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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?

Will a 5-finger discount mean a 10-year sentence?

Most retailers, especially national and international chains, build shrink into their budgets. Shrink is the retail term for loss due to damage, mistakes in inventory and theft. Retailers may spend a lot of money on theft protection, including cameras and chip detectors that send off alarms if you try to slip by without paying for an item.

Still, people will continue to shoplift. Some do it for the thrill, others because an illness compels them and others because they can't afford an item they need. Your recent arrest for shoplifting may not have been your first. However, you may have been shocked when authorities charged you with a felony.

You and your spouse divorce: Can you still share a home?

When you got married, if someone were to have told you that you'd one day be divorced but still sharing a home with your former spouse, you'd likely have thought it was a crazy idea. Now, here you are, however, many years later, facing decisions regarding whether to uproot your children and enter the challenging process of transporting them between houses or allowing them to continue living where they've lived during your marriage. The idea posed earlier in your marriage doesn't sound so crazy anymore.

In fact, so many people have come on board with this idea that has come to be colloquially known as the nesting process. If maintaining stability in your children's lives as they adapt to your divorce is a high priority to you, you may want to consider this option.

Are you tired of hearing about fatigued trucker accidents?

Like every state in the union, Tennessee sees its share of big rigs. Thousands of them travel the interstates and highways on their way to who knows where. Many pass through without a trace, but some leave an indelible mark on the people they encounter. Far too many news stories involve the serious injury or death of someone who unexpectedly encountered a tired truck driver.

Truck drivers spend several hours on the road each day. Anyone who has driven hundreds of miles in one day knows that it can make you tired. That might seem counterintuitive, considering you are just sitting, but it takes a surprising amount of energy. When a truck driver fails to take the time to recharge, it can provide a recipe for disaster.

4 tips for divorcing a narcissist

Though in the beginning you may have overlooked many flaws in your spouse due to the love you felt, that willingness to let issues go may have waned over time. In fact, you may have come to the unfortunate realization that you married a narcissist. Your situation may prove even more difficult if this realization came about due to enduring extensive emotional or physical abuse due to his or her selfish tendencies.

At this point, you undoubtedly know that you have options for escaping such an unhealthy relationship. Though you may want to end the marriage in order to move on with your life, the idea of going through divorce can seem daunting as well. You may wish to consider the following tips to feel more at ease with your decision.

Recovery for your family after the wrongful death of a loved one

The unexpected death of a loved can be traumatic for any Tennessee family. When a car accident claims of the life of an innocent individual, it can leave grieving loved ones with medical bills and other costs that they may not be able to manage. These financial losses coupled with a time grief can seem overwhelming and insurmountable.

If you are mourning the wrongful death of a loved one because of a car accident or other type of accident, you do not have to navigate the aftermath on your own. It is possible that you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation. While this will not undo what happened, it can help your family recoup some of your losses and allow you to move forward after this trauma.

The Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC is a winner in Readers' Choice contest

Participants in the 2017 Leaf-Chronicle Readers' Choice Awards contest have chosen The Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC as the winner of the "Favorite Employer" category. It is the seventh straight year the firm has won the award.

The Readers' Choice awards is a local contest that began in 2010. Voting is conducted online in variety of categories, including: Business & Money, Entertainment, Food & Drink, Health & Beauty, Professional Services and Retail Services.

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