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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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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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Can Certain Health Conditions Cause Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents are much more likely to result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death than other types of accidents involving smaller passenger vehicles. For this reason, the Department of Transportation and its agency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), have guidelines that regulate the trucking industry. For example, commercial drivers must pass DOT medical examinations every two years before they are cleared to drive. This medical exam is supposed to catch health conditions that could disqualify individuals from obtaining or renewing a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Certain health conditions may cause symptoms that increase the risk of causing a truck accident. For example, if a commercial driver suffers from a condition that causes drowsiness or poor vision, they are more likely to crash. These are only two examples. Unfortunately, existing regulations may not be able to address some of the most common and potentially hazardous health conditions within the…
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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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