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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2020 was a difficult year for everyone, as the impact of COVID-19 will be felt for years to come. We all remember the early days of the pandemic, with school closures, lockdowns, and people working from home. While motor vehicle traffic significantly decreased in 2020 due to less cars being on the road, Shelby County residents may be surprised to learn that in 2020, pedestrian fatalities increased by a shocking 60% from 2019, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

The 2020 pedestrian fatality statistic represents a large increase from prior years. For the sake of comparison, pedestrian deaths in the Memphis area in the preceding years were as follows: 40 in 2019, 32 in 2018, and 38 in 2017. Deaths trended higher nationally as well, per the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

The victims ranged from 11 years old to 75 years old. Pedestrian fatalities occurred all over town, including Midtown, East Memphis, South Memphis, and Germantown. 64 of these pedestrian deaths were on foot, while 2 were on bicycles.

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NST Law’s Memphis office is proud to hold a toy drive benefiting Porter Leath for the 2020 holiday season. Porter-Leath is a long-standing charitable organization in the Mid-South, helping at-risk children and families in the Memphis area for over 170 years. Porter Leath seeks to “empower children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle” through many programs, including Preschool, Connections, Cornerstone, Generations, and Books from Birth.

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families face tough choices in terms of how to make ends meet. This holiday season, Porter Leath wants to make sure no Memphis child goes without a present. Team NST proudly supports this mission, and it is our pleasure to help make Christmas and the holidays as special as possible for Memphis families.

For more information on how to donate to our toy drive, please call our office at 901-683-7000.

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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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97235136_1650663521749647_1482458088777711616_oFrom the attorneys, paralegals, and staff of NST Law, thank you to ALL of our nurses and frontline heroes for your bravery and dedication! It was our pleasure to show appreciation by treating nurses at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis to lunch from Broadway Pizza.

COVID-19 has already affected the lives of so many people. Our most sincere thoughts and sympathies go out to everyone who has become infected with the virus and those who have lost loved ones. We are all in this together, as a community. As we fight COVID-19 together, we must give thanks to all of our frontline heroes, including public service employees, grocery store workers, nurses, doctors, paramedics, and so many more. The bravery shown by these individuals is inspiring, and NST Law extends our deepest gratitude.

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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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career-dayThank you to Donelson Elementary School in Arlington, Tennessee, for inviting attorney Corey B. Trotz to speak to their Newspaper Club! The school’s newspaper is the Bulldog Bulletin, and the students invited Corey to be interviewed in the next edition of the paper. As part of the project, the students were tasked with researching Corey and NST Law, and then coming up with the interview questions about his career, background, and the practice of law. The students were impressive – they all came well-prepared with great questions, and a fun time was had by all. We can’t wait to see the finished article in the next edition of the Bulldog Bulletin!
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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.

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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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