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What is considered a manufacturer defect?

In Tennessee, products liability lawsuits are governed by the Tennessee Products Liability Act. This law provides a way for consumers to sue companies that sell defective products. There are several different categories of products liability, one of which is manufacturing defect. As any product liability lawyer in Tennessee knows, pursuing a manufacturing defect claim requires that plaintiffs satisfy specific burdens of proof.

Cellphones are not the only distractions for truckers

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, commercial drivers' inattention to the road is a major contributor to large-truck crashes. A 2009 study found that in 71 percent of cases, such accidents occurred when truckers were not focused on driving. As any Tennessee truck accident attorney would know, combating such behavior requires a full understanding of what causes driver distraction. Cellphone use, a commonly-discussed source of distraction, is not the only thing that may affect a driver's concentration.

Lower your risk of getting into a truck accident with these 3 tips

pSemiOnRoad_Depositphotos_24477957_m-300x200.jpgTruck crash fatalities rose by 27 percent between 2009 and 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Predictions by the American Trucking Association indicate that the number of tractor trailers on the roadways will experience significant growth over the next six years. The increase in heavy freight traffic may cause a car accident lawyer in Tennessee to be concerned that collisions will continue their upward trend. Safety experts recommend that passenger vehicle drivers follow safety precautions to lower the risk of a crash with a large truck.

Do your homework before accepting that insurance company settlement

pShatteredWindshield_Depositphotos_10952398_m-300x200.jpgThere were more than 117,000 motor vehicle crashes in Tennessee in 2014, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. More than 30,000 of these resulted in injuries and fatalities. All of them involved some kind of property damage. The American Automobile Association estimates that traffic crashes lead to a societal cost of nearly $300 billion each year. On an individual level, the costs can be devastating.

Motorcycle accidents often caused by motorists' failure to yield

pMotorcycleRider_Dollarphotoclub_818740-150x150.jpgThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorists' failure to yield to motorcycles is a major issue. In 35 percent of cases involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, drivers did not yield right-of-way to motorcyclists. In comparison, motorcyclists failed to yield in only 4 percent of cases. As a motorcycle accident attorney in Tennessee might note, these statistics indicate that properly yielding to motorcycles may have prevented these accidents.

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