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The details of drunk driving accidents

Every state contains its own set of drunk driving laws to protect all drivers on the road, and the details of each penalty can be complex and demanding. Tennessee's laws regarding driving while under the influence vary depending on the number of offenses, existence of injuries and fatalities. Even a first-time offense can come with incredibly damaging consequences.

The breakdown of Tennessee's helmet law

Motorcycling in most parts of Tennessee can be a true thrill. With the state's beautiful valleys and scenic drives, it comes as no surprise that thousands of motorcyclists hit highways and interstates every day. Yet in addition to the undoubtedly carefree lifestyle that largely characterizes motorcycling, there also exists a significant number of motorcycle accidents each year. Yet many ask, who should call the verdict on helmet use, and should motorcyclists have the freedom to ride helmetless? 

Common truck tire issues that lead to accidents

When it comes to truck accidents, many people in the Knoxville area believe that they are caused by distracted, fatigued and speeding truckers. Many of them do not realize that distractions and fatigue are not the only reasons commercial vehicle operators crash. Some accidents are the result of maintenance issues. In 2015, there were 3,852 truck accident fatalities, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

A couple of motorcycle safety myths to ignore

Every day, there are motorcycle accidents on the roads of Knoxville. Many of them are the result of rider error and misinformation. Some bikers are not aware that some of the information they hear and believe about riding is false. Although these myths are meant to educate and inspire them to stay safe while they are out riding on the roads, they do the opposite. 

Accident near Fort Campbell kills motorcyclist

The many motorcyclists riding their bikes throughout Knox County may serve as a reminder to all those who drive on the area's roads of the need to share them with all vehicles. Motorists may often believe in a perceived heirarchy on the road, with themselves being at the top of it and motorcyclists needing to accomodate them. Yet that is not the case. Motorcycles are afforded the same freedoms as any other vehicle when it comes to the use of the roadway. Sadly, that fact may often not be realized, and when it is not, the results are often devastating for the motorcyclists involved. 

What are Tennessee's dram shop laws?

As frustrating has having to deal with the aftermath of a car accident in Knoxville can be, your ire is likely to increase even more if you find out that yours was caused by a drunk driver. While criminal penalties may await the driver in this scenario, that knowledge may do little to ease the suffering you have been forced to endure from the injuries you sustained along with the expenses you incurred. The cost of such an accident may even necessitate you pursuing compensation. The question is whether the drunk driver involed is the only one who is at fault. 

Solar eclipse may lead to increase in truck accidents

Distracted motorists are a growing concern for Knoxville truckers. Many people assume that trucks operate like passenger cars. They do not realize that these vehicles take much more work and time to operate. Sudden reductions in speed and stops often prove catastrophic. Commercial vehicles carry heavy loads and are at risk of colliding with motorists and falling over. Truck accidents are not always the fault of the operators. Sometimes, it is the motorists who are to blame. 

How can I stay safe on the roads during the school season?

Summer vacation has come to an end for students in Knoxville. Now that it is time for them to go back to school, you may notice that the roads are more congested than usual. More traffic means you will need to get used to new driving habits and patterns. It also means there is a higher risk of car accidents. According to Edmunds.com, school season car accidents are more likely to occur in school zones, especially during the afternoon. Contributing factors include distracted pedestrians and drivers, motorists disregarding school zone signs and school buses. 

Driving errors and bad habits leading cause of vehicle accidents

Many motorists in Knoxville are not aware that some of their bad habits are contributing causes to motor vehicle accidents. There are many other factors that increase the risk of car and motorcycle accidents. However, many common driving errors are made when drivers misbehave while operating their vehicles. Many vehicles are equipped with technology and advanced safety features that embolden many vehicle operators to exhibit risky behaviors. According to NPR.org, during the first half of 2016, 18,000 motorists died in fatal collisions.” 

Who can I sue if I am hurt in a truck accident?

The mere thought of being involved in a collision with a truck while driving on the roads in Knoxville is frightening. When you think about how large trucks are, the weight of the loads they carry, speed and other factors, the fact that you are still alive after such an ordeal is amazing. Because of the accident, you may find yourself stressing about how you will pay your medical expenses, household bills and other financial obligations since your injuries are so severe that you cannot return to work. You may also be wondering who you can sue for compensation to help lighten the financial burden and stress you are under. 

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