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Tennessee's big cities: Dangerous places for pedestrians?

Knoxville and Tennessee’s other largest cities appear to be seeing relatively high pedestrian fatality rates.

This can be seen in a recent set of rankings regarding 173 large U.S. cities. All these cities have a population of over 100,000. The cities were ranked based on pedestrian fatality rate for the 2012-2016 period.

3 reasons why your divorce may lead you to bankruptcy

A divorce can have a ripple effect throughout other aspects of your life, especially your finances. According to research from the Center for Economic Studies, people who get a divorce are more likely to file for bankruptcy

Ending your marriage can be expensive. If you are struggling to make ends meet after your marriage has ended, you may have a lot of concerns. Here are some reasons why you may need to file bankruptcy after divorce: 

The tricky truth about being involved in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee

srpthumb-p21750-450x260-no.jpgBeing involved in a motorcycle accident can lead to severe injuries and death, which is why most states have some type of helmet law in effect.  Tennessee is no exception, and its helmet law is outlined in Section 55-9-302 of the Tennessee Code.  That statute states that all drivers and passengers shall be required to wear a crash helmet meeting specific federal standards.  Further, Tennessee Code Section 55-9-304 requires drivers and passengers of motorcycles without windshields to wear safety goggles, face shields, or glasses containing impact resistant lenses.

Breaking Down Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 or Chapter 13

srpthumb-p18809-450x260-no.jpgFiling for bankruptcy in Tennessee can be extremely complicated for those who are not familiar with the process.  Hiring an experienced bankruptcy attorney can make the entire process easier to manage.  Even before you hire an attorney, or shortly thereafter, you will have to determine whether you should file a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Independent Contractor vs Employee: one classification will prevent you from getting benefits

srpthumb-p12782-450x260-no.jpgIf you are injured on the job in Tennessee, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. However, only "employees" are entitled to benefits under the Workers Compensation Act. Some employers attempt to classify their employees as "independent contractors" to avoid having to pay workers compensation benefits to those injured on the job. Therefore, when there is an on-the-job injury, it is crucial to determine whether you are an employee or independent contractor.

Tennessee is Crafting New Laws and New Beers in 2017

srpthumb-p16572-450x260-no.jpgThe craft beer industry has been thriving around the country over the past several years, but 2017 seems to be the best year yet for Tennessee thanks to a big change in the law. Beginning in January of 2017, Tennessee brewers, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. are now allowed to serve higher alcohol content beers without a specialty license.

SSDI - Top 3 Reasons Why Your SSID Application Was Denied

srpthumb-p9701-450x260-no.jpgIn the unfortunate scenario where you are disabled and unable to work, you may be entitled to monthly benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  A common question we hear is "Why should I hire an attorney if I can file for SSDI on my own?"  First and foremost, applying for SSDI is a lengthy and complicated process that ultimately results in only about 37% of applicants being approved for benefits. Secondly, if you are not one of the lucky 37% approved and your application is denied, an experienced attorney can help you quickly and efficiently appeal the decision, increasing your chances of being approved.  However, even if you hire an attorney, there are three things that will guarantee your claim is denied.

Negligence or No Negligence, That is The Question: and How the Answer Could Mean Compensation For Your Injuries In Tennessee

srpthumb-p8339-450x260-no.pngIn the legal arena, negligence is a very specific term that describes a scenario where a legal duty was breached, causing damages.  There are many battles fought in courtrooms over what is and is not negligence, because a finding of negligence could mean a lot of money paid to an injured party.

Getting a Divorce in Tennessee: Where to File and What to Expect

srpthumb-p7256-450x260-no.jpgIt is true that no two marriages are the same, and it is just as true that no two divorces are the same. Each marriage has two unique individuals who come together with their own finances, property, debts, and sometimes children.  When the decision is made, either by one spouse or both, to get a divorce, those finances, property, debts, etc., need to be divided among the individuals.

Tennessee DUI 101: Knowing What You're Up Against

srpthumb-p6787-450x260-no.jpgDid you know that if you are driving a motor vehicle in Tennessee you have implicitly consented to give a blood, breath, or urine test if a law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe you are driving under the influence?  This is because of the Tennessee Implied Consent Statute, § 55-10-406.  This statute provides law enforcement officers discretion to administer testing to determine whether you have been drinking, solely because you are driving.  While an officer needs "probably cause" to administer the test, this is typically not a difficult hurtle to overcome.  Refusal to submit to the testing will often result in a suspension of your driver's license, among other consequences, including jail time.

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