Blog Posts in February, 2011

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  • Reporters learn texting-and-driving car accident risks first-hand

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 28, 2011

    To provide a visceral demonstration of the dangers of distracted driving , two state legislators from North Carolina recently invited local reporters to take a turn around the Highway Patrol's training track -- in a golf cart. The idea was to demonstrate that texting while driving, or even just talking on a cell phone, can cause a car accident even when you're going 1 to 2 mph. Several of the ...
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  • Tennessee medical malpractice case reversed for judicial bias

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 25, 2011

    The dismissal of a pediatric malpractice case by a Nashville judge was overturned this week by the Tennessee Court of Appeals. The case, which involved the 2007 wrongful death of a 12-year-old girl after an alleged delayed diagnosis of cancer by a Vanderbilt University surgeon, was dismissed last year by Davidson County Circuit Judge Barbara Haynes. It was later revealed that Haynes is a voting ...
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  • Woman receives wrong breast implants, sues for medical malpractice

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 25, 2011

    When you think about medical malpractice -- especially surgical malpractice -- you probably think of a life-saving procedure being botched, or surgical instruments being left inside the body. A doctor's malpractice can happen in any part of diagnosis or treatment, however, and in any procedure -- including elective ones. In the case of a Virginia woman, the problem was that she underwent breast ...
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  • Private railroad bridge a factor in car accidents in 'the Sylvans'

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 21, 2011

    Residents of two west-side Nashville neighborhoods, Sylvan Park and Sylvan Heights, have come together to work toward changing a dangerous roadway they believe poses a serious risk of pedestrian and car accidents . The neighborhoods lie on either side of railroad tracks privately owned by CSX Corporation, and the residents say that an outdated underpass beneath a railroad bridge is too dangerous ...
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  • Woman texting while driving crashes car into Knoxville home

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 14, 2011

    A Knoxville woman was arrested after she was involved in a single- car accident that caused serious property damage to a home on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The 29-year-old woman was returning home from work when, police officers say, she was texting while driving, causing her to lose control of her vehicle. The woman drove the car off the road, hitting a fire hydrant and then the front porch ...
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  • Car wrecks, trucking accidents, abandoned cars create major delays

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 10, 2011

    Nashville Metro Police responded to more than 100 car and truck accidents in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday's snowfall, which has resulted in abandoned cars littering the city's main thoroughfares. Currently, Metro Police are only responding to accidents with injuries, and abandoned cars will only be towed if they are causing a hazard or blocking the right of way. Three abandoned cars were ...
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  • More drop-side cribs recalled; 20 child injuries, 3 infant deaths

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 8, 2011

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced yet another recall of drop-side cribs -- cribs that appear to be identical to defective drop-side cribs the same manufacturer was forced to recall in February 2010. The manufacturer is Generation 2 Worldwide of Dothan, Alabama. The cribs being recalled in 2011 are SafetyCraft-brand full-size and portable drop-side cribs manufactured ...
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  • Nashville Police Use Unmarked Patrols to Enforce Tennessee Texting While Driving Ban

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 8, 2011

    Passing a law and enforcing it can sometimes be very different things. But in Nashville, at least, Tennessee's law against texting while driving is starting to show some teeth. The legislature passed the law in 2009 and established a $50 fine for violation. Enforcement was initially limited, however, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol gave out only 54 tickets in 2009 and 171 last year. That's not ...
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  • Will more texting-and-driving enforcement reduce car accidents?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 4, 2011

    When Tennessee outlawed texting and driving in 2009, enforcement was spotty. Although distracted driving an estimated 448,000 car accidents with injuries that same year, many people have ignored the law, and most drivers cited for texting were only given a ticket when they were pulled over for another traffic offense. According to a recent story in the Tennessean, the Tennessee Highway Patrol gave ...
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  • Tennessee Traffic Fatalities Increased in 2010

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 3, 2011

    After declining for three years, fatal traffic fatalities in Tennessee increased in 2010. Although the final numbers are still being tallied, the Associated Press reported that over 1,000 died in Tennessee motor vehicle accidents last year. The numbers were not uniform across the state. The Memphis District of the highway patrol reported a decrease of 26 fatalities last year compared to a year ...
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  • Nashville man pulled under vehicle, killed trying to catch a bus

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 2, 2011

    A heartbreaking bus accident took place on Saturday. A 49-year-old Nashville man was trying to catch a bus at the Music City Central bus terminal around 8 p.m., but the bus had already pulled out of the terminal and was about to make a right turn. The man chased the bus and, as the bus was moving banged on the rear windows, trying to get it to stop for him. Somehow, the man was pulled under the ...
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  • Oakland, Tennessee, Explosion

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 2, 2011

    A worker was killed in an early-January explosion at the Kinematics Research facility in Oakland, Tennessee. The city's Fire Chief, Rudy Doyle, told WREG News that the fire's ignition source was not immediately known. Kinematics Research is a worksite that uses volatile materials - it manufactures ammunition. After the explosion, four employees escaped from the plant while shells continued ...
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  • Senator Fred Thompson - Tennessee's Current Civil Jury System Doesn't Need Fixing

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 2, 2011

    Former Senator Fred Thompson recently wrote an op-ed piece explaining why placing caps on damages is wrong for Tennessee. Senator Thompson states: "Some argue that the legislature should tell Tennessee juries that they can award only so much compensation in certain types of cases against certain types of defendants - regardless of the facts and circumstances of the case. I don't agree with this ...
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