Blog Posts in February, 2012

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  • Study uses video recordings to watch teen driving behaviors

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 29, 2012

    A first-of-its-kind study used actual video clips of teen drivers to determine that teenage girls are more likely than teenage boys to use some sort of electronic device while driving. This type of driving behavior is already known to be a contributing factor in causing motor vehicle accidents that lead to serious injuries and death. The results of the study were released by the AAA Foundation for ...
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  • Tennessee hospitals admit medical errors to prevent more mistakes

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 26, 2012

    Hospitals and staff admitting to errors can help to educate and prevent similar preventable mistakes from happening in the future. However, in the past many medical errors occurring at hospitals in Middle Tennessee were going unreported. But, now new federal policy is really pushing these mistakes to be out in the open, which in turn could end up leading to an increase in patient safety. Under ...
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  • G-force events monitored to predict teen driving accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 23, 2012

    A recent study confirmed what many of us already knew to be true: the riskier the teen driver, the higher than chance of that driver getting into a car accident . The study was led by researchers from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Each of the 42 teen drivers involved in the study had a monitoring device put in the vehicle they were operating. ...
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  • More TN tort reform may make the 'loser pay'

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 20, 2012

    New Tennessee tort reforms have some individuals questioning whether the caps on litigation and punitive damages will hurt victims rather than help them. According to last year’s legislation, non-economic damages were capped at $750,000 and punitive damages were at $500,000. The only exceptions were “catastrophic” losses or intentional misconduct. The new tort changes also limited what can be ...
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  • Guidelines announced to reduce driving distractions

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 18, 2012

    It appears that the devices that were introduced to avoid frustration and make life easier are the same devices that are leading to car and truck accidents . Now, to try and combat the increasing number of drivers who are killed in distracted driving accidents, the Transportation Department has announced some guidelines aimed at vehicle manufacturers to limit the function of navigation systems. ...
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  • Tennessee police believe driver who caused accident was drunk

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 16, 2012

    Motor vehicle accidents can and do happen in Tennessee. And while sometimes these accidents are caused by a negligent driver who accidentally lost control of their vehicle, other times these accidents are caused by drunk drivers who consciously made the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after having too much to drink. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, it appears that a driver ...
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  • Cellphones and driving as dangerous as drunk driving

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 11, 2012

    Right now most people would agree: drunk driving is dangerous. And while this collective agreement is surely a good thing and has led to a decrease in the number of deadly drunk driving accidents, sadly, we all aren't on the same page yet when it comes to the dangers of talking on a cellphone and driving . Recent studies have shown that drivers using a cellphone are just as likely to get into an ...
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  • Some birth injuries are preventable

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 9, 2012

    No soon-to-be parent even likes to think of it, but the truth remains that sometimes a doctor of medical staff's negligence during the delivery of a baby can lead to injury. And while some of these birth injuries are rather minor, like a bruise or a scratch, others are quite severe and can end up affecting a child for the rest of his or her life. According to studies, birth injuries affect one out ...
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  • New Regulation Slated to Reduce Distractions for Commercial Drivers

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 6, 2012

    According to research conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), drivers of commercial vehicles are three times more likely to be involved in a crash if they are reaching for a cell phone or similar object. That accident risk increases to six times more likely if the drivers are dialing. It is clear; when drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses take ...
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  • Guard on semitrailer broke in fatal Tennessee accident

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 5, 2012

    Semitrailers carrying more than 10,000 pounds are required by law to have an underride guard on the back of their trailer in an effort to prevent cars from sliding underneath the truck in an accident. And while truck companies are up to standard on having these guards, an investigation into a fatal Tennessee truck accident found that these bars don't always hold up on impact. The Tennessee ...
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  • Truck crashes into bus in Tennessee after driver sneezes

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 1, 2012

    Every year there are thousands of people who are injured or killed in accidents with large tractor-trailers. These accidents often occur in a matter of seconds, but the effects last much longer. Recently, seven people were injured in a bus accident in Tennessee. At the time, the group of passengers was traveling to Nashville. The accident between the Megabus and a tractor-trailer happened on ...
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