In airplane accidents, investigators and experts often refer to “black box data”, and that terminology has carried over and is sometimes used in the context of car accidents too. However, in car and truck accidents, the more accurate description of black box data is Event Data Recorders (EDR). Of course, nothing is ever quite that simple because some experts and manufacturers refer to an Event Data Recorder more specifically as an Airbag Control Module (ACM), Restraint Control Module (RCM) and System Diagnostic Module (SDM), etc. But regardless of what you call it, these devices can be invaluable in determining what happened in a car or truck accident. Read on to find out how EDRs came into existence, how they work, what information they record and why it is important to know what to do immediately after an accident so that this valuable information is not lost. Continue reading
First, the problem was an increase in reckless driving. As a large number of commuters began working from home, many drivers saw the decreased congestion on the roads as an opportunity to turn into Mario Andretti. As a result, the number of fatal accidents increased markedly. Now, as more people are returning to work in some places, two new issues confront commuters. Continue reading
Well, we could all certainly use some more beauty in our lives these days. We often think of beauty as a physical attribute but it is so much more. Kindness is beautiful, justice is beautiful, truth is beautiful, courage is beautiful and so many more things. In honor of National Make Life Beautiful Day, we wanted to announce another give-away from our office. On June 27th, we are going to be giving away 1,000 washable cloth masks from the parking lot of our Murfreesboro office. Just drive through and get a free mask. More details are below. In addition, below are some easy suggestions on how you could make life beautiful tomorrow, and we would love for you to comment with some suggestions of your own. Continue reading
It is hard to believe it is Memorial Day weekend. If you are like me, you have been suffering a certain level of time disorientation courtesy of the pandemic. One day inexplicably races by and some weeks feel like they lasted a year. Nonetheless, here we are – Memorial Day weekend. Typically, this is a heavy travel weekend but this year experts predict folks will stay close to home and visit local parks, rivers, lakes or just their own backyard. Whether you are towing your own boat to the river, renting a boat from a lake marina or heading to your lake house or cabin, we wanted to remind you of some incredibly important safety tips as the boating season officially gets underway: Continue reading
If you need further proof of these strange times, Memorial Day weekend may be Exhibit No. 15,643,782. For decades, AAA has issued travel forecasts for Memorial Day weekend, but it will not this year because all of the normal predictors it uses for its models are not reliable in the face of the pandemic. So what do the experts think this Memorial Day weekend will look like travel-wise? Continue reading
Around our house, for quite a while, we have been using the euphemism “With everything that has been going on . . . ” We like it because it gathers up the collective burdens and tribulations surrounding CoVid 19 and tries to make it more palatable especially around a 12 year-old, who certainly does not need nor want to hear much more than that. So even with everything that is going on, we have some smiles, encouragement and tips to help you get through this slog. Continue reading
Time for a mid-week boost. We are back with some more legal tips and good news. First, we have a new give-away going on our Facebook page. All you have to do is upload a picture of you fur baby to be entered to win one of three $50 VISA gift cards to be given away on Friday, April 10, 2020. We have loved doing these fun quarantine give-aways to help folks with groceries or take-out dinner from a local restaurant. Now, on to some legal tips and more good news. Continue reading
Last week, we started this mid-week boost where we try to give you something to smile about in the face of all the bad news and anxiety. We also want to give you some important legal tips that can help your neighbor or you during this time of social distancing. But, let’s start with an update. Continue reading
Since 2018, federal law requires all new American cars to have at least one camera: a rearview camera. Many vehicles have multiple cameras that will record even when the vehicle is off, and some vehicles have cameras that monitor the driver’s face. Car cameras have lots of benefits but they also raise some interesting questions for car accident cases and beyond.
Spring forward was this Sunday. While most of us are not crazy about the time change and need a few days to adjust our body clocks, it does serve as a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. And now, vehicle manufacturers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration want to use the time change to remind you to do one other safety check, and we love the idea.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched its first-ever Safety Recall Week. The initiative is designed to encourage car and truck owners to check for open recalls on their vehicle twice a year — with the changing of the time. Here are some important facts you may not know about vehicle recalls and why they are so important: Continue reading