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November 2015 Archives

Conditions leading to 18-wheeler crashes

Thanksgiving weekend is synonymous with many Americans traveling to friends and family, leading to crowded roads. Not only will many motorists take to Tennessee roads, but also many big trucks. The increase in traffic, along with potentially wintry conditions, create risk for 18-wheeler crashes.

Workplace injury: 2 city workers killed while collecting trash

City workers in Tennessee, especially those working on the busy roads, are exposed to multiple hazards. Unfortunately, some motorists fail to keep a lookout for utility vehicles, such as garbage trucks. It is not uncommon for a city worker to suffer a workplace injury that was caused by a third party driver.

What Is Uninsured Motorist Coverage & Why Should I Have It?

Uninsured motorist coverage is a provision available in automobile insurance policies that protects you if you are in an accident with another driver who is uninsured or underinsured.  Although typically called "uninsured motorist coverage" it also includes a subcategory of "underinsured motorist coverage" when the at-fault driver does have liability insurance, but the limits are too low to cover all of the damages incurred by you.  The Insurance Research Council estimates that one out of every seven drivers in the United States is currently insured.  In fact, according to a story carried by WBIR on June 30, 2015, one out of every five drivers in Tennessee lacks liability insurance.  As a result, the Tennessee legislature passed a new law requiring stiffer penalties for drivers that lack proper basic liability insurance.  However, stiffer penalties do not help protect the law-abiding driver who unfortunately has an accident with someone not carrying proper insurance.  

Verdicts Against the State of Tennessee Result in a New Highway & Countless Saved Lives

I represented a sixteen year old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an eighteen year old boy that was merging from Lovell Road onto the Pellissippi Parkway southbound when the vehicle in which she was riding was struck by a tractor trailer truck.  I also represented a twenty-three year old male who was riding with his brother when they were merging onto Pellissippi Parkway southbound on the same entrance ramp from Lovell Road and collided with another vehicle approximately one year earlier.  The twenty-three year old male suffered a knee injury requiring surgery but recovered.  Unfortunately, both the sixteen year old female we represented and the driver of the vehicle in which she was a passenger were killed in the second accident.

Protecting warehouse workers from a workplace injury

In the greater scheme of things, warehouses do not seem to be the most dangerous work places, but warehouses do harbor a number of dangers. That is why business owners must ensure that they have protocols in place in order to ensure the safety of their workers. They can never lose sight of the fact that a workplace injury or death is catastrophic for everybody involved.

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