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Move over Tennessee. Did you know you are bmove overreaking the law if you don’t slow down and move over to the farthest lane away when you see an emergency or utility vehicle on the side of a road or interstate? The Move Over Law has been in force in Tennessee for years, yet drivers are seemingly unaware of it.

Emergency workers, highway repairmen and utility workers risk their lives on a daily basis when they are attending the scene of a crash or making repairs on our roadways. The Move Over Law will save lives if drivers abide by it. It is important for all of us to raise awareness of this important safety law to help prevent tragic collisions such as the recent death of a dedicated TDOT worker. 

Tennessee was the 30th state to establish a move over law which creates a safety zone to protect police, firefighters, other emergency personnel, and utility workers. The penalty for violating the Move Over Law in Tennessee is a maximum fine of up to $500 and possibly up to 30 days in jail. Please, help keep our fellow Tennesseans safe on the road. When you see flashing lights or a vehicle stopped on the side of the road, Slow Down and Move Over.

  1. Don’t Leave the Scene: stay at the scene of the car wreck with your vehicle. Make sure you are in a safe place and out of danger. Turn your hazards on to notify other oncoming vehicles.
  2. Protect Your Health: call and wait for emergency responders, even if you think you are okay. Wait for the ambulance to get medical attention. After a car wreck you may be in shock and not notice the severity of your injuries.
  3. Talk to the Right People:  you should make sure all of your passengers are okay and call the police. The police will come to the scene to do a traffic incident report so you have a record of the accident. You must notify your insurance company about the accident but you are not required to talk to the other driver or the other driver’s insurance company. If you hire us, we can communicate with your insurance company so you don’t have to.

Our job as personal injury attorneys is about more than just recovering a fair settlement for you. When you hire us, we are committed to advocating on your behalf regardless of the outcome. We are injury attorneys because we are passionate victim advocates. From beginning to end, we will stand by you during your personal injury claim and advocate on your behalf with the insurance company and in the legal system.

After more than 30 years of dealing with personal injury cases our firm is devoted to making sure that our clients are not taken advantage of by insurance companies. We know that as a personal injury victim you may be up against the aggressive pursuit by insurance companies to minimize your recovery amount. Insurance agents may have incentives from insurance companies to reduce your claim amount and save the insurance company money. This strategy to reduce your claim has become known as a strategy of “Deny, Delay and Defend” used to reduce your potential recovery amount. Insurance companies have virtually limitless resources to try and reduce the amount of compensation that may be payable on your claim. We work to ensure that this doesn’t happen. We make sure your claim is well-supported with proper evidence of your injuries. We will assert your position aggressively to achieve a result that is just. We will stand up to the insurance companies, so you don’t have to.

Honest Advice. It’s What We Do. Larry R. Williams, PLLC

In November of 2015 the Nashville law firm Larry R. Williams, PLLC moved from the historic Barristers Building on Union Street to its new offices in the UBS Tower. DSC_4277-Edit-1

We wanted our new office to reflect how our firm does business. Just like the legal services we provide, our new look is streamlined.

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Larry R Williams ATTY_4345We may have moved spaces but the services we provide are still the same. Our firm is rooted in tradition and excellence and we will strive to maintain the reputation our founder, Mr. Larry Williams, has built over the past four decades: providing honest advice.

Distracted Driver
A recent study by Virginia Tech has found that drivers more than double their crash risk when they choose to engage in distracting activities that require them to take their eyes off the road. The study collected data from over 3,500 participants from 6 different locations across the United States. It was also found that drivers engage in distracting activity more than 50% of the time they are driving. Distracted driving was anything that that requires drivers to take their eyes off the road to use their phone, read or write, or use a touchscreen menu on their car dashboard.

With apps, selfies and instant messaging platforms being all the rage lately, it only makes sense that innovators have come up with ways to exploit the opportunity to reduce the risk of harm from distracted driving.

