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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced its top priorities for the next two years with a list of regulations the agency thinks will reduce truck and car accidents.  The requested regulations seek to curb the rising tide of accident-related deaths.  In 2017, deaths from large truck crashes reached their highest level in 29 years, and car accidents continue to kill more than 40,000 people a year in the United States.   So what does the safety agency recommend in terms of new regulations and how will they affect Tennessee drivers? Continue reading

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Our country’s service members are the best in the world.  And that is not just us proudly saying that; Business Insider has ranked the top 25 militaries in the world and the United States is first based on a number of factors.  One of those factors is the fact that the United States spends over $500 billion more on defense than the second place finisher, Russia.  So a reasonable person would expect that our military personnel would be outfitted with the best equipment but that is not always the case.

Recently, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) settled a case with 3M for $9.1 million dollars because the DOJ alleged 3M had knowingly supplied our soldiers with defective combat ear plugs that could result in hearing loss, tinnitus and other problems.   If you or a loved one is a current or former military member, we urge you to read on to find out more about the defective earplugs, who was affected by the defective earplugs and what you should do if you are experiencing problems with your hearing. Continue reading

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Albert Einstein remarked “Any man that can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”   Einstein was a wise man.  Kissing is not the only thing you can’t safely do while driving.  Anything that diverts your attention from the road increases your risk of being involved in an accident.  Researchers have identified the maximum number of things even the most brilliant humans like Einstein can handle at one time.  Do you know what that number is? Continue reading

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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  A lot of us do.  The most common New Year’s resolutions are: (1) exercise more; (2) eat healthier; (3) save money.   We all have such good intentions and then life gets in the way.  In fact, by February, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are out the window.  So if you have already messed up on your New Year’s resolutions, you are definitely not alone, and The Law Offices of John Day has some good news.  We have some quick and easy resolutions that can protect you and your family and help you feel better about yourself for having a cheeseburger, fries and milkshake for lunch.   We are calling them New Day’s resolutions because all four can easily be accomplished in one day.  Continue reading

 

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Every Christmas Eve, after church and dinner, you will find our family in our living room with the Christmas tree on, and the lights turned down, ready to watch Christmas Vacation.  We have seen the movie so many times we can quote most of it, and it is a treasured tradition.  One of the funniest scenes is when the Griswolds drive out to the country to get a Christmas tree the old-fashioned way: cutting it down themselves.   Let’s look at all the driving tips that can be derived from this one particular scene:   Continue reading

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No, this post is not about the classic Christmas carol.  It is about headlights and pedestrians.  While it may not be the most Christmas-y and exciting stuff, it is very important stuff because half of all fatal accidents occur at night, and one-quarter of them occur on unlit roads.  And Tennessee is unfortunately following a nationwide trend of increasing pedestrian accidents.  One significant factor in nighttime car and pedestrian accidents is headlight performance.  So do you know how your vehicle’s headlights rate?

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Who doesn’t love seeing a dog with its face hanging out of the window of a moving car?  With the wind in their face and a gazillion smells and aromas to inhale, the look of pure joy on their face is contagious.  So we hate to be a fun killer, but here is the bad news: unrestrained dogs in moving cars can be extremely hazardous in a number of ways and a new trend could make it illegal.

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Last week alone, there were five separate accidents over three days that involved children being killed or seriously injured while waiting at a bus stop or while trying to cross the street to enter or exit a bus.   All avoidable tragedies if all drivers would only follow the rules.  Of course, that begs the question: do all drivers even know the rules?  Hopefully, everyone knows that when on a two-lane road, traffic in both directions stops whenever a bus activates its stop signal.  But, do you know your responsibilities as a driver when there are multiple lanes?  How about when there are multiple lanes but they are divided?  Do you know at what time of day pedestrians are most at risk?   Take our short quiz and see how well you do.  Continue reading

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It is trick or treat time again.  The anticipation around our house is almost feverish.  Our daughter will be going as grapes this year, and we will post a photo later in the week.   (Above is last year’s Halloween photos – Kate was a Spanish flamenco dancer)  We have a great time at our house.  We have some friends over for an early dinner of hotdogs and chili and then the kids head out in hopes of getting as much candy as they can carry while the parents stay on the porch handing out candy.  We are lucky; our neighborhood has sidewalks and our street gets blocked off to vehicular traffic.  But not all neighborhoods are as trick-or-treat friendly, so it is up to all of us to make sure we keep Halloween injury-free.  Here are 10 easy steps everyone should follow tomorrow night: Continue reading

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Semi-trucks accidents and other large truck accidents are killing roughly 4,300 people a year in this country, and the number is increasing.  Since 2009, deadly tractor-trailer accidents are up 28%.  Crash-avoidance technology is becoming more common place in passenger vehicles with 41% of new cars using collision warning systems with automatic braking.  In fact, car manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have agreed to a regulation that requires this technology be in all passenger cars by 2022 and in trucks by 2025.  Yet, there is no such mandate for tractor-trailers and other large trucks.  Why? Continue reading