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Last week, author Seth Godin wrote a blog post about good and bad accidents and, to be honest, we keep thinking about it.  Perhaps Seth’s article has stuck with us because at the Law Offices of John Day, our award-winning lawyers see bad accidents and their lasting aftermath every single day.   Quite frankly, it can get you down.  Needless injuries and deaths caused by carelessness can be hard to stomach day in and day out.  So what keeps us going?  Good fortune.  Or as Seth put it, good accidents.  In follow-up to Thanksgiving, we thought we would share some with you. Continue reading

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November 4, 2021 is National Use Your Common Sense Day.  Yes, we are serious.  Our only problem with this particular national observance is that it is limited to only a day.  Quite frankly, and I think most of you will agree, it should be Use Your Common Sense Day every single day.  At the Law Offices of John Day, we see the results of failing to use common sense so we have some suggestions on where people might want to concentrate their efforts. We encourage you to join us in our little rant and add your lack-of-common-sense pet peeve in the comments. So here we go, this is our list: Continue reading

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Whether you live in downtown Nashville or out in the country, we are all pedestrians.  For example, when you drive to the grocery store or to the football game and you get out of your car to walk into the store or to the stadium, you are a pedestrian.  So pedestrian safety impacts each one of us.  Nationwide, a pedestrian is killed every hour and a half.  In Tennessee, crashes involving pedestrians are increasing. And more locally, last year, Nashville alone had its worst year of pedestrian deaths with 39 and is on pace to surpass that horrible mark this year. Do you know Tennessee law with respect to pedestrians? Read on for a refresher and for tips on staying safe. Continue reading

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Tomorrow is the first full day of classes for Metro Nashville schools.  Williamson County and Rutherford County schools are already in full swing, and a host of private schools start classes next week.  But, judging by recent statistics, drivers are the ones who need to go back to school.  For example, in some areas, tickets issued for speeding in excess of 100 mph have more than doubled since the start of the pandemic.  With more children in and around the roads, we all need to evaluate our driving practices.  Here is what you can do to help: Continue reading

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For public and private schools in Middle Tennessee, only a few weeks of the school year remain.  At our house, Kate Day can’t wait for summer because it means she will spend two weeks at her happy place – summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina.  Whether you are just considering a summer camp for your child or if you have already booked one, we have some legal advice for you and some important questions that are never too late to ask. Continue reading

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Middle Tennessee schools and many colleges are poised for spring break.   As a result of the pandemic, more families are opting to drive to their destination this year.  Even those that are not planning on taking a trip should be prepared to share the roads with those that are.  Are you and your car ready? Do you know the most important things you can do to avoid being in a car accident?

Researchers at two Florida universities found that there are significantly more fatal accidents in the month of March at top vacation spots like Florida, California and Arizona.  Of course, one of the first factors that comes to mind is drunk driving by college-aged students.  To be sure, drinking and driving is dangerous but that is just one of many factors that leads to the increase in spring break car accidents.  So, let’s review some of the steps you can take to reduce the chances that you are involved in a car accident:

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A recent New York Times article discussed how the health care industry was attempting to teach medical professionals the art of “radical listening”.   What is radical listening?   And why is it so important especially for professionals like doctors and lawyers. Continue reading

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Let’s face it, the pandemic is leaving an indelible mark on almost everything, so there is no reason to believe jury awards in injury and death cases will be any different.  Jury and trial consulting firms have been conducting surveys since the inception of the pandemic and they have some theories on how the pandemic will affect the amount of jury awards, how it will impact medical malpractice cases and whether it will generally be better for the defendant or the injury victim.

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You may have heard this phrase on advertisements by lawyers or on a TV show, but what does it mean and, more importantly, if you have an injury case, how do you prove it?  Pain and suffering is exactly what it sounds like: it is the pain and problems you have encountered following an accident.  While it is related to your medical treatment it is a distinctly different item of damages and is entitled to separate compensation, but there is not a mathematical formula for calculating it.  So, if you have sustained a serious injury after an accident that was not your fault, you need an experienced injury lawyer to help you prove your pain and suffering to an insurance company, a jury or a judge so that you can maximize your compensation.  Read on to understand the basics of this part of your injury case. Continue reading

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2019 had been the deadliest year on record for pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in Nashville with 32 people killed.  And then, of course, 2020 was worse.  In 2020, Nashville had 37 pedestrian and bicyclist deaths.  In response, Metro Nashville has adopted some programs to help.  Metro’s Traffic Calming Program and Vision Zero program are being used to improve safety, and one big step is reducing speed limits on our roadways. Continue reading

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