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Campbell County car accident attorney elderly driver injuryOn Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, a 72-year-old man was fatally injured in a car crash which occurred a few miles south of Lawrenceburg. In addition to the death of the elderly occupant, the accident led to severe injuries for another passenger. For drivers throughout the state of Tennessee, the crash served as a reminder of the increased risks that elderly drivers face in motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you should work with a personal injury lawyer to determine your legal options for recovering compensation for your damages. 

Collision Rates Substantially Higher Among the Elderly

Throughout the United States, elderly drivers experience a higher rate of collisions than other age groups. In 2014 alone, over 200,000 elderly drivers were injured in motor vehicle collisions, and more than 5,000 of these drivers suffered fatal injuries. The alarming number of car crashes involving elderly drivers can be attributed to a number of issues. As elderly drivers continue to age, muscular problems such as arthritis can impact steering wheel grip and braking ability. Additionally, aging drivers often face the difficulties that come with dwindling motor skills and lessening vision. 

It should come as no surprise that per mile traveled, the fatality rate climbs exponentially once drivers reach the age of 75. Also concerning is the fact that over 75% of drivers over the age of 65 use one or more prescription medications. These medications can come with side effects that can impact awareness, motor skills, and the ability to stay awake while driving. 

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Jacksboro, TN truck accident injury attorneyIn order to operate commercial vehicles, truck drivers are required to carry their commercial driver’s license (CDL). Despite the fact that all drivers are forced to go through rigorous training prior to operating their vehicle, commercial truck accidents are far more common than most people would like to assume. Due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, collisions with standard motor vehicles can cause severe and often fatal injuries. In the vast majority of commercial truck accidents, the most damage is done to the other vehicles involved and their drivers and passengers. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, it is likely that either the driver or truck company was at fault. 

Commercial Truck Accidents Nationwide

Despite the vetting process of drivers and the high number of regulatory measures put in place to ensure that trucks are as safe as possible, commercial truck accidents are incredibly common throughout the United States. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately 4,213 commercial trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2016 alone. This marked a 3% increase over the total number of commercial truck fatalities in 2015. In addition, studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that more than 119,000 Americans suffered injuries in accidents involving commercial trucks throughout 2016. 

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

While not all commercial truck accidents are caused by negligence, a large number of them are. Common forms of driver negligence include drowsy driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and aggressive driving (such as speeding or tailgating). In other cases, the trucking company may be liable for the accident. If the driver was not properly certified or trained to be operating the commercial vehicle, the company may be responsible for the injuries and damages suffered. Other common reasons for trucking company liability include failure to properly secure cargo and improper or incomplete maintenance on the vehicle. 

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Jacksboro TN rear end accident lawyerEarly this October, a rear-end collision on New Highway 68 ultimately resulted in the hospitalization of five travelers. The accident occurred when a Volkswagen Jetta was rear-ended by a Volkswagen Beetle. Due to the momentum of the collision, the Jetta was pushed into the other lane and collided with a Toyota Avalon. Two people involved in the collision were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The other three injured passengers were rushed to the Sweetwater Hospital. While no one was fatally injured, the accident reminds us of the dangerous implications of rear-end collisions. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you should contact medical personnel as quickly as possible and seek out legal representation. 

Rear-End Collisions Throughout the United States 

While some people think of rear-end collisions as minor, these types of car accidents can be incredibly serious. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), more than 2,200 Americans were killed in rear-end collisions throughout 2015 alone. An additional 556,000 Americans were injured in rear-end accidents. Although rear-end collisions only account for approximately 6% of all fatal injuries in motor vehicle collisions, they make up a staggering 32% of all crash injuries. 

Common Rear-End Collision Injuries

Rear-end collisions often cause injuries that result in chronic pain and costly physical therapy. When someone’s vehicle is struck from behind, they usually do not see the impact coming and are unable to brace for the collision, making spinal injuries likely. 

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Campbell County motorcycle accident injury lawyerPeople throughout the state of Tennessee were reminded of the dangers that every motorcyclist faces when a cyclist was fatally injured on Sunday, October 14th, 2018. The accident, which occurred when the 26-year-old motorcyclist sped through an intersection and collided with another vehicle on Highway 153 outside of Chattanooga, ultimately resulted in the death of the motorcyclist. 

For motorcyclists around the country, the accident served as another sobering reminder of the dangers of motorcycling. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), approximately 5,286 motorcyclists were fatally injured in accidents throughout 2016. If you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, another driver’s negligence may be to blame, and contacting a legal professional can make all the difference in your family’s recovery. 

Motorcycle Accidents Nationwide

As mentioned above, more than 5,000 American motorcyclists were fatally injured in 2016. This marked a national uptick of more than 5% in motorcycle fatalities compared to the previous year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle fatalities are at their highest level since 2008. So why the sudden rise in fatal motorcycle accidents? 

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Jacksboro, TN teen car accident lawyerOn Saturday, October 6, 2018, a high school student in Afton, TN was killed in a motor vehicle accident while riding in a Jeep with a fellow teenager. The crash, which occurred early in the morning, was caused when the 19-year-old driver drifted off of the left side of the road and hit an embankment, sending the vehicle airborne. The 16-year-old passenger was fatally injured during the accident, while the driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital after being cut out of the vehicle by emergency responders. For parents throughout the state of Tennessee, the accident served as a reminder of the dangers teenagers face every time they get behind the wheel of a car. If your teenage driver is injured in a motor vehicle collision, it may be time to seek out legal representation. 

