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AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS   Automobile accidents happen every day.  The following are some likely causes or contributing factors. Automobile accidents and Inclement weather:  Rain is always a problem on the roadways as the road surfaces become slick (day or night).  And in the winter when the temperatures drop and the rain becomes ice, sleet or snow, the roadways become far more … [Read more...]

SCHOOL BUS CRASH

School bus crash kills 5 innocent children in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The fatalities included four girls and one boy - one kindergartener, one first grader and three fourth graders.  A school bus crash is not the headline we wanted to see this morning - especially just a few days away from the holidays. CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The school bus crash arrest report for school bus driver … [Read more...]

THANKSGIVING DAY TRAVEL

Thanksgiving day travel. We don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday. It is so wonderful to gather with family and friends to give thanks for each other and the bountiful blessings on the table. But with family and friends scattered out across the nation, sometimes getting all together on one special day can be difficult. According to AAA about 47 million people traveled 50 … [Read more...]

BICYCLISTS

Pedalcyclists are bicyclists and other cyclists including riders of two-wheel, nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles and unicycles powered solely by pedals. Each year about 2 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths are bicyclists. In a majority of bicyclist deaths, the most serious injuries are to the head, highlighting the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. More adults across the country are … [Read more...]

Halloween

            Halloween. Yes, it is that time of the year again for our little ones, teenagers, and some young adults to hit the streets in search of all the candy they can get in their bags.  As with any outdoor activity – especially one that is done primarily after dark – one cannot express Halloween safety tips too often. Before the children even get out of the house to begin their Halloween … [Read more...]

Complaint

The word “complaint” has many definitions, but in this case, we are referring to the legal definition.             Complaint:  In legal terminology, a complaint in a civil action is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons (cause of action) the filing party or parties (the plaintiff(s)) believes are sufficient to support a claim against the party or parties against … [Read more...]

PROBABLE CAUSE

Probable Cause:  the standard by which police authorities have reason to obtain a warrant for the arrest of a suspected criminal. The standard also applies to personal or property searches. www.wikipedia.com    Probable cause is a level of reasonable belief, based on facts that are required to sue a person in civil court or to arrest and prosecute a person in criminal court. Before a person can … [Read more...]

ROAD RAGE

            Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other road vehicle which includes rude gestures, verbal insults, physical threats or dangerous driving methods targeted toward another driver in an effort to intimidate or release frustration. Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults and collisions that result in serious physical injuries or even death.  The … [Read more...]

18 WHEELER ACCIDENTS-DEVASTATING

       18-wheeler accidents (a/k/a big rigs, tractor trailers) on the highways and interstates across America can be devastating.  You can catch yourself gripping the steering wheel tighter and just trying to hold on to get by or let them by (whatever the situation may be).  Every day there are news reports about road closures or traffic backups as a result of a major wreck caused by an 18 … [Read more...]

RES IPSA LOQUITUR

RES IPSA LOQUITUR Res ipsa loquitur: [Latin - “the thing speaks for itself”].  1. Torts.  The doctrine providing that, in some circumstances, the mere fact of an accident’s occurrence raises an inference of negligence so as to establish a prima facie case.  (Often shortened to res ipsa.)  Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th Edition It is a fact that accidents happen.  In a personal injury lawsuit, in … [Read more...]