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Conditions leading to 18-wheeler crashes

Thanksgiving weekend is synonymous with many Americans traveling to friends and family, leading to crowded roads. Not only will many motorists take to Tennessee roads, but also many big trucks. The increase in traffic, along with potentially wintry conditions, create risk for 18-wheeler crashes.

In only three Tennessee counties, 2,896 semi-truck accidents have been recorded in the last five years, of which 23 were fatal. According to instructors at a truck driving school, it is important for truckers to remember that they have to take note of weather conditions, slow down, stay off the phone and -- most importantly -- stay aware of the smaller vehicles surrounding them. If the trucker stays safe, other road users may be safe too.

Workplace injury: 2 city workers killed while collecting trash

City workers in Tennessee, especially those working on the busy roads, are exposed to multiple hazards. Unfortunately, some motorists fail to keep a lookout for utility vehicles, such as garbage trucks. It is not uncommon for a city worker to suffer a workplace injury that was caused by a third party driver.

An accident report indicates that the incident occurred at about 9 a.m. on a recent Tuesday morning. A 51-year-old veteran city worker of 16 years along with a 22-year-old colleague who had only been employed by the city for five days were collecting garbage on a street in Overton County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that the two workers would collect trash from residences and then deposit it on the back of the garbage truck.

Car wreck involving 5 cars kills 2

An accident on one of Tennessee's major highways led to the death of two people, while four more people suffered injuries. The car wreck involved five vehicles. The highway had to be closed for at least three miles for a period of time after the accident.

According to official reports a southbound pickup truck crossed over the middle of the road into the northbound lane. It appears as if the accident happened when the pickup truck driver wanted to pass another vehicle on the two lane road. The pickup truck then hit a car, a van and a truck. Another car slid on the road surface and hit the crashed vehicles.

Verdicts Against the State of Tennessee Result in a New Highway & Countless Saved Lives

I represented a sixteen year old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an eighteen year old boy that was merging from Lovell Road onto the Pellissippi Parkway southbound when the vehicle in which she was riding was struck by a tractor trailer truck.  I also represented a twenty-three year old male who was riding with his brother when they were merging onto Pellissippi Parkway southbound on the same entrance ramp from Lovell Road and collided with another vehicle approximately one year earlier.  The twenty-three year old male suffered a knee injury requiring surgery but recovered.  Unfortunately, both the sixteen year old female we represented and the driver of the vehicle in which she was a passenger were killed in the second accident.

Protecting warehouse workers from a workplace injury

In the greater scheme of things, warehouses do not seem to be the most dangerous work places, but warehouses do harbor a number of dangers. That is why business owners must insure that they have protocols in place in order to ensure the safety of their workers. They can never lose sight of the fact that a workplace injury or death is catastrophic for everybody involved.

Tennessee warehouse workers also should never lose sight of the dangers in their workplace.  When one considers that approximately 20,000 workers suffer severe workplace injuries in forklift related accidents every year, while approximately 100 fatalities occur, it is clear that too many forklift operators and workers in the vicinity of a forklift are exposed to unsafe working conditions.  Apart from forklift related accidents, there are many other areas in a warehouse where safety precautions are imperative.

Car wreck results in 2 fatalities

Two Tennessee families had to face the tragic deaths of family members after two people died in a recent fatal accident in the central part of the state. The car wreck happened when the driver of a pickup truck crossed over the middle of the road into oncoming traffic. The 65-year-old driver then hit an SUV. A 19-year-old female was driving the SUV.

The accident happened on a recent Sunday afternoon in late October at approximately 4:00 p.m. Emergency workers could do nothing for either of the drivers, and they both died at the accident scene. A 19-year-old male passenger traveling in the SUV was injured. He was transported to a nearby medical center. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

How to Choose the Right Tennessee Attorney

How to Choose the Right Tennessee Attorney.jpgUnfortunately, many at some point in their lives will need to hire an attorney for some issue. Whether you are buying a house, preparing your will, suing a contractor that did you wrong, or, you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, suffered medical malpractice, or are disabled and need help with a long term disability claim or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim. Just like in any profession, competency varies in the legal profession. But how do you go about finding a competent lawyer to handle your case?

