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Driving on Thanksgiving can be deadly.

Thanksgiving and the entire holiday season can be a wonderful time for most people. With family, feasting and gift-giving, the holidays are often the best time of the year.

However, the holidays can be extremely dangerous for driving. Among all the holidays, Thanksgiving is the most deadly, according to Forbes magazine. More than any other single day, Thanksgiving results in more fatalities.

Do you think a slip-and-fall case is no big deal? Think again.

Many people think of personal injury cases in general, and slip-and-fall claims in particular, as no big deal. We rarely think that slip-and-fall cases involve serious injuries and many people look down on these claims as a desperate attempt for a payout.

However, slip and fall cases can be extremely serious, they can involve significant injuries, injured parties can stand to receive substantial compensation awards, and successful cases of this kind can make the marketplace safer for the entire community.

The Dangers of Driving in the Rain: Pt. 2 of 2

Most people underestimate the dangers of driving in the rain. It doesn't seem nearly as dangerous or potentially deadly as driving in snow or ice. However, driving in the rain or when the roads are wet can be just as dangerous - arguably more dangerous - than driving in other weather conditions.

In our previous blog post, we looked at some of the dangers of driving in wet weather, which is especially important as we enter into autumn and the extra rainfall we are sure to see. In this blog post, we will look at some precautions you can take to minimize the dangers, some driving tips for avoiding accidents, and some suggestions as to what to do if you are in an accident caused by wet weather.

The Dangers of Driving in the Rain: Pt. 1 of 2

As we're coming into fall here in Tennessee, there is no doubt that the rains will coming and most of us will have to drive in wet weather. Although most people don't think of rain and wetness on the roads as a big deal, the reality is that wet roads increase the danger of driving and likelihood of accidents significantly.

To help you avoid serious auto accidents as a results of wet weather, this is the first of a two-part series on safe driving in wet weather. In this first part, we will look at the dangers of driving in wet weather. Then, in the second part of this series, we will look at some precautions you can take before driving in wet weather, some techniques for driving in wet weather more safely and what you should do if you are in an accident.

That offer from the insurance agent you can’t refuse? Refuse it.

If you’ve been injured from a car or truck accident, you are certain to receive a visit from the insurance agent. The insurance company sends the agent to visit you or call you in the hospital. The agent will seem like a friend, deeply concerned about your well-being and ready to make sure you get the compensation you need from your injuries.

If the Offer Seems Too Good to be True, It Is

When trucks can't stop

If you remember the exam you had to take before getting your drivers' license, there is minimum safe distance when traveling behind another vehicle. In Tennessee, the average stopping distance when traveling 50 miles per hour would be 200 feet. Of course, this distance increases as driving speed increases.

But these numbers are based on the average consumer automobile. What about 18-wheelers? They are far larger and heavier than common cars and trucks. This means it takes trucks a much greater distance to come to a complete stop compared to other vehicles, creating much greater risk for rear end accidents.

What standards must school bus drivers meet?

We put our kids on buses every morning assuming they will be coming back in the afternoon. But a recent CBS News analysis suggests an astonishing indifference to who is driving those buses.

Every day, scores of school buses get into accidents – about 60 per day. That adds up to 22,000 bus crashes a year, and thousands of injured kids.

Cell phones are only one type of distraction in driving

Since cell phones have become such a prevalent part of our culture, we don’t usually think of any other significant risk for distracted driving. We blame it all on the smart phone.

However, while smart phones remain at the top of the list, there are numerous potential distractions while driving. It is important to understand the various distractions so you can stay safe and avoid serious accidents.

The center line on the highway is not enough to protect drivers

When driving along our highways, we often assume that everyone will respect the center line. We don’t usually worry that someone will driver over the center line, so we don’t drive defensively in this regard or watch out for this potentiality.

However, people drive over the line more than most of us realize. Whether due to intoxication, exhaustion, poor vision or many other reasons, people drive over the center line on highways with some frequency, and when they do, the results are usually disastrous.

Accident victims must be ready to fight for their compensation

In the aftermath of a serious accident, victims cannot sit back and wait for the other drivers' insurance companies to provide them with adequate compensation, and they cannot simply trust the authorities to make sure justice is realized.

In a recent example, the Chicago Tribune reports that an elderly woman was struck by a semi-truck recently when she stopped to help a turtle get across safely.

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