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Could the Diverging Diamond Highway Design Reduce Car Accidents in Nashville?

Not all innovations involve new technology, but instead just a small but important tweak to an existing design. As local officials continue to look for ways to reduce the number of Nashville car accidents, one method they may find to be effective is the diverging diamond interchange (DDI), which involves making a small but important change to existing intersections. How Does the Diverging Diamond Highway Design Work? Diverging diamond interchanges work by crisscrossing the exit and entrance ramps underneath a roadway. The DDI enables drivers to avoid having to make left-hand turns through opposing traffic and makes it very difficult for drivers to mistakenly enter the highway heading in the wrong direction. A University of Missouri environmental and civil engineer told Wired that left-hand turns through opposing traffic are inefficient and dangerous. This is due to the fact that these types of left-hand turns force opposing traffic to waste green…
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Employers in Tennessee May be Able to Opt-Out of Workers’ Comp

Lawmakers are looking to expand the 2014 reform of the Tennessee workers’ compensation law, which has had a major impact on the state’s injured workers. A push for another reform is brewing in the General Assembly when it meets early next year. This time, allowing employers to opt out of the state worker’s compensation system and design their own benefits for injured workers is on the table. The opt-out legislation in Tennessee was introduced earlier this year. It’s rooted in Texas, where companies have had the choice for many years. Last year, Oklahoma adopted the legislation and it’s been proposed in South Carolina. Sen. Mark Green said he’s listening to companies such as Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. and other Tennessee firms including Brookdale Senior Living Inc. and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. Green said the main issue is allowing employers and employees to work together on rehabilitation and returning to work,…
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Did JB Hunt Fraudulently Have a Truck Accident Victim Waive His Rights to a Lawsuit?

After a truck accident, drivers and passengers in cars should never sign any sort of wavier presented to them before speaking to their own attorney. This is a common theme of our blog and newsletter, and a recent Tennessee appeals court case demonstrates why. What Happened in this Truck Accident Case Against JB Hunt? In the case Voigt v. Plate, et al., No. E2016-00473-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2017), Mr. Voigt was hit by a truck driven by an employee of trucking industry giant JB Hunt. While Mr. Voigt was still in the hospital recovering from his injuries, an agent of JB Hunt, Mr. Jones, came to speak to him and his wife. They discussed a settlement for the value of Mr. Voigt’s car and lost wages, which came to $9,785. Mr. Voigt claimed Mr. Jones specifically told him that his medical bills would be paid by JB Hunt,…
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Tennessee Supreme Court Delivers Opinion Affecting People Who Filed Workers’ Comp

Is the Decision Good or Bad for Workers in Nashville? The Tennessee Supreme Court, the highest court in the state, has issued a ruling and opinion that could potentially affect many people who have filed for workers’ comp in the past…and it’s not good. The case of Yardley v. Hospital Housekeeping Systems, LLC, No M2014-01723-SC-R23-CV (Sup. Ct. Tenn. August 21, 2015) involved a housekeeper employed by a hospital who had filed a claim for workers’ compensation after an on-the-job injury. A few months later, the hospital fired all the housekeepers to enter into a contract with Hospital Housekeeping Systems, LLC (the “Company”). Part of the deal was that all the fired housekeepers that had worked in the hospital would get an interview and an opportunity to continue work for the Company to keep their jobs. The housekeeper interviewed and disclosed that she had filed a workers’ comp claim. The Company…
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