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As a driving community, we recognize distracted driving is dangerous and should be illegal, yet not only do we continue to do it but we also have the nerve to think we are good at it.  A recent study by Progressive Insurance Company found that a majority of drivers believe distracted driving is the number one cause of car, truck and motorcycle accidents, 1/3 of drivers are still confident in their own ability to text and drive.  Want to know who thinks they are best at it? Continue reading

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Some people can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, but Honolulu thinks too many people are bad at walking and texting.  The city has now passed legislation which outlaws pedestrians crossing the street while texting or otherwise using their smartphones.  As you might expect, the law is receiving mixed reviews.  Some safety experts believe the laws will make pedestrians think twice about using their phone while crossing the street.  Others believe the law is just another form of government overreach.  Finally, some critics believe the law will allow distracted drivers to blame pedestrians.  But one thing is for sure. . .   Continue reading

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Months ago, when I first learned of the solar eclipse, I immediately ordered some solar eclipse goggles.  Even though the goggles were more expensive, I ordered them for a couple of reasons: (1) since they fit snuggly around the head they allegedly fit children better and posed less risk of them being askew and allowing harmful rays into the eye; (2) because they were snug against your face, less ambient light came in from the side making your viewing of the solar eclipse more crisp and sharp; (3) unlike the paper glasses, I figured I could use them as part of a Halloween costume later on for our daughter; (4) and, I am not going to lie, I wanted to get a picture of John Day wearing a pair of black out goggles.   Continue reading

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Today is the first day of school for Williamson County.  Our daughter Kate is entering 5th grade this year at Scales Elementary.  Although she was embarrassed, she did relent and allow this picture upon arrival at school. And while it seems like just yesterday that we were going to the Boo Hoo breakfast for kindergarten parents not that much has changed.  She still worries about liking her teachers, the dynamics of friendships and how much homework will be assigned.  And, of course, as her parents, we still worry about everything, which brings me to some very important safety reminders for us all. Continue reading

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We are roughly halfway between Memorial Day and Labor Day – that time of year which marks the deadliest days for young drivers.  Summer has always been a dangerous time for teens because they are out of school and out on the roads.  But, the National Safety Council anticipates the risk to be increasing as a result of cellphone use by teen drivers.  In rear-end crashes, teen drivers take zero evasive action (braking or swerving) in the half of those types of car accidents.  If a teen driver is using their phone to text, call, take photos, etc., their eyes are off the road for 4.1 seconds of the last 6 seconds before a crash.   The end result is that teen drivers are three times more likely than an adult driver to be involved in a fatal car crash.  So, what can you do?  Below are some easy tips for keeping your teen driver safe: Continue reading

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Sit at an intersection and watch the cars go by and notice how many drivers have a phone in their hand.  Or, if you are a passenger in a car, watch the drivers of oncoming cars to see how many drivers are using their phones.  Perhaps most frightening is to be a pedestrian and see just how many cars that are passing you are being operated by drivers using their phones.  If you do any of these, the numbers below probably will not surprise you.

Roughly 3500 people are killed and nearly 400,000 are injured in car accidents involving distracted driving.  11 teens die every day because of distracted driving.  A driver distracted by their cellphone is more dangerous than a driver with a BAC of .08.  An accident is 23 times more likely to occur when the driver is distracted. From 2014 to 2015, there was a 32 percent increase in deaths attributed to distracted driving.  And despite these statistics, drivers continue to text, take photos, surf social media and the internet and more while driving.  Now, one State has decided to do something about it. Continue reading

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By now you have probably seen the video of the driver of a Volvo (Mr. Neely) hitting a bicyclist (Tyler Noe) on the Natchez Trace Parkway.  If you have not, just Google “bicycle accident and Natchez trace” and you will find lots of sites with video of the accident.  In short, Mr. Noe was hit by a black Volvo hits that simply keeps going after the very scary impact.  Mr. Neely, the driver of the black Volvo, has since been charged with felony reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to immediately notify of an accident and failure to render aid.  As a firm that has handled a lot of accidents involving bicyclists, cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc., this case helps demonstrate 4 important points about injury accidents. Continue reading

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The Law Offices of John Day could not be more proud of our very own Brandon Bass.  Brandon was recently recognized by the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association as “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year”.  This is a tremendous accomplishment and one that Brandon richly deserves for his work on behalf of injury victims and their families.  Brandon (along with John Day, Joy Day, Laura Baker and Liz Sitzgreaves) was also recently named a Mid-South Super Lawyer again this year.  Only 5% of the lawyers in the Mid-South receive this recognition.

And while we love receiving these types of awards, we know that awards are not the true measure of our success.  Instead, Brandon would be the first to tell you that the true measure of our success is a fully satisfied client.  A client who has been successfully shepherded through the litigation process.  A client that has had their questions answered and concerns addressed.  A client who receives prompt responses to phone calls and emails.  A client who feels like their lawyer truly understands their situation and sincerely wants to help them.  A client who is so happy with the legal services we provided that they refer a friend or family member who needs help after an accident.  A client who will take the time to write a Google or Facebook review or just send us a nice thank you note or give us a call simply to express their gratitude for our work on their behalf.  A client who speaks highly about their lawyer to others.  And of course, a client who receives the compensation their case deserves.

This is the type of success and recognition we strive for every day.  Of course, the happy irony is that Brandon (and our other lawyer’s) conscientious commitment to our client’s satisfaction is what produces the results that win awards.  Pretty simple really: hard work and talent usually get recognized in the form of awards.  Although awards can help injury victims decide who to hire to help them when they need it, awards are not the only consideration.  There are lots of factors you should keep in mind when deciding which lawyer to help you with your injury case.

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In a few weeks, our daughter Kate returns for her second year of overnight camp in North Carolina.  She is beyond excited as she had a great time last year, and we are not nearly as nervous as parents this time around.   Parents worry about lots of things when their kids head off to camp:

  • Will they make friends?
  • Will the camp serve food that my kid will actually eat?
  • Will they get homesick?
  • Will they remember to brush their teeth?

Of course, because both of Kate’s parents are injury lawyers, we can’t help but also worry about safety.   A lot.  So what are some questions you should be asking before you sign your kid up for a day or overnight camp? Continue reading