Staying safe as a pedestrian

Injuries in pedestrian accident cases can be particularly severe. The reason for this is straightforward: pedestrians don’t have the benefit of airbags, steel frames, seat cushions, helmets, protective gear, and other safety devices like vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, or even bicyclists do. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that about 80 pedestrians die in

Refusing a blood alcohol test: Tennessee amends its law following U.S. Supreme Court decision

A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that someone suspected of impaired driving has the right to refuse a warrantless blood test, but not a warrantless breath test. The decision went against 13 states, including Tennessee, with so-called implied consent laws that imposed penalties on any type of test refusal. Tennessee’s amended law In

Highway sobriety roadblocks: When are they allowed?

In some parts of Tennessee, authorities used so-called sobriety checkpoints over the holiday weekend preceding the Fourth of July. “Sobriety checkpoint” is another way of saying mandatory roadblock. It’s a tactic whereby police stop multiple cars going through certain intersections, based on a sequence such as stopping every other car. Police do this even if

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