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Tennessee Traffic Deaths Reach 13-Year High: What You Need to Know

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Our Chattanooga Car Accident Lawyers Break Down Recent Surge of Fatal Collisions The Chattanooga Times Free Press recently reported that Tennessee traffic-related fatalities in 2019 reached their highest rate since 2007. This news may come as a shock to some, as Tennessee passed its hands-free law in 2019. Shouldn’t the numbers be going in the opposite direction? With traffic-related fatalities at their highest in 13 years, our Chattanooga car accident lawyers strongly believe drivers in our community need to be aware of these alarming numbers and what we can do to reduce them. Breaking Down the Numbers By Dec. 30, 2019, 1,129 people had died in traffic-related collisions that year. This was the highest number of fatalities we’ve seen since 2007 when 1,211 people lost their lives on the roads. What’s most concerning is that Hamilton County had the worst numbers in the 12-county Southeast Tennessee region. There were 57 …

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McMahan Law Firm’s Pay It Forward Segment Recognizes Local Homebound Teacher

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To ‘pay it forward’ means to respond to a person’s kindness by being kind to someone else. At McMahan Law Firm, we strongly believe that kindness goes a long way and can make a big difference in other people’s lives. That’s why we are always looking for ways to pay it forward. Recently on our weekly Pay It Forward segment on News Channel 9, homebound teacher, Victoria Pritchard, was featured. Ms. Pritchard was nominated to receive $500 as part of our Pay it Forward program because of her inspiring work with one of her students, Tripp Hathcock. Tripp, otherwise known as the Tennessee Vol’s biggest fan, has spina bifida and is non-verbal. As Tripp faces more challenges than other students, he needed the perfect teacher to help him with his schooling. He found that in Ms. Pritchard. After years of hard work, dedication, and a fair amount of Ms. Pritchard’s …

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What To Know About Tennessee’s New Hands Free Law

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Our Car Accident Lawyer’s Guide to the Tennessee Hands-Free Law On July 1, Tennessee became the 19th state to implement a new law stating that no driver would be able to hold his/her phone while driving. Once the law took effect, the Tennessee Highway Patrol handed out 424 citations in the month of July alone, according to The Tennessean, This number is likely to increase as locals adjust to the law and police officers continue to ramp up enforcement. The law was passed to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents and fatalities in Tennessee. Tennessee drivers must invest in mounts or other hands-free devices if they want to use their phones while driving from now on. If a driver neglects this new law, he/she may receive a fine. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver neglecting the new law, it’s in your best …

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Chattanooga Vehicle Accident Report: April 2019

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McMahan Law Firm values the residents of our community that make Chattanooga a place we are honored to call home. Although your home is intended to be a safe place, accidents can happen. In hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of driving in our city, we have compiled a vehicle accident report that highlights some of the most recent automobile accidents that occurred in Chattanooga during the month of April. Our goal is to encourage motorists to implement safe driving practices at all times behind the wheel. Unfortunately, everyone does not follow proper safety regulations. If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, our Chattanooga car accident lawyers can help. The legal team at McMahan Law Firm will evaluate the details of your case and inform you of your legal options. One Injured After Concrete Beam Collapsed A …

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How Long After A Car Accident Can You Sue?

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Contact A Car Accident Lawyer Before It’s Too Late If you or a loved one have suffered injuries caused by an automobile accident due to someone else’s carelessness, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the other driver, however, time plays an essential role in these types of cases. As Tennessee roads continue to increase in traffic, so will accidents. Auto accidents can happen in an instant and can have life-changing effects on an individual and their family. Although you may be a conscientious driver, you can still fall victim to a car wreck. However, if you’re a victim of a collision, you can sue the other driver for the damages and injuries you suffered. Our car accident lawyers at McMahan Law Firm know the laws surrounding these types of cases and can help you fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. What Is The Statute of Limitations? …

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Tennessee Is An At-Fault State: Here’s What That Means

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Our Car Accident Lawyers are Available to Assist You After an Auto Accident Automobile insurance is essential to have, especially when you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident. It’s also imperative to know the type of policy you possess and what expenses it will cover in the case of an accident. If you or a loved one sustained life-altering injuries due to the negligent actions of another motorist, our car accident lawyers at McMahan Law Firm can help. Filing a claim can be difficult without the proper legal guidance. Our team has years of experience handling automobile accident claims and understands how the legal system operates. Insurance laws vary depending on which state you reside, so it’s important that you are fully aware of the laws and requirements for your state. What is an At-Fault State? Tennessee is an at-fault state, which means if a driver is found at-fault for …

