Murfreesboro Auto Accident Blog

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.

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.

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