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Are older commercial truck drivers a danger on the roads?

Many people have heard about the common dangers associated with commercial trucks. These include drivers who are working with little sleep and trucks that haven't properly been maintained. However, there's another potential danger -- the increase in senior and even elderly drivers.

Trucking companies are in need of more employees, while many seniors need some extra income and benefits in their retirement years. Those converging factors have led to a rise in drivers in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -New Rule Changes to Unsuccessful Work Attempt Regs

Often Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants try to return to work while applying for Social Security Disability or appealing the denial of their disability claim. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has rules and regulations defining how those attempts should be treated in regards to the ultimate decision on a claim for disability. The SSA has recently revised the rule on Unsuccessful Work Attempts (UWA) for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. The rule was published on October 17, 2016 taking effect on November 16, 2016.

Liability in school bus crashes: Three questions answered

It is a tragic story that continues to unfold. A school bus full of our community's youth heading home after a full day of school. 37 children were riding the bus as it sped through a narrow two-lane roadway before the driver lost control and struck a tree. 31 of these children were taken to the hospital. Six were killed due to the injuries they suffered in this crash.

The driver of the bus was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Although these criminal charges will serve to help hold the driver accountable for his actions, it may not be enough for the victims.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Claimants are dying while waiting for hearings

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants are losing the battle with illness and injury falling through social safety net waiting for hearings on their disability claims. I periodically update the status of the average processing times at the hearing offices and the numbers have only increased over the last several years. Information recently released by the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicates that between September 26, 2015 and September 1, 2016, that 7,897 Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants died while their hearing requests were pending before hearing offices. Additionally, as of March of 2016, there were 1,090 claimants whose cases had received critical case status for terminal illness while awaiting hearings and they still waited an average of 189 days and that 63 of those claimants died while awaiting a hearing. The current national average processing time is 487 days which is up from 480 from the previous fiscal year.

23 injured in serious bus crash on Interstate 65

A bus crash can be terrifying for the people inside as well as others who may be following them. For example, if your child is heading to a football game with his or her school and is on the bus ahead of your car, it would be a nightmare to see your child's vehicle crash.

That's what happened in this case that resulted in 23 students being hospitalized when they were involved in a bus collision, according to a Nov. 19 news report. The collision involved students of the Chester County Beta Club who were traveling to a convention in Gaylord Opryland.

Should you call a doctor after an animal bite?

If you or a loved one has been bitten by an animal -- like the neighbor's dog -- there is a lot of first aid you can do to help. This includes washing the wound, putting pressure on it, applying local anti-bacterial creams and wrapping it. For minor issues, this may be enough, but when should you call a doctor?

One key thing to watch out for is bleeding that won't stop, even when the wound is clean and consistent pressure has been applied. Even if you think you'll be all right, if 10 minutes go by and it's still actively bleeding, it's not just time to call a doctor -- it's time to call 911.

New app gathers data for distracted driving study: Impact in TN

Have you ever found yourself driving or walking down the road and look over at another driver, only to realize that the driver is on his or her smartphone? Those who have this moment and experience frustration may soon have a path to not only vent these frustrations, but to make a difference.

This path comes in the form of a new study. The study makes use of an application for smartphones that was recently released which allows anyone that is interested to participate in gathering data about distracted driving.

Truck accident involving 4 vehicles kills 2

An accident reported at around 3 p.m. on a recent Friday in November resulted in at least one explosion and the death of three victims. The truck accident resulted in the closure of the westbound lanes of a Tennessee highway. The highway was only reopened at approximately 9:45 p.m. the same evening, after seven hours of work by the clean-up crews.

According to official reports, the driver of a semi truck, without a trailer, moved over into the oncoming traffic. It has not been determined why he crossed the middle of the highway into the westbound traffic. First, he struck a sedan driven by a 50-year-old female. The impact sent the car flying through the air and then rolling before ending up on the side of the road.

Learn your rights regarding workers' compensation

Our previous blog post was focused on explaining how total temporary disability is determined in Tennessee. That is only one component of workers' compensation claims in this state that you should know about if you are injured at work. The fact is that more knowledge can almost always help you out when you are fighting for workers' compensation.

We understand that you might not know exactly what to do. In all honesty, you are probably more concerned with trying to heal up from the injuries you suffered instead of trying to worry about how you are going to have to fight to get the compensation you need to live your life.

Motorcycle versus car wreck -- 2 bikers in critical condition

In a recent serious accident in Tennessee, two people were sent to a hospital after the bike they were riding on was hit by another vehicle. The accident is just one more example of how little chance bikers stand in a motorcycle versus car wreck. The accident happened not long after 8 a.m. on a Thursday morning at the beginning of November.

The preliminary investigation into the accident noted that the motorcycle driver was traveling west on the highway at the time of the accident. The driver of a pickup truck, a 51-year-old female, was trying to cross the road when she hit the motorcycle, injuring both driver and passenger. She stated she did not see the approaching motorcycle.  

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