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2 injured, 1 killed in Cosby collision

A common misconception that many in Shelby may have about civil action is that its primary purpose is to be punitive. While there may be certain cases where a plaintiff is looking to simply hold a defendant responsible for his or her actions, many lawsuits may be filed in an attempt to simply recover the compensation necessary to cover the expenses associated with the events in question. People might think that insurance coverage will always be enough to cover any costs associated with an incident, yet depending upon the nature of said incident, victims may be left dealing with financial losses that go far beyond what an insurer is willing to pay. In such a case, they may be left with little choice but to seek compensation for those responsible. 

How can I avoid distracted driving?

As a Tennessee driver you know that safety is crucial when behind the wheel. However, keeping distractions at bay while driving can be difficult, especially with smartphones and GPS in every vehicle. Geico offers the following advice in this case, which will help you preserve the safety of yourself as well as other drivers.

What Is Defensive Driving?

Defensive driving is defined as being hyper-aware of the many threats and dangers that exist on Tennessee roads. It entails a number of safe driving behaviors that can greatly reduce your risk of being involved in a serious accident. But what does it actually mean to be a defensive driver? Business Insider offers the following tips to help you hone your ability and preserve the safety of yourself as well as your passengers.

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. 

Whiplash most common injury in car crashes

Every 17 seconds, a back-end vehicle crash occurs in the U.S., and Tennessee has its share of them. According to Consumer Reports, neck strain and sprains, or whiplash, are the injuries motorists most often report. Whiplash occurs when your head is snapped backward, hyperextending the neck and causing damage to nerves and ligaments. Often, the pain and stiffness that occurs in whiplash lingers for several days and can occur during crashes in which cars are traveling as slow as 10 mph.

Reviewing the results of drowsy driving

Many in Shelby may plan ahead to keep themselves from driving while intoxicated. With the added awareness dedicated to the dangers associated with texting and driving, several more are now putting their phones away while behind the wheel. Yet there is another dangerous driving practice that many to continue to engage in that presents an equal amount of risk: drowsy driving.

What are my options for recovering damages following an accident?

If you are injured in an accident in Tennessee, the last thing you want to think about is dealing with the insurance company, yours or anyone else’s. However, it is crucial to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible with any and all insurance carriers who may have a stake in the accident, so you can assess your options for recovering damages. 

Drunk driving potentially involved in fatal crash

Many people in Tennessee have a heightened awareness about the dangers of drunk driving during the New Year's holiday time. This risk, however, is also prevalent during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday time as people commonly attend family gatherings, business parties and other social functions where alcohol is served as part of the holiday merriment. They then get in their cars or other vehicles and attempt to drive home safely.

Distraction and speed involved in fatal school bus wreck

When many people in Tennessee think about how to be safe when on the roads, they logically think about the actions and choices made by the people who are behind the wheels of vehicles. This includes not only the people driving everyday passenger cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles but also those people who operate semi trucks, delivery trucks and school buses. Every person with control of a vehicle has some form of obligation to drive responsibly to keep those in their vehicles as well as in others safe.

Crash fatality statistics in Tennessee

There are many reasons that lead a person to live in a particular state or city. No matter how long you have lived in Tennessee for, you can no doubt easily list off your reasons for living here. The quality of life and warmth of the people often is part of such a list for many. However, even with those things being true, there still exists the reality that some people continue to behave in ways that put others in harm's way for no good reason.

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