Teenage Car Accidents Nationwide

Every year, thousands of American teens die in motor vehicle collisions. In 2015 alone, over 2,300 teenagers died in automobile accidents across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an additional 235,845 teenagers were hospitalized due to injuries suffered in car accidents throughout 2015. In all, approximately six teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 die each day in motor vehicle accidents. 

Why So Many Teenage Fatalities? 

With the overwhelming number of teenage fatalities on American roadways, it is hard not to ask the question: Why do teenagers face increased risk? The simple answer is that they routinely drive irresponsibly. Teenagers are much more likely to drive while distracted (cell phones and other electronic devices are the leading cause of distracted driving), drive at dangerous speeds, and drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

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Campbell County drunk driving accident lawyerEvery year, thousands of Americans are arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs), yet many drivers continue to choose to drive drunk. Drunk driving can come with serious legal ramifications, from potential jail time to substantial fines. Most importantly, those who choose to drive drunk may be held liable for the injuries that result if they are involved in a car accident. In 2016 alone, over 10,000 Americans died in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one are impacted by the negligent actions of a drunk driver, you should understand your options for pursuing compensation for your damages. 

Drunk Driving Injuries in Tennessee

Here in the state of Tennessee, drunk driving continues to be a monumental safety issue. While alcohol-related traffic crashes have declined since 2012, the number of collisions involving inebriated drivers is still staggering. According to Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there were approximately 6,130 alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in 2017. In the decade between 2003 and 2012, over 3,400 people lost their lives in accidents involving drunk driving across the state. Tragically, the rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities is higher among almost every age demographic when comparing the state of Tennessee to national statistics. 

Addressing the Issue 

The number of drunk driving injuries is on the decline here in Tennessee, and a major reason for that is the increased number of drunk driving arrests by law enforcement. State officials have used anti-drinking and driving advertisement initiatives, increases in DUI checkpoints (which are legal in Tennessee), and additional highway patrollers as a means of addressing the issue. As a result, since 2012, a year in which Tennessee witnessed 7,368 alcohol-related traffic collisions, injuries suffered due to drunk driving have declined by 17%. 

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Jacksboro DUI defense attorneyFacing criminal charges of any kind can make defendants feel as though there is no way to successfully fight the case. Although it is intimidating to think about challenging an impaired driving arrest, there are feasible and reasonable defenses to consider if you are facing charges in Tennessee. Don’t let the fear of fighting the DUI/DWI case compromise your potential defense strategy.

The punishment and consequences for driving under the influence can have long-lasting effects for those with even one offense. State lawmakers continue to seek additional penalties each year, meaning the stakes may be even higher for those convicted.

For skilled criminal defense attorneys, challenging a DUI/DWI charge involves a few key strategies. Each case is unique which means your case needs special attention and consideration, but the starting points are similar across cases. Here are a few ways your defense strategy and legal counsel can help ensure proper disposal of a DUI/DWI charge in Tennessee.

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Campbell County DUI license reinstatement lawyerGetting your first DUI/DWI or Implied Consent conviction in Tennessee is likely to result in losing your driver’s license for one year. If your court sentence and one-year suspension have been completed, it’s time to get back on the road and practice the safety strategies you learned.

Reinstating your driver's license with the Tennessee Department of Safety (DPS) requires official documents and a fee payment. Before applying to reinstate your license, it’s a good idea to contact the Department of Safety (DOS) and take note of the restoration details specific to your case.

The following criteria is typically used for DUI-related suspensions during the driving license reinstatement process:

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Jacksboro, TN driver's license reinstatement attorneyA state law that takes away driver’s licenses because of unpaid court debt may go down this year. That’s because of a landmark lawsuit in the U.S. District Court this spring.

Judge Aleta A. Trauger refuses the state of Tennessee’s request to reject the lawsuit. In her official memorandum about the case, she stated that one of the fundamental rights of citizens, the right to travel interstate, is not recognized by this law. Now, the lawsuit initiated by two state citizens with low incomes is set to become a game changer for over 100 thousand people.

A Never-Ending Cycle

Many of the thousands of people that lose their driver’s license because of debt stay trapped in a never-ending cycle of debt. One of the major reasons for this is driving without a license, which results in more legal charges and fines.

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Campbell County DUI defense attorney driver's licenseGetting caught driving under the influence not only has negative legal consequences, but can be associated with a plethora of other life altering legal decisions. A DUI carries with it the shame and disappointment of personal choices, and a DUI almost inevitably tarnishes your record.

Stiff law changes proposed for DUI offenders

Recently, state lawmakers in Tennessee proposed a bill to assist in stopping drunk driving before it happens. Approving the bill would add another obstacle in getting alcohol into the hands of DUI offenders. It would make it illegal for a person charged with a DUI to be sold alcohol anywhere within the state.

The offender’s license would be marked with a red strip alerting sellers to identify prior offenders. If liquor stores sell alcohol to someone with this identifying marker, their establishment could face misdemeanor charges and fines.

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