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Could Self-Driving Vehicles End Car Accidents?

Nashville Personal Injury Attorney Discusses How Technology Can Make Our Roads Safer For better or worse, it seems like every day we wake up to discover there has been some new technological advancement designed to make our lives easier. Many of these advancements, such as computers, cell phones and the internet, change our world for the better in several ways, like helping us stay in touch with one another no matter how far apart we are and making it simpler to share knowledge and news worldwide. However, technology, whether born of good intentions or not, is equally capable of causing us problems we never saw coming, such as texting and driving, computer viruses and online predators. Could Self-Driving Cars Help Lower Accident Rates? With the above in mind, Reuters recently reported on a McKinsey & Company study that projects self-driving cars could drastically decrease the number of auto accidents that…
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Are Electric Cars Dangerous?

Our Nashville Injury Attorney Examines the Issue With more than 435,000 battery powered electric and electric hybrids sold in the United States in one year alone, electric cars are rapidly becoming a popular alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles. However, with more of these cars on the roads, many people are becoming aware of their potential safety hazards. Are these dangers real, and should they affect your decision to purchase an electric vehicle? Are the Batteries in Electric and Hybrid Cars Dangerous? One common concern is how the battery packs and high voltage motors affect those in an electric or hybrid vehicle. According to one story, one driver in a Tesla Model S accidentally ran over a fender or other piece of curved metal that had fallen off a truck. The metal went through the thick undercarriage and somehow punctured the battery. In about half an hour, the vehicle was engulfed in…
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Does My Car Have Any Recall Notices?

Did you know that more than 53 million vehicles have recall notices in the U.S. during 2016? In fact, more vehicles and auto parts were recalled last year than at any other point in American history. Many of these vehicles were recalled for using defective Takata airbags. These airbags are linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. and almost 200 injuries. Due to a defect with the inflators, Takata airbags explode with excessive force during minor car crashes, sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Although Takata airbags are responsible for much of the recent media attention on recalls, many other vehicles may have been recalled for other defects. If your vehicle is under recall, then it is extremely important to receive repairs as soon as possible. In some cases, defective auto parts may cause catastrophic injuries or death. Many people will have no problem checking if their vehicles have been…
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Is it Legal to Cross a Double Yellow Line on the Road in Tennessee?

Recent Car Accident Court Case Reviews the Law Can a car cross a double yellow line in Tennessee legally? This was one question that was addressed by the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Nashville in Higgs v. Green, No. M2016-01369-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. May 11, 2017). In this case, Plaintiff sued Defendant after a car wreck where Plaintiff’s front end of her car collided with the rear side of Defendant’s vehicle as he crossed a double yellow line of traffic to turn into a gas station. The police officer who arrived at the scene did not give him a ticket for crossing the double yellow line. The court did not allow Plaintiff to present evidence to the jury of crossing the double yellow line, as Plaintiff did not plead this in the complaint, and the police officer did not put this allegation into the police report. The jury ruled that…
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