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Motorcycle riders face unique challenges on Tennessee's roadways

Before you know it, summer will be here. This often means that more motorcyclists will take to the road. If you are one of the many itching to get out on the road, this may be a good time to remember that in addition to all of the joys and freedoms that come with riding, you face significant dangers as well.

While part of the allure of riding a motorcycle comes from having  nothing between you and the road, that also leaves nothing between you and the road in the event of an accident. The fact of the matter is that many of the unique characteristics of motorcycles that riders love also put them in more danger.

Your concussion may be more serious than you think

A concussion is a type of brain injury that is rather common in car accidents. While many Tennessee accident victims are able to recover quickly after suffering from a concussion, it may not be so easy for you. Like other types of brain injuries, it can be difficult to recover from a concussion and move forward. 

If you suffered a concussion in a car accident, you may find yourself dealing with various unpleasant side effects. Severe concussions can actually cause a person problems for months, causing issues with cognitive function, the ability to work and enjoying a certain quality of life. 

Your rights are on the line in a police lineup

The protection of your civil rights is of the highest importance when you are accused of a crime. From the moment police begin to suspect you of involvement in some wrongdoing, your rights are at risk, and law enforcement is notorious for taking advantage of the fact that many people do not know or understand their rights.

Evidence will strengthen an officer's suspicions that you participated in a crime, particularly if the evidence includes the testimony of witnesses who can place you at the scene of the crime or in other compromising circumstances. Investigators may ask a witness to identify you in person, and for this purpose, police may organize a lineup. Police lineups are a part of criminal procedure where the violationĀ of your rights may easily take place.

The division of marital assets in a Tennessee divorce

The dissolution of a marriage typically comes with many emotional and financial challenges. One of the most complex parts of the financial aspect of a divorce is the division of marital assets.

Not every state handles the splitting of marital assets in the same way. Understanding Tennessee's specific property division laws is critical for achieving the outcome you want when it comes to the division of your marital property during divorce.

Sleepy drivers could place you at a higher risk for an accident

When other drivers make poor decisions, it can result in serious accidents and injuries for innocent motorists. One of these decisions is to get behind the wheel and drive while tired. Drowsy driving is a significant problem, yet it is vastly underreported. Tired drivers may be one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee and across the country.

If you have ever driven your vehicle while a little sleepy, you are not alone. It is quite common for drivers to be a little fatigued while behind the wheel. There is a difference between being a slightly tired and feeling overly exhausted to the point where a driver can no longer make safe decisions behind the wheel. Exhausted drivers are more prone to making poor decisions and driving recklessly.

Trust your hunch if you think your spouse is hiding assets

Divorce is never easy, and situations often get worse before they get better when it comes to negotiating terms for a settlement. When you decided to divorce, you hoped to keep things amicable and navigate the process with as little stress as possible. You were more worried about your kids than any other issue; however, once they convinced you they were going to be fine, you felt more at ease.

Although your children's best interests are still your central focus, there are other nagging issues occupying your mind these days as well, such as what happened to the money in your joint bank account. You are quite certain some of it is missing. Other Tennessee spouses who have experienced similar problems later found out their spouses were trying to hide assets before property division proceedings began.

Speeding drivers make Tennessee roads dangerous

Higher speed limits often seem like a good idea. Some people see it as an opportunity to get to their destination faster, while others simply enjoy the ability to travel at higher rates of speed than they have in the past.

Unfortunately, higher speed limits can also be dangerous. Research shows that the likelihood of an accident increases with speed, making Tennessee roads that boast higher limits especially dangerous.

Who gets to make custody decisions during divorce?

Child custody is perhaps the most complex and emotionally challenging issue in a divorce. The end of a marriage can be difficult on the youngest members of the family, but it can be useful to work on a way to avoid unnecessary complications. You can work toward this goal by taking the time to understand more about your rights and options.

It's normal to have concerns about what will happen to your kids after the divorce is final. Every divorce and every family is different, and it can be useful for you to understand how custody decisions happen and who gets to make them, as well as how you can protect your interests as a parent.

Is distracted driving becoming harder to avoid?

It's no mystery that distracted driving is one of the most dangerous things a person can do, endangering thousands of lives and injuring thousands more. When cellphones first began gaining popularity, laws were slow to evolve, but soon lawmakers warned you and other drivers in Tennessee to use only hands-free devices.

Despite this, the rate of accidents caused by distracted drivers continued to rise, and studies revealed that hands-free doesn't necessarily mean distraction-free. In fact, taking your mind off the road may be as dangerous as taking your eyes from the road. Even with these findings, car manufacturers continue to cram dozens of distracting options onto the dashboards, consoles and steering wheels of their new models.

Silence isn't golden when it involves medical mistakes

If you are like many people, as the date of your surgery approached, you found yourself dwelling more often on what could go wrong. After all, surgery -- even the most routine procedure -- involves a great deal of trust in near-total strangers. Friends may have tried to console you by reminding you that the surgeon had done hundreds, maybe thousands, of these operations, and that everything would be fine. Nevertheless, it was natural for you to feel nervous.

So, how did the surgery go? Did your doctor come to your room and declare that everything went great? Do you think your surgeon told the truth?

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