Murfreesboro Auto Accident Blog

Unexpected life changes after a car crash

When a car accident takes place, there may be a number of hardships that a victim is able to foresee. For example, they may have sustained an injury, and they may be able to anticipate that they will have to deal with physical pain, rehabilitation, etc. Or, someone may be preparing to miss work because they cannot keep working following a crash. However, there are many different problems which people may face unexpectedly. To make things worse, these problems can be especially troubling because they were not foreseen.

It is very difficult to find a place to begin since there are so many different potential hurdles a car crash victim may have to endure in the wake of a collision. For example, someone may face difficulties in their personal relationships because they have sustained changes to their personality following an accident. Some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder, while others may become very aggressive or depressed due to a car accident. Aside from problems with friends and family members, people may lose the ability to drive due to mental trauma in the wake of a wreck.

Dealing with DUI charges in the summer

For various reasons, the summer months are especially problematic when it comes to drunk driving charges. Some people get behind the wheel after celebrating a wedding or spending time with their friends and family members at a party, and drunk driving is especially widespread around the Fourth of July. From beach parties to fishing trips, there are many activities that often involve alcohol and some people take to the road even though they are over the legal limit. Unfortunately, this can shatter someone’s summer, as well as their overall life in the coming months and years.

There are many factors you might have to take into consideration if you are pulled over for drunk driving in the summer. For example, you may lose your driving privileges, which can be especially tough if you are a parent and your child is counting on you to take them to events and give them a ride so they can participate in certain activities. These charges can derail plans that people had for the summer, such as a family vacation, and they can give rise to many serious hurdles (financial repercussions, difficulty finding work or the loss of a job and friction among family members).

What are the 3 most common motorcycle injuries?

Now that summer is in full swing in Tennessee, you likely spend a good deal of time riding your motorcycle. If you are like most such enthusiasts, nothing gets your juices flowing like the call of the open road.

You need to remember, however, that your motorcycle offers you very little protection. Consequently, warns you that you can suffer severe injuries should you crash. The most common include the following:

  1. Head injuries
  2. Broken bones
  3. Road rash

Tired drivers and the risk of drowsy driving

Every driver, even the most experienced one, is susceptible to mistakes. Human error plays a role in almost every accident, and each person behind the wheel has the obligation to drive safely. Part of this responsibility is a driver acknowledging when he or she is too tired to drive safely. Fatigued driving is exceptionally dangerous.

Most drivers have been behind the wheel while tired at some point. However, you may know that there is a distinct difference between being a little sleepy and dangerously fatigued. One of the dangers of fatigued diving is that people are often unaware of how tired they really are or unaware of how being overly tired can impact their behavior behind the wheel. A sleepy Tennessee driver can exhibit some of the same behaviors as drunk or distracted drivers.

How can I avoid summer driving hazards?

Now that summer is finally here, motorists are taking to the road in droves for vacations and other fun events. Being aware of certain hazards is important in this case, as summer carries its own unique risks for drivers. Travelers explains what you should look out for when driving this summer. 

Summer means more motorcyclists on the road, which can be hazardous when drivers don't take the proper precautions. Motorcycles are often tough to identify, as they can easily slip into your vehicle's blind spot. Accordingly, make sure you remain vigilant when changing lanes on the highway or turning. Instead of relying on your mirrors alone, look for the presence of motorcycles before making a sudden maneuver. Also, keep a good distance between you and motorcycles in case one stops suddenly.

What are the common impairing effects of legal medication?

You might not give it a second thought when you take an antihistamine pill before driving to work. However, you may soon find yourself getting drowsy behind the wheel, especially if you are not used to taking this particular medication. Your situation may be further complicated if you doze off while driving and crash or are pulled over for signs of intoxication. You and other Tennessee residents should understand the potential ramifications of taking certain prescription or over-the-counter medications and driving.

The Huffington Post warns that some medications and driving should not go together. You may have a legitimate need for an antihistamine, cold medicine, antidepressant or narcotic painkiller, but these medications can cause impairing effects similar to drunk or drowsy driving. The most common impairments can include the following:

  • Sleepiness or confusion
  • Jitteriness or difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired judgement

How can I stay safe on long road trips?

Road trips are a rich summer tradition and a great way to see many different parts of the country. Long road trips also entail a few risks, which drivers must work to avoid when on their travails. Nationwide explains how you can get the most out of a summer road trip while ensuring you and other motorists remain safe.

Plan rest stops

Should motorcyclists try to be heard on the road?

Motorcycle riders face challenges in gaining the attention of other drivers. Some motorcyclists believe that if their bikes generate enough noise, such as through loud exhaust pipes, it will be enough to alert nearby Tennessee drivers to their presence. However, as the Huffington Post explains, a loud motorcycle is often insufficient to alert other motorists. There are a number of reasons why motorcyclists should not count on their noise to keep other drivers aware of their presence.

One major problem is that exhaust pipes are directed behind the bike. Motorists behind you are more likely to hear your pipes, but a driver in front of you is not. Unfortunately, this means you cannot count on a driver up ahead to hear you. This can cause all sorts of problems if you assume a forward motorist hears you and you enter that motorist’s blind spot. One wrong turn from that driver can cause a devastating accident.

College life doesn't have to include a DUI, but what if it does?

If you're attending a four-year degree university in Tennessee, you'll likely encounter numerous academic and personal challenges as you work toward earning your diploma. College life can be exciting, stressful, memorable and a bit frightening at times. If it's the first time you've ever been away from home, you might feel homesick for a while, but such feelings may greatly subside once you settle into a routine and become acquainted with a new group of friends.

The latter can be a great source of encouragement and support in college. Depending on which friends you choose, it can also lead to some serious legal problems, especially if you're hanging out with a party crowd. There are several reasons many college students drink. Careful consideration ahead of time can help you stay safe and prevent legal trouble, as well, especially concerning possible criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol.

How a DUI conviction can wreck your employment chances

Here at Waldron Fann & Parsley, Attorneys at Law, in Tennessee, we represent many drivers accused of driving while intoxicated and/or other alcohol-related driving offenses. We therefore know how critical it becomes that you defend such charges to the best of your and your attorney’s abilities. The last thing you need is a DUI conviction on your record.

It goes without saying that a DUI conviction could land you in prison and result in the revocation of your right to drive. But you probably have not thought about other potential ramifications of receiving a DUI conviction, especially those related to your employment. Nevertheless, as FindLaw points out, negative employment consequences become a real possibility after any conviction, including one for DUI.

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