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May 2018 Archives

Assigning liability even if a driver is not legally drunk

Determining liability for car accidents that occur in Knoxville can often be tricky, especially when no clear cut evidence points at one particular party. In cases where suspicion as to whether or not alcohol may have been involved exists, those who are believed to have been drunk at the time of an accident may point to them not having been shown to be legally intoxicated on a sobriety tests as absolving them. By now, popular media and word of mouth likely has filled most of the general public in on the details found in Section 55-10-401 of Tennessee's Annotated Code: that a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent is the standard for determining intoxication. 

The most common motorcycle injuries

As perfect as hitting the road on a motorcycle feels, it can almost seem as if the two were made to go together. Most Tennesseee motorcycle enthusiasts would agree with this sentiment, especially as the weather continues to grow warmer in the Volunteer State. Unfortunately, this eagerness to keep the roads hot comes an alarming number of accidents. The below information shares a few accident prevention tips, as well as the most common types of motorcycle injuries.

How to avoid falling asleep at the wheel

The daily demands of life often get in the way of rest for many Tennesseans. Busy workloads, class deadlines and other important tasks can easily push sleep to the back-burner. While life is short and it is important to make the most of it, sacrificing rest for other needs can be a dangerous game. These risks multiply tenfold when a sleep-deprived person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle. 

The dangers of drowsy truck driving

Unlike many jobs in which employees can punch the clock at the end of a long day, Tennessee truck drivers must often push exhaustion to the limit. It almost seems as if today's truckers have given the duty of hard work an entirely new meaning. Trucker fatigue has been a point of concern for years -- and is a problem that is in dire need of change within the industry.

Truck accidents: the facts

Some Tennessee drivers might not think twice about it, but the job of a truck driver is often no easy task. In addition to extended periods of time on the road, tight schedules and limited food options, truckers must grapple with perhaps the biggest challenge of the job: the truck itself. These road giants are powerful, making them both efficient and dangerous. How common are truck accidents, and what are some of the typical causes of crashes? 

Are autonomous cars making roads safer?

Sometimes, there is no way to avoid a car accident. However, in many cases, the driver at fault was simply driving irresponsibly or in a reckless manner. When a crash becomes fatal, the reasons for the accident can become all the more crucial; these factors can help clarify an investigation. Recent news shows a relatively new possible safety threat on the road: that of autonomous cars. Do the pros outweigh the cons? 

Tennessee's motorcycle helmet law

Warm weather in Tennessee is here at last, and that means the motorcycles are beginning to keep the roads hot. While the safety precautions one takes may depend on the type of bike, current state laws enforce helmet use at all times. Regardless of one's age or experience, a motorcycle accident with helmets involved could decrease riders' chances of suffering from serious injuries.

Are infotainment systems doing more harm than good?

Most Tennesseans do not think twice about safety before starting a journey on the road; after all, the destination is the ultimate goal. However, forgetting basic driving safety precautions can prove highly dangerous, no matter how short the drive. Recent studies have revealed a distraction that has been the culprit behind countless car crashes: high-technology devices. 

Tennessee's texting and driving laws

Texting and driving has become such a commonplace term in recent years that many drivers no longer hear its message. As technology continues to blend into the everyday lives of Tennesseans, however, warnings about distracted driving become all the more crucial. As technology changes, so, too, do the laws that surround cell phone use while driving. 

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