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June 2020 Archives

Fireworks: Balancing danger and fun

Fireworks are a long-standing tradition to celebrate the Fourth of July across the country, whether families attend professional firework displays or buy firecrackers and sparklers to celebrate at home. While the COVID-19 pandemic will change how Americans celebrate this year, Tennessee families must be mindful of how dangerous fireworks can be.

Pandemic underscores systemically low staffing in nursing homes

Even with restrictions on visitors, COVID-19 has run through nursing facilities like wildfire. As we discussed recently on this blog, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that almost 26,000 residents of American nursing homes have died from COVID-19 and another 60,000 have become sick.

Domestic violence is common among both women and men

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as "the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another." The frequency and severity can vary dramatically, but the events include everything from threats and emotional abuse to physical violence and sexual assault.

A DUI puts your commercial driver's license at risk

The stakes are higher when a commercial driver gets into a crash. They could be hauling thousands of pounds of goods, which could slam into other vehicles or be scattered over the roadway. They could be carrying a bus full of kids. They could be transporting hazardous materials. The truck itself is so much larger than other vehicles that it can cause catastrophic damage.

NHTSA recalls more Takata airbags but leaves many in place

After reviewing the risks of Takata airbags installed in 56 million vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled only a minority of the potentially dangerous airbags. Safety watchdogs are concerned that NHTSA lacks a clear vision for keeping drivers safe.

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