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Will the hands-free law change Tennessean driving habits?

On June 1, Tennessee became the nineteenth state to enact a hands-free driving law—and for good reason. A recent study revealed that Tennessee is the deadliest state in the nation for distracted driving, with five times the national average rate of fatalities.

What the law prohibits

Bankruptcy is a time for self-reflection

Filing for bankruptcy is a big step to take. If you’re feeling apprehensive about taking the plunge, a little self-reflection may be useful.

By taking a step back and thinking about what brought you to this financial state as well as the actions you’ll take next, it will be easier to feel confident about this big financial decision.

Is driving with a hangover negligent?

We all know that alcohol impairs a person's judgement, making it dangerous to drive while under the influence. However, those who have drank too much to drive in the past know that the morning after isn't always much clearer.

Is that monster hangover during the morning after similarly hazardous to a driver's ability to navigate the roads safely?


When finances are tight, it is not unusual for Tennessee homeowners to miss a mortgage payment in order to pay their other bills. When this happens even once, some experience a snowball effect of trouble when the overdue payments become too much to catch up. Before long, the homeowner is receiving notices that the lender is beginning the foreclosure process. As soon as possible, the homeowner is wise to gather information about the options for foreclosure defense.

Even minor motor vehicle accidents can cause injury

You were out doing your normal thing. Maybe you were driving to work, school, taxiing children around or just running errands when it happened -- someone hit your car. At first, you were stunned, but the overall damage seemed minor, so insurance information was exchanged and you went on your way. A few hours, days or even weeks later, you started experiencing pain or other symptoms that something may be wrong, but how can that be when the crash seemed so insignificant? The truth is that plenty of Tennessee residents have experience injuries in relatively minor motor vehicle accidents.

Pain is one way the body tells you that something is not right. If that pain comes on the heels of a car accident, popping pain medication and hoping it will go away may not be the wisest decision -- though that is what many Tennessee residents may opt to do. The best decision would be to get to a doctor as soon as possible. The pain may not come from anything serious, but then again, it may. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Why people who go bankrupt aren't always bad with budgets

The common stigma around bankruptcy is that filing for it means you have poor money management skills. This misconception is dangerous because it can make people considering bankruptcy fear embarrassment or shame.

The truth is that those who file for bankruptcy could easily be a circumstantial victim of any one of these common money issues.

Why there’s no such thing as a “minor” accident in Tennessee

There’s no doubt that certain types of car accidents have more severe consequences than others. However, some drivers make the mistake of not filing an accident report if they believe an accident was “minor.”

In Tennessee, an accident report is almost always required. Here’s why.

Debt makes us do things we normally would not

A former officer with the Central Intelligence Agency was recently sentenced to prison for spying for China. He claims it all started because he was in serious debt. This debt, which seemed impossible to get out of, made him do things that he would never have done had he been financially secure. While this may seem like an extreme case to many Tennessee residents, those who are currently in a bad way economically may understand -- to some degree -- his need to do anything to improve his financial situation.

According to a recent report, in 2017, the ex CIA officer had missed several months of mortgage payments and had a total of $230,000 in other debts. Sometime that year, a Chinese headhunter contacted him on LinkedIn, claiming to be looking for someone who was an expert on foreign policy. The two started talking, and things went downhill from there.

Memphis motor vehicle accidents: Child hit by car dies

On March 26,  police in Tennessee were called to the scene of an auto versus pedestrian accident. This incident occurred in the Whitehaven area. The victim has been identified as a female child, age 11. Sadly, she died shortly after the crash. According to current laws, following fatal motor vehicle accidents, victims' surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses by filing civil claims against the party or parties believed responsible.

According to a recent report, the child was walking near Millbranch Road at approximately 3:15 p.m. when she was hit. This location is said to be near three different schools, and it is unclear if the victim was walking home from school when she was struck. It is also still unclear how the accident happened. The child was rushed to a hospital for the treatment of critical injuries. Sadly, she died during or shortly after surgery.

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