Murfreesboro Auto Accident Blog

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.

How to share the road safely with motorcycles

As spring approaches, many Tennessee drivers look forward to hitting the open road on their motorcycles. Along with the newfound freedom they enjoy, they also face additional risks from drivers who are not used to sharing the road with motorcyclists. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, the rate of fatalities from motorcycle accidents has increased since 1998, and 134 people were killed in 2017 alone. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office estimates there were 357 crashes involving motorcycles in 2017.

A large part of keeping motorcyclists safe on the road is teaching truck and car drivers how to safely watch for them. Drivers can follow a few simple rules to help avoiding accidents with motorcyclists. First, they can abide by the 4-second rule, which requires drivers to stay at least 4 seconds behind a motorcycle. This provides a cushion for reaction if the unexpected occurs.

Can a car accident paralyze you?

As you drive the Tennessee roads and highways this spring relishing the greening of winter's end, be sure to keep your mind on your drivings so as to avoid becoming an accident victim. You undoubtedly realize that car accidents happen all too frequently in our state and that you could suffer catastrophic injuries should you become involved in one of them. But do you realize that a back injury could put you in a wheelchair for the rest of your life?

The Mayfield Clinic points out that your spinal column, consisting of your spinal cord, 33 vertebrae and the nerves that connect your brain to the rest of your body, is divided into the following five regions:

  1. Cervical region containing the seven vertebrae found between the bottom of your brain and the end of your neck
  2. Thoracic region containing the 12 vertebrae found between the end of your neck and your waist
  3. Lumbar region containing the five vertebrae found between your waist and the end of your lumbar curve in your lower back
  4. Sacral region containing the five fused vertebrae found in your lower back
  5. Coccyx region containing the five fused vertebrae that make up your tailbone

Fate of taxi driver decided in fatal 2017 accident

Taxi services and ridesharing options are prevalent in many parts of Tennessee as they are all throughout the United States. While convenient, people do have to place a large amount of trust in their driver to follow traffic laws and drive responsibly in order to get them to their destination safely and efficiently. However, there are times when due to human error, a commercial vehicle driver may make a mistake that compromises the safety of his or her passengers. 

This is what happened in Iowa when a taxi accident claimed the life of one passenger and left another seriously injured. An initial investigation into the accident found that the taxi driver was not sober when the vehicle he was driving abruptly left the roadway and crashed. Immediately following the accident, a trial was suspended because the driver was found to be incompetent. After another analysis at a later time, he was found to be competent and a new trial date was set. In response to the multiple charges the driver was facing, he was recently sentenced to serve nearly 20 years in prison. He is set to be transferred to the facility where he will serve his sentence in the next several weeks.

Driving tips for heavy rain and strong winds

Most drivers have spent their fair share of time traveling in the rain. You, like many others, undoubtedly know that the roadways can become more dangerous during inclement weather and that other drivers do not always take the time to drive more safely.

You may not count yourself among those other people who do not make accommodations for roadway conditions, and this is wise of you. By taking the time to slow down and take other precautions during rainy and windy weather, you may avoid causing a serious car accident. Still, you may not remain completely safe due to the actions of others.

The right clothing can make you safer on a motorcycle

Of all the different ways to increase safety while riding on a motorcycle, from checking your motorcycle brakes to taking bike riding courses, the idea that the clothes you wear can make you safer might seem out of the ordinary. Yet the wrong set of clothes could make your motorcycle ride more hazardous or even deadly. There are a number of reasons why you as a Tennessee motorcyclist should watch what you wear.

Consumer Reports cautions that wearing loose, non weather resistance clothing like a T-shirt, jeans and sandals can end up causing disaster for you on your bike. These garments do little to protect you from a wind chill or debris that may fly your way on the wind. You can also be exposed to bugs, which is not something many motorists notice on the road since they ride in sheltered vehicles. Yet if insects hit you in an exposed area at a high speed, they can hurt and possibly distract you as you are riding.

A drug conviction carries long-term effects

Many federal and Tennessee state laws impose criminal penalties for a broad range of actions, from traffic violations to drug possession. While incarceration is a consequence that people often consider, it is not the only outcome of a drug crime, and other aspects can last much longer than a stint in jail.

According to Money Crashers, the repercussions of a drug charge are far-reaching, affecting many areas of your life.

Is your teenager prone to more driving risks because of age?

Allowing your teenager to have the freedom to drive him or herself to designated destinations around your Tennessee community can be a bit overwhelming at times. While you acknowledge that you cannot control every single decision they make, you are concerned about allowing such young drivers to have a complete reign of a vehicle. Understanding the risk factors that they face, and significantly more than other drivers because of their age, may allow you to make wiser decisions as a parent in the way you discipline and educate your young teenage drivers. 

For one, many teenagers are excited to test their boundaries and proud to show off their skills to their friends. Your children are probably no exception. It is critical that you educate your children about the dangers of distracted driving and remind them of what an important responsibility they have to keep themselves, their passengers and other motorists safe by driving responsibly. 

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