

How safe are highway work zones?

Tennessee drivers have been educated in a variety of road hazards. You know to slow down approaching a blind turn and when traveling through intersections. You know a good rainstorm coupled with driving too fast may cause you to lose control of your car. You know it is dangerous to drink and drive. Another hazard you should be aware of is work zones.

With lane closures, detours and moving equipment to keep track of, it is easy to understand why drivers get confused, despite the use of traffic cones and signs to direct approaching drivers. According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, there were nearly 100,000 work zone accidents throughout the nation in 2015, which break down as follows:

  • 642 crashes resulting in one or more deaths, which equates to an annual average of 12 fatalities each week.
  • 25,485 accidents with injuries to one or more people, which on average, means there are 70 crashes each day that result in injuries.
  • 70,499 crashes with only property damage. An overall average of accidents that occur equals a work zone crash about every 5 minutes.

What is hydroplaning and why is it dangerous?

Hydroplaning—which happens when water comes between a car’s tires and the road surface, often causing loss of control—is one of the scariest situations a Tennessee driver can face. Not being able to control a sliding car traveling at high speed is unnerving for the driver and other area motorists, who may become caught up in an accident involving property damage and severe injuries.

According to U.S. News & World Report, tire treads help disperse water and keep the mass of the tire surface in touch with the road. Driving too fast on wet pavement can cause the water pressure before the front tires to lift them off the ground, just a bit, but enough to put water between the tire and the road.

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