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November 2015 Archives

What constitutes distracted driving?

If you are like most people in Tennessee, you mobile phone has become an integral part of your everyday live, especially if you have a smartphone. You can find the location of a needed business, manage your finances, and stay in contact with others anytime, anywhere. However, when mobile phones are used by people when they are driving, the benefits of this technology turn into dangers.

Drunk driving accidents and the holidays

As the holidays are fast approaching, Tennessee residents are solidifying plans with family and friends for a myriad of celebrations. From menu planning to special activities, there are several things to be looking forward to at this time of year. However, the holiday season spanning between Thanksgiving and New Year’s also brings other things requiring attention. Among these is an increase in the number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities compared to the rest of the year.

TN drivers may see more tractor trailers on the road

Tennessee drivers may be used to sharing the roadways with tractor trailers on a regular basis. However, they may begin to notice an increase in the number of tractor trailers they see on the road. As the American economy continues to grow, more tractor trailers are needed to distribute products across the state and throughout the country. In fact by 2025, the trucking industry could see a 23.5 percent increase in freight amounts, according to the American Trucking Association. While this may be good news for U.S. trucking companies, it could put motorists at an increased risk of being involved in a large truck accident.

How can ABS reduce risks of motorcycle accidents?

As a Tennessee motorist, you may know about antilock braking systems and how they help to improve the safety of vehicles on the road. Yet you may not know that these braking systems can mean life or death to motorcyclists. Whether you are a motorcyclist yourself or simply share the road with motor bikes, it is helpful to know how motorcycle braking systems work and how to react in a situation where a motorcycle needs to stop short.

DUI accident rate still high in TN despite decrease in fatalities

While Tennessee reported a significant decline in the number of people killed in drunk driving car accidents across the state in 2013, the DUI fatality rate still shows that too many people are getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reported drunk driving deaths in the state fell from 286 deaths in 2012 to 277 fatalities in 2013. Although Mothers Against Drunk Driving also reported a 3.1 percent decline in drunk driving deaths, these fatalities still accounted for 27.8 percent of all automobile accident deaths in the state.

How can TN drivers stay safe on winter roads this season?

As a motorist in Tennessee, you may already know that the winter roads can be extremely dangerous for drivers. Not only are there adverse weather conditions to deal with, but you are also forced to share the road with people who drive recklessly in these harsh circumstances. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 480,000 people are injured and 6,250 people lose their lives in car accidents caused by slushy, icy or snowy roads each year. Although your risk of becoming involved in a tragic automobile accident increases when the weather is bad, there are steps you can take to stay safe on the road this winter.

Revised hours of service for truckers under federal scrutiny

Many truckers on Tennessee roads drive when they are tired. The problem has attracted national attention, and some efforts have been made to curb this behavior. Because many are paid by the mile instead of being guaranteed an hourly wage, drivers may be tempted to complete a shift, even when sleepiness is a problem. According to ABC News, a driver who followed the federal standard for rest times ended up with a schedule that resulted in a lack of adequate sleep before a long shift on the road.

Finding the responsible party in a wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one in a car accident can be devastating. Here at Pryor Priest and Harber, our staff has found that in the process of finding some form of closure, people often need the answer to the question, why? Finding the exact cause for the accident not only provides them with some peace of mind but it can help them determine who should be held accountable.

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