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Driving in the left-turn lane is illegal in Tennessee

Left-turn lanes have a very specific purpose, which is to remove traffic from the main travel lanes while cars wait to turn left. In some cases, they have to stop at light-controlled intersections and either wait for a green arrow or wait until traffic is clear to turn. In other cases, the left-hand turn lane may just split up what would otherwise be a two-lane road, and turns can be made at any point -- such as a person turning into their own driveway.

No matter what type of left-hand turn lane it is, the law in Tennessee is very clear about how it can be used. Here are a few key points:

  • Drivers can only use the lane when they are making a turn.
  • They can use it in advance to prepare for such a turn.
  • They can never simply drive in the lane as another traffic lane.
  • They can never use it as a passing lane to get around slower-moving traffic.

Drivers must understand cyclists vulnerability

Drivers and cyclists often have a bit of a heated relationship. They are expected to share the same roads, but they often act more like they are competing for that space. It can lead to some dangerous situations when no one wants to act in a civil manner.

One thing that drivers need to understand is that cyclists are very vulnerable in a crash. A bike weighs an average of 20 pounds. A car clocks in at around two tons, or 4,000 pounds.

Tennessee hoverboard lawsuit may continue

Salesmen in the Roman Empire made a common expression out of a disclaimer: "caveat emptor," or "let the buyer beware." Disclaimers have gotten more complicated in modern times, allowing for the fact that the companies producing and distributing goods have a responsibility to keep their customers safe.

These disclaimers are very important if damage or injury due to a defective or dangerous product ends up as the subject of a court case. A person must have been reasonably warned of potential dangers for a company to have no liability in civil court.

Are you doing everything you can to keep your commute safe?

Commuting to work can be stressful at some times and incredibly boring at other times. When you travel the same path over and over, you can easily become lax with safety. However, your extra time on the road may increase your risk of being involved in a collision.

Fortunately, there are several driving habits that can help you stay safe during your commute. While some safe driving habits may already be part of your routine, others may surprise you.

Teen without license hits and kills police officer

The Fourth of July holiday turned tragic for the Metro Nashville Police Department when one of their officers was hit and killed in a traffic accident at about 3:00 a.m.

The incident began when the police got a call about an individual who was "standing in the middle of traffic." They sent an officer to see what was happening.

Four tips to keep kids safe when bicycling this summer

Bicycling is a popular summertime activity for many children. Many parents support this pastime because it gets kids out of the house, moving their bodies and interacting with other children. However, bicycling can involve a few safety risks as well.

Experienced and inexperienced bicyclists both have a risk of colliding with traffic. Having a child hit by a car can be a parent’s worst nightmare, but the fear of it occurring may not warrant taking a child’s bike away. Instead, consider taking preventative actions to minimize your child's risk of being involved in a traffic collision while bicycling.

Signs of a concussion after a workplace accident

You fall at work. You're on the top of a ladder when someone bumps it and you lose your balance. You don't fall far, but you hit your head on the way down. Everything goes dark for a moment, and then you wake up to find people looking down at you.

You're not sure how bad the injury is. You think you may have a concussion, which is a brain injury. What signs should you be looking for? A few of them include:

  • You feel very tired and drowsy, and it's hard for you to stay awake or wake up.
  • The pupil in one eye is bigger than the one in your opposite eye.
  • You have a serious headache. Rather than fading, it just gets worse and will not go away.
  • You feel numb or weak.
  • You start slurring your words, and others notice the changes in your speech pattern.
  • You feel confused.
  • You don't remember the accident and/or struggle with other memories from the day.
  • You throw up or feel nauseated.
  • You suffer from convulsions or seizures.
  • You are easily agitated.
  • Your eyes are very sensitive to light.

Drowsy driving is more than just not sleeping enough

Much of the time, drowsy driving happens because a driver simply did not get enough sleep before they got behind the wheel. Maybe it's a college student who stayed up until 2:00 a.m. the night before an 8:00 a.m. class. Maybe it's a truck driver who had to get up early to pick up a shipment on time. It happens in a lot of different ways.

That said, it's important to remember that drowsy driving does not only happen because of a lack of sleep. Some other potential reasons that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note include:

  • Doing shift work
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking certain medications
  • Dealing with untreated sleep disorders

Witness memories change dramatically over time

While facing criminal charges, you find yourself in a situation where it's your word against that of an eyewitness. Their stories and what they remember is far different from the account that you give.

Is the witness lying? Possibly, but it's also likely that their memory of the situation simply changed over time. They may feel like they remember what happened accurately, but the truth may be something else entirely.

Know the symptoms of ‘dry drowning,’ ‘secondary drowning’

Summer is approaching fast, and that means your children will be spending more time in the water. Going to the beach or hopping in the pool can be an excellent way to escape the blazing summer sun, but there are some serious safety issues for which you should be on high alert.

We all know about drowning, but there are less common life-threatening events that are colloquially known as “secondary drowning” and “dry drowning.” These rare occurrences are collectively known as submersion injuries, and if you know the warning signs, you can prevent a potential tragedy.

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