COVID-19 UPDATE: Team NST remains open and ready to help 24/7. We are able to get started on your case electronically via phone, email, video conference, and web signups.

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Life as we knew it radically changed once COVID-19 became a global pandemic. Social distancing, school closures, lockdowns, and business shutdowns changed peoples’ behaviors in major ways. In March 2020, states began implementing measures to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, namely stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders designed to reduce human to human contact and transmission of the virus. In most states, only “essential businesses” could remain open, and the results were drastic: most of the residents of any given city remained at home on a day-to-day basis. Despite roads being much less crowded, the National Safety Council reported that in March 2020, the motor vehicle accident fatality rate actually increased by 14%.

From January-March 2020, some Southern states have seen among the biggest increases in deadly car accidents: Arkansas (+16%), Tennessee (+6%), and Louisiana (+23%). These figures come even as the total number of vehicle miles driven across the United States in March 2020 decreased 18.6% compared to March 2019. Why are fatal accident rates going up even when most Americans were sheltering at home?

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a 63% increase in deadly car crashes in Shelby County in the first 5 months of 2020, as compared to the same period of 2019. From January 1 – May 26, 2020, THP has reported at least 80 traffic fatalities in Shelby County, but in the same period in 2019, there were 49 lives lost in car wrecks.

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COVID-19-Resource-Center_Top-of-PageCOVID-19 (commonly referred to as the Coronavirus) is a global pandemic unlike any we’ve seen before. With far-reaching public health, financial, and economic ramifications, people around the world are suffering hardship. Tennessee is no exception. All of the sudden, businesses were forced to close, employees unable to work, and schools unable to provide education in the classroom.

The world is changing at a rapid pace, and our doctors are learning about COVID-19 every day. As public officials track the spread of COVID-19 and efforts to “flatten the curve,” new information and policies continue to be released to the public. At NST Law, our goal of creating a COVID-19 resource center is to provide help to Tennesseans affected by COVID-19 as we all try to adjust to our “new normal.” Whether you are wondering about employee rights, unemployment benefits, landlord/tenant rules, information for businesses, family law, and government orders, we hope this section will help guide you in the right direction as you search for answers.

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects 6,590 pedestrian deaths in the United States in 2019. This represents a 5% increase compared to 2018 and the highest number on record since 1988.

Key Pedestrian Death Statistics

  • Pedestrians represent 17% of all traffic-related deaths in 2019, compared to 12% in 2009
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Did you know that scientifically speaking, driving while fatigued has similar effects to driving while intoxicated? Yes, it is true – driving after being awake for 20 hours is almost like driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% according to the National Safety Council. You don’t have to be awake for 20+ hours for the effects of fatigue to kick in. If you are more tired than normal, you can still suffer from lower reaction times and temporary lapses in judgment, all of which affect your ability to operate a vehicle safely. Just one split second of inattention on the road can lead to a crash that can upend someone’s life in an instant.

Drowsy Driving Statistics

Nowadays, people seem to be as busy as ever with work, friends, and family demands all piling up. We want to try to make everything work, and this desire to fit everything in can cause us to push ourselves. Unfortunately, operating on too little rest leads to accidents throughout the country every day.

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Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is proud to announce that 11 of the firm’s lawyers have been selected as Mid-South Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

The following attorneys were named Super Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury:

  • Alex Saharovich
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Uber changed the transportation game. No longer do you have to call a taxi company and wait on the driver to arrive, or stand outside while you flag down a driver. With Uber, hailing a ride has never been easier. However, that doesn’t mean all rides go smoothly. Just like all drivers, Uber drivers are susceptible to getting in accidents that can injure themselves, their passengers, and people in other cars.

If you were involved in a car accident involving Uber, you have the legal burden of proving your case if you want to recover compensation for your losses, like medical bills and lost wages. If you find yourself with a claim against Uber and its insurance carrier, it is recommended that you consult with an experienced Uber accident lawyer. Here is how this type of attorney can help you prove your case.

