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Will the New DUI Law for Teens Reduce Drunk Driving Accidents in Nashville?

Controversial Tennessee Bill May Cost $60 Million in Highway Funding The Tennessee state legislature passed a controversial bill in August 2016. Previously, there had been a zero tolerance BAC limit of .02 for young adults aged 18-20, but the legislature raised the BAC to .08. Additionally, the law increased the penalties for underage drunk driving to be the same as for adults. There are two main problems with the bill, however. First, it is unclear whether greater penalties for underage drunk driving will actually reduce the number of crashes and fatal car accidents. The second problem is that the new bill violates federal zero tolerance laws, which may result in $60 million of federal highway funding being withheld from our state. Does Increasing the BAC for Underage Drivers Reduce Drunk Driving Accidents in Nashville? It seems counterintuitive, but the legislature has actually increased the legal BAC limit for drivers 18-20…
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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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After Serious Accidents, Tennessee Residents Heal Through Faith

Nashville Car Accident Attorney Offers Solutions for Recovering Serious accidents and catastrophic injuries throw our lives into chaos. We assume that major car and truck crashes are things that happen to other people, not us, nor our husbands, wives or children. Coming to terms with a new reality – our loved ones are gone; a brain injury is changing how my spouse behaves; I am having trouble paying my bills while trying to heal physically – is a stressful, frustrating process. Each person’s recovery is different, but one fact remains constant: we cannot do it alone. Solutions in Faith After Damaging Accidents ChristianNews.net recently ran a story about a Dresden, Tennessee teenager who was in a serious car accident. The high school student, who was about to begin his senior year, crashed his car into a tree. He sustained multiple injuries, including broken ribs, severed nerves, dislocations and a traumatic brain…
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What Are My Vehicle’s Safety Features?

Many vehicles created in the last decade are packed with helpful features that may reduce the chances of a car accident. For example, your car may have parking assistance or lane departure warning systems. Like all tools, vehicle safety features are only useful if you know how they work. That is why it is important for car owners to know how to use these features. You have several options to learn about the safety features in your vehicle. Before any options mentioned in this article, you should grab a copy of your vehicle owner’s manual. The owner’s manual should have a listing of your vehicle’s safety features. You may also find this information by contacting the dealership that sold you the vehicle. Write down a list of these safety features. It will make it easier to use the following websites. Option 1: Use NHTSA.gov The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…
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