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If you plan to drive, don't drink: Save a life

Drunk driving is a dangerous habit to get into, yet many people do. Whether it's young adults who recently turned 21 driving between bars or an older individual who has an addiction issue, anyone who drinks and drives is putting themselves and others in danger.

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. If you show signs of impairment, you could face charges for driving while intoxicated under that limit.

Commercial vehicle crashes linked to drowsiness are a major issue

Commercial vehicles are driven by people with commercial drivers' licenses. That means that those individuals have been trained to drive these larger vehicles and have the experience necessary to keep others safe on the roads. It also means that they should be familiar with laws pertaining to safety behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.

One major part of commercial vehicle safety is getting enough rest. It's so important, in fact, that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has dedicated much time, money and effort into making sure that commercial drivers are required to take breaks and get enough sleep.

How can I keep my kids safe on Halloween?

Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it's not without its risks. Pedestrian safety is crucial during the holiday. Children are often unpredictable when crossing the street while trick-or-treating, which can lead to serious accidents and injuries. It's up to parents to keep young trick-or-treaters safe, as explained by Kids Health.

If you have children under the age of 12, you must accompany them on Halloween. Young children lack the wisdom and awareness to successfully navigate streets at night, even within a group. For children 12 and older, have them plan out their route so you're aware of where they are at all times. It's also best for kids to travel in a group. That way the other children will be able to call for help should something happen. It's also a good idea to send kids out for the night with a mobile device so they can call you if necessary. 

Fatal trucking accidents continue to rise

Highway safety advocates recently released a report that gave many cause to rejoice. The number of fatal motor vehicle accidents across the country has dropped. Perhaps it is tougher drunk driving laws, public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving or advanced safety features in vehicles that has saved hundreds of lives, but you may agree that it is worth celebrating.

Unfortunately, a closer look at the report reveals a disturbing trend. While most categories of motor vehicle accidents have declined, one category is bucking the trend. Fatal accidents involving large trucks rose 9% at the same time other accident fatalities dropped 1.8%. You may feel this is like taking one step forward and two steps back.

Is Xanax addictive?

Despite its therapeutic uses, Xanax also has great abuse potential. While thought to be less addictive than opiates, Xanax addiction also causes physical and emotional withdrawal effects, which sometimes can be severe. It's important to take medication as directed by your doctor to prevent the risk of addiction. Prescription drugs should also never be bought from illegal sources or used without a prescription. 

Xanax belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. As a treatment for anxiety disorders, it reduces stress and causes a relaxed feeling. When abused, abruptly stopping the drug can lead to a host of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. It's also associated with a range of side effects, which become more prevalent when the drug is abused. Along with a relaxed feeling, Xanax can also cause mood swings and irritability in longer-term users. It can also cause problems with memory and focus. Physical symptoms include nausea and vomiting, a risk of seizures, tremors, and shortness of breath. 

Fatigue and accidents during rush hour

There are a lot of factors that can increase the probability of accidents occurring in particular areas at certain times. For example, the winter months can be dangerous in northern states which often see a lot of snow and ice. In many places, roads can become hectic during rush hour. To make things worse, many people who are behind the wheel during this time of the day are struggling with sleep deprivation and high levels of fatigue due to a demanding day at work. This can be a deadly combination, and far too many accidents have occurred as a result of fatigue and rush hour traffic.

For starters, rush hour can be hectic, and many drivers may be in a hurry to get home or avoid traffic jams. Drivers may also become very irritated and aggressive, especially if they are tired. Even drivers who are relatively calm may be too tired to focus on the road properly, which could cause them to collide with another vehicle or even fall asleep behind the wheel. This has led to many injuries and lost lives over the years, and this problem will continue to shatter lives in the coming months.

How many drinks does it take to get drunk?

The holiday season is right around the corner. That means that more and more people will be taking to the road after drinking at parties and gatherings. Drunk driving not only causes legal woes, it also endangers yourself, your passengers, and any other drivers you encounter while on the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain how many drinks it takes before you feel the effects of drinking. 

The first step is to understand what constitutes a standard drink size. For highly potent alcohol, such as liquor, 1.5-ounces would equal one standard drink. With something like beer, which tends to have a lower alcohol content than liquor, 12-ounces is considered standard. The alcohol content for wine usually falls somewhere in the middle, so the standard size would be about 5-ounces. Keep in mind that alcohol content varies between different brands of beer and wine, so make sure you're aware of just how alcoholic a drink is when making a selection. 

How does crystal meth use affect a person?

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, is a dangerous substance that has a reputation as a party drug. As a potent stimulant, this drug can cause an intense high that is associated with reckless behavior. Along with mental and behavioral effects, crystal meth can also cause serious health issues, especially when the drug is taken for a long period of time. 

It can sometimes be hard to identify when a loved one is experiencing an issue with a substance. With crystal meth, there are a number of obvious signs that indicate a person is abusing the drug. Many people who use this drug will find themselves staying awake for days or sometimes weeks at a time. They might also experience a significant loss of appetite, to the point that rapid weight loss occurs. Movement is affected, as a person might be overtaken by jerks or facial ticks. 

When a business may be responsible for a drunk driving accident

In the state of Tennessee, accidents involving drunk drivers are a far too common occurrence. If you have found yourself the victim of one, you probably want to know what options you have for seeking compensation. You can file claims against the responsible driver and his or her insurance company. Did you know you may also be able to file legal claims against any business that served him or her alcohol just before the crash?

Dram shop laws exist so that victims of drunk driving accidents or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members, may seek further relief for their losses. They are also in place to hold alcohol-serving/selling establishments accountable for their actions. It is illegal to over-serve a person alcohol. It is also unlawful to sell to a minor. Businesses that do these things ought to be held responsible. 

Driving a company-owned vehicle can be complicated

Driving a company car in Tennessee allows you to minimize wear and tear on your personal vehicle and keeps more gas money in your own pocket. However, if you are in an accident, who is liable? At Waldron, Fann & Parsley, Attorneys at Law, we often represent clients injured in a crash with a business vehicle.

Findlaw states that under the doctrine of vicarious liability, the employer is typically responsible for the conduct of its employees. If your accident happened while you carried out duties required by your job, the organization is liable, even if your action or non-action is negligent actions. The caveat is that the act must occur during the course of completing official duties authorized by your employer.

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