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Sunroofs make the list for dangerous products in Tennessee

When shopping for a new car in Tennessee, those in the market for a new vehicle may have an idea of the additional options that they would like to see in their new car. Heated seats, Bluetooth capabilities and a sunroof are some of the additional options that can make a car look nice and allow the driver a sense of comfort while operating the vehicle. But some of these additional options can be harmful or hazardous; in fact, one vehicle upgrade has fallen on at least one dangerous products list.

A recent investigation by Consumer Reports has found that, even though the occurrence is rare, the explosion of a sunroof can and does happen. The findings found that sunroofs simply shatter, regardless of the month of the year, the time of day, where the vehicle was manufactured, or while the car was in motion or stationary. Should the explosion occur while the vehicle is in operation, the potential for a hazardous or life threatening situation could occur.

Whistleblower protection under SOX

Tennessee workers are covered by various federal laws that protect them from discrimination and ensure that they are treated and paid fairly. Whistleblowing, which in legal terms means reporting an employer for some violation of the law or of safety standards, is protected as well. This means that if an employee fires or retaliates against an employee who blew the whistle, the employer is breaking the law, and the employee could bring a legal case against the employer. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is one of the laws that protects corporate whistleblowers.

Under SOX, a whistleblower who is retaliated against could receive damages including back pay, reinstatement, attorney's fees and special damages. The latter could include mental anguish, damaged reputation, personal humiliation or other harm that is not financial. Back pay is offset by earnings the whistleblower received in the interim, but it includes salary increases that the employee would have obtained if the retaliation had not occurred.

Tennesse car accidents claim the lives of 2 more

Traffic laws and speed restrictions are in place on all roads to help ensure that drivers and their passengers arrive safely at their intended destinations. Most people who operate a motor vehicle are on the defensive when they drive, which helps in decreasing the likelihood of car accidents in Tennessee. Some drivers become distracted or get behind the wheel while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Authorities were called to the scene of a deadly accident on a busy road. One vehicle was heading north and the other was heading south. The vehicle heading north crossed the center lane and struck the southbound car head on.

Insurance companies may brush off low-impact crash injuries

If you are the victim of a low-impact collision, you may think your car suffered most of the damage. It might be days before you realize you have sustained an injury since the symptoms may not show up right away.

Low-impact crashes can cause significant soft tissue injuries that are not visible to the naked eye. Since the insurance company you plan to approach for compensation wants to protect its policyholder — the driver who rear-ended you — an agent may try to deny your claim, inferring that you are faking your injury.

Wrongful death case possible following Tennessee crash

Even knowing of the fragility of life, the sudden death of a loved one is typically always difficult for family members. Often when the loss is the result of a preventable accident, families find it even more difficult to come to terms with their loss. Unfortunately, a family in Tennessee may be considering their legal options -- including filing a wrongful death lawsuit -- after a fatal car accident.

The incident reportedly happened during the early morning hours of a day in late September. Many of the details regarding the cause of the accident are unclear. However, the vehicle apparently caught fire after the crash.

Fatal car accidents: Arrest made in Tennessee

Even when the road is filled with vehicles driven by safe drivers, there will still be accidents. However, once an accident happens, drivers who are involved are legally obligated to remain at the scene. Unfortunately, this does not occur in many car accidents. For example, police in Tennessee recently arrested a woman who they say left the scene of an accident that resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in September. According to reports, two people, a 29-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were standing in the bike lane on a Tennessee bridge. Police believe that they were struck by a sports utility vehicle driven by a 23-year-old woman.

Wrongful death: Charges filed months after Tennessee crash

When another's actions result in a fatality, surviving family members often need to pursue justice to help them come to terms with their loss. Unfortunately, the criminal justice process can be a lengthy one. For example, charges were only recently filed as a result of a fatal Tennessee crash that happened in March. However, there are paths to justice other than criminal charges, including a wrongful death lawsuit.

The incident that led to charges happened during the early mornings hours of a day in late March. According to police, a pickup was traveling north with a 25-year-old male and a 22-year-old female. The truck reportedly left the roadway and overturned.

Employment law: Educator files wrongful termination lawsuit

Most people in Tennessee do not expect to lose their job as a result of standing up for what is right. For example, the decision to support a co-worker as she pursues sexual discrimination claims against the CEO of the company should not be grounds for termination. In a recent employment law case, a woman in another state claims that she was the victim of such action.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff began working in 2011 for Aspira Inc, a Latino company that operates out-of-state charter schools. While she was reportedly hired as the curriculum director, she claims that she was awarded several promotions and was praised for her work. The suit alleges that her situation changed in Nov. 2014 when she aided another co-worker in her sexual harassment allegations against the CEO.

Tennessee wrongful death: Fatality when SUV, truck crash

The vast majority of drivers in Tennessee are committed to following traffic laws to protect themselves as well as others they may encounter. However, a single reckless action can quickly result in a fatal accident that will have ramifications for years to come. A wrongful death lawsuit could potentially follow a recent crash that resulted in the loss of life.

According to reports, the accident happened just before 4 p.m. on a day in August. The two vehicles involved, a sports utility vehicle and a tractor-trailer, were reportedly headed the same direction on a Tennessee roadway. Police say that the driver of the truck, a 42-year-old man, was slowing to make a right turn when the 33-year-old driver of the SUV attempted to pass the truck on the right, utilizing the shoulder of the road.

Aging presents injury risks for older motorcycle riders

As an older motorcycle rider, you probably feel younger than you are when you take your bike out for a spin on the open road. Being part of the sixty-and-over crowd, you enjoy the camaraderie of other motorcyclists of your generation who feel the same way.

Life is laid-back at this stage, and you look forward to new adventures with your motorcycle. However, you may be beginning to realize there are certain limitations to your riding ability, and they have to do with the aging process.

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