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What frequently endangers motorcyclists?

As a motorcyclist traversing the roads of Tennessee, you know that the roadway risks you face can be harmful or even potentially deadly. In order to protect yourself when riding, it's important to have an understanding of where your biggest threats are coming from.

Ride Apart takes a look at the objective dangers involved with riding a motorcycle, focusing on the issues that aren't within the control of the rider. These issues primarily revolve around visibility to other drivers, as well as the actions of those you share the road with.

Car wrecks and catastrophic burns

At the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates PLLC in Tennessee, many of our clients have received serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident. Should you suffer burns in a fiery crash, these are some of the most catastrophic injuries that car wrecks produce.

The combination of your car’s enclosed space plus the numerous parts, liquids and interior surfaces that could become hot enough to burn you make for a deadly combination. Even if you survive such a crash, the effects of your burns could remain with you for the rest of your life.

Did a crash leave you with more than physical suffering?

A motor vehicle crash is a traumatic experience, both physically and emotionally. If you have recently been in a collision, you don't need to be told that your life is not the same. Whether you suffered catastrophic injuries, lost a loved one or escaped with minor wounds, the event itself may have changed you.

Even if your injuries are healing and your prognosis is good, you may be experiencing other symptoms you are embarrassed to talk about. Perhaps you are having nightmares or anxiety attacks when you never dealt with these problems before the crash. If this sounds familiar, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of your crash. PTSD is treatable, but it is important that you seek help before the symptoms interfere with your quality of life.

How much driving can a trucker do each day?

When you drive a truck in Tennessee, you may sometimes think you are up to driving for another hour or so. Regardless of how tired you are, though, you typically have to pull over after driving for so many hours. This is because trucking regulations dictate how long you can drive each day.

Truck drivers can usually be on the road for 14 consecutive hours at a time. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these hours are not typically based on the number of hours in a day. Instead, this rule means that you can be on the road for 11 hours in a 14-hour time period. You generally need to stay off the road for 10 successive hours after meeting this time limit. This 14-hour limit typically includes the time you take to lie down for a nap or eat your lunch. If you drive a truck with a sleeper berth, these 14 hours may sometimes be extended. If you sleep in the berth for at least 8 straight hours, this time usually is not considered part of the 14-hour time limit.

Congratulations to Tony Seaton, Tri-Cities Pro Bono Hall of Fame

Seatonprobonoaward.jpegLegal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) hosted its annual Tri-Cities Celebration of Pro Bono Service on Thursday, August 23 at the Tipton Haynes historical site in Johnson City. The event celebrates Upper East Tennessee attorneys who participate in LAET's Pro Bono Project by donating their time and skill to provide civil legal services. Special awards were given for "Access to Justice," "Excellence in Pro Bono" and "Above & Beyond."

This year, the celebration included the induction of the inaugural member of the Tri-Cities Pro Bono Hall of Fame. That inaugural member was Tony Seaton of the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC. Moreover, the hall of fame itself will be named the Seaton Hall of Fame in Tony's honor.

Nashville motorcycle crash highlights left-turn dangers

Motorcycle enthusiasts in Tennessee and elsewhere are aware of the many unique hazards they face every time they ride. While dangers frequently present themselves in the form of adverse weather or poor road conditions, other drivers are a major risk for bikers.

As discussed numerous times previously, drivers of passenger cars and trucks often have difficulty seeing motorcycles in traffic. They may be unaccustomed to sharing the road with smaller, faster vehicles or not paying attention for motorcyclists. As RideApart explains, other drivers show up more than once in a list of the 10 most common motorcycle crash types. Bikers may be interested in learning that the top cause of motorcycle wrecks involves another driver turning left in the bike’s path.

Can nursing bullying result in medical malpractice?

There are pecking orders in many industries. You and other Tennessee residents might be surprised to learn that bullying is quite common in nursing. In fact, most nurses may experience or witness bullying to some degree at least once during their careers. The unfortunate fact is that being bullied or bullying others on the job can significantly affect the quality of patient care.

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services explains that numerous surveys of health care workers indicated that the job performance of bullied nurses is often negatively impacted, and patients’ safety and well-being is often put at risk. Also, the data revealed that the health care industry is rife with bullying, more than any other industry in the country.

Summer is high-risk time for collisions in Tennessee

If you're a baby boomer or older, you may recall a time in the U.S. when it was commonplace for families to take Sunday drives. Especially when motor vehicles were still novelties, it was a sign of prestige and affluence to take one's family out on the open road and wave to passers-by. Summertime drives were a favorite of many.  

Nowadays, you might feel as though your life is at risk (and it is) if you drive during summer in Tennessee. That's because summer happens to be one of the most dangerous times of year for motorists and pedestrians alike. There are several key factors that make summer months potentially deadly roadway times. If you're aware of these issues before getting behind the wheel, you may lower your risk for injury. If you're involved in a crash, it's critical to know where to seek support.

Important points to know about food-borne illnesses and recalls

Reports of serious instances of food poisoning and recalls of common supermarket foods have had people in Tennessee and across the country on edge. If something as popular and simple as a salad can carry a food-borne illness that can put consumers in the hospital or kill them, who is safe? After all, it is not usually possible to know if food is contaminated before eating it.

Most people will remember the recent recalls of romaine lettuce in certain areas, which culminated in 89 hospitalizations for salmonella and five deaths. More recently, pre-cut melons were deemed responsible for another salmonella outbreak that hospitalized 34 people and affected at least 70. As the Chicago Tribune reports, it is not easy to track down the source of contamination, as commercial foods pass through many hands, from the farm to processing plants to store shelves.

Combating driver's fatigue

Drivers in Tennessee may have experienced driver's fatigue before, as it is actually a fairly common phenomenon. Unfortunately, it's also a potentially dangerous one, and it isn't addressed as frequently as other dangerous driving behaviors even though it can be just as damaging.

According to WebMD, there are a few things that can be done to combat driver's fatigue when a person feels it coming. One of the first suggestions is to drink something caffeinated. This can include tea, soda, or coffee. However, caffeine does take up to 30 minutes to kick in and its effect may vary from driver to driver. Some sources suggest taking a nap after consuming caffeine to maximize its effects.

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