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Cell phone distraction results in man's fatal personal injury

Families of deceased victims involved in motor vehicle accidents often find it overwhelming to process insurance claims, police reports, medical and burial expenses. In cases where the findings of an accident are complicated and difficult to understand, families may find the assistance of a personal injury attorney helpful when processing the aftermath of a fatal accident. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is currently investigating a crash involving a motorist and a bicycle rider that resulted in the rider's death.

Two men were traveling along the same road when the crash occurred. A 53-year-old man was driving a motor vehicle when he apparently messed with his cell phone. Distracted by his phone, he didn't realize he had traveled outside of his lane. He crashed into the bicycle of a 51-year-old man.

Motorcyclists continue to make Tail of the Dragon a deadly road

As a resident of Tennessee, you have no doubt heard or maybe even experienced the highway known as the Tail of the Dragon. The correct term in this case is experienced, since the highway features 318 twists and turns with not one being the same as another. The Tail of the Dragon is also unique because it does not have any intersecting roads and there are no houses on the stretch of road that may have a driveway. There are also no businesses located on the highway. This means clear sailing. These factors add up to creating quite an adventure and challenge for motorcyclists. 

Man suffers serious personal injury after school bus crash

A Tennessee State trooper witnessed and helped rescue a victim from a recent horrific motor vehicle collision. The crash occurred between a public school bus and an SUV. Sadly, the driver of the SUV suffered serious personal injury and remains under medical care. 

A trooper was nearby when he witnessed the crash. Reportedly, the school bus pulled out into the path of the SUV, resulting in the collision. Fortunately, the bus driver was on his way to pick up elementary aged students, and no children were on the bus at the time of the accident.

Car accidents: Woman killed and man injured in crash

Tennessee drivers are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of others on the road around them, whether those other individuals are pedestrians, bicycle riders or individuals in other vehicles. In addition to looking out for others on the road, drivers are also responsible for the safety of the passengers in their vehicles and could be held liable for personal injury passengers suffer in serious car accidents. One man has recently been charged with the injuries and death that resulted for a passenger in his vehicle after he crashed into a tree.

Although the investigation is pending, authorities have sorted out some details of the crash. Reportedly, the driver was speeding around a curve just prior to the crash and lost control of his vehicle. Unfortunately, he crashed into a tree, and he was injured after he was ejected from his vehicle. His 22-year-old passenger was sadly killed as a result of the crash.

Study shows that Tennessee drivers not obeying school bus signals

One of the most important traffic laws you can encounter and should always obey is the signals and stop sign on a school bus. It is important because many children believe the area around a bus is a safe area and may not always be checking for traffic or blind spots. However, it looks like many Tennessee drivers are ignoring school buses and putting young lives in danger.

In the spring of 2018, Tennessee bus drivers were part of a national survey that looked at traffic behaviors around school buses. More than 2700 bus drivers in the state participated. The results that came back from the state Director of Student Transportation are cause for concern.

Truck accidents: Loose metal from semi results in death

In a recent article, the Tennessee Truck Driving School has stated that it educates drivers on the importance of safety while driving in addition to operating instructions. Important safety measures taught include thorough truck inspections, maintenance and road rules. Part of a safety inspection can include removing small rocks from tires, securing truck parts and contents, and ensuring systems such as the brakes are in working order to prevent truck accidents. Sadly, a loose truck piece is the reason one family is grieving the recent death of a loved one.

While driving on a Tennessee interstate, an unsuspecting driver became the causality of a loose piece of a tractor-trailer. At some point, a piece of metal came loose on a semi and struck the windshield of the driver, resulting in that person's death. The driver's identity was not released.

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.

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