Confirm the Driver Was in the Course and Scope

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73025625_1456924851123516_2221741798596804608_n-SmallNST Law is proud to support HER Faith Ministries, Inc., a Memphis 501(c)(3) nonprofit led by Rev. Dr. Elaine Y. Sanford, whose mission is “to empower women, to protect children, to strengthen families, and to thereby, change lives.” For over 11 years, Rev. Dr. Sanford has led this organization and positively affected the lives of countless Memphians and their families, often providing help and assistance when they needed it the most.

On October 24, 2019, our firm sponsored a Roast and Toast of Otis Sanford, a legend in Memphis journalism and politics, with proceeds going towards HER Faith Ministries and their charitable work in the greater Memphis community. Otis was “roasted and toasted” by longtime friends and colleagues, including Mayors Jim Strickland and Lee Harris, United States Congressman Rep. Steve Cohen, local politicians, Richard Ransom of Local Memphis 24, and community leaders. His career in the Mid-South spans 40+ years, ranging from his work with the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and Memphis Commercial Appeal, to his current roles with the Daily Memphian, serving as panelist and co-host of Informed Sources on WREG, and serving as Professor with the University of Memphis Department of Journalism.

The event was sold out, which is a testament to Otis Sanford and the mission of HER Faith Ministries. Memphis is lucky to have people like Rev. Dr. Sanford and organizations like HER Faith Ministries. By using spiritual and practical tools, they work hard to help homeless and needy women during hard times and empower them to tackle life’s challenges. This faith-based ministry offers resources like housing and shelter, food, clothing, summer camps, and prison outreach. Thank you, Rev. Dr. Sanford and HER Faith Ministries, for your dedication to making Memphis a better place for all.

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Pedestrian deaths have sharply increased over the past decade – in fact, the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates a 35% increase from 2008-2018. In 2009, the U.S. saw 4,109 pedestrian fatalities, and that number jumped to 6,000 in 2017. These facts surprise many, given the increase in technology and safety features within motor vehicles. Many new model cars come equipped with the latest in safety technology like automatic emergency braking (AEB), object detection sensors, blind spot warnings, and adaptive lighting.  A new AAA study shows this new technology still has a ways to go.

While the new technology does help reduce overall accidents, the question is whether they are as effective when it comes to avoiding crashes with pedestrians. For example, a car that has AEB with pedestrian detection should spot a pedestrian, issue an alarm to the driver, then brake or slow down if the driver does not react quickly enough. AAA recently conducted testing with four 2019 model cars – Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Tesla Model 3 – and crash dummies mimicking humans. AAA sought to test the effectiveness of the pedestrian detection systems.

The testing revealed some interesting findings:

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totsNST was a proud sponsor of the 4th Annual Toys for Tots Trot held in Jackson, Tennessee, on September 21, 2019. The Toys for Tots Trot is an annual 5k run hosted by the Captain Jack Holland Detachment #735 of the Marine Corps League. The race began at the Carl Perkins Civic Center, and the lawyers and paralegals of our Jackson office had a great time participating in the festivities. 100% of the proceeds from the run will go to providing toys for children this coming holiday season through the Toys for Tots program.

The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program has a special mission: “to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.” This non-profit organization seeks to develop the children of our community and unite members of our community. In 2018, the Mid-South Toys for Tots chapter donated 33,322 toys to the benefit of 11,679 children, ranging from newborns to 12-year-olds! NST Law salutes Toys for Tots and the local Marine Corp for their dedication to making the holiday season extra meaningful for so many children in West Tennessee. We also appreciate the kindness of all who donated toys and showed their support at the Toys for Tots Trot.

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race-judicataThis year, NST Law again sponsored the 36th Annual Race Judicata 5K which occurred on September 21, 2019. The course started at the University of Memphis Law School, winded through downtown Memphis, and finished up back at the law school. The race also featured pre-race and post-race festivities, including live music at the Memphis Park and the Promenade.

Each year, Race Judicata is held to support the Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and the Memphis Bar Association’s Access to Justice Program.  The proceeds also help support free community resources such as the Second Saturday Free Legal Clinic, the Veteran’s Clinic, Courthouse of the Day Clinic, and non-conviction expungement clinics. Each year, thousands of low income and elderly citizens of West Tennessee utilize these services for various legal needs, and our firm is proud to help support them.

Thank you to all of the runners who participated as well as the other local sponsors for making this year’s Race Judicata a great success!

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