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Another 709,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week and millions remain unemployed.  And for others, they have kept their jobs but have been forced to accept pay cuts and other reductions in benefits.  Needless to say, the pandemic has caused chaos for many families’ budgets.  Of course, if you have less money coming in, the natural reaction is to look for ways to save money.  When the car insurance bill arrives in the mailbox, many people wonder about simply not paying it or slashing coverage.  So, we wanted to offer some advice on these issues and remind you what is required under the law and, most likely, under your car loan or lease agreement. Continue reading

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Today, October 26th, is National Tennessee Day.  We did not even know there was such a thing, but we did know that it is still National Pedestrian Safety Month and in five days we will be celebrating Halloween and lots of pedestrians will be out and about.  Right now, there is so much we can’t control (the pandemic, the election, our self-control around Halloween candy, etc.), but we can control some things to help ensure the safety of all those trick-or-treaters on Saturday.  Take a minute and refresh yourself on these Halloween safety tips. Continue reading

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No matter where you live or your typical form of transportation, we are all pedestrians.  When you get out of your car to walk through the parking lot to go into Target, you are a pedestrian.  When you walk your dog through your neighborhood, you are a pedestrian.  Your children or grandchildren are pedestrians when they get off the school bus.  As such, pedestrian safety should be important to all of us, which is why the federal government has designated October as National Pedestrian Safety Month.  Here are some important facts and safety tips you should know.  Also, if you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, we have one piece of information that could mean the difference between you receiving compensation or not. Continue reading

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Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death for children, and this week is Child Passenger Safety Week to try and raise awareness about how to prevent child passenger injuries and deaths.  When used properly, car safety seats can reduce the risk of death by 70% in infants under 1 year of age and 54% in children in the 1 to 4 age range. So if you are a parent, grandparent, nanny, babysitter or have any reason to be driving children around, take a minute and review these important safety tips. Continue reading

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This past Saturday at approximately 10:30 p.m., after leaving a political dinner, the South Dakota Attorney General called police to report he had hit a deer with his vehicle.  The next day, police discovered that he had not, in fact, hit a deer but instead a pedestrian who was walking to his disabled truck. The pedestrian died.  Right now, more questions remain unanswered than answered, but one thing is for certain: pedestrian accidents are on the rise, and here are some simple but effective ways we can help prevent them. Continue reading

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The unofficial end of summer is here.  A lot of kids are back in school and this is the last hoorah before settling into a different season and, hopefully, some cooler temperatures.  Like everything else associated with 2020, Labor Day is going to look different for a lot of folks.  While your plans may not be the same as usual, good safety practices for driving, boating, swimming and outdoor picnics remain the same.  Keep reading for your refresher because you don’t want to end up in the hospital because of food poisoning or an avoidable accident. Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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