Blog Posts in December, 2012

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  • Tennessee police on the lookout for drunk drivers New Year's Eve

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 31, 2012

    Drunk driving puts every other driver and pedestrian out on the roadways directly in harm's way. This is why law enforcement in Tennessee will be conducting increased enforcement to get drunk drivers off of the roadways for the four days leading up to New Year's Day. For while most equate partying with New Year's Eve, the truth is that many also go out drinking the days and evenings leading up to ...
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  • Items left behind a serious surgical error

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

    Every year across the country about 2,000 patients end up having materials left behind inside of them after a surgery. Often times it can take weeks, months or even years for the materials to be discovered, which can lead to complications and another necessary surgery in order to take out whatever was left behind by the original surgical team. Over the past several years, surgical errors where ...
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  • Are crash test dummies representative of average Americans?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 21, 2012

    It's safe to assume most Tennessee residents have seen the videos on the news of the crash test dummies that are used to test the safety of vehicles. These dummies are meant to give an idea of what the human body's response would be in different car accident scenarios. However, while these dummies certainly do have an important purpose, some safety experts are concerned that the size and shape of ...
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  • Study: Alcohol plays major role in fatal wrong-way accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 19, 2012

    Wrong-way collisions are dangerous, especially on highways and interstates where vehicles are closing in on each other at a high rate of speed. Due to the deadly nature of these types of accidents, which claim hundreds of lives per year, the National Transportation Safety Board recently met to address the problem and try and come up with a solution. The NTSB reviewed a study that included 1,566 ...
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  • Children's toys pose risk of eye injuries

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 14, 2012

    Every year there are more than 250,000 children who are treated in the emergency room due to toy-related injuries. More than half of these injuries are to their faces and heads. This is why the American Academy of Ophthalmology is warning parents to think about what toys are on this year's wish list before just buying them. Quite often parents incorrectly assume that if something is on the ...
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  • Distractions lead to medical mistakes for surgeons

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 12, 2012

    Think about your job: If you were in the middle of your work, and someone came up to you and started asking you questions, forcing you to divert your attention from the task at hand, would there be a good chance that you would make a mistake at the original job you were asked to do? While it's not guaranteed every time, one could certainly assume that diverting your attention would increase the ...
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  • NHTSA to mandate black boxes in all cars

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

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has long requested that black boxes, or event data recorders (EDRs), become standard on all vehicles. Now, it appears they will get their wish. Last Thursday, the White House Offices of Management Budget finished its review of the proposal, allowing the NHTSA to begin the process of publishing final regulations. The regulations will change ...
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  • As texting becomes more popular, will there be more car accidents?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 8, 2012

    It can be hard to even picture, but there was once a world without text messaging, and it was not even that long ago. In fact, before 1992 there were no motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee that were caused by a driver sending a text message and not paying attention to the road. Why? Because text messaging did not even exist yet. The first short message service, or SMS text, was sent from Vodafone ...
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  • Surfing the web while driving becoming increasingly more common

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

    Quite often we focus on the danger of texting or talking on a cellphone while driving. And while of course this is still extremely dangerous, and one of the cause of accidents on Tennessee roadways, it turns out there's also been an increase in the number of drivers who are surfing the Internet while driving. Recently, the insurance company State Farm conducted a survey to see how many drivers ...
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