Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Best Attorney in Memphis

If you are looking for the best attorney in Memphis, or the winningest lawyer in Shelby County, Tennessee, or the finest injury attorney in the Tipton County area, you will not find it.

That is because it is not ethical in Tennessee for an attorney to hold themselves out as the "Best attorney" while others may say so, like SuperLawyers or a Readers Choice poll, they cannot say they are the best lawyer.

But ratings are helpful.

Martindale Hubbell highest rated lawyers are called "AV-Preeimnent"

Avvo has a rating system, and anything above a 9.0 is very good.

Google has ratings of lawyers. Often with stars and comments.

Facebook often has ratings of accident attorneys. features profiles and reviews of injury lawyers.

Likewise, Yelp rates lawyers, law firms and related services.

Readers Choice awards are presented to attorneys who are considered by readers to be the best in their field.

Only lawyers with million dollar results are allowed to become life members in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

And, only attorneys with Multi Million Dollar results are allowed in the exclusive Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

As mentioned above, Super Lawyers is a well-known lawyer rating program that uses peer reviews to help rate an attorney.

Memphis Magazine features the face of certain kinds of law, such as catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

Finally, there are various Top 100 clubs of trial lawyers.

These highly-rated lawyer review services may help you find an injury attorney of your accident that can help seek fair compensation in or out of court.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Teen Drivers

As the proud parent of a teen driver, and an injury lawyer, you can only imagine how focused upon safety I can become.
Teens between 16-19 were involved in 963,000 crashes in 2013.
Crashes remain the number one killer of our adolescents, well more than guns, drugs or kidnappings.
Here are a few tips that all teens need to be mindful of:
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY:            Overdriving the brakes and tailgating are common mistakes for teen drivers. Due to their inexperience, they tend to follow more closely than they could stop if the car ahead brakes suddenly.  Braking distance varies by condition and speed, but if another car easily cannot cut in between your teen and the car ahead, he is likely too close.
DISTRACTED DRIVING:        This is finally getting some attention now that texting and driving became illegal in Tennessee a few years back. However, cell phones are not the leading distraction. Passengers are!  This information is part of the reason Tennessee adopted a graduated license programs that does not allow many passengers early on.  In one study, 60% of crashes involved distraction.
SEAT BELT USE:        More than half the fatalities among teens will be among those not wearing seat belts. Frankly, some crashes are simply not survivable. However, being thrown around unbelted turns survivable accidents into fatal accidents.        
SPEEDING:     In one teen study, 79% of single car crashes were occurred simply due to being driven too fast.   
ASSUMING:    Never make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do. The only thing you know about a turn signal is that they have a turn signal on. Do not rely on it. When light turns green, make sure intersection clears before you go. Do not assume no one will run the light. Assume they will.
BEING WAVED OUT:    Do not trust being waved out, especially if the road has multiple lanes.
In general:

Don’t drive like you own the road. Drive like you own the car.

Avoid car accidents

  • Don’t drive like you own the road. Drive like you own the car.