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How can I become a better defensive driver?

One of the most important lessons taught to new drivers is how to be a defensive driver. Parents don't simply hand the keys to their car over to a newly licensed teen driver without providing plenty of lessons, guidance and actual behind-the-wheel training in empty parking lots and dead-end streets. Here are some important things to remember when improving your defensive driving skills.

It is vital to learn how to spot dangers around you when behind the wheel. These dangers include others using a cellphone, erratic driving, speeding, unsafe passing and much more. If you can spot these issues when on the road, you should be able to avoid an accident.

Property owners have a special duty to protect children

Property owners have a special duty required by law to protect children who might visit their property. It doesn't matter if the property is residential or commercial, children can suffer injuries anywhere. Children, especially younger ones, do not know the dangers that can be present when walking onto someone's property. That is where the attractive nuisance doctrine comes into play.

An attractive nuisance is defined as any man-made object that can tempt a child to enter a property and possibly cause injury. Some of the most common attractive nuisances include swimming pools, machinery (lawnmowers), animals, stairways, tunnels, fountains, wells and even rooftops. Naturally occurring items such as lakes and ponds are typically not covered by the attractive nuisance doctrine since they are not man-made.

Inadequate lighting can lead to injuries

Property owners are required to properly light their properties in an effort to prevent visitors from suffering injuries. Inadequate lighting can cause injuries ranging from minor to severe and possibly even death. Here is a brief overview of how inadequate lighting can lead to injuries.

One of the most common places for inadequate lighting to cause an injury is in a parking lot. Parking lots are required to have lights every so many feet, and when those lights fail to work, people walking can suffer injury. They can either trip and fall over an object, fall in a pothole, or even be attacked by someone lurking in the shadows.

Be smart about social media after a car crash

A motor vehicle wreck is likely to cause medical and financial issues. Given the stress and inconvenience, it can be natural to want to discuss your injuries on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other forms of social media. Venting your frustrations on social media, although satisfying in the short term can create problems in the long term. In fact, the things you say on social media could potentially harm your personal injury claim.

How can social media damage your case?

Initial steps to take in a medical malpractice case

Medical malpractice is a common occurrence across the country and Tennessee is no different. This is an issue that can lead to severe injuries for patients and sometimes even death. If you have suffered an injury and are thinking it was due to medical malpractice, you will want to know the initial steps to take in determining a case in Tennessee.

One of the first things you should do when you suspect medical malpractice is speak with the doctor or medical professional in question. You might be able to get a better understanding of what happened and why you are now injured or ill. If the medical professional cannot answer your questions or doesn't provide you with a concrete resolution, you should proceed with your case.

New app aims to address summer hazards

A new app created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) aims to address the hazards present during the summer months throughout the country. The app was specifically created to deal with weather-related hazards that crop up during the summer.

The app, called the Heat Safety Tool, is a mobile app that is available on Android and iOS devices. The app displays the heat index values in your area based on humidity and temperature. The temperature and other data is pulled by the app from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's satellites.

Are phone apps to blame for traffic deaths?

Car accidents happen for numerous reasons, but cellphones have only made things worse. Talking is a distraction, texting is a bigger distraction, and phones are always evolving. With every new app that drivers decide to use, the risk rises.

In fact, some have blamed apps for spikes in fatal crashes. They point to the fact that many apps seem designed for use in the car. For example, there are apps that display the speed the phone is traveling. Would drivers be tempted to speed so that they could record it and brag about how fast they were going?

Property owners have a legal duty to prevent injuries

Property owners are legally required to prevent injuries to visitors on their property. This is known as a duty. In the state of Tennessee, premises liability laws protect visitors to properties, both residential and commercial. Here is a brief overview of premises liability law in Tennessee.

An invitee in premises liability is a person who has been invited onto a commercial or residential property by the owner. The invitee is owed the highest degree of care by the owner because they were welcomed onto the property. With this standard of the law, the owner of the property is required to repair any known hazards and inspect for and repair any unknown hazards that the invitee might have access to during one's visit to the property.

What car accident medical expenses are covered by insurance?

Car accidents are stressful and scary for all involved, even if they are minor. Victims of car accidents can suffer a variety of different injuries, either minor or severe, that can have long-term effects. So, what car accident medical expenses are covered by insurance?

When involved in a car accident that involves more than one vehicle, your injuries will be covered by an automotive insurance policy. Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which is typically part of an automotive policy, will help cover your medical expenses should you be involved in a motor vehicle accident.

The signs of nursing home neglect and abuse

Making the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is very difficult. It doesn't mean there is less love for the family member, it just means you cannot offer the same level of comfort, care and attention that the staff at a home can offer. What can make the situation worse for a family is when their loved one is abused or neglected. Here are the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse.

When a loved one has unexplained cuts, bruises or bed sores on one' body, this is a big sign of nursing home abuse. These signs of abuse mean that the patient has been left in their unchanged bed for quite some time. It could also mean that the patient was hit or shoved to the ground by a staff member.

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