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David Sexton

'Drowsy driving' can cause serious motor vehicle accidents

Our readers in Tennessee probably know by now that distracted driving is one of the main causes of motor vehicle accidents these days. But, we all know that there are other causes as well. "Drowsy driving" is one cause of car accidents that some people may not be as familiar with. However, drowsy driving is responsible for a significant number of collisions across the U.S.

As recent numbers from the National Sleep Foundation noted, drowsy driving is the cause of one-sixth of all traffic accidents that result in a fatality. Furthermore, the report noted that approximately 10 percent of all drivers have, at one time or another, fallen asleep while they were driving. Those statistics are shocking since, like drunk driving, drowsy driving is seemingly completely avoidable.

Do you know your options in family law disputes?

Thousands of Tennessee residents end up in family law court each year. Most of the issues that need to be decided in family law court stem from a divorce proceeding, such as child custody and support issues, spousal support, property division and, eventually, requests for modification of some of the orders that result from these disputes. Tennessee residents who find themselves in front of a family law judge will need to know their options.

For example, in a divorce proceeding, it is important to look beyond the actual courtroom battle or intense out-of-court negotiations and attempt to take stock of how the decision that will be made by a family law court will affect your life in the long-run. For instance, it may seem important to fight for more child support now, but are you doing so at the expense of making concessions in the property division battle that will have a greater long-term impact? Or, is that child support arrangement you are fighting desperately for actually in the best interests of your child, now and in the future?

Traveling for the holidays? Be sure to get your rest

If you are planning to drive out of town or across state lines during the holiday season, you are joining this tradition with countless other residents of Tennessee and elsewhere. As you may already be aware, you can face numerous hazards on your trek to visit family, ranging from inattentive or intoxicated drivers to adverse weather. Drowsy driving is another significant danger that you need to prepare for.

Drowsy driving has become a more serious problem than many people think, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2015, a reported 72,000 motor vehicle accidents related to fatigued driving resulted in 824 deaths and 41,000 injuries across the country. Authorities say the numbers may have been higher since drowsiness is difficult to pinpoint after an accident, especially if those involved did not survive. You may reduce your chances of being in a drowsy driving accident by considering the following tips before your trip:

  • Bring someone with whom you can take turns driving.
  • Pull over in a safe place, such as a rest stop or populated parking lot, so you can take a nap if you become drowsy while driving.
  • Refrain from taking medications that cause drowsiness before getting behind the wheel.
  • Remember that caffeine, cold air and loud music are only temporary solutions, and you should not rely on them for long periods.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip.

What do you need to know about DUI charges in Tennessee?

Driving under the influence is a common charge that forms the basis for an arrest in Tennessee and, in fact, throughout the country. As much as public and private entities have, over the last few decades, tried to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, the fact remains that thousands of people engage in this conduct each year. What do our readers need to know about DUI charges in Tennessee?

Well, for starters, the maximum allowable blood alcohol content for drivers in Tennessee is 0.08 percent. Anyone who is found to have a BAC above that level may face DUI charges. And, even though many people might think that DUI is a relatively minor charge, even a first-time DUI arrestee will likely face some severe consequences.

Understand the basics about how Chapter 7 bankruptcy works

There are many Tennessee residents who are facing difficult financial situations and who are looking for options. Some of these people will try to look for better paying jobs to earn more income in order to pay off their bills and debts. Others may turn to family members, asking for small monetary loans to get them through tough times. However, there are many individuals and families who have debt obligations that probably seem insurmountable. For those Tennessee residents, Chapter 7 bankruptcy might be the best option.

Anyone who is considering filing for bankruptcy protection should know the basics about how the process works. Chapter 7, in particular, can be a useful option to eliminate debt obligations, although not all debts will qualify and not all Tennessee residents will be eligible to pursue a bankruptcy filing under Chapter 7.

Avoid these four mistakes after a car accident

After a car accident, you should always contact the police so that the officers can file an official report. The accident does not have to be severe for the cops to respond. It certainly does not have to be of the same severity as a crash that recently occurred in Knoxville off Interstate 40 East.

Regardless of who was at fault for the crash, it is important for all parties to follow the proper protocols. Making a mistake in the immediate aftermath can result in repercussions that affect how much money your insurance agency has to pay out.

Protecting family members from elder abuse

No one wants to see their elderly loved ones neglected or abused. "Respect your elders" is a saying that still holds true for many Tennessee residents, as it should for everyone. However, the sad reality is that some residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are facing situations involving abuse and neglect even as you read this post.

In fact, a recent report predicted that elder abuse, particularly abuse involving finances, is only likely to increase as America's population increases. For example, many retirement accounts simply do not have the protections in place to prevent financial abuse, and elderly Americans are the ones who are most likely to depend upon these funds in day-to-day life.

How can you approach a personal injury case in Tennessee?

No one expects to be injured in an accident of any kind, but the reality is that "accidents happen," as the saying goes. Car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents are incredibly common throughout the country, and Tennessee is no exception. But, there are other types of accidents that can lead to injuries as well, such as workplace accidents, nursing home neglect and slip-and-fall accidents, just to name a few. How can Tennessee residents who have been injured in an accident approach the issue from the standpoint of a potential personal injury case?

Well, for starters, it is important to start thinking about the potential legal options to attempt to recover financial compensation as soon as possible after the accident. As with most other types of legal cases, evidence is crucial. In a personal injury case, that can mean photographs of the accident site, getting the contact information for any eyewitnesses and getting the right copies of medical records concerning the treatment rendered for the injuries that occurred in the accident.

Is the nursing home chemically restraining your parent?

If your parent lives in one of Tennessee’s many nursing homes, you likely worry that (s)he may not receive the care (s)he needs and deserves. Unfortunately, there may be justification for your concerns, especially if your parent suffers from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or any other condition that decreases his or her ability to understand the things that go on around him or her.

Shockingly, the results of a study recently conducted by Human Rights Watch reveal that many nursing homes give their patients unprescribed antipsychotic drugs. Not only did no physician prescribe these drugs for these patients, but the patients suffered from no disease for which doctors prescribe these types of drugs. So why do the nursing homes give them to patients who do not need them? To make them more manageable and controllable.

Criminal defense options in Tennessee

Anyone who is arrested in Tennessee will likely go through a range of thoughts and emotions. After all, even an arrest - not a conviction - could lead to potential difficulties in a person's life, particularly with employers or family members. And, depending on the charges, there may even be extensive media coverage to deal with.

However, even with all of the different pressure that a Tennessee resident can feel in the immediate aftermath of an arrest, there is one concern that should be among the foremost as soon as possible: the potential criminal defense options in the case. Every case is different, so a defense option that works for one person may not be optimal for another. Considering all of the available options is crucial.

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