We are now officially in the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. Teen accidents spike during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day for a number of reasons. One reason is that teens are on the road more because school is not in session. Aside from sending kids to school all year long (an idea likely to cause a revolution), not much can be done about this factor. But, there are other things you can do to reduce the risk to your teen driver. Below are five critical steps parents can take to reduce the chances that your teen will be involved in an accident. Continue reading
Albert Einstein remarked “Any man that can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” Einstein was a wise man. Kissing is not the only thing you can’t safely do while driving. Anything that diverts your attention from the road increases your risk of being involved in an accident. Researchers have identified the maximum number of things even the most brilliant humans like Einstein can handle at one time. Do you know what that number is? Continue reading
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? A lot of us do. The most common New Year’s resolutions are: (1) exercise more; (2) eat healthier; (3) save money. We all have such good intentions and then life gets in the way. In fact, by February, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are out the window. So if you have already messed up on your New Year’s resolutions, you are definitely not alone, and The Law Offices of John Day has some good news. We have some quick and easy resolutions that can protect you and your family and help you feel better about yourself for having a cheeseburger, fries and milkshake for lunch. We are calling them New Day’s resolutions because all four can easily be accomplished in one day. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love seeing a dog with its face hanging out of the window of a moving car? With the wind in their face and a gazillion smells and aromas to inhale, the look of pure joy on their face is contagious. So we hate to be a fun killer, but here is the bad news: unrestrained dogs in moving cars can be extremely hazardous in a number of ways and a new trend could make it illegal.
Last week alone, there were five separate accidents over three days that involved children being killed or seriously injured while waiting at a bus stop or while trying to cross the street to enter or exit a bus. All avoidable tragedies if all drivers would only follow the rules. Of course, that begs the question: do all drivers even know the rules? Hopefully, everyone knows that when on a two-lane road, traffic in both directions stops whenever a bus activates its stop signal. But, do you know your responsibilities as a driver when there are multiple lanes? How about when there are multiple lanes but they are divided? Do you know at what time of day pedestrians are most at risk? Take our short quiz and see how well you do. Continue reading
It is trick or treat time again. The anticipation around our house is almost feverish. Our daughter will be going as grapes this year, and we will post a photo later in the week. (Above is last year’s Halloween photos – Kate was a Spanish flamenco dancer) We have a great time at our house. We have some friends over for an early dinner of hotdogs and chili and then the kids head out in hopes of getting as much candy as they can carry while the parents stay on the porch handing out candy. We are lucky; our neighborhood has sidewalks and our street gets blocked off to vehicular traffic. But not all neighborhoods are as trick-or-treat friendly, so it is up to all of us to make sure we keep Halloween injury-free. Here are 10 easy steps everyone should follow tomorrow night: Continue reading
From 2009 to 2016 (the last full year of analyzed data), the number of pedestrian deaths in the United States spiked 46 percent. During that time, 5,987 people lost their lives in pedestrian accidents and tens of thousands of others were injured. In Tennessee, this same trend can be seen: Continue reading
By the end of this week, most students in public and private schools in Middle Tennessee will be back to school. Whether you are happy or sad about that, here are some tips for keeping children safe this year and to also make sure you do not violate Tennessee law. Continue reading
At The Law Offices of John Day, P.C., we have two intake specialists, Penny Whitaker and Lauren Bates. When people call into the offices for a free consultation, Lauren and Penny take the basic accident information for a free review by one of our award-winning attorneys. Let me say, Penny and Lauren do a great job; they understand that when people call our office they are often confused about their rights and options, scared about what the future may bring and looking for help. And, we desperately want to help. But all too often, we can’t and that is where the disappointment comes in. This is never truer than when someone did do something wrong and injuries or death resulted. Let me explain. Continue reading
Dog ownership can be terribly expensive. Our King Charles Cavalier, Lincoln, or President Lincoln if you are not on familiar terms, has a super-sensitive digestive system, so in addition to being regulars at our vet’s office, he eats prescription dog food and often needs a pill to calm his stomach. A friend of a friend just paid $4,000 to have her dog’s knee repaired after he tore his ACL.
Unfortunately, dogs are costing their owners and insurers even larger sums thanks to a nationwide increase in dog bite claims. Last year alone, dog bite claims accounted for a whopping one-third of all homeowners’ liability claims and totaled nearly $700 million dollars. In addition, the severity of dog bite injuries is increasing as too are the amount of the payouts (either via settlement or court judgments). So what should responsible dog owners do to protect their self and, just as importantly, others? Continue reading