May 2018 Archives

How Can I Safely Share the Road With Bicyclists?

As a Memphis motorist, you no doubt want to preserve safety for both yourself as well others. This is especially important when sharing the road with bicyclists. What might be a minor accident for passenger vehicles could be deadly to bicyclists, which is why Edmunds.com recommend the following advice to ensure everyone remains safe and sound on the road.

Fiery wreck halts motorcycle convoy in Fall Branch

One of the primary dangers that motorcyclists in Shelby face is not being seen by others on the road. In most motorcycle accidents there is never any malicious intent involved, but rather a simple failure to do one's due diligence in ensuring that no one is traveling in the lane that they want to turn or merge into. It is easy for entire cars to disappear into another vehicle's blind spot; imagine, then, how much more difficult it may be for one to not see a motorcycle driving in the same area. Should one proceed to make a maneuver on the road with a motorcycle traveling in said blind spot, it may be easy to assume who would get the worst of were the two vehicles to collide. 

Truck Drivers Working Too Many Hours

We all see trucks on the roads and highways throughout Tennessee. In most cases, we assume the drivers are professionals who are well trained and careful not to put others’ lives at risk. And in most cases, we’re right to make those assumptions.

Reviewing Tennessee's helmet law

There may be many motorcyclists in Shelby who would rather ride their bikes around unencumbered by a helmet. Riding a motorcycle offers a unique feeling of freedom, so it may be understandable why some would view the helmet as hindering that freedom. Yet according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Tennessee ranks among the 19 states that require all riders to wear helmets. Taking the legal aspect of the argument out of the conversation, however, one can still at least two major reasons why one would want to wear a helmet while traveling on his or her bike: safety and liability. 

What is negligent entrustment?

Car accidents are certainly not an uncommon occurrence in Shelby. Yet they also are not a risk that you and other motorists should simply be expected to accept. If you have been involved in a car accident, you have every right to want to know the circumstances that contributed to it. Oftentimes it may be revealed that the driver that hit you likely shouldn't have been behind the wheel (e.g., he or she had been proven to be a careless driver or was driving with a suspended license). When this happens, your frustration may be equally split between the driver and whomever allowed him or her to drive. 

What is bad faith?

You pay your premiums to your insurance provider in Shelby every month with the expectation that should the time come the you need coverage, it would be automatic. This assumption seems to fly in the face of the age-old adage that insurers do not stay in business by paying on claims. Yours may indeed look for reasons to deny you coverage. While denials are permissible, they cannot be based off bad faith. 

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