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Driver who was sleeping at the wheel causes Highway 58 crash

A three-vehicular collision that occurred along Highway 58 at Hickory Valley Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Monday, August 22 at around 8 p.m. resulted in four people getting injured, with two of them reported as being in critical condition.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Chattanooga Police Department, a Ford Ranger was seen going in and out of the turn lane as it was traveling northbound along the highway. The Ranger hit a southbound Honda Civic sitting in the turn lane and overturned, colliding with one other vehicle. The driver of the Ranger, who later admitted that he fell asleep behind the wheel, had been trapped inside his vehicle.

Three other people from the other vehicles were hurt during the incident. All four victims were taken via Emergency Medical Services ambulances to area hospitals for immediate treatment.

The northbound lanes of Highway 58 at Hickory Valley Road were immediately shut down following the accident.

Chattanooga Police Traffic Investigations are conducting further investigation to find out other factors that might have contributed to the accident.

If you had been injured in a car accident in Memphis or other areas in Tennessee because of the negligent behaviors of others, do not hesitate to seek legal help from our attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers. Call our offices today at (866) 537-1881 to speak to a qualified member of our legal team as soon as you can.



Transportation data shows that the worst drivers in the U.S. are in the southeast

SmartAsset, a New York based personal finance technology company, released a study that reveals where the worst drivers in the country live. According to data compiled from the Insurance Research Council, the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these drivers tend to live in the Southeast.

The study ranked states according to such factors as drunk driving arrests, speeding tickets, and fatal accidents. The states that scored the worst at these factors included Mississippi, Florida, and Texas.

Insurance Information Institute, Loretta Worters, notes a correlation between a state’s insurance prices and its number of bad drivers. Florida and New Jersey, which are two of the most expensive states with regards to car insurance, are also homes to some of the country’s worst drivers.

If you’ve had personal experience with some of these bad drivers, the personal injury attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and receive compensation. Call our offices today at (866) 537-1881.



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Health Violations at Memphis Dentist Clinic Pose HIV Threats

The SPT Dental Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee was ordered to close down on July 1st by the Shelby County Health Department for putting patients at risk for blood-borne diseases. Inspectors reported having found unacceptable conditions in the clinic such as improper handwashing techniques and unsanitary dental instruments. Therefore, health officials have advised patients to test for Hepatitis B and C, and HIV. While no specific diseases have been officially connected to the dental clinic, a significant amount of patients could have been exposed to serious infection.
“More than 3,000 patients who have been treated there since 2007 could be at risk,” said Alisa Haushalter, the director of the Shelby County health department.

The investigation began when a patient at SPT Dental Clinic reported to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry complaints regarding sterility. Shelby County health officials have since reported on conditions in the dental clinic that were unhygienic to the point of possible disease transmission. Dr. Alfred Brown, the dentist who operated the clinic, has had his license suspended and is currently not commenting on the situation.

Free testing for blood-borne illness in Shelby County is scheduled for Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has availability on weekdays.

The attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers believe that medical professionals have a responsibility to ensure that their patients are receiving the safest care, but, unfortunately, we see issues like this all the time. We are concerned for the safety of individuals in Shelby County, and will be happy to consult with anyone who may have been infected with a serious illness due to the negligence of a dentist. If you believe you have been injured by a medical professional, please contact our medical malpractice attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers today at (866) 537-1881.



Three injured in Tennessee fair accident

At a fair in Greeneville, Tennessee, three girls fell from a Ferris wheel on Monday, August 8. The Georgia-based Family Attractions Amusement company remains operational despite a similar incident that happened in North Carolina in 2013, which injured five people and caused the owner’s son to be imprisoned. In Tennessee, 6-year-old Briley Rae Reynolds, her 10-year-old sister Kayla, and a third girl, fell 35 to 40 feet to the ground after the accident.

