February 2019 Archives

Newport collision leaves six injured, one dead

If asked who is at fault in a car accident, most in Shelby would likely say the driver whose careless and reckless actions were deemed to have contributed to it. In most cases, that would be correct. Yet could there also be situations where others who might have not even been driving a vehicle also be held liable? What if the passengers in a vehicle were being complicit to a driver's dangerous behavior (or even worse, encouraging it)? One might argue that such actions were contributory, thus expanding liability for an accident. 

Truck accidents and driver fatigue

Residents in Tennessee should be able to trust that commercial truck drivers take safety seriously when on the roads. One important element to being safe is to avoid driving when fatigued. This is part of why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted its Hours of Service rule a few years ago. This rule provides caps on the number of hours in a day and in a week that a trucker can work and drive to avoid operators driving when tired.

Memphis Tourists: Drive Carefully

Historically, Memphis has been a very popular tourist destination. And in recent years, our town has regained much of its previous popularity, ranking as the number one place to visit in the United States by tripsavvy.com.

The reason behind daytime headlight laws

Should one ask a motorcyclist why their bike is equipped with a headlight, the answer would almost undoubtedly be due to the illumination that it offers when riding at night. Yet surprisingly, many states have begun to pass laws requiring that motorcyclists keep their headlights illuminated during the day. Indeed, in Section 55-8-164(b) of Tennessee's Code and Constitution, it states that motorcyclists must keep their headlight turned at all times. One might question the logic behind this law, as motorcyclists in Shelby typically have no trouble seeing where they are going during the day. Yet in the context of this law, the main emphasis is not on helping them to see, but rather helping them be seen. 

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