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In the past several years, car accidents have been on the rise.  In fact, according to the most current data, deadly car accidents have increased by 16% throughout the United States.  Automakers and safety regulators at The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) are keen to use new technology to try and help reverse that trend with the implementation self-driving tractor-trailers and automatic emergency braking systems.  But others are concerned about the safety of the technology and its overall effectiveness. Continue reading


Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend”.  Apparently, the expression has its origins from an 1870 trial in Missouri, Burden v. Hornsby.   Lawyer and senator, George Vest represented a man whose dog, Old Drum, had been shot by a neighbor for allegedly killing the neighbor’s sheep.  In his closing arguments, while eulogizing Old Drum, Vest suggested the idea that a dog is man’s best friend.*   But unfortunately, that is not always true.  In fact, the number of dog bites and dog attacks is increasing.   Read on for the surprising statistics and how to prevent dog bites and attacks. Continue reading


For Valentine’s Day, I received a gift card for a spa.  When I began to book an appointment online for the massage, I was asked to electronically sign a Release of All Claims.  Among other things, the Release of All Claims for a massage at this spa stated that if death resulted from the massage, then the spa was not responsible.  There were also other excessive provisions. I declined to sign the Release of All Claims, and the spa was kind enough to refund the purchased gift card, but the outrageousness of their request is not particularly isolated.  Every day, businesses ask their prospective customers to sign releases before providing services or allowing participation in activities.  As such, we thought it would be good to review what exactly is a release of all claims. Continue reading



The most common cause of a bike accident is collision with a car or truck.  Not surprisingly, given the disparity in weight and protection between a bicycle and car, the bicyclist typically suffers serious injuries.   Most bicycle accidents occur in urban areas and are caused by a car or truck driver failing to yield.  According to the Department of Safety, there were 370 bicycle accidents in Tennessee in the most recent data year.  So, if you are a bicyclist, do you know what to do after a bike accident?  Do you know what insurance covers a bicycle accident?  Do you know how to make a claim for a bike accident?   And do you know how long it is going to take to recover from a bike accident? Continue reading


We have a 16-year-old in our house so we have recently re-experienced the thrill of being able to drive.  For those of us who do not live in walkable cities, driving is independence.  It is being able to go where you want when you want.  However, today’s post is going to focus on two situations in which you should not drive.  Steps are underway for technology to prevent you from driving in one instance.  In the other instance, the completely unsophisticated but powerful pen and paper will help you know when not to drive.  Curious?   Read on. Continue reading

Fatal car accidents are falling in most countries but not the United States.  Why is that?  Like most complex problems, there is not a singular cause, and some of the causes are uniquely American.  For instance, in Europe, 75% of the vehicles have manual transmissions. In the U.S., only 4% of the vehicles on the road have manual transmissions and, since 2018, only 2% of the vehicles sold have manual transmissions.  Why is this important?  You need two hands to drive a manual transmission – one to hold the steering wheel and one to shift.  Unless you have three hands, a manual transmission makes it more difficult to use a phone while driving.   Read on to learn more and what you can do to protect yourself.

According to the experts, other major reasons for the number of fatal car accidents in the US are:

  1. A lack of sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes



Last week, we told you that Tennessee ranked as the 7th worst in the nation for car accidents and how to protect yourself with uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.  Unfortunately, Tennessee also ranks 7th worse in the nation for accidents involving trucks, so this week we have advice for you in the event you are injured by a large truck. Continue reading


How are you doing on your New Year’s resolution?  Whether you love them or hate them, resolutions are a New Year tradition for most people.  The purpose, of course, is to identify areas in your life for improvement and then resolving to stop doing the bad things or begin doing beneficial things.   The overwhelming majority of resolutions take time and, unfortunately, the majority fail.  Lucky for you, the award-winning attorneys at the Law Offices of John Day have a resolution for your New Year that is easy, does not take much time at all but could make all the difference in the event you are involved in a car accident. Continue reading

Since 2018, The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. has offered a safe ride home on New Year’s Eve in Rutherford County, and we are excited to continue the tradition again this year.

Tennessee is one of the worst states for drunk driving, ranking 12th according to Forbes. And, according to the most recent data, despite decades of awareness campaigns, drunk driving fatalities in the United States have actually increased by 14% over the last year.

At the Law Offices of John Day, we see the horrible impact of drinking and driving.  Every year, we represent multiple clients who have been injured or lost a family member to drinking and driving, so we are deeply committed to preventing these tragedies and ensuring the safety of our community.  By sponsoring Lyft rides, our firm hopes to help people in Rutherford County make smart decisions about how to get home on New Year’s Eve.


Before we talk about the possible end of right on red, let’s talk about how it got started.  During the 1970 energy crisis, the federal government launched two initiatives in an effort to reduce fuel usage.  The first was the 55-mph speed limit for fuel efficiency.   The second was the right on red concept.  Experts believed that allowing right turns on a red light would permit motorists to keep moving and help reduce fuel consumption.  Continue reading

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