Blog Posts in January, 2013

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  • Study: Drivers know cellphones are dangerous, yet use them anyway

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 30, 2013

    The results of a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that even though the majority of drivers believe using their cellphone while driving was dangerous, close to 70 percent still admitted that they themselves still use their cellphones while driving. This shows that even though people know distracted driving is dangerous, they are still willing to take the risk anduse a cellphone ...
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  • Children's pajamas recalled due to burn injury risk

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 26, 2013

    When talking about recalls and children's injuries, many tend to focus on things like toxic toys and unsafe playground equipment. Of course injuries from these types of toys and equipment are of real concern and do occur, but it is important for Tennessee parents to remember that risks can be present in all types of children's items, including clothing. For example, a two-piece pajama set sold at ...
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  • 2012 saw increase in fatal accidents in Tennessee

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 24, 2013

    In 2012, according to recently released preliminary numbers, there was an 8.8 percent increase in the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents on Tennessee roadways. Within this preliminary data there was an increase in teen and motorcycle fatalities. Drunk driving and not wearing a seat belt also continued to be areas of concern. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation ...
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  • Study finds failure to disclose mediation errors quite common

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 20, 2013

    A recent study found some rather alarming news: Patients -- and their families -- are rarely told when a medication mistake is made in the hospital. This failure to disclose is also even more likely to happen in the intensive care units of hospitals, where many patients are in even more vulnerable states. These medication errors in some cases can wind up leading to death. Researchers came to this ...
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  • Sleep medication morning effects may increase accident risk

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 16, 2013

    There are plenty of Tennessee residents who suffer from sleep disorders and have a hard time falling asleep. In order to catch a night of well-rested, and much needed sleep, many are prescribed sleep medications by their doctors. The point of these is to take the pill, get a good night of sleep, and awake the next morning alert and ready to go. However, it turns out this is not always the case and ...
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  • Police say drivers are becoming more blatant with texting

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 12, 2013

    Going into 2013, drivers across the country can expect to see more police enforcement when it comes to texting while driving. The idea is that drivers who are ticketed will think twice before reading or sending off a text while driving again. They will now understand that not only are they putting others at danger by texting while driving, but that it is against the law too. The hope is this will ...
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  • Recall on portable oxygen units due to fire risk

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 9, 2013

    Many Tennessee consumers like to think that if something is being manufactured and sold that it must be safe to use. However, the truth is that there are plenty of defective products that end up being bought and sold every year by unsuspecting consumers. For some, this leads to injury -- and in other cases -- even death. Take for example the recent recall by Praxair. The manufacturer announced the ...
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  • Tennessee signs serve as safety reminders to prevent accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 7, 2013

    Driving under the influence, driving while tired, and just plain bad decision making while behind the wheel, are all common causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee. In an effort to try and prevent these fatal accidents , authorities in the state put up signs along certain roadways to display the number of traffic deaths that had occurred so far for the year. The hope was that this ...
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  • Study: Teens admit to drinking and driving on New Year's Eve

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 2, 2013

    A nationwide study recently found a rather disturbing statistic: Not only are more parents becoming tolerant of underage drinking, but a number of high school students have admitted to driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs on New Year's Eve. This, of course, puts other Tennessee drivers in direct danger of getting into a car accident caused by a drunk driver . The study was ...
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