November 2018 Archives

Staying safe in the parking lot during the holidays

'Tis the season for crowded parking lots and hurried pedestrians. If you have been to the shopping centers in Memphis lately, you may have experienced the chaos yourself. Over the course of a year, over 50,000 crashes happen in parking lots and garages nationwide. These crashes caused over 60,000 injuries and 500 deaths. Parking lots are the most dangerous at this time of year, with the extra traffic on wheels and on foot. What exactly makes them so dangerous and how can you stay safe while doing your holiday shopping? 

What should you teach your children about bicycle safety?

When your children express their excitement and enthusiasm to ride their bicycle to school or around your neighborhood in Tennessee, it is a prime opportunity to give them some pointers on how to stay safe especially around cars. When you teach them about bicycle safety and positively encourage responsible behavior, you and your children will be more confident in their ability to make wise decisions that will serve to protect them. 

Latest collision at Germantown railroad crossing kills couple

When cars take on trains, it may be easy to deduce who wins. Recent years have seen increased efforts to educate motorists in Shelby (and throughout the rest of the U.S.) on the importance of exercising caution and sound judgment around railroad crossings. The question of liability in cases where trains collide with cars may seem like a moot point. A train cannot, after all, deviate from its tracks, so short of operator negligence, blame for such accidents may almost always fall on the part of the motorists involved. Yet what about cases where warning systems meant to alert drivers of approaching trains fail? 

What should I do after a car crash?

Unfortunately, auto accidents happen all too often in Tennessee. If you become involved in one, you need to take some immediate steps to prevent an already bad situation from becoming even worse. The decisions you make right after your accident could affect you for months or years to come.

Do others have a duty to render aid?

The immediate aftermath of a car accident in Shelby can be quite traumatic. You may suffer an initial shock over what has happened, which ultimately may turn to panic if you and/or others in your vehicle sustain injuries. Your fears that the longer it takes for you to be treated, the greater the danger you may face are well-founded. Fortunately, you are often not alone in such accidents; the other motorists involved may be available to assist you. While there's no question that you hope that they feel compelled to, the question becomes whether they are legally obligated to. 

Recovering from a garbage truck collision

Motor vehicle accidents take numerous forms, and some involve relatively uncommon details. For example, someone may find themselves involved in a crash with a garbage truck, and the consequences can be devastating. Some people may think that these accidents are less serious, since garbage trucks often travel at slower speeds. However, garbage trucks may not only travel at a high rate of speed, but their sheer size and difficulty to manage can also result in a serious crash.

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