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There’s a lot you need to know about drowsy driving

Even if you understand the dangers of drowsy driving, it doesn't necessarily mean that every other driver on the road is taking this level of caution. There are many people, such as truckers, who get behind the wheel when they're too tired to drive. This can often be due to the time constraints of getting cargo to destinations on time and to increase a trucker's take home pay.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one out of every 25 adult drivers reports having fallen asleep while driving in the last 30 days.

Does your doctor refuse to listen to you?

When doctors make mistakes, people often talk about how "doctors are people, too" and how they can't always avoid these errors. And, to some degree, that is true. People make mistakes in every profession. Construction workers, firefighters, office workers, bartenders: They all make mistakes.

But the stakes are very high for doctors. They hold their patients' health in their hands. Those patients have a right to hold them to a high standard.

Drugged driving can lead to serious injury or death

Causes of car wrecks vary greatly, and many accidents are preventable. One such cause is drugged driving. When a driver chooses to get behind the wheel after taking something that impairs their abilities, they are willingly putting themselves and others in danger.

Some individuals think that drugged driving is only associated with illegal drugs. This isn't the case since there are many prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs that have effects that can alter a person's ability to drive safely.

Who is responsible in a premises liability claim?

Imagine suffering an injury on someone else's property. Perhaps you had a fall due to a wet floor or tripped on ripped carpet. A bad fall can easily result in thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages and various other damages. After such an incident, you may be wondering who is responsible? Should you take full responsibility for suffering an injury when a property owner did not reasonably maintain the premises?

Like with most legal questions, the answer to the one above is variable. The specific circumstances surrounding personal injury cases usually have a heavy bearing on who is at fault. Here is some basic information about premises liability claims and responsibility.

Drug manufacturers must warn consumers of risks

As a consumer who uses medications and medical devices, you expect that the pharmaceutical companies, your medical providers and pharmacists will make sure that everything is right for you. You need to know that what you put into your body is safe, and if it has potential side effects, then you want to know those as well.

Pharmaceutical drug companies often become the center of liability cases resulting from injuries caused to patients. Manufacturers have a responsibility to test drugs and medications before allowing them on the market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides the testing criteria these companies are meant to use. On top of this, the companies must warn you about any and all potential side effects from medications. These companies should explain the risks, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not to use a particular medication.

How do I know who is responsible after a truck accident?

In the aftermath of a truck accident, it is often difficult to know who is responsible or where to start filing an injury claim. To make matters worse, the damages are often severe, and may incur astronomical medical costs and property damage, and may even cost a victim weeks or months of income because of his or her loss of ability to work.

Facing physical recovery and the ongoing costs of living can easily overwhelm a victim, so it is important to determine whether any other party may hold responsibility for the accident as soon as possible. If you recently experienced truck accident, it is wise to begin researching and building your claim to address your needs.

What are the top causes of commercial truck accidents?

As you drive through the state of Tennessee, especially on the highways, there is no escaping a large number of commercial trucks. These vehicles are everywhere.

While there are things you can do to remain safe, such as keeping your distance from these trucks when possible, you can only do so much.

Do you really understand the risks of distracted driving?

The scary thing about distracted driving is that, much like drunk driving, the people who engage in the behavior are unlikely to admit that it impairs their driving. Distracted driving is a crime in Tennessee, but, more importantly, this behavior puts everyone else on the road at risk.

How much of a threat is distracted driving? According to the Centers for Disease Control's motor vehicle safety statistics, it's a serious one. Every day, nine people across the United States die in collisions caused by distracted drivers. There are also more than 1,000 people who sustain serious injuries in distraction-related crashes every day.

Commercial truck drivers and motorists can take precautions

You're familiar with the streets of Knoxville. You drive them almost every day. You have seen semi trucks on the road with you. It can be frustrating and nerve wracking to drive along side an 18-wheeler. Commercial truck drivers require special training and licensing. They are often considered experienced drivers.

Commercial truck drivers take these precautions when they hit the road: