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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its report on accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians and cyclists for 2021 (the most recently analyzed data) and the numbers are alarming.  So, let’s just get right to them.  More Americans were killed on our roadways in 2021 than any year since 2005 – 42,915 people lost their lives.  Another 4.5 million people were injured and 23 million vehicles were damaged.  7,342 pedestrians were killed in 2021, the biggest number since 1981.  985 cyclists were killed, the biggest number since 1980.   What is causing this increase in car, pedestrian and bicyclists accidents?  What are the financial costs?  And how can you protect yourself from this growing trend? Continue reading

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Kristen Chenoweth, the Emmy and Tony winning actress, has a new book out, and this week she has been giving interviews to promote it. In the interviews, she has talked at length about the serious injuries she sustained in an accident on the set of the television show “The Good Wife.” Lighting equipment on the set fell and hit her causing a fractured skull, a fractured rib and nose, broken teeth and other long-lasting injuries. Chenoweth’s Dad counseled her to get legal representation. She did not. She now regrets it. Here are some things you should think about if you are hurt in an accident and are reluctant to seek legal representation. Continue reading

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Well, here we are – the second week of January.  How are your New Year’s resolutions going?   Or as some people refer to them: casual promises I make to myself but I am under no legal obligation to fulfill.  If you are struggling with your resolutions, you are in good company.  Twenty-five percent of resolutions fail within the first week and the overwhelming majority fail within the first month.   For this reason, every January, we like to give people some resolutions that are easy to keep and can make a huge difference in your life.  More good news: these three can be done together! Continue reading

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For years, The Law Offices of John Day has been offering free Uber rides on New Year’s Eve in an effort to combat drunk driving, and we are doing it again this year!  Read on to learn more about the dangers of drunk driving, who is most likely to drive under the influence and how to take advantage of this NYE safe ride home program. Continue reading

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According to recent data, in just a single year, 4,282 large trucks were involved in fatal accidents, a 33% increase since 2011.  Another 107,000 trucks were involved in injury accidents.  (These statistics include trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 10,000 pounds) Not surprisingly, trucking companies and their insurance companies are looking for ways to reduce the number of accidents involving their fleets of trucks.  Improved technology in the cab with drivers is helping safety managers monitor their drivers more closely in an effort to improve safety on our roadways.  And this technology could be useful to injury victims who are involved in accidents with large trucks. Continue reading

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It is the time for holiday shopping, cards and parties.  Unfortunately, it is also the time for holiday drinking and driving.  December is a National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. According to a recent survey, 26 million people over age 16 admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs during the past year.  The largest percentage were drivers age 20 to 25 years old.  The consequences are staggering.  Drunk driving costs approximately 10,000 lives each and every year and injures even more.  So as the holiday season enters full swing, and in honor of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, here are some reminders about how to stay safe on the roads while still enjoying the festivities. Continue reading

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Self-driving cars are not really “self-driving.”  Instead, manufacturers warn drivers of autonomous vehicles that they must remain in control of the vehicle.  For instance, Tesla states: “keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times” and to always “maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle.”  ProPILOT (Nissan/Infiniti) and SuperCruise (GM) focus on the fact that those programs are an assistance feature and not a substitute for a human driver.   And yet, a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that 53% of SuperCruise, 42% of Autopilot (Tesla) and 12% of ProPILOT said they were “comfortable treating their vehicles as fully self-driving”.  Perhaps not surprisingly, in the event of an accident, drivers using a self-driving vehicle could face legal trouble – both criminal and civil.  If you have a self-driving vehicle or you have been injured in an accident with one, read on for the latest.

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Have you heard about these recent road rage incidences in Tennessee?  Four days ago, a man was shot in the hip in a road rage incident on I-24 in Nashville.  On October 18th, a man in Sevierville got out of his car and started punching another driver and was then shot.  On September 18th, a man was killed and children were injured in a car accident caused by road rage.  A month earlier, in a Chattanooga road rage incident, a man followed a woman and her son home and has now been charged with assault, vandalism and disorderly conduct.  And these are just the ones that made the news!  Road rage problems are plaguing our roads and police are ramping up enforcement in an effort to curtail it.  But do you know what to do to help prevent road rage and how to protect yourself if it occurs? Continue reading

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Lane departure warnings, blind spot alerts, back-up cameras, and automatic emergency braking are just some of the more recent accident-avoidance technology that has become prevalent in new cars and trucks.  Today, we want to tell you about some technology that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending in order to combat drunk driving and the crash detection technology in the new iPhone 14 that is creating some headaches for emergency dispatchers. Continue reading

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Pedestrian deaths are at a 40-year high.  In 2021, 7,342 pedestrians were killed which was a 13% increase.  In the City of Nashville alone, 28 pedestrians have been killed so far this year.  Read on to learn the most dangerous streets in Nashville for pedestrians, how the city intends to combat the rising death rate and what you can do too. Continue reading

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