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Do landlords have to allow service animals?

Landlords have a right to decide whether tenants can have animals on the property. Some landlords can outright ban pets from the premises while other landlords can create conditions, such as how the pet cannot be a nuisance and put other tenants in danger.

However, landlords have to allow individuals with disabilities to have service animals on the premises with them even if other tenants cannot have pets. According to the Fair Housing Act, landlords cannot discriminate against people with disabilities, and not allowing someone to have an essential service animal is discrimination. It is vital for landlords to understand these rules, so they do not upset tenants and bring forth a lawsuit.

Personal injury: What happens after a scooter accident?

Some people in Tennessee have discovered a new way to get around town. Electric scooters manufactured by companies such as Bird and Lime have begun operating in many areas by offering electric scooters for public use. Anyone in the city has the ability to rent a scooter by connecting it to an application on a smartphone. While the scooters are helping many people travel longer distances in a shorter amount of time, riders could be at risk for personal injury.

Bird and Lime have created battery-operated scooters that are dropped in various locations throughout a city. The company works similar to ride-sharing companies such as Uber or Lyft. The scooters can be rented by anyone, as long as one has a matching application on a smartphone. The company is also creating jobs in cities in which the scooters are located by paying individuals to charge them on a daily basis.

Tennessee ranks among the highest in nation for bad drivers

Have you been driving anywhere around the state of Tennessee and encountered some bad drivers? Did you think to yourself that Tennessee has the worst drivers in the country? If you thought that, you would be wrong. The worst drivers are in Mississippi. Tennessee is actually second when it comes to bad drivers. This conclusion comes from a new study that ranked drivers nationally. The South did not fare to well at all, as five of the top 10 states were all below the Mason Dixon line. 

Pedestrian deaths increasing nationally and locally

An increasing problem both locally in Tennessee and nationally is the continued increase in pedestrian injuries and deaths. Nationally in 2017, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed which was a number that had not been reached in the last 25 years. Closer to home in Tennessee, the number of pedestrian deaths has also been going up. Memphis ranks among the top 25 large cities for its pedestrian fatality rate, Knoxville came in at 47 and Nashville was at number 70 on the list.

How dangerous is this problem? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states there will be an average of 430 people nationally who will be admitted to an emergency room in the next 24 hours due to a pedestrian-traffic related injury.

Truck accidents: Young girl dies from injuries

A multitude of motor vehicles share Tennessee roadways in a wide range of sizes and weight. Smaller vehicles often do not fare well when they are involved in truck accidents due to the size difference. Unfortunately, smaller vehicles are at risk when negligent driving occurs such as distracted driving, trucker fatigue or inadequate maintenance of commercial trucks. Sadly, a Tennessee community is mourning the loss of a young girl following a fatal crash.

The 9-year-old girl was riding as a passenger in her mother's vehicle when the crash occurred. Reportedly a truck struck the vehicle from behind, resulting in the first crash. In a chain reaction of events, two other vehicles struck the vehicle. Unfortunately, the vehicle was struck on the passenger side where the young girl was riding.

Truck accidents: 14 vehciles crashed at intersection

One witness of a recent multi-vehicle accident in Tennessee made a claim that drivers can drive for other people by being aware of their surroundings at all times. She made the claim in a video news report that accompanied by a news article about the crash. She described the 14-vehicle accident as like a ping pong machine because of how the cars continued to strike each other. Sadly, the accident was similar to other truck accidents resulting in injuries and property damage.

Because of the number of vehicles involved in the accident, authorities are still unclear what events may have preceded the crash. The accident occurred at a busy intersection near a gas station where multiple witnesses were present. Some witnesses claimed that a semitrailer appeared to be having trouble coming to a stop and struck several cars. The chain reaction resulted in other cars striking more cars.

When counterfeit goods can pose a health hazard

Consumers who don’t want to dole out for an authentic Rolex watch or Louis Vuitton handbag can find counterfeits relatively easy on the Internet. Some buy a fake by mistake.

Counterfeit consumer goods cost the global economy up to $250 billion a year, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Government agencies wage a never-ending war on these goods, yet only catch a fraction of the counterfeit goods that enter the U.S.

Attorneys can help victims of car accidents in Tennessee

Road signs, turn lanes, driver's education and other safety awareness are promoted to help ensure the safety of drivers and riders on Tennessee roadways. Despite multiple avenues of effort to keep the roads safe, car accidents continue to occur. Unfortunately, many accidents result in serious injuries that can result in life changes and quality of life. Through insurance claims or a lawsuit with the help of a personal injury attorney, some victims are able to gain financial compensation to cover related costs.

One young female has become the unfortunate victim of a recent crash. According to a witness and the 20-year-old female, she was at a standstill in a turn lane waiting to turn when the crash occurred. Another 79-year-old female driver apparently swerved and struck the younger woman's car.

Car accidents: Intersection crash results in injuries

Traffic laws and rules are in place for the protection and safety of everyone who travels on Tennessee roadways. A failure to adhere to any one of the many laws, or driving distracted, can result in serious and fatal car accidents. Sadly, a recent multi-vehicle accident resulted in one man's death.

A 78-year-old man was traveling eastbound in the morning when he was struck by a passenger van owned by the University of Tennessee. The driver of the van had pulled out in the older man's path, attempting to make a left turn. The impact of the van on the man's car resulted in a second collision as it pushed the car into another vehicle driven by a 66-year-old man. The second driver was waiting at a stoplight when his car became part of the collision.

Driving dangers for Nashville tourists

Thanks to its reputation as the “Music City,” Nashville attracts thousands of tourists to its premises every year. Plenty of people come to have a fun time as they embrace the city’s country music culture and explore the different sites it has to offer.

Unfortunately, Nashville is not one of the safest driving areas. Complex road systems and negligent drivers can put tourists at risk for a motor vehicle accident. If you plan on visiting Nashville sometime in the future, you should be aware of the various hazards that you might see on these streets.

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