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Signs that a dog may have rabies

Rabies can be transmitted from dogs to humans. Even those who do not contract the disease could be seriously injured in an attack. It is very important to make an early diagnosis. Those who get bitten need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

To help, here are a few common signs that a dog may be suffering from rabies:

  • The dog wants to eat nonfood items, such as dirt or drywall. This is known as pica.
  • The dog is running a fever.
  • The dog's jaw hangs open.
  • The dog experiences violent seizures.
  • The dog shows outward signs of aggression that are more severe than normal.
  • The dog becomes paralyzed or does not have very good coordination.
  • The dog's bark begins to sound different as the tone changes.
  • The dog becomes afraid of water.
  • The dog can no longer swallow while eating.
  • The dog becomes either very excitable or very shy; the disease impacts different animals in different ways.
  • The dog seems irritable all the time.
  • You notice that the dog's behavior and attitude have changed significantly or that they seem to shift often.
  • The dog begins salivating and frothing at the mouth.

Even small amounts of alcohol make accidents more likely

When you hear people talk about the risks of drunk driving, they often refer to the legal limit of .08 percent. This blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level can lead to a DUI arrest for someone who takes a breath test or a blood test.

As a result, people often act like this percentage is some sort of hard cutoff where driving suddenly becomes dangerous. They act like you'd be perfectly safe at .07 percent and then a high risk at .08 percent.

Knox County law enforcement step up patrol of school zones

Law enforcement agencies across Knox County have recently increased their patrol of school zones in an effort to keep children safer who are commuting to and from school. A spokesperson for the Knox County Sheriff's Office noted that their efforts are particularly aimed at curbing distracted and reckless driving in these highly trafficked areas.

Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, deputies with the Knox County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Knoxville Police Department are all participating in this initiative, which began on Sept. 14. Their patrol now covers all 88 schools and corresponding school zones throughout the county.

Uninsured motorist coverage comes in handy in many crash cases

While virtually every state requires motorists to carry auto insurance, there are some drivers who take a chance and never purchase it. If that person crashes into your car and injures you, you may wonder what happens next.

In every state, all new car owners are required to maintain full coverage insurance on their investment. This type of policy covers both liability and collision protection.

3 common myths about car accident attorneys

Fatal car accidents are rare in Tennessee, and when they occur, they are tragic. One unfortunate example of this occurred near the state line of Tennessee and Mississippi on September 10th where one person died.

majority of collisions merely result in vehicle damage and minor injuries. Even in these cases, you will need to hire an attorney to help you navigate the claims process. Many people are on the fence about hiring a lawyer due to a litany of myths that persist, and that is why you need to separate fiction from the truth. 

Determining negligence in a trucking accident

The most important factor in many motor vehicle accident claims relates to the negligence of another party and whether that negligence proximately caused injury and damages to another party. A commercial truck accident case is not any different, although different rules and regulations apply to truck drivers and the companies that employ them.

There are certain essential elements of negligence that an injured plaintiff will need to prove in court in order to prevail in a personal injury matter stemming from a commercial truck collision.

How to teach your children to avoid a dog attack

Because of their little bodies, delicate skin and lack of understanding about dogs, children are the most at risk of getting seriously hurt in a dog attack. For a small child, even a tiny dog could cause devastating injuries, so it's important that parents teach their children how to stay safe around dogs as soon as they're old enough to understand how to safely comport themselves around pets.

Here are the most important dog safety tips you should teach your child:

  • Stay far away from dogs you don't know and never approach an unattended dog.
  • Don't approach a dog that's caring for its puppies, sleeping or eating.
  • If you see a stray dog, tell an adult immediately.
  • Don't tease or roughhouse dogs.
  • If you're going to pet a dog -- even if it's a known-to-be-friendly dog, always let the dog smell the back of your hand before petting.

Children need surgery after dog bites more than adults

Children and adults tend to split up dog bite incidents fairly evenly, at least when looking at bites that put people in the hospital. Of the 800,000 annual bites that lead to hospital visits, about 400,000 are children and 400,000 are adults.

About 4 million people get bitten every year, according to some estimates. This takes into account those who suffer minor bites and do not need medical treatment.

How you can safely report a drunk driver in Tennessee

You won't receive a warning. It will just sneak up on you. That's why you must always pay attention while driving. What are we talking about? Drunk drivers. They come out of nowhere with little to no warning. Be on the lookout for signs of potential drunk drivers at all times of the day. If you should spot one, you need to safely report it to the proper authorities in Knoxville.

The most important thing to note here is that you should never attempt to interact with a suspected drunk driver. This includes making eye contact, waving, trying to get them to pull over, beeping or any other activity that could cause them to react to you.

Tips on avoiding a pedestrian accident with school starting

You may be relieved that school has started back up. Finally, your children won’t be underfoot all day saying they’re bored. However, you might also worry if your kids walk or ride their bikes to and from school. Pedestrian accidents are a serious concern for residents of Tennessee and elsewhere, and children are particularly at risk.

Like any parent whose children walk or bike to school, you have explained the safety rules to your kids. Don’t text while walking, look both ways before crossing the street, only cross at crosswalks and never run out into the street are some of the tips you drill into their heads on a regular basis. However, as you may be aware, your children may follow the rules impeccably, but a distracted, intoxicated or reckless driver could still strike and harm them. All drivers should know that children will be walking and biking in the mornings and afternoons. Motorists can reduce the chances of causing a tragic pedestrian accident in the following ways:

  • Always be aware of the surroundings, and watch for pedestrians and bicycles in addition to other vehicles.
  • Stop whenever a school bus’s safety arm is extended or caution lights are on.
  • Be especially cautious driving near intersections or crosswalks, and stop for crossing guards and children crossing the street, regardless of whether they have a green light.
  • Understand that children don’t always follow the rules, and they may dart into the street without warning or cross when traffic is heading their way.
  • Drive cautiously when the weather conditions are poor or sun glare is restricting vision.

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