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Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving

Few Tennessee drivers would think of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, but the results of a recent American Automobile Association survey suggest that about one in three of people have driven while dangerously fatigued within the last month. Going without sleep for 24 hours impairs a driver as much as five shots of whisky, yet study after study shows that motorists are willing to take this risk even when they are aware of it.

Drowsy driving is underreported because accident investigators have no reliable way to determine that a driver was fatigued when they crashed. When AAA researchers studied dashboard camera footage recorded in the seconds before a collision, they noticed signs of drowsiness in almost one in 10 of the drivers. The problem may be so widespread because the steps drivers take to combat it simply do not work. Opening a window or turning up the radio has virtually no effect on fatigue levels, and drinking a cup of coffee only increases alertness for a short time.

Understand the truth about the Ticket to Work program

When you're disabled, one thing you may realize is that your abilities change over time. You might learn a new way to do something or develop skills you didn't have in the past.

As time goes on, you may miss working and even find a job that suits you despite your disability. Sadly, you've heard that if you start to work, you'll lose your disability benefits. It was difficult to obtain them to begin with, so that's not a risk you want to take.

Supplemental Security Income is a boost to your income

Supplemental Security Income is an additional benefit paid to those who have little or no income. The goal is for this income to help them meet basic needs when it comes to buying clothing, shelter and food.

It's not always reasonable to expect someone to live on disability benefits alone, which is why SSI benefits exist today. For those who are still struggling, SSI benefits can significantly increase their income and help them live more comfortably.

Settling a personal injury claim? Know your options

After a car crash, the last thing you want to deal with is a long, drawn-out personal injury case. The good news is that cases rarely go to trial. Why? It's usually in the insurance agency's best interests to settle outside of court.

When you have to take a case to trial, the result is unknown. There is no guarantee of how much the judge or jury will award you. There is no guarantee that they'll rule in your favor, but, generally speaking, your injuries will speak for themselves.

Commercial vehicle crashes: What should you expect?

Commercial vehicles are all around you on the highway, and it's no surprise that they are involved in many collisions each year. These vehicles have large blind spots, and drivers can be fairly young and inexperienced.

Despite that, with a booming economy, commercial vehicle use will continue to grow and put other drivers at risk. If you're involved in a crash with a commercial vehicle in Tennessee, you should know what to expect moving forward.

Protecting your children's needs after a car accident injury

A car accident is a frightening and intense experience, even if you are the only person involved. However, if a crash happens while your children are in the car, it may be that much more emotionally significant. Parents tend to be fiercely protective of their children and their futures. After all, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 5-24.

A car crash could instantly change the course of your or your child's life. Any injuries that your child suffers could have lasting repercussions as they continue to grow and develop.

Spring showers can create dangerous roadways

Spring is just around the corner and it can be a dangerous time for drivers, particularly because of the risk of wet, slick roads. This is extremely dangerous when a vehicle's tires are not up to standard. Driving in conditions that you are not familiar with can also cause trouble.

Strong winds and rains can cause devastating traffic accidents. Fortunately, there are some ways you can prepare for the worst, so that you can get where you're going safely.

Motorcycle crashes: Avoiding and handling them

You love riding a motorcycle. It's freeing, and you love the feeling of being one with your outside environment. You get a better perspective of the road, and you are in tight control of how your vehicle moves.

The same is not true of traditional passenger vehicles. In fact, because people are typically enclosed inside cars, they're not as in tune with their surroundings. They don't hear as well, see as well or feel the conditions as well as someone on a motorcycle.

If you were in a car crash, don't make these mistakes

It is easy to make a mistake in the chaos following a car accident. The accident victim may think that they are healthy enough to avoid going to the hospital or tell the other party that they feel okay, even though they haven't had a medical exam.

There are some things you shouldn't do when you're involved in a crash. If you make mistakes, the police may believe that you're admitting fault or cause others to question the severity of your injuries. Below are three things you should not do after a collision:

Social Security Disability: Your right to appeal

Many people realize that the process for obtaining Social Security Disability is often long and fraught with difficulties. If a single document is out of line, it could result in a denial of benefits.

If you've had your benefits denied, you have the option to appeal that decision. To do so, you'll be able to go through several levels of appeals. Here's a little more about what you can expect.

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