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Fatal car accidents caused by aggressive driving have risen over 500% in the last ten years.  The worst of these road rage incidents make the news often accompanied by incredible videos of obnoxious drivers doing crazy things.  Let’s analyze this road rage incident that turned physical and was caught on video and assess how both drivers could have handled the situation better. Continue reading

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The New York Times published an article this week detailing how many hospitals, one of which is in Tennessee (LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis), have started suing their patients by the thousands for unpaid medical bills.  Many of the patients had insurance and the hospitals were suing for deductibles and co-pays.  According to the article, more than half of the reports to credit bureaus were a result of unpaid medical bills.  Of course, in addition to the cost of litigation and the underlying medical bill, this affects people’s credit rating and overall financial health.  Consider this from a study by the Commonwealth Fund:

43 percent had used up all their savings to pay their (medical) bills, 43 percent had received a lower credit rating as a result of their debt, 32 percent racked up debt on their credit cards, 18 percent said they had delayed education or career plans. People with lower incomes were particularly affected: 37 percent said they were unable to pay for basic necessities like food, heat or rent as a result of their (medical) bills.

Clearly, medical bills can be devastating to many families – even those with medical insurance.  So how does this relate to a car accident or other injury-producing accident? Continue reading

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I know, it is summer and we should not be talking report cards.  But, Allstate is out with its driving report card in which the 200 largest cities across the country are ranked based on their driving safety record.  The report considers things such as claim history and the number of hard braking incidents for every 1000 miles.  This year, Allstate has also identified the 15 riskiest roads based on number of accidents.  So did any Tennessee cities or roads make the list?   Read on to find out. Continue reading

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Tractor-trailer accidents are on the rise — up 10% from last year.  Despite the increase in deadly crashes (there were 4,657 fatal truck accidents in the last stat year)  the federal government is moving to relax safety regulations and delay the implementation of other new safety regulations.  One key safety provision at risk could result in our roadways becoming a lot more dangerous. Continue reading

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For most Americans, the 4th of July means a day off from work filled with cookouts, the pool or lake, family, friends and fireworks.  Unfortunately, it also means the day with the highest number of fatal roadway accidents.  Yes, the 4th of July is deadlier than New Year’s Day or any other holiday.  If you plan to be on the roadways this 4th of July, please follow these five important safety tips: Continue reading

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You probably have seen them – the bumper stickers, sometimes profanity-laced, urging drivers to put down the dang phone and drive.   On July 1st, if you don’t put down the dang or %#@$ phone, you could be talking to a police officer.  Continue reading

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June 17th is the 28th Annual National Ride to Work Day.  Bicyclists, scooter riders and motorcyclists are encouraged to ride to work to help raise awareness about all the positive aspects of two-wheel transportation such as the health benefits (at least for bicyclists) fewer emissions, less space needed on roadway and for parking, etc.

Unfortunately though, commuters on two wheels face greater dangers than those in cars and trucks because they are not as protected in the event of a crash.  In 2017, more than 5,000 motorcyclists were killed and over 700 bicyclists. As a car or truck driver, do you know your obligations to bicyclists, motorcyclists and scooter riders on Tennessee roadways? Continue reading

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In a recent blog post, Seth Godin wrote: “Accountability is done to you by the industrial system, by those that want to create blame.  Responsibility is done by you. It’s voluntary. You can take as much of it as you want.”   Seth Godin is a marketing guru and I enjoy his blog.  As it relates to the legal field and the work of the lawyers at the Law Offices of John Day, I would change this post slightly:   Accountability is done to you; when you do not take responsibility.  Here is why I say that. Continue reading

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At the Law Offices of John Day, our award-winning lawyers work on car and truck accident cases every day.  We also try to stay abreast of hot topics and new information related to car and truck accidents.   Here are a few of the ones that have hit our radar lately: Continue reading

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As parents, we try to warn our kids about the dangers associated with driving.  We want to keep them safe so we talk to them about texting and driving, drinking and driving, wearing their seatbelt, etc., but one danger we often fail to discuss is drowsy driving.   And drowsy driving kills almost as many people as drunk driving.  In fact, drivers who have not had enough sleep are at the same risk of being in an accident as a driver who is at or a little above the drunk driving limit of 0.08 BAC.   Here is what you need to know and steps you can take to protect yourself and your driving family members:

When you are sleep deprived, clusters of brain neurons actually take a break.  This is dangerous because those neurons are the transmitters of messages from your brain to your body.  When a large enough group of brain neurons fall asleep or take a break, a driver’s attention can decline.  Not to mention the obvious: if you nod off at the wheel, you are not focused on driving at all.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates drowsy drivers are involved in 16.5% of all fatal crashes and 7 percent of all non-fatal crashes.  To understand just how dangerous drowsy driving is, consider this:  the NHTSA estimates 8,000 people a year are killed due to drowsy driving and drunk driving kills about 10,500 people each year.

Unfortunately, there is no easy test like a breathalyzer that can determine when you are too sleepy to drive.  But there are some things you should consider in order to keep your family safe: Continue reading