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According to a new report, Tennessee is worst in the nation for distracted driving accidents.  Distracted driving car accident deaths in Tennessee are almost five times the national average.  In just two years, Tennessee had more than 1,400 fatalities that were directly attributable to distracted driving accidents.  When we hear distracted driving, most of us automatically think about texting and driving but it is more than that.  It can be anything that keeps you from giving your full time and attention to driving such as putting on make-up while driving.

Unbelievably, from 2015 to 2017, Tennessee drivers and drivers in four other states were responsible for roughly 31% of all distracted driving deaths.  That number is almost certainly higher because many drivers do not self-report and sometimes it is not obvious to investigators that distracted driving was the culprit in an accident.   Actually, that is not exactly right.  When we say, “distracted driving was the culprit”, it sounds like it was some outside force like the flu.  The reality is those deaths were caused by a driver, a human being, using their phone or doing something else while operating their vehicle.  This is not some outside force.  This is us as drivers making the wrong decision.  We have to stop it.   Here are some tips on how you can avoid making this wrong decision. Continue reading

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I Walk the Line was Johnny Cash’s mantra.  Aerosmith instructed us to Walk this Way and U2 told us to Walk On.  And while Dire Straits sang about the Walk of Life, new statistics reveal walking has become more dangerous and deadly.  Read on to find out all the facts including the most dangerous days for walking, the most dangerous locations and why this deadly trend should concern everyone. Continue reading

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Ochophobia is the fear of vehicles.  For a specific fear of semi-trucks, one writer has coined the term: semiochophobia.  If you have semiochophobia, you are not alone. A lot of passenger car and truck drivers, as well as motorcyclists,  are scared of 18-wheelers, and for good reason according to a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Report.  Below are some insights into semi-truck accidents offered by the IIHS report:   Continue reading

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In addition to the more than 2 million Americans addicted to the drug, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses.   But the opioid toll does not stop there.  New data shows the opioid epidemic has found its way to the nation’s roadways in the form of more fatal car and truck accidents.  Just how bad is the problem? Continue reading

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced its top priorities for the next two years with a list of regulations the agency thinks will reduce truck and car accidents.  The requested regulations seek to curb the rising tide of accident-related deaths.  In 2017, deaths from large truck crashes reached their highest level in 29 years, and car accidents continue to kill more than 40,000 people a year in the United States.   So what does the safety agency recommend in terms of new regulations and how will they affect Tennessee drivers? Continue reading

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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

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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

 

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Every Christmas Eve, after church and dinner, you will find our family in our living room with the Christmas tree on, and the lights turned down, ready to watch Christmas Vacation.  We have seen the movie so many times we can quote most of it, and it is a treasured tradition.  One of the funniest scenes is when the Griswolds drive out to the country to get a Christmas tree the old-fashioned way: cutting it down themselves.   Let’s look at all the driving tips that can be derived from this one particular scene:   Continue reading

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No, this post is not about the classic Christmas carol.  It is about headlights and pedestrians.  While it may not be the most Christmas-y and exciting stuff, it is very important stuff because half of all fatal accidents occur at night, and one-quarter of them occur on unlit roads.  And Tennessee is unfortunately following a nationwide trend of increasing pedestrian accidents.  One significant factor in nighttime car and pedestrian accidents is headlight performance.  So do you know how your vehicle’s headlights rate?

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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.

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