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Almost 30% of semitruck crashes result from air brake failure

Commercial truck crashes result from many different circumstances, but some causes are far more common than others. Research shows that air brake failure is one of the most frequent causes of today’s semitruck crashes, accounting for almost 30% of them. According to Transport Topics, the vast majority of today’s commercial trucks now have air brake systems, which need a constant stream of air to stay open and functioning. However, a study of almost 1,000 commercial truck crashes revealed that failure [...]

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Types of ailments that may qualify you for SSD benefits

A major health situation confronts your family, and it does not come as a surprise. You need a new heart. Now, you begin the wait. That first wait is just to get on the waiting list for a heart from a donor who has met an unfortunate end. Someone’s misfortune will lead to you getting a second lease on life. However, your health circumstances could potentially lead to a domino effect toppling many aspects of your life. Your family and [...]

Are remote workers eligible for workers’ compensation?

Remote technology allows millions of Americans to work from the comfort of their own homes. However, this does not mean that remote workers are safe from physical injuries. Slip-and-falls, soft tissue injuries and other accidents can still leave you with costly damages. If you have suffered an injury while working remotely, you are probably wondering whether you can apply for workers’ compensation benefits. The law regarding workers’ comp for at-home employees is very complex, and it varies widely depending on [...]

What is inattention blindness?

These days more people drive vehicles that have the capability of hands-free technology. The driver talks to the car, and it connects to the contact. Most states ban texting, while fewer prohibit the use of all cellphones and other hand-held devices. Tennessee is one state that has a hand-held ban. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2018, distracted driving claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people. With so many bans on texting and hand-held devices, does hands-free [...]

What are the rights and responsibilities of Tennessee cyclists?

Over the past few years, private researchers and government agencies disclosed some disturbing news about cyclists. People who rode bicycles continued to see high rates of injuries and fatalities. If you ride your bike on a regular basis, you have probably been a victim of this as well. Even worse, accidents and fatalities seemed almost always to trend upwards. This is especially true in warmer states, such as Tennessee. Drivers often claim they do not see cyclists. Cyclists say drivers [...]

How you can safely share the road with 18-wheelers

Wherever you are, you have more than likely been on the same strip of blacktop as an 18-wheeler, whether on the daily commute to work or the much-needed road trip, a five-lane highway or a two-lane backcountry road. These huge, sometimes mammoth, vehicles are the monsters of the road. It is best to have a heightened awareness when they are around. Even a healthy dose of respect does not keep a tired driver from swerving into your lane and crashing [...]

Knowing your rights as a pedestrian in Tennessee

Even when walking a short distance, it is important for all pedestrians to be aware in order to stay as safe as possible. This awareness extends beyond being conscious of one’s personal surroundings, as pedestrians should also be conscientious of their rights and the laws they must follow on roadways. Being knowledgeable and careful can help to reduce the likelihood of pedestrian-related car crashes. When pedestrians have the right of way One thing that people will sometimes say is that cars [...]

Factors that put you at risk of dying in a car crash

The United States has the highest car crash rate of all countries in the world. Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2015 show that 35,092 individuals lost their lives in car crashes that year. When you look at data regarding these accidents, trends start to emerge as to when and why these fatal crashes occur. Alcohol is the No. 1 reason that fatal car crashes occur. At least 22,015 of the 35,092 fatal crashes that [...]

Roundup loses major battle over cancer claim

A federal jury in San Francisco awarded a California man who claimed that his non-Hodgkin lymphoma had been caused by the weedkiller Roundup $80 million earlier this week. Currently, 11,000 cases are still waiting to be heard on both the state and federal levels. In each of those matters, the plaintiff accuses Roundup of having caused their cancer. One school groundskeeper in California won a $289 million settlement last year for the same reason. Consumers first became aware of the dangers [...]

Does random drug testing really prevent workplace injuries?

Nowadays, employers will often tell their prospective employees that their job offer is dependent upon them successfully passing a pre-employment drug test. The main reason that employers have their workers take these is to reduce the chances of an employee having an accident once they start working there. Employers will often have employees take drug tests after an incident happens as well. Employers have a good reason for asking employees to submit to drug tests. Data published by the National [...]