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What are wrongful death legal protections?

Brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries are an all-too common occurrence associated with car accidents and other types of motor vehicle accidents. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries suffered in a car accident, such as broken bones and the scarring that can accompany these injuries, can change the lives of victims forever.

Because catastrophic injuries can alter a victim's life in unexpected ways and can have a life-long impact, it is important that they are familiar with legal protections available to them. Brain injuries in particular can change a victim's personal and professional lives and may require ongoing treatment and care. Brain injuries can disrupt the victim's personality and mood and impact their personal relationships. Brain injuries can also disrupt the victim's cognitive function and leave them unable to perform daily tasks they used to perform with ease.

What are wrongful death legal protections?

Wrongful death resources are available to help surviving family members of victims of car and other accidents who are wrongfully killed. What exactly is a wrongful death claim and how can it help loved ones following the devastating loss of a family member?

A fatal motor vehicle accident can take everything away from a family in an instant. A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought on behalf of surviving family members by the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of surviving family members who may suffer financial and emotional harm as a result of the loss of their loved one.

Understanding the serious dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is a dangerous behavior that can result in car accidents, injuries and death. Distracted driving is considered any activity or behavior that the driver engages in that diverts the driver's attention from the roadway. Unfortunately, it can include behaviors drivers engage in every day.

Distracted driving refers to three main categories, including visual distraction, manual distraction and cognitive distraction. Visual distractions refers to any activity that removes the driver's eyes from the roadway, including adjusting a radio, operating a GPS or looking at a cell phone, among others. Manual distractions refers to when the driver removes their hands from the wheel and \include eating or drinking while driving, grooming while driving or holding a cell phone, among other behaviors.

3 reasons to hire a lawyer after a car accident injury

Car accidents are shockingly common throughout Tennessee. One recent fatal accident occurred on May 5th, and a 78-year old man faces charges of homicide, reckless driving and aggravated assault for the incident. 

Fatalities make up a minority of car accident results in the state. However, plenty of people sustain injuries following a car crash. Even if you believe it is a cut-and-dry case, such as the other driver clearly being at fault, you should still hire an attorney to handle the minutiae of the case. 

The significant cost of brain injuries

Brain injuries can be costly and complex to treat for Tennesseans. Because brain injuries can have both cognitive and physical impacts on victims, they can be challenging to care for. Victims may suffer personality and emotional changes, mood disruptions and sensory deficits. In addition, they may not be able to complete common daily tasks, they did not struggle with before and may be unable to work.

Because of the impact of a brain injury on victims, victims and their families may be left struggling, following a traumatic accident that resulted in a brain injury. Often, in-home care and rehabilitative care may be required to recover and heal from a brain injury. According to estimates, mild head injuries can cost $85,000 to treat, moderate head injuries can cost $941,000 to treat and severe head injuries can cost $3 million to treat.

The importance of an effective estate plan

There are several important components of a Tennessee estate plan that estate planners should be familiar. They should also be familiar with the value of having an effective estate plan, and the ways in which one can ensure their wishes are fulfilled and provide a more peaceful transition process for family, friends and loved ones with fewer disputes and estate-related concerns to settle and resolve.

Estate planning allows the estate planner to plan beforehand for how they want their property to be distributed and their loved ones to be cared for. As part of an overall estate plan, there are several estate planning tools estate planners should be familiar with. The first tool is a will which should be validly executed in the state wherein the estate planner resides so it is important to know the rules in their state. In addition, a trust can be another effective estate planning tool and part of an overall estate plan which can work on its own or in conjunction with a will. There are different types of trusts for different situations so the estate planner should be aware of their options and how they might suit their needs.

Distracted driving on the rise in Tennessee

Driving can be difficult enough in the winter around Knoxville. But it's even more difficult to arrive safely when you don't pay attention to the road in front of you.

Unfortunately, more people all the time are distracted while driving on Tennessee roads. The statistics are alarming and the highway patrol is working to do something about it. But it's really up to everyone to put down the phone and drive without distractions.

Why you should frequently update your will

When it comes to the topic of wills and your estate plan, there are two lessons that everyone should know. The first is that you should have a will. It may seem obvious and even curt to say that, but it's the truth. It doesn't matter if you're younger or much older -- if you don't have a will right now, then take the time to make one. Wills protect your estate and preserve your last wishes, while also giving your loved ones and beneficiaries legal documentation to establish what they are entitled to.

The second lesson is to make sure that once you have a will, you update it frequently. This part is just as critical as making the will in the first place. If you don't update your will, it is unlikely that the document will reflect your wishes at the end of your life.

Change in daylight hours brings awareness to drowsy driving

The days are finally getting longer, which means more time for you to have fun and enjoy time in the warm sun. However, any change in sunlight can disrupt your internal clock for a few days or weeks. You might find yourself getting drowsy about the time you are ready to leave work, or you could have difficulty getting yourself going in the morning. You and other Tennessee residents need to understand the dangers of drowsy driving.

Driving while sleep-deprived may in fact be as dangerous as drunk driving, reports the National Sleep Foundation. How is this so, you may wonder. When you are groggy, dazed or having trouble keeping your eyes open, your reaction time can be slowed down. You might miss changes in traffic or other road hazards. If you fall asleep behind the wheel, you will not be consciously operating your vehicle and, of course, would be seconds away from getting into a potentially serious crash.

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