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An overlooked cause of truck accidents: Sleep apnea

You may know someone who suffers from sleep apnea if you don't suffer from it yourself. This condition can have numerous adverse health effects, such as heart disease and hypertension, just to name a few.

Around 4% of the United States population suffers from sleep apnea. The problem is that 35% of those people drive 18-wheelers for a living. When the condition isn't properly treated and controlled, the side effects of it increase the likelihood of a truck driver causing an accident by up to 250% when compared to the risk associated with drivers who receive enough rest.

A less expensive divorce is only one benefit of mediation

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you probably dread facing months of expensive litigation.

Mediation is a popular alternative to the standard court procedure because it is much easier on the pocketbook. However, a more economical approach to divorce is not the only benefit.

The 4 deadliest types of car accidents

Even though Morristown is a wonderful place to live and work, the area does not have many public transportation options. As such, if you call eastern Tennessee home, you likely drive dozens of times every week. When you climb behind the wheel, though, you must be careful to avoid a serious accident. 

Fatal car accidents are not exactly uncommon in the Volunteer State. In fact, in 2018, more than 1,000 individuals lost their lives on Tennessee roadways. To increase your chances of staying safe during your next trip, you should understand what types of accidents are typically the most dangerous. 

How to manage the costs of divorce

It can be rather expensive to divorce in Tennessee. The average cost of divorce in the state is $12,600. The state also has the 13th highest court filing fee in the nation, with couples needing to pay $303 just to file the paperwork. 

A lot of people do not have that kind of money to pay for a divorce, but they need to separate from their partner. Your rate will ultimately depend on how many assets you and your partner share and whether you have any children together. Fortunately, there are ways to lower your cost. You just need to keep your options open.

When you suffer a TBI in a car crash

Car crashes occur all too frequently in Tennessee, especially during the winter months when snow, ice and sleet can pose special dangers on the road. Should you become the victim of one, you could also become one of the 286,000 people who suffer a traumatic brain injury in a car crash each year in the United States.

If you injure your head or neck during your crash, your resulting TBI could be a catastrophic occurrence that leaves you with lifelong symptoms and disabilities. This is because the impact of your crash makes your head jerk violently back and forth, causing your brain to likewise move violently back and forth inside your skull. The resulting injuries it sustains to its numerous delicate tissues and nerves may cause it to malfunction, either temporarily or permanently

Fatigue is an issue some truck drivers refuse to recognize

No matter the degree of emphasis put on the dangers of drowsy driving, truckers often ignore the rules and put profit before safety. When it comes to a truck-car crash, the smaller vehicle loses, and the cause of that crash may very well be driver fatigue.

Common reasons for crashes

Preventing rear-end collisions is a priority for automakers

Rear-end collisions are not the only concern for automakers, there are many other kinds of car crashes. However, rear-enders are very common and can cause severe injuries. Safety innovations continue to improve, and car manufacturers hope that one day they will achieve the goal of zero car crash fatalities.

30 years and counting

Prepare for divorce and face property division with confidence

If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you are now facing the prospect of property division, and you are dreading it.

The good news is that, if you take the time to prepare well, the property division aspect of your divorce proceeding will go much more smoothly than you anticipate.

An overloaded truck with a new driver could spell disaster

As a motorist concerned with safety on a busy highway, your first instinct would be to stay away from an 18-wheeler with overloaded cargo. The problem is, you would probably not see danger coming.

Trucks with overloaded cargo can be off balance and hard to control. If a new, inexperienced driver is operating the big rig, the potential for trouble increases.

Do you know what you should do after a car crash?

If you have never been in a car accident, you probably wonder what steps you should take if you ever have that misfortune. If you suffer a serious injury, of course, the matter may be out of your hands. Otherwise, you can gather information that will be very helpful to those who will have an interest in knowing what happened.

The importance of recording or jotting down accident details will only be topped by the need for you to seek medical help, no matter how minor you believe your injuries are.

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