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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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Today is International Day of the Dog, but if your dog is like Lincoln Isaac Day (pictured above), every day is Day of the Dog.  Other dogs are not as fortunate so animal advocates created International Day of the Dog to highlight dog issues and to encourage adopting a dog or donating money or supplies to a pet shelter, etc.  Of course, as injury lawyers, International Dog Day is a great day to remind everyone of some important safety issues when it comes to dogs. Continue reading

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Earlier this week, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s watchdog for public health, had to close some of its office space in Atlanta because Legionella bacteria had been discovered in the building, which had been shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic.   Apparently, the effects of the pandemic continue to know no bounds.  So read on to learn more about the bacteria, where you are likely to encounter it and its risks (it can be deadly to one out of every 10 people infected). Continue reading

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In Chris Janson’s summertime anthem “Buy Me A Boat”, he sings:  “I know what they say; money can’t buy everything, maybe so, but it can buy me a boat.”   Well Chris, maybe not during a pandemic.  As folks look for ways to beat the heat and enjoy some socially-distanced fun, boat dealers are seeing historic sales.  More than 70% of boat dealers are reporting they are completely out of inventory or extremely low.  First-time boat buyers account for a lot of the boom, which has raised concerns about safety on the water.  There is still plenty of boating season left, so if you are considering buying a boat and a truck to pull it, please forego the Yeti 110 iced down with silver bullets and read on to learn about some other key safety issues as well as liability and insurance issues.

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Right now on Amazon, for $18.95, you can buy a large neon yellow sign with bold black lettering that that reads: “Not responsible for cars or personal property lost or stolen or for injury to persons, car or personal property on premises.”   Just imagine, for less than $20, you can insulate yourself from all liability to anyone for anything.  Why doesn’t everyone have one?  Attempting to avoid blame or responsibility is nothing new.  As my husband has aptly stated, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent.  But can individuals and businesses avoid responsibility for the harm they cause by simply posting a sign or having folks sign a broadly-worded release? Continue reading

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