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Here is a statistic that is both tragic and embarrassing for our State: Tennessee has the 3rd most road rage shootings in the nation.  A recent study found that in 2020 three people were killed and 25 injured in roadway gun violence.  In 2021, five people were killed and 2021 injured in road rage shootings.  Of course, these numbers do not reflect the number of accidents caused by road rage or the road rage incidences that resulted in physical violence with things like bats, knifes, bear spray (yes, bear spray), vehicles and objects other than guns.  Let’s take a look at the most common causes of road rage, the civil and criminal penalties for road rage and how to avoid being a victim. Continue reading

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“I feel the need, the need for speed” is one of the most quotable lines from the original Top Gun movie.  But when you consider the statistics and facts about speeding, speed is not needed on Tennessee roadways.  In fact, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new safety campaign about speeding because 11,258 people were killed in 2020 (the most recent complete and analyzed data year) because of speeding, which was a 17% increase over the prior year.  In addition to the statistics, let’s look at whether speeding really saves time, when speeding rises to the level of reckless driving and other downsides of speeding including the points on your license. Continue reading

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Pedestrian accidents continue to climb.  In fact, pedestrian deaths are up 46% over the last decade compared to an increase of 5% for other traffic-related deaths.   The root causes of pedestrian accidents continue to be the same but now there is new technology to help prevent and minimize pedestrian accidents.  And, of course, there are things you can do to help too. Continue reading

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It is fascinating to see what some people search for on the internet.  “I want a lawyer and a sandwich” is commonly searched because of a popular line in the 2011 movie titled Blitz.  A sassy criminal suspect delivers the line in response to being placed in police custody.   Of course, most internet searches focus on more routine and basic legal issues such as “When do I need a lawyer for a car accident?” and “How do I hire a lawyer with no money?” and “Can anyone be your lawyer?”  We have rounded up some of the most common questions and answered them.  Read on. Continue reading

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World Motorcycle Day is June 21st.  As a hat-tip to all the motorcycle enthusiasts, we have decided to round up some commonly asked questions related to Tennessee motorcycle accidents.  Read on if your inquiring mind wants to know. Continue reading

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Deaths related to car, truck and motorcycle accidents increased by 10.5% in 2021, the highest number of deaths on U.S. roadways in a single year since 2005.   Unfortunately, the bad news does not end there.  Pedestrian deaths increased by 13% with 7,342 pedestrians killed in a single year.  Bicyclist deaths increased by 5% with 985 bicyclists losing their lives last year.  Now for the better news, the federal government has taken two significant steps to try to reduce U.S. roadway deaths, and there are steps you can take too. Continue reading

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We all give advice. Whether you are a lawyer, teacher, parent, doctor, plumber, etc..,  at some point, someone is going to ask for your advice. But here is the thing about the advice you seek:  you do not know how good it is until you do the exact opposite.[1]

Why do people not follow advice?  Well, some folks do not really want advice.  They want permission.  They are only asking as a way of confirming what they wanted to do in the first place.  The other main reason people do not follow advice is because it is not easy.  Having the discipline to do what you know you should do can be hard i.e., exercising, saving for retirement, studying for exams, etc.   So, we thought we would give you some important legal advice that is easy to follow and, trust us, you won’t know how good it is unless you don’t follow it. Continue reading

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which also means boating season is about to be in full swing.  For those of you who plan to hit the lakes and rivers this summer, read on for a reminder about important safety rules as well as a new law covering wake boarders and wake surfers. Continue reading

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If you have Googled “How to Win an Accident Case” or “How Much Can I Sue for in an Accident Case” or “How to File an Accident Lawsuit” or anything similar to these types of searches, please proceed with extreme caution.  If you were in an accident with very minor, fully resolved injuries (like your neck was a little sore for a couple of days and without any medical intervention it completely improved), you do not need a lawyer.  But anything beyond that, you really should, at a minimum, consult an injury lawyer.  Now let us tell you why. Continue reading

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In 2020, which is the most recent, reported data, 932 people lost their lives in bicycle accidents in this country, an almost 9% increase over the prior year.  To be sure, biking has enjoyed an increase in popularity due to environmental concerns, economic issues (bikes are cheaper to own and maintain than a car), the health benefits, and electric bikes help with challenging hills and longer commutes.  But even with better urban planning and an increased availability of dedicated bike lanes, the fact remains that the number one cause of biking fatalities is collisions with motor vehicles.  In 2021, 321 bicyclists were killed on Tennessee roadways.  Read on to learn how you can help lower that number for 2022. Continue reading

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