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Surviving a motorcycle crash: Most common types of injuries

Many Knoxville motorcyclists are so eager to hit the roads on their bikes that they fail to consider the types of injuries they could sustain. Their vehicles do not afford them the same protections as passenger cars do. Even when riders practice safe driving habits, their risk of injury and death is significantly higher than other types of motorists when crashes occur. 

Many bikers do not wear helmets and riding gear because they do not like the way the items look or the gear may interfere with their ability to see, hear and ride comfortably. These factors and more can make it hard for bikers to walk away from motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles and increase the risk for severe and traumatic injuries. Bikers can minimize this risk by learning about the common injuries that can occur when they fall or collide with other motorists. 

How can I avoid slip-and-fall accidents?

One type of accident that you may encounter in Knoxville on any given day is a slip-and-fall. Slip, trip and fall accidents are so common that they affect people of all ages. They can occur in your home, at the store, at work or on someone’s property. All it takes is for you to stumble and trip over a misplaced item, broken sidewalk or piece of buckled carpet for you to end up with injuries ranging from minor scrapes and bruises to broken bones, fractures and even a concussion. 

Here are some steps you can take to minimize your risk of trips, falls and injuries.

Tips for staying safe on a motorcycle this spring

Spring is in full swing, and that means more pedestrians, cyclists, animals and construction workers are taking to the roadway. If you are doing the same on a motorcycle and getting in those first glorious rides of the season, be on high alert for potential hazards for the safety of yourself and everyone sharing the road. It is no secret that motorcyclists are often on the losing end of collisions due to the lack of protection between them and the pavement, so to minimize your chances of a motorcycle accident, consider taking the following seasonal precautions.

Be aware of environmental hazards

How can a DUI affect my future?

Many young adults in Knoxville are not aware of how drinking and driving can affect their lives. There is nothing wrong with having a few drinks with your friends if you are of legal age. But it is not okay for you to drink and drive. Take some time to learn how a DUI can affect your future so you know what is at stake when you get behind the wheel.

You gain a criminal and arrest record

Three Mistakes People Make After Their First Car Accident

Being in a car accident is always stressful and scary, especially if it is your first one. Many young drivers are unaware of the proper steps that must be taken. In fact, sometimes they do things completely wrong. If you are involved in a crash, you need to be prepared. Here are common mistakes made after a first motor vehicle collision and what to do instead.

How to handle a car accident when you are driving

No one likes having to think about car accidents, especially the prospect of being involved in an accident when you are driving. Still, it happens all the time; tens of thousands of times each year across the U.S. Unfortunately, chances are that most of us will be involved in some kind of car accident over the course of our driving lives, possibly resulting in injuries. It is best to have a good idea ahead of time how to take care of yourself and others at the scene, until qualified medical help arrives. 

Common dog bite injuries


Dog bite incidents are a common occurrence in Knoxville. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, annually, there are "4.5 million dog bite victims." The severity of these injuries often range from mild to severe and are life-changing. To better understand the impact of these attacks, you should learn about the different kinds of injuries that can occur when dogs attack.

Easy-to-understand examples of racial profiling


If a law enforcement officer finds an individual breaking a law, he or she may choose to arrest that person. These actions should always be based on the behavior of the individual rather than the color of her or his skin. At times when officers target based on personal characteristics, it may be a case of racial profiling. Officers are not allowed to use certain characteristics to stop or question a subject. These characteristics include national origin, religion, ethnicity and race.

Was your breathalyzer test compromised?


The breathalyzer has been the standard test for law enforcement to determine blood alcohol content for decades. It was invented in the 1950s, but researchers in the late 19th century believed that such a device was possible. However, the National Motorists Association says that the breathalyzer is neither scientific or fair. It has a margin of error of 50 percent.

A Dangerous Time Of Year


Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. It also marks the beginning of one of the most dangerous times of year for drivers and passengers in Tennessee and around the country. 

As attorneys who handle personal injury and criminal defense, we are all too familiar with the dangers this time of the year brings and hope that by bringing attention to it, we can do our part to make this year safer for everyone. 

Let's take a look at some of the events of this season that increase the risk. 

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