Investigators concluded that mechanical failure caused the gondolas to flip over, sending the three girls to the ground and causing Briley Rae to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Kayla sustained a broken arm, and the third girl, only identified as a 16-year-old, sustained critical injuries, reported The Robesonian. Greeneville Police Detective Captain Tim Davis said inspectors hired by the Greene County Fair Board are further investigating the incident to find out what caused the malfunction that led to the accident.

The personal injury attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers have the experience necessary to successfully help people who have suffered from personal injury accidents in Memphis or other areas in Tennessee. Call our offices today at (866) 537-1881 to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.



Sardines Recalled Due to Botulism Concerns

The Greenland Trading Corporation is ordering a recall on Al Rasheed Sardine products from retailers in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The most recent batch of sardines, marked with the expiration date 3/17, reportedly contains Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria cause an especially dangerous form of food poisoning, botulism.

According to the FDA, botulism can cause general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble speaking or swallowing. Anyone currently experiencing these symptoms should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Medical authorities are strongly discouraging the consumption of these products because even the smallest exposure to the bacteria can mean death. Instead, consumers should return the sardines to the place of purchase for a refund.

Defective products such as these can have life-altering consequences. The attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers are experienced in holding companies accountable for negligent practices and obtaining restitution for the victims of toxic food products. Call us at (866) 537-1881 for a free consultation.



Study shows that majority of police officers from 2010-2014 were killed in auto accidents

A report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on Friday, July 29 analyzed the deaths of 684 police officers over a five-year period (from 2010 to 2014) and discovered that 272 police officers were killed in automobile accidents or were hit by a car.

Of 91 police officers who lost their lives while responding to a dispatcher’s call for service, many were responding to calls of domestic dispute.

When examining the 132 deaths of police officers who were either responding to dispatcher calls or were conducting their own self-investigation, one can learn that 129 of them died from wounds caused by guns.

The report was released at an optimum time, as it was “being finalized, the nation is reeling from the ambush shooting deaths of five Dallas, Texas police officers, followed days later by a similar attack on uniformed officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which three officers were killed”.

The financial burden associated with a personal injury accident caused by the negligent actions of other individuals is not only unfair, it is also very inconvenient. File a personal injury claim with the legal help of our attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers if this happened to you in Memphis or other areas in Tennessee. Calling our offices today at (866) 537-1881.



Crash victim’s family suing the City of Memphis

The family of 80-year-old Memphis resident Lucille Grose, who lost her life in a two-vehicle accident on July 18, 2015, filed a lawsuit against the city’s police department. The lawsuit in the United States District Court of Western Tennessee charges the Memphis Police Department and the Memphis Fire Department with negligence. The family is seeking $5 million in damages.

According to police investigations, Grose pulled from a private driveway onto Shelby Drive in her 2000 Mazda when a Ford pickup traveling west on Shelby Drive crashed into her driver’s side door. The plaintiffs claim that even though a DUI police officer came to the scene of the accident, “a decision was made by MPD not to do a field sobriety test for alcohol or drugs upon the defendant of this fatality to see if this was a factor or possibility of drugs and alcohol was a causation to this fatality.”

The car accident attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers in Memphis understand the immediate physical and emotional damages of a crash may be too difficult to shoulder. Call us at (866) 537-1881 to see if legal action could help hold others responsible for your loss.



Soddy-Daisy crash kills one, injures another

The Soddy-Daisy Police Department in Hamilton County, Tennessee has reported that one individual lost his life while another incurred serious injuries in a single vehicular accident that occurred before the Harrison Lane exit along Highway 27 at around 10 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

Both occupants – the passenger and the driver – were ejected from the vehicle and thrown into the roadway.

One individual was declared dead at the scene of the accident while the other was taken to a local hospital by the Hamilton County Emergency Services personnel. Both victims’ names had not been released to the public.

The matter is currently being investigated by members of the Soddy-Daisy Police Department to determine what caused the accident in the first place.

The thoughts of our attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers are with the victim and his loved ones. We understand how tragic vehicular accidents can be and want to treat every case with care.