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Authorities seeking to reduce distracted driving in Tennessee

When you are driving, you will almost certainly see a person who is operating a vehicle while distracted. A startlingly high number of drivers engage in risky and distracting behaviors while behind the wheel, and it places every other person on the road at risk. Distraction of all kinds greatly increases the chance of an accident and makes it more likely a crash will happen.

Tennessee authorities are working hard to combat the problem of distracted driving. Law enforcement officers are pulling more drivers over when they notice signs of distracted driving, and in some cases, drivers are facing fines as a result. State troopers hope that by pulling more drivers over and writing more tickets for distracted driving, it will cause people to think twice before getting their phones out while behind the wheel.

How can you prove that you are eligible for disability benefits?

If you are unable to work because of a physical or mental condition, you may experience financial hardship that will make it difficult for both you and your Tennessee family. When a disabling condition robs you of your ability to hold gainful employment, it may be beneficial for you to learn how you can proceed with a disability claim. 

It is not easy to get disability benefits through one of the two federal programs. The Social Security Administration holds a strict definition of disability, and you will need to include certain validating evidence in your claim in order to prove you are truly eligible. Before you begin, it is worthwhile to know how to validate your claim and avoid missteps with the application process.

How on-site safety inspections get started

When a workplace hazard is reported, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administrators may choose to investigate the matter on-site or from their own offices.

What prompts the on-site inspection? One of eight different criteria must be met before an OSHA representative will consider making an in-person visit.

What support can reduce my Social Security Disability payments?

Whether you call it a side gig or a second or seasonal job, most Americans have more than one source of income nowadays. What many don't realize, though, is how even the smallest amount of money that they generate from a job or government funds that they receive may adversely impact their ability to continue receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

While private insurance, retirement and disability benefits generally do not affect your ability to receive SSD benefits, any monies that you receive from public sources such as disability or workers' compensation funds may.

A 25-year-old Knoxville man is struck, killed during rush hour

A 25-year-old Knoxville man was struck and killed by a motorist while riding his motorbike during rush hour on Oct. 19. The incident occurred at the intersection of Sullivan Road and Western Avenue just before 8:39 a.m.

The Knoxville Police Department accident report shows that the driver of a Kia Forte was attempting to make a left turn onto Western Avenue in front of the motorcyclist in the moments before the crash occurred. As she attempted to do so, she collided with the motorcyclist who was approaching with the oncoming traffic.

Selfie deaths are becoming a real concern in this high-tech era

If you drive, then you've likely heard about how distracted driving, which includes talking on the phone, texting, eating, reading or even talking with a passenger in your car, can kill. All of these can take your mind off the road. They may take your eyes and ears off of it too. Even pedestrians walking down the street can be distracted by these. It may cause them to get hurt or killed.

There's another danger lurking out there, though, that gets too little attention but poses a serious threat to your safety and that's "selfies".

When is a third-party claim appropriate after a work accident?

A work accident can not only leave you with significant and painful injuries that keep you from working but they can also leave you with medical bills and other financial losses. The aftermath of a workplace accident can be expensive, and you need to know how you can recover your losses. Many injured Tennessee workers have the right to pursue benefits and financial support through a workers' compensation claim. 

A workers' compensation claim may be the most appropriate option for you, but it is not necessarily the only option you have. In specific circumstances, an injured worker has grounds to seek compensation through a third-party claim. Before you accept a settlement or make assumptions about your options, it may be helpful to explore all of the avenues of compensation that may be available.

A trucker strikes a family's car on I-40, leaving them injured

A 28-year-old South Dakota truck driver was cited on Oct. 3 for causing a crash along Interstate 40 that ended up sending a family of four to a Knoxville hospital. The crash occurred right before 3:30 p.m., along the intersection of 17th Street and I-40, an area located just east of Alcoa Highway.

Police officers decided to charge the trucker with making an improper lane change after he reportedly admitted to police that he'd collided into the rear portion of a Ford pickup after merging into the lane opposite the shoulder. The trucker apparently didn't see the pickup before attempting to merge into her lane. That driver wasn't injured in the crash.

Knoxville Police steps up its enforcement of 'Minimum 3'

On Sept. 20, a spokesperson with the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) announced their intentions to step up their enforcement of the "Minimum 3 in Tennessee" law.

Although the law has been in effect in the state for more than 10 years, police have been less than diligent in enforcing it. They recently acquired C3FT ultrasonic devices though. This makes it much easier for officers to identify those who violate this law.

30 TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Power Plant workers have died so far

An East Tennessee federal judge has given several hundred workers a green light to move ahead with their lawsuit against the owners of Roane County's TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Power Plant. To date, at least 30 workers have died and 200 are nearing death from illnesses they contracted after cleaning up the site starting in Dec. 2008.

The workers that were hired to clean up the coal ash site only found out after they became ill that the California government contractor who owned the site purposely withheld information including test results from them. They showed that the levels of the toxins radium and arsenic were particularly high at this five cubic yard site.

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