1. The SMARTwheel – invented by a teenager for teenagers. This is a sensored wheel that will alert parents through an app if their teen has their hands off the wheel for more than 4 seconds. The creative teenager that invented the SMARTwheel, T.J. Evarts has made waves with his invention and even appeared on Shark Tank. When asked why he invented the SMARTwheel, Evarts replied that he saw the invention as a way to ease parents’ concerns when their children start commandeering vehicles on their own, and help to limit the bevy of distractions routinely challenging drivers, a problem that has only grown worse with mobile technology. As this device is aimed at young drivers and teenagers it can be seen as the tattle-tale of distracted drivers.

FloI had a great time trying a car wreck injury case today in the General Sessions Court in Nashville. It was a case that many others lawyers probably would not have taken. It was not a “big” case but it was an IMPORTANT case to my clients, the parents of a 16 year old high school student.

Their son was stopped in traffic and violently rear-ended by a careless driver. Father took his son to the emergency room. A few days later they went to his pediatrician. After being diagnosed with a concussion and neck strain, the pain went away in a few weeks. The lost wages were $390.00.

Teenagers usually do not accumulate a lot of medical bills. They often elect to tough it out and wait for the pain to go away instead of going to the doctor or therapy. The medical bills were only $3,777.00, not a lot in comparison to today’s expensive medical treatment.

According to Forbes, the Nashville Predators have made the top 10 list for least engaged fans. How is that possible?? We at LRW Law Firm are avid Preds fans. Our attorney, Jonathan Williams doesn’t miss a game.

As attorneys and fans, we feel it is only natural to defend this ranking and advocate the truth: the Preds are the best and so are their Fans, and here is why.

#1. Fans with a Reputation

As personal injury attorneys we often come across cases where our clients experience pain, but the pain is undetectable through medical testing. This leaves us the challenge of substantiating our client’s pain without having the benefit of medical evidence to back it up.

Our attorney Jonathan Williams spoke to the obstacles he faces in this regard:Jonathan white background

“Defense lawyers always argue that pain is subjective (based on what the patient says) and there is no test to see if pain is real. Then they try to show examples of the patient exaggerating or pain that is out of context with the injury. They do this to try to persuade the jury to give less money or none at all.”

We would hate to say “I told you so”, BUT, we did mention this. Remember last month when we posted our blog: “A Modern Day Space Race: The Self-Driving Car”. We asked “who would be at fault in the instance of an accident with a driverless car?” Well, it has now come time to find out.

Google’s driverless car hit a bus, check out this video.

Luckily, nobody was injured in the collision. What an odd situation this must have been for the bus driver. He would have seen and felt the impact and in any other instance would be able to exchange contact and insurance details with the other driver involved in the collision. What did the bus driver do in this instance? Was the Google car outfitted with a camera? And if so, was there a Google employee nervously watching as the car slowly crept towards the bus with no sign of stopping? What an interesting situation.

How does hockey help our attorneys? There isn’t an apparent link between hockey and being an Attorney. One could think, maybe its competition? Competition exists on the ice and in the courtroom. But in this instance it isn’t just the competition, there is a deeper connection between sport and a career in law: Passion.

When you look at some of the great entrepreneurs of our time, Steve Jobs of Apple or Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, it is apparent that they were not just passionate about what they did, they were passionate people. Steve Jobs is known for the “dent” he left on the universe but what may not be known is that his passion for calligraphy and design fueled his desire to create a better font for computers. The desire he had to make a better product was rooted in a deeper mission. Yvon Chouinard is one of the most successful, albeit eccentric, entrepreneurs of our time and has made it his mission to make every decision a decision that is best for the planet. He is driven by a passion for a bigger purpose, protecting the environment. In both instances, success in business came from transparency and a passionate commitment to their values.

It isn’t entirely clear what drew our attorney, Jonathan, to the game of hockey. Maybe it was the JW and Habs PaperJW and STanley Cupappeal of a competition or a sense of loyalty to his hometown Nashville Predators team. But one thing that is certain is that Jonathan is a diehard fan. Not just a typical Preds fan that wears gold on Saturdays but the “I am going to travel to Canada in the middle of winter to watch the Preds play” kind of fan. So where is the connection? What do hockey and being an attorney have in common? The common thread lies in the passion for continuous improvement that exists both on the ice in the NHL and in the office as an Attorney.