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In Tennessee, this unfortunately happens a lot.  Tennessee is sixth worst in the nation for uninsured drivers.  The next time you are out driving, consider this: one in every five vehicles you meet does not have insurance.  Of course, this is why we are constantly encouraging people to buy uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.  But today, we want to look at what happens if you drive without insurance in Tennessee and whether someone who does not have insurance can still pursue a personal injury case. Continue reading

 

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As I type the title to his blog post, I am reminded of Seth Godin’s comment that resolutions do not work but habits and systems do, so maybe the title should be: New Year’s Legal Habits.  In essence, it boils down to the difference between writing something down on paper vs. actually doing what you have written down on paper.  One is much harder than the other and then, of course, you must first know what you should be doing, so we thought we would help with that part, at least for the legal side of things.  You can decide for yourself if you want to lose weight, write the great American novel or learn how to make fresh pasta.

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Yes, dear reader, this question has been asked.  Repeatedly.  If you Google that question right now, you will see many entries related to the question along with guesstimates of how much more money you might get in such a scenario with some as high as an additional $10,000.  In light of all of this, we wanted to explain what types of injuries and damages are recoverable under the law and how your case gets valued by an insurance company or a judge or jury.  Continue reading

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While doing some cleaning out last weekend, we came across this old Peanuts book titled: Security is a Thumb and a Blanket.  2020 has certainly caused many of us to long for more security whether it be in our economic situation, our health, our relationships, etc.   If only a thumb and a blanket could keep us from danger or threat.  As we flipped through the book, we saw the above photo.  It is a great reminder of the importance of choosing the right team.   If you think you or a loved one might need an injury attorney, read on to learn more about how to pick the right one for you – even if it is not us. Continue reading

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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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It is Wednesday evening, and as I write this blog post, the ballots in our presidential and some Senate races are still being counted or re-counted and lawsuits have been filed and more threatened.  But do not worry, this blog post is not about that voting.  Instead, it is about a voting consensus that has already been reached: the 2021 Best Lawyers.  The attorneys at the Law Offices of John Day won big again this year so, of course, we want to share that good news with you, explain the process and why it is important, and give you a quick checklist of things you should look for should you ever need to hire an attorney.

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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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