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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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. 

A startling rise in traffic fatalities

Bertha, a mother of four and grandmother of two, never saw it coming. As she drove home on US Highway 290 in Houston, from out of nowhere a Ford F-150 came crashing down on her SUV. The driver had slammed into an impact barrier with such force, the truck went airborne. He and his passenger walked away with minor injuries. Bertha didn't. Four days later, her family attended her funeral.

But Bertha is just one more statistic in an alarming trend.

3 ways social media can put your personal injury claim at risk

People share just about every detail of their lives on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, from birth announcements and restaurant reviews to pictures of a new haircut and news of a promotion.

However easy it may be to share this information with followers, friends and fans, the fact is that it is not always wise. For instance, if you have filed a personal injury claim after a serious car accident, social media may not be the best place for you to be.

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