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Protect yourself on a motorcycle this winter

Motorcyclists are reaching a time of year where people don't necessarily expect to see them as much. In the winter, roadways get a little slicker, and people start to prepare for the colder weather. While Tennessee doesn't get as cold as some northern states, chillier weather does mean that some drivers expect to see fewer motorcyclists on the roads. After all, who wouldn't want to be in a car or truck rather than on a motorcycle when the windchill could be close to freezing?

Tips on how to prevent jackknifing

Truckers in Tennessee would do well to review the tips below on how to avoid jackknifing. There are two types of jackknifing: trailer jackknifing, caused by hard braking, and tractor jackknifing, often caused by sudden acceleration. In the first case, truckers should let up on the brake, and in the second, they should let up on the accelerator. Then, they should steer out.

Five-month waiting period applies in many SSD cases

All successful claims under the Social Security Disability program have a waiting period of five months during which the person does not receive disability benefits. Because it is a federal program, this is true in Tennessee and across the country. The beneficiaries of SSD payments go through a waiting period of five months beginning in the first month after the disability onset date, which is the date that the Social Security Administration says the disability began.

Study links opioids with initiators of fatal two-car crashes

Opioids can cause psychomotor and cognitive impairment, which is why opioid users should not drive when feeling such effects. Unfortunately, many in Tennessee do. The nationwide opioid crisis has clearly made an impact on auto accident numbers. Of all the drivers who initiated a crash in 2016, 7.1% had opioids in their system. This is a marked increase from 2% in 1993. Now, a new study has found a link between opioids and fatal two-car crashes in particular.

What to expect during the reconsideration appeal process

Tennessee residents applying for disability may be interested in learning what the chances of approval are at the Social Security reconsideration and hearing levels. When a person appeals a decision regarding their disability, the first appeal is called the request for reconsideration. This appeal is sent to the same agency that denied the first application. It is not surprising that in many cases, people are not awarded benefits after they have filed their first appeal.

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