Even before the recent monster storm "Jonas" piled its winter precipitation on the hapless citizens of Tennessee and a dozen other states, people here were fighting the slick roads for several days. As early as Jan. 19 and 20, snow-covered conditions were being reported throughout the state. Car accidents related to the weather were higher than normal and a serious problem in many counties in the state.
Tennessee is one of the states with the highest numbers of uninsured drivers, with 660,000 of them. The penalties here for driving without insurance have been relatively easy-going. However, recent laws in the state point to a change in policy. There appears to be a growing crackdown on motorists caught driving without insurance. One of the main reasons for the change is to alleviate the hardship that occurs when an uninsured, at-fault driver causes serious injury and leaves the victims without compensation.
Tennessee has many lakes, streams and rivers that play host to a large population of boating enthusiasts. Unfortunately, boating accidents account for many injuries and deaths each year. In many instances, where a person is killed or injured by negligent boating operations, a monetary recovery for the victim or for a deceased victim's family may be possible. The interplay of federal and state laws makes it necessary, however, that a claim be handled by an attorney with experience in such claims.
Another Tennessee family has been devastated by the callous disregard of motorists who are too much in a hurry to look where they are going. It happened on Dec. 31 to a husband, his wife and their 7-year-old twin boys. They were stopped properly at a red light on Dinah Shore Boulevard when they were rear-ended by a car reportedly going at a high rate of speed. The impact of the car crash sent the family of four and their crushed minivan into the front of a truck also stopped for a red light.