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What is the Statute of Limitations For My Tennessee Personal Injury Case?

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A "statute of limitations" is a state law that sets a limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit to recover your damages related to a harm or loss you experienced because of someone else's negligence. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases including injury-related car accident lawsuits is one year from...
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My Vehicle Was a Total Loss: How Long will the Insurance Company Pay for My Rental Car?

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In Tennessee, the at-fault driver is not required to provide you with a rental car if your vehicle is a "total loss". Prewitt v. Brown 525 S.W.3d, 616 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2017). Despite this case law, many insurance companies covering at-fault drivers in Tennessee will still pay for a rental car after an accident so our advice is to...
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Real Life "Frogger" Competition to be Held in Local Crosswalks

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As a child of the 80's, I spent no small amount of time playing what is a now-classic video game called Frogger, the object of which was to navigate a hapless frog across many lanes of busy traffic and across a river to a safe point, at which point you had "won" that round and moved on to a...
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I Will See Your Citation and Raise You One Middle Finger

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A Minnesota case made headlines recently for a federal district court ruling which essentially reaffirmed the long-held rule that rude speech is still free speech and thus protected by the First Amendment. The case came about because Debra Lee Cruise-Gulyas was initially pulled over for speeding by Officer Matthew Minard, who elected to cut her a break by issuing...
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Sevierville Ranks #1 in the Region for Pedestrian Crashes

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Tennessee is ranked #12 in the top 20 most dangerous states for pedestrians. Based on population, Sevierville has the highest crash rate in the region, followed by Knoxville and Alcoa. https://knoxtrans.org/news/2017/130/Pedestrian-and-Bicyclist-Crash-Facts.pdf. Overview of Pedestrian Crashes in Sevierville from November 2010- March 2018 Between November of 2010 and March of 2018, there were 99 crashes involving either pedestrians or bicyclists. This...
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WHY YOU SHOULD SUBMIT THE MEDICAL BILLS FROM YOUR CAR ACCIDENT TO YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE ASAP

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"The bottom line is to submit the medical bills from your car accident case to your group health insurance carriers for immediate payment."...
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Supreme Court Says That the States Can't Keep Stealing Your Stuff

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In a rare unanimous opinion from our United States Supreme Court, they have limited the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize property and vehicles from citizens charged with various crimes. Tennessee law currently authorizes the seizure of vehicles from individuals who use that property or vehicle to commit arson, identity theft, drug activity (manufacturing, buying, or selling), driving...
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Sleep deprivation makes drivers dangerous

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Did you get enough sleep last night? The odds are that you didn't. In today's society, getting a full night's sleep feels like a luxury. The experts say that adults need at least seven hours of sleep a night in order to function properly the next day. If you are one of the lucky ones who gets this much...
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Does Tennessee "Red Flag" Bill Allow Police to Take Guns Without Due Process?

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The right to due process is so important to the enjoyment of American freedom that its genesis dates back to the Magna Carta and was explicitly guaranteed to citizens not once, but twice, in the United States Constitution. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that the federal government cannot deprive you of "life, liberty, or property...
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Should I sign an Authorization to Release Medical Records from the Insurance Company in my Car Accident Claim?

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If you have been injured in a car accident and are dealing with the at-fault driver's insurance company, then chances are the adjuster handling your claim has asked you to sign an Authorization to Release Medical Records. On it's face, it seems like a good idea to go ahead and sign the authorization- You have to get the records...
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