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Getting help when a catastrophe happens on the water

Being on a boat is a fun way to spend time enjoying nature. While you certainly hope that everything will go smoothly, there are times when they might not. It is imperative that you know how to call for help if there is something amiss with the vessel. You might also need this if there is a serious injury on the boat.

By law, every vessel must have specific safety equipment on it. This includes a visual distress option if the boat is used only for recreational purposes. There are stricter requirements for commercial vessels, so be sure to know what applies to the boat you are on.

Fatigued truckers can be deadly truckers

Truckers have a dangerous job, partly because they have to do long hauls that can keep them on the road for hours. Because of the nature of the job and the possibility of becoming fatigued, these professional drivers are bound by limits to the number of hours they can drive. In between driving shifts, the trucker must have at least 10 hours off work. But is that truly enough time? Truckers have to take care of hygiene needs, eat and possibly communicate with family members during that short period, so they might get less sleep than what is safe.

The average adult needs to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Truckers average less than five hours each night. Once they do this for two nights in a row, they might have some of the same side effects that are usually associated with alcohol. This means that not getting enough sleep before driving a big rig could be a hazardous event.

What are the 4 elements needed to win a car accident claim?

In Tennessee, you may want to initiate a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused your car accident if you suffered serious injuries. Catastrophic injuries or the death of a loved one are often too serious to attain recompense with an insurance claim alone.

Winning a car accident lawsuit in Tennessee requires proving four main elements before a judge or jury. A personal injury lawyer could help you bear your burden of proof and fight for greater compensation for your losses.

Will contests: The situation must meet strict requirements

A will is the creator's instructions for what is going to happen to their assets when they pass away. This isn't something that is easy for them to consider; however, they do it to lessen the stress on their loved ones after they die. Unfortunately, these wills aren't always what those left behind expect. In some cases, a person will file a challenge to the will, which is also known as a will contest. This one decision can mean that the estate takes much longer to close out and that the process will be much lengthier.

Not just anyone can contest a will. There are very specific individuals who can do this. Typically, it can only be filed by a person who was in a previous version of the will or who is named in the state's succession laws as having a valid interest in the estate.

Tennessee's Miss Bowling 2016 passes away in car accident

A young woman who was named Tennessee's Miss Bowling back in 2016, when she was just 16 years old, has tragically been killed in a car accident. She was 19 years old at the time of her passing and was a sophomore at Drury University, which is located over in Springfield, Missouri.

At Drury, she was so good that she was on the bowling team as an official student-athlete. In her freshman and sophomore seasons combined, she played in a total of 30 different games for the school. She had an average score of 174.2 per game in that time, and she played her way through 786 frames.

Coping with feelings after a loved one's death

The loss of a loved one is shocking for anyone, but when it happens tragically like in a car wreck, it is even more complex to deal with. There is a range of emotions that you can expect after you lose a close friend or family member. These aren't easy to deal with, and you might experience multiple feelings all at once. This further complicates that situation, so you have to be ready to cope with them all as they come.

One of the first things that you might notice is that you can't believe your loved one is actually gone. This type of disbelief makes it hard to cope with other feels. The shock and inability to believe they are gone can cause you to shut down emotionally. You might find that it is impossible to handle many things when you are emotionally finished.

Keep your family safe during your summer adventures

Summer travel is a lot of fun for families, but you must ensure that you are taking steps to keep everyone safe while you are on the road. One of the most important things that you can do is make sure that everyone wears their seat belt. This helps to ensure that they stay as safe as possible if there is a wreck. We know that you want to be able to enjoy the summer adventures you have planned.

While you are on the road, you can't control how other people are driving. It is possible to drive defensively so that you can react to hazards as they come. There is still a chance that a negligent driver will slam into your vehicle. If this happens, be sure that you are prepared to handle the situation.

Who may contest a will in Tennessee?

Throughout your life, you have worked hard to acquire certain assets. If you care about what happens to your belongings after you die, drafting a comprehensive will is a good idea. In fact, wills are often an effective way to promote family peace. As you probably know, though, wills do not always end disputes. Occasionally, individuals must contest a will to be certain they receive their fair share. 

Wills may be invalid for a variety of reasons. For example, the person writing the will may have failed to adhere to statutory and other requirements. Or, the drafter may not have had the requisite legal capacity to execute a will. In some cases, someone exercises undue influence, calling the validity of the will into question. Regardless of the reason, though, before you decide to challenge a will, you must understand the concept of standing.

Cargo loading and securement can be a big liability

All truckers who have open loads must ensure that they are properly secured. While it is possible for things within an enclosed trailer to shift without any issue, things that are on an open trailer might end up falling and causing an accident if they aren't properly secured. When those open trailers have shifting cargo, very serious accidents can occur.

There are a few things that can happen when cargo shifts. It is possible that it will lead to the trucker being unable to control the rig, which could lead to a crash. Another possibility is that the items that shift might break loose from the trailer, which could lead to them going flying. This can also lead to a crash.

Many facets of effects of a car wreck exist

Car wrecks have many effects on the victims. Not only do you have to deal with the potential destruction of your vehicle, but you also have to handle the physical injuries that might come. On top of those, there is also the matter of the emotional toll that these events can take on you. All of this can seem overwhelming in the days following the crash.

One thing that you have to remember in these cases is that it is going to take time for you to feel your best. You need to try to give yourself time to heal physically and emotionally before you try to jump back into your life in full swing. As hard as this is, it will likely help you in the future.

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