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Delayed symptoms and your rights as an accident victim

A car accident can leave you with injuries and physical complications that can affect your life for months or years to come. If your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another Tennessee driver, you could have grounds to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim. You may also have this right even if you were not initially aware of the severity of your accident injuries.

Delayed symptoms are common after a car accident. This does not diminish your right to compensation, but many victims are unaware of how they can protect their rights. If you are suffering from pain and side effects that did not show up until days, weeks or months later, you would be wise to learn more about your option to move forward with a civil claim. 

Teenage drivers pose a risk to themselves and others

As much as you may be proud of your teenager for getting a driver's license, you may also be aware that he or she may pose a danger to him or herself and everyone else on Tennessee's roads. This is not a criticism of your teen in particular, but rather a truth about all teenage drivers.

It comes down to simple inexperience behind the wheel. Practice makes perfect, and the only way for teenagers to get practice driving is to get out there and drive. Even so, there are some things that they can do to help reduce the potential for serious and fatal accidents.

When a commercial vehicle poses a sizable threat to your safety

Commercial vehicles are a common fixture on many Tennessee roads. While you might rely on these vehicles to transport essential goods and services, you may also count on their operators to remain vigilant and alert to reduce the likelihood of a potentially dangerous collision.

With the significant increase in size and weight of commercial vehicles, accidents involving a semi can be devastating incidents that could pose a threat to your safety. While using caution when driving near such a vehicle is advisable, unfortunately, you can only control so much of what happens on the road.

How do you get started with a claim for disability benefits?

When a Tennessee resident is unable to work due to a medical condition, he or she knows that financial hardship could affect the entire family. It is frustrating when you cannot earn a living to support yourself and your loved ones, yet you could have a valid reason to move forward with a claim for disability benefits. 

Social Security disability benefits are available to people who cannot work due to medical conditions or physical injuries. Even with a valid claim, however, many initial claims come back denied. Before you even start the application process, you would be wise to know what documents you need, how to prepare your claim and what to expect as you move forward.

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.

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