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A 12-year-old Knoxville boy is hit crossing the street to school

A 12-year-old Knoxville boy suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a motorist in front of his middle school on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The incident occurred just after 8:05 a.m., in front of Vine Middle Magnet School.

Witness statements taken by Knoxville Police Department reflect that the victim's 32-year-old mother came to a full stop in a turn lane in the middle of the road along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue immediately before the incident occurred. Witnesses reportedly watched as the young boy exited the passenger side door of his mother's car and ran in front of the vehicle in an attempt to cross the street to get to school.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem in Tennessee

Distracted driving continues to be one of the leading threats to Tennessee motorists. Distraction of any kind can greatly increase the chance of an accident, and it is now one of the leading causes of collisions both in the state and beyond. Many groups and government agencies are looking for ways to combat distracted driving and lower the number of distraction-related injuries and fatalities.

If you are a driver in Tennessee or you believe a distracted driver caused your accident, you have rights. One of the most effective ways to combat distracted driving is to hold drivers accountable for damages caused by this negligent behavior. Many believe that with growth and improvement in technology will come more types of distractions for drivers.

What's the difference among federal disability benefit programs?

If you're newly disabled, then understanding the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be completely foreign to you.

SSDI payments are funded from a disability trust fund and are intended to help individuals who are either blind or disabled cover some of their basic expenses. SSI payments are funded by a general tax fund and cover the same individuals that SSDI payments do plus the elderly and disabled children.

Let's talk ladder safety

If you are in a custody battle with your ex, you must do all that you ethically can to stack the deck in your favor. This means having respectful courtroom etiquette at all times.

For many individuals, this may be their first time in a courtroom in front of a judge. Understandably, they may be nervous and unsure of how to act.

A Grainger County meatpacking plant had 27 safety violations

A U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (USCIE) raid that netted 97 illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America four months ago has now turned into a Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) investigation. The owner of the Grainger County slaughterhouse now stands accused of hiring these undocumented immigrants and requiring them to work in a filthy workplace and under unsafe circumstances.

The slaughterhouse's owner has already agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors in which he will admit to hiring undocumented workers and failing to pay payroll taxes. He also faces fines of up to $40,000 levied by the TOSHA for forcing his employees to work in deplorable conditions.

4 common head and brain injuries that could affect you

Any type of injury could leave you facing considerable setbacks. In particular, you have likely heard for most of your life that you should do your best to protect your head. Whether that means wearing a helmet for certain activities or not participating in unnecessarily risky behaviors, these actions could help prevent a possibly permanent injury.

Of course, you cannot protect yourself from every situation that could result in your injury. If you do end up suffering a head injury, the severity could range from minor to severe, and depending on the manner in which the injury came about, you may have reason to seek compensation for damages.

Common signs that may indicate a drunk driver is on the road

For you, driving may be a task that you cannot avoid. Like most people, you may have to drive yourself to work, run errands or attend to any number of other duties throughout your day. As a result, you likely spend more time on the road than your realize. This also means that you may face more risks on a daily basis than you think.

One of the major hazards that you could come across while on the road is a drunk driver. Unfortunately, these individuals plague all roads, and you have likely come across one without even knowing it. Fortunately, you have avoided being involved in an accident with an impaired driver so far, but the risk is always out there.

Change the way you look at car accidents in Tennessee

Just about any significant issue has some myths surrounding it, and car accidents are no exception. Unfortunately, what we believe about these incidents may be very different from the reality of the situation. Those who have just experienced their first car accident and have never been involved in a legal situation are especially vulnerable to the many misconceptions that surround car accidents.

We hope to clear up some of the misinformation surrounding car accidents in Tennessee. Our attorneys believe that doing so helps victims develop a better understanding of the legal solutions available in the aftermath of a car accident. This is especially beneficial for victims that have suffered severe injuries in a vehicle crash caused by negligence.

How does Tennessee compare to other states for truck accidents?

Despite efforts by government agencies and lawmakers to reduce trucking accidents in the nation, they continue to occur, killing and injuring thousands of Americans. When you consider the vast number of large trucks registered to operate in the country, it is surprising that more people do not suffer in such an accident. The following data may illustrate this point.

  • The number of registered trucks (and buses) in the nation has steadily risen from 7,707,396 in 1996 to 12,474,722 in 2016.
  • In 1996, 163,000 people suffered injuries in large truck or bus crashes.
  • In 2016, 180,000 people suffered injuries in trucking accidents and bus crashes.

Even though the number of people injured in truck crashes rose by about 17,000 over a period of 20 years, the number of large registered vehicles rose by nearly half. Statistically speaking, it looks like government safety efforts are working to some degree. Nonetheless, this does not help those already victimized in trucking accidents who must seek legal assistance to help deal with the tragedy they have suffered.

3 injured, 1 seriously, in bizarre Tennessee jet ski accident

In an unfortunate example of how accidents can occur in just about any situation, three people were hurt after a rogue jet ski struck a Tennessee beach. The incident occurred at the Cheatham County dam on a Sunday afternoon when the jet ski operator reportedly fell off the vehicle and it kept traveling before striking several people on the beach and in the water.

A number of people phoned in a report of the accident, relaying information about the personal injury one of the victims suffered. The witness reports indicated that the young woman was bleeding badly. When first responders arrived, they discovered that the woman had suffered severe damage to her arm. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment and as of the last report was in stable condition. At least two other people suffered injury in the accident and were also taken to the hospital.

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