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Can Nashville’s Traffic Problems Be Fixed?

As exciting as it is to see the Music City’s population growing year after year, it has unfortunately made Nashville’s traffic problems more apparent than ever. The city’s infrastructure was simply never designed with this kind of population in mind. As a result, Nashville’s roads and bridges were not built to handle the amount of motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic that funnels through our town on a daily basis. This has led to increased traffic congestion and more opportunities for car accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents. How Serious Are Nashville’s Traffic Problems? According to the car accident statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Safety in 2015, from 2008 to 2014: There were more traffic accidents in Davidson County than any other county in Tennessee Davidson County ranked in the top 10 in the state for motorcycle crash rate No county had more injury crashes and speeding-related accidents…
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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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Will the New Federal Trucking Regulations Prevent Truck Accidents?

A Nashville Injury Attorney Explains the Pros and Cons Thousands of people suffer injuries and death every year due to terrible and avoidable truck accidents. In light of this, new truck driver regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) went into effect at the beginning of July. These regulations aim to reduce fatal truck accidents on American roads. What Are the New Trucking Regulations? The truck driver regulations outline new requirements for the working conditions of semi-truck drivers. These updated guidelines include: A maximum average workweek of 70 hours 34 consecutive hours of rest after completion of the workweek At least one 30-minute break must be taken during the first eight hours of work. The new regulations also reaffirm the 14-hour work day, which allows for a maximum of 11 driving hours. Will the New Laws Achieve Results? The FMSCA estimates that the new rules will save 19…
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Will New Legislation Bring Self-Driving Cars to Tennessee?

Self-driving cars have been rolling out for testing in states all over the United States. So far, the main hubs for this testing has been on the west coast, but Tennessee may soon list itself as one of the states that are changing the way you catch a ride in this country. However, new legislation could make this essential testing difficult for tech companies. Is that a good thing or a bad thing for drivers in Tennessee? Why Haven’t Self Driving Cars Come to Tennessee Yet? The invention of the autonomous vehicle has sparked the imaginations of people all across this country. These machines have the potential to decrease traffic, to offer transportation on demand, and to prevent accidents, but there’s still a lot of testing to be done. That’s why tech companies and auto manufacturers have been rolling out test models of these vehicles all over the country. However,…
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