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Tennessee is one of the top five states for uninsured motorists.  Roughly 20% of the vehicles on our roads are not covered by insurance.  Second, 46.8% of all ride-share drivers do not have ride-share insurance.  So why are these two facts so scary? Continue reading


It is the first Monday after daylight savings time.  If you are like most people, you may have needed some more coffee to get through this morning and this afternoon.  In a few days, our bodies make the adjustment to the loss of the hour but until then we are all at an increased risk of car crashes.  Indeed, researchers looked at 21 years of car crash data and found the number of fatal car accidents on an average Monday is 78.2.  On the Monday following “spring forward”, the average jumps to 83.5.     So what can you do?

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Last week, John and I were in Arizona for a meeting of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  We were fortunate to get to hear a number of great speakers including FBI Director Christopher Wray who left us all assured the Bureau was in good hands, and Professor Goodwin who opened our eyes to the collateral damage of the so-called War on Drugs.  But the two speakers we enjoyed most were: John Q. Barrett, the author of Justice Robert H. Jackson, Trial Lawyer at Nuremburg and Jason Schechterle, a retired Arizona police officer who was horribly burned from an on-duty accident but displayed a resilience and optimism that few can imagine let alone embrace.  While these two speakers and their topics were incredibly different, both had a similar underlying message: the work that trial lawyers do is incredibly important   Continue reading


Do you like to stay up late binge-watching Netflix?   Does your FOMO result in you getting only a few hours of sleep?  Does work stress and anxiety leave you tossing and turning?  If these things or anything else is keeping you from getting at least seven hours of sleep at night, you are putting yourself and others at risk on the roadway. Just how big is the problem and the risk, consider these statistics: Continue reading


Last year, the number of car crash deaths in Williamson County nearly doubled.  In 2016, there were 13 car crash deaths and in 2017 it increased to 25.  A fifth of all crashes in Williamson County are caused by a distracted driver.  The increased number of deaths on Williamson County roadways last year could also be attributable to a decreased use in seatbelts.  Last year, seatbelt usage across the entire State dropped.  To combat both of these issues, Williamson County has launched two safety initiatives and one of them is especially cool. Continue reading


Each year in this country, there are nearly 10,000 alcohol-related driving deaths.  For decades, drunk driving deaths decreased thanks in large measure to increasing the drinking age to 21 and reducing the drunk driving BAC threshold.  But unfortunately, drunk driving is again on the rise.  Currently,  twenty-eight (28) percent of all car accident deaths are attributable to alcohol.  If you live in a rural area, the numbers are worse – the number jumps to 48%.  Given these staggering numbers, the federal government commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to study the problem and offer suggestions on how to reduce these numbers.  In a nearly 500 page report, the panel recommended some controversial changes to reduce the frequency of drunk driving, and some of those recommendations are already meeting with opposition.

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In 2016, the United States had a record 161,374 accidental deaths.  According to the National Safety Council, every three minutes someone dies from a preventable accident.  And every second, an American is injured in a preventable accident.  These figures include motor vehicle accidents, falls, drownings, drug overdoses, etc.  Obviously, we can and must do better.   Safety on our roads, in our homes and in our businesses must become as much as a priority as curing cancer and preventing heart disease (the other top three leading causes of death)

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Almost everyone makes them, and most of us quickly break them.  In fact, only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are kept and 80% of us can’t even make it until February.  So if you have already broken your New Year’s resolutions, you have plenty of company.  But here is some good news: we have three EASY things you can do in the New Year that will make you and your family safer and better protected, and none of them involve losing weight. Continue reading


If you live in Murfreesboro or anywhere else in Rutherford County, we got you a gift.  Don’t worry, it is OK if you did not get us anything.  If you use our gift, that will be the only gift we need because our gift will keep you out of jail, prevent injuries and save lives.  It is a gift that will help you start the New Year safely and responsibly.  And even though it is still days before Christmas, you can open your gift now by clicking to Read More. Continue reading


You may have seen those fashion magazines where they have pictures of people wearing clothes the right way and the wrong way.  On the wrong way pictures, they usually put a black box over the person’s face to hide the shame of wearing a meat dress or tights as pants.  At the Law Offices of John Day, we wanted to give you some legal DOs and DON’Ts. Continue reading