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Defending against drunk driving charges for a second time

No matter what your criminal history includes, a drunk driving charge is serious. Whether it is your first offense or you have multiple DUIs on your record, you may benefit from confronting these charges with a strong defense. When you are facing drunk driving charges for a second time in Tennessee, the stakes are higher and your need for a strong defense is more crucial than ever.

The fact that you are facing these charges for a second time does not diminish your right to seek a positive outcome to your case. It is still possible to fight the charges against you, challenge the prosecution's case and work to mitigate the potential penalties you are facing.

Tennessee does not allow marijuana on its streets

You didn't think much about smoking marijuana in Tennessee, particularly because it's so common in other nearby states. Unfortunately, the law is not on your side.

With states changing their marijuana laws at different times, it can be hard to keep track of where it's legal and where it's not. In Tennessee, it's simple to know the rules, because no one is allowed to have marijuana except for those using it for medical research in university-based cannabis studies.

Reporting dangerous truckers can help save lives

When you're traveling, one of the things that might bother you is riding alongside 18-wheeler trucks. These vehicles are long and have poor visibility, which means it's harder for the driver to know you're there.

If you've ever had to rush into another lane or slam on your brakes to avoid a truck pulling into your lane, then you know the risks of driving around trucks. If that vehicle hits yours, it's likely to crush it and severely injure you.

How can motorcyclists stay safe on the roads?

As a motorcyclist, your main concern is staying safe on the roads. You know there are dangerous drivers out there, and you just want to get where you're going without trouble. Is that a realistic expectation?

Based on data from 2014, motorcyclist deaths happen up to 27 times more commonly than deaths with other vehicles. As a result of this data, it is clear that everyone needs to take steps to keep motorcyclists safe. How can you help?

How can you prevent pedestrian accidents?

Every time you go on a walk near a roadway you are at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. With 5,376 people killed in pedestrian accidents in 2015, it is vital that you are careful anytime you are near the roads.Around 129,000 pedestrians had to be treated in emergency departments across the United States in 2015 for accidents that happened as a result of a vehicle colliding with them. Many of these individuals were crossing the road in accordance with the law.

What can you do to protect yourself from a pedestrian accident?

What are the commercial DUI regulations?

Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than a noncommercial driver. For example, did you know that commercial drivers cannot drink within four hours of driving a commercial vehicle? Additionally, they may not have a BAC of .04 or higher while they're behind the wheel. They must submit to alcohol tests randomly after a crash and if there is reasonable suspicion that they may have be intoxicated.

Why is that important? If the commercial driver who hit you had a high BAC, even if it was under .08, he or she may be held accountable for your crash. These drivers face harsher criminal penalties if they are caught drinking and driving than the average person and could lose their right to drive a commercial vehicle. That could cost them their jobs.

Police chase ends violently in Murfreesboro

It's not everyday that you hear about a long-lasting police chase that ends in a collision, but that's what happened recently in Tennessee. While the police tried to stop the chase earlier by ceasing to follow the suspects, that didn't prevent a multi-vehicle accident from occurring.

Two people were taken into custody following the multi-vehicle collision in Murfreesboro, according to the June 28 report. The report states that the two suspects were involved in a pursuit that spanned at least two counties before the serious crash took place at an intersection.

With both hands on the wheel, can a driver still be distracted?

If you use a hands-free device in your vehicle, you may assume that you are making a choice to be safe by not picking up your phone while driving. Other Tennessee drivers make the same assumption, believing that a hands-free device is much better than texting or talking on the phone while driving. In reality, these devices can also be a dangerous source of distracted driving.

Distraction comes in many forms, and all of them are dangerous. When using a hands-free device, a driver can still be a risk to everyone on the road, even with both hands on the wheel. If you were hurt in an accident involving a negligent driver, there is a chance that he or she was cognitively distracted at the time.

Tennessee to crack down on DUIs during Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a great holiday where people celebrate the freedom and birth of a nation. Unfortunately, some people's celebrations get out of hand. That means it's likely that reckless, drunk drivers may be on the roads, and reckless boaters might be on the water.

In Tennessee, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will be working together to reduce the number of people behind the wheel of boats or cars while intoxicated. There will be several checkpoints throughout the weekends aiming to reduce the number of drunk drivers, to increase the number of people wearing their seat belts and to make sure those on the roads have drivers licenses.

Pharmaceutical companies face lawsuits over opiate epidemic

When a drug dealer gives someone a drug and that person later dies, the authorities can and sometimes do pursue murder charges against that person. One question some people have is why pharmaceutical companies haven't faced charges and penalties for drug dealing themselves.

Three prosecutors in Tennessee are doing just that, aiming their lawsuit at the pharmaceutical companies that provided opiates to millions. The attorneys are representing nine counties in Tennessee and aim to make pharmaceutical companies pay for their role in the current opioid epidemic.

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