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Was dehydration s factor in your wreck with a big rig?

Truckers face pressure from trucking companies to haul their cargo quickly from suppliers to retail outlets and other destinations around the nation. However, what isn't always acknowledged is how that pressure can compromise trucking safety from coast to coast.

For instance, there is the problem of truck drivers becoming dehydrated behind the wheel. According to the Physiology & Behavior journal, when drivers don't get enough hydration, it's as if they are driving while drunk.

Why talking on a phone while driving is still dangerous

Texting and driving is dangerous and you know why: You have to look down to text. What may surprise you, then, is that talking on your phone is also extremely dangerous. This is even true when you're using a hands-free system.

Remember, driver error causes about 94 percent of car accidents. Many documented errors happen when people are on their phones, even if they are using a hands-free device. This has taken thousands of lives.

Is driving drowsy as dangerous as driving drunk?

Many Knoxville residents can probably relate to having driven a vehicle after not getting a proper night's sleep. Maybe you drove to an exam after being up all night studying. You might not have even given it a second thought.

But perhaps you should. Research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that sleepy drivers are involved in 20 percent of highway fatalities. In fact, according to AAA, losing just a couple of hours of shut-eye doubles motorists' risk of collisions. Lose more sleep than that and drowsy drivers increase their accident risk by 400 percent.

Do I need a lawyer to appeal my SSD application denial?

Applying for Social Security Disability, also known as SSD, is notoriously fraught with difficulties. Oftentimes, when someone submits their first application without any professional assistance, such as from an attorney who has experience working with the SSD system, it results in a denial.

Getting a denial on your SSD application is not automatically a dead end. You should not assume that a denial means you cannot qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, you must appeal the denial, and the appeals process is complex.

Does someone's personality affect the risk of a dog bite?

Can your body language and personality increase the chances of a dog bite? You know that you shouldn't tease a dog, act aggressively toward it or bother it while it is eating. However, there may be specific personality traits that could lead to you being a dog bite victim.

A recent article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health attempted to explain the what characteristics of dog bite victims could make it more likely that they were attacked. The study was done in the United Kingdom -- in the city of Cheshire, England, to be specific.

Don't give up on a disability claim for migraines

It can be difficult to get approved for Social Security benefits for migraines -- despite that fact that you may have them so often and so severely that it's utterly impossible to hold a job.

Part of the problem is that migraines are just now being recognized as a real medical condition. For a long time, migraine patients were treated as semi-hysterics. Their pain was seen as largely fictional or neurotic in nature. (Doctors now know that isn't so.)

What can I do after being hit by an uninsured driver?

All drivers should have auto insurance for the vehicles they drive. Sadly, far too many neglect this very important purchase. When they do, it's their hapless victims who suffer the consequences — which can be quite expensive.

Do you have recourse if you are hit by an uninsured driver? Learn what steps you can take to protect yourself in such instances.

Tips for a successful Social Security disabiliity claim

Whether you are completing an application online or mailing in a paper form for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you should know that one in three applications are denied at first.

While this can be a rather daunting and disappointing statistic, here are some tips that can help you increase your chances of success.

9-year-old girl bitten on face, neck by friend's dog

It only takes a few seconds for an attacking dog to maul or kill someone. For those who survive a vicious dog attack, the physical injuries are often less disabling than the emotional trauma suffered. Certainly the emotional trauma can last much longer, especially when the victim is a young child.

On the evening of Saturday, April 23, a mother and her 9-year-old daughter from Newport, Tennessee, were visiting a home in Del Rio. While at the residence, the young girl was bitten on the face and neck by the occupant's dog.

Understanding damages in a Tennessee car accident case

One of the first things people want to know about their car accident case is how much it will be worth. The likely amount of a potential recovery can affect many parts of a case, such as settlement negotiations and the amount of time and effort a plaintiff would want to put in.

Calculating damages can present several challenges. An experienced attorney can identify likely types of recovery and figure out an effective approach to substantiating each damages demand.

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