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A Nashville Injury Attorney Discusses the Best and Worst SUV Rollover Ratings in 2013

While a selling point of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) often includes the safety afforded by its size and power, SUVs are actually more at risk for rollover accidents than other non-commercial vehicles. Due to its high center of gravity and the short distance between its left and right wheels, the SUV is top heavy, making it less stable and more likely to rollover when turning. In a rollover accident, the roof of an SUV will often collapse inward, leading to serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and wrongful death for its occupants. How Are SUV Rollover Ratings Determined? According to U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines the rollover ratings for SUVs using a series of tests and a five-star rating system. The tests and rating system are used to tell how well the vehicles are equipped to avoid rollovers and…
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Do You Have a Car Accident Injury When a Preexisting Condition is Worsened?

When a person is hit by a negligent driver, does he or she have a car accident injury case if the wreck exacerbated a preexisting injury? This issue was part of a recent case on appeal in Tennessee stemming from a rear end accident on I-24 that occurred in 2011. In Kempson v. Casey, No. E2015-02184-COA-R3-CV, (Tenn. Ct. App. Nov. 2, 2016), the Plaintiff alleged neck injuries and pain from the accident, which necessitated a three level cervical discectomy and fusion for cervical disk herniation and myelopathy in 2012. Defendant argued these injuries stemmed from an incident in 1998, when Plaintiff had preexisting complaints regarding his cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Further, Defendant pointed out that Plaintiff had been involved in a different car accident in 2006. At trial, Plaintiff’s surgeon and chiropractor testified that his complaints about neck pain were similar pre and post accident. However, the surgeon testified…
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When is a Property Owner Liable for Injuries?

Our Injury Attorney in Nashville Explains Premises Liability Law If you sustain an injury on someone else’s property through no fault of your own, the property owner bears responsibility for the harm that occurred. This applies to both private homeowners and business owners, although businesses owe a greater duty to guests than residential homeowners. This is because the business specifically invites customers into their stores to make money. Hotel owners, for example, are responsible for providing safe, hazard-free rooms to their guests. As long as the guest behaves in a reasonable manner, the owner could be liable for injuries or deaths that occur onsite. Liability for Guest on Property Injuries According to a recent court decision, however, business owners are not always responsible for slip-and-fall injuries at hotels. A guest who became paralyzed in a logging truck accident rented a handicapped room at a Nashville Holiday Inn and noticed that…
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Are Driverless Cars Actually Safe?

Google has been testing driverless cars on the road for the past six years, and technology experts have been watching closely for clues as to when driverless cars could begin hitting the market and revolutionizing transportation. However, a new revelation about driverless car testing has people wondering if these so-called safer machines will actually be safer. According to the Associated Press, previously unreported accidents have come to light. It turns out that as many as 11 driverless cars were involved in auto accidents during testing on normal roads and that Google did not go public with the information until the company was recently forced to admit to the problem. According to Google, the driverless cars were, in fact, involved in collisions, but they were all the fault of other drivers, not the cars themselves. While this may be true, many are wondering if driverless cars are less able to avoid…
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