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Most Common Delayed Symptoms Following Truck Accidents

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According to the Truck Driving Institute (HDS), “68% of all goods are transported via semi truck, and there are nearly 2 million semi trucks in operation in the U.S.” With countless trucks on the roadways every day, trucking accidents can happen at any moment and tend to be more severe than regular car accidents because of their immense size and weight. Trucking accidents are dangerous and can lead to serious injuries or even death. However, some injury symptoms aren’t always immediately recognizable. Instead, they can be delayed till much after the accident and cause more damage down the road. For this reason, countless people walk away from accidents and decide not to be evaluated by a medical professional because they assume they were not injured. There are injuries where the symptoms begin to manifest immediately after the accident, while others take time to arise. Delayed symptoms are usually due to …

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Kingsport Truck Driver Shows Dangers Of Job Despite Moveover Law

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In 2006, a new law passed in the state of Tennessee called the “Move Over” law. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the law was “part of the Failure to Yield Emergency Vehicles Law.” When the law passed, Tennessee was considered the 30th state to enforce it, which creates a safety area for emergency vehicles. The “Move Over” law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane or slow down when approaching emergency and recovery vehicles. The law also applies to responder vehicles with visible flashing lights and audible sirens. These include solid waste vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles, tow trucks, and utility service vehicles. In a recent article by The Legal Examiner, a Kingsport tow truck driver shared a Facebook video that has gone viral. The video shows the dangers of a tow truck driver faces while they do their job. The video was created to help …

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5 Common Mistakes People Make After Car Accidents

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Car accidents can be some of the most stressful events of your life. With so much that could go wrong, it’s important that you know what actions to take if you’re ever involved in one. The immediate moments after a car accident can impact your future for quite some time, so it’s always best to be prepared and to always call a Tennessee car accident lawyer. You’ll find plenty of tips on what to do, but the most important thing is making sure you and everyone else is safe and uninjured. Then you need to collect contact information, take pictures and more. A lot of this stuff has become common knowledge, but you need to educate yourself on all sides of the issue. Learn about five common mistakes people make after car accidents and how you can avoid them. Not Calling the Police In the aftermath of virtually every car …

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Notable Tennessee Car Accident Statistics

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No matter where you’re driving, you need to be careful. Car accidents can drastically change your life, and you need to be prepared. Tennessee is a great state to call home, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune from car accident trouble. There are accidents here every day, just like every other state in the country, but the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security works to limit those accidents as much as possible. One of the best ways to limit accidents is through education. That’s why the state provides statistics about car accidents in Tennessee, so you know what to expect when you’re on the road. Learn more about notable Tennessee car accident statistics, and discover how a skilled Tennessee personal injury lawyer can help if you’re involved in one. Number of Crashes There were thousands of car accidents in Tennessee last year, reaching a total of 208,104 statewide. Fortunately, …

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What Are Important Next Steps Following Road Rage Accidents?

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Road rage can be disastrous for everyone on the road. Driving requires calm and collected focus in order to keep you and other drivers safe. When drivers allow themselves to be consumed by road rage, there’s a greater chance of an accident in which people get seriously injured. In fact, many consider road rage to be one of the leading causes of auto accident injuries and even fatalities. No matter how adept you are at avoiding anger on the road, you must always keep an eye out for less-skilled drivers on the road. Fortunately, road rage is fairly easy to spot. Learn how to protect yourself from road rage injuries, and discover how a skilled car accident lawyer can help you in the aftermath of an accident caused by driver rage. What is Road Rage? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage is when a driver becomes …

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Tennessee’s Workers Compensation Claims In 7th Consecutive Year of Decline

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As workers’ compensation rates drop another 12.6 percent, the state of Tennessee is rapidly becoming one of the safest places to work. This is the seventh year in a row that rates have decreased, and it’s due in large part to safer workplaces and settlements outside the judicial system. Ever since the Tennessee General Assembly moved to an administrative settlement system, rates have continuously dropped, and they don’t plan on changing that system anytime soon. While it may seem that these measures benefit only the business owners, since they’re paying less to keep workers covered, the employees get to reap benefits as well. With improved workplace safety, the likelihood of getting injured in the first place has considerably decreased. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, however, so you need to be prepared if you’re hurt at work in Tennessee. Learn how a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you get the coverage …