Here are six steps to help you find the right attorney for your needs.

1. Ask a lawyer

If you already have an attorney but need one with specialized expertise, ask for a referral. All of our current clients and friends (hopefully all of our past clients consider themselves our friends) know they can contact us at any time for advice and a referral when the legal need is outside of our general areas of practice. We handle claims in the following areas:

2. Get a verdict from someone you know and trust

Has a friend purchased a house recently? Has a sibling gone through a divorce? Who prepared your parents' will? Ask your family members, friends, co-workers, and others you trust for recommendations. But don't just collect names. Ask probing questions about what it's like dealing with the attorney they suggest. For example, was he or she on time for appointments and reasonably available to answer questions? One of the common complaints I hear from those I speak to is that their attorney does not get back to them or does not get back to them promptly.

3. Consult a bar association

Click on your state on the map at the American Bar Association website, for state-specific information, including a lawyer finder service, license verification, access to free legal resources, and a guide to court systems. Clicking on the "Learn More/FAQs" button takes you to a page with advice that includes tips for hiring, using, and paying a lawyer. If you are in the Knoxville area, go to the Knoxville Bar Association's lawyer referral service.

4. Check legal specialty groups

Some specialists have their own professional associations, which can help you find attorneys; in some cases, they also offer information and tips. 

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Click on "Member Roster" on the home page to find a real-estate lawyer.

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Click on "Fellows" to locate a specialist.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Find a lawyer who focuses on Medicare rights, estates and trusts, and other issues.

National Association of Consumer Advocates

Find a lawyer specializing in consumer matters such as predatory lending and forced arbitration.

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Here you can find an attorney who specializes in protecting the rights of debtors.

National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives

Here you find a representative to help you with your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI claim. However, be careful to pick an attorney. Please read about the dangers of non-attorney representatives in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI Claims.

5. Do a cross examination

Once you've found a potential candidate, set up a face-to-face meeting. Many lawyers don't charge a fee for this first visit; be sure to ask. The attorney will probably ask you a lot of questions, but you should be looking for some answers of your own, either by asking directly or just listening and observing. For example, does the attorney seem organized? How well does he or she listen to what you have to say? This is where you need to trust your instincts.

"Nothing replaces that visit to the office," Zack says. "The moment the hair on your neck stands up, you ought to be moving on to another lawyer."

You'll also want to know how your case will be handled and how you'll be charged. (For a list of questions to ask, see the box on the facing page.) Ask for references, but be aware that you're not likely to be put in touch with former clients who are dissatisfied. Don't hesitate to interview other attorneys as well.

Once your questions are answered and you're ready to hire someone, insist on a written agreement. Read it thoroughly to verify your understanding of the terms and to make sure there are no surprises. If you're not certain about something, have it clarified in writing.

Tennessee family involved in car wreck, 1 dead, 2 injured

Lives can be lost in the blink of an eye on Tennessee roads. When a loved one is killed in a car wreck, the emotional and financial impact on the surviving family members can last for a long time. Alcoa police recently reported on an accident that claimed the life of one person and sent two of his family members to the hospital.

The accident is still under investigation, but a preliminary report says the crash happened on a recent Saturday afternoon. The report indicates that a 34-year-old driver of an SUV crossed over into the lanes of oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a sedan carrying three occupants. The 48-year-old driver of the sedan died at the accident scene.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - No COLA!

Recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will not see a benefit increase in 2016!  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI recipients saw a 1.7% increase in benefits in 2015. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index from the third quarter of the current year.  This is only the third time in the history of the program that a cost of living adjustment has not occurred.  The low price of gasoline seems to be the consensus culprit.  It ignores the fact though that food prices continue to soar and this directly impacts those on a fixed income.

However, the COLA affects many important aspects of the Social Security Disability and SSI program besides the actual amount of benefits paid to claimants.


Other important issues/numbers are:

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA):

Non-blind: $1,090.00

Blind: $1,820.00

Trial Work Period (TWP): $780.00 per month

SSI: Individual: $733.00 per month

Couple: $1,100.00 per month


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