Blog Posts in January, 2012

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  • Can lane-keeping technology really prevent car accidents?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 28, 2012

    A number of motor vehicle manufacturers have released technology aimed at driver safety and preventing accidents. And while names with claims like "lane-keeping technology" do sound rather promising, it's important for drivers to remember that these systems are not always reliable, and that as drivers we are more prepared to deal with an unexpected event than the technology in our car is. Last ...
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  • Study finds teen drivers distracted by teen passengers

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

    In the past we've focused on the dangers associated with talking or texting on a cellphone while driving. And while these certainly are risky driving behaviors, it turns out that for teen drivers; even just having another teen passenger in the car with them is also risky. Two recent studies, one by a children's hospital and one by State Farm Insurance, both came to the same conclusion: having a ...
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  • Truck drivers banned from handheld cellphone use

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 22, 2012

    Back in September we posted about the fact that after a tragic truck accident , the National Transportation Safety Board had asked the federal government to make a law that would ban all truckers from using cellphones. Earlier this month, that request became a reality when the federal government enacted a handheld cellphone ban for all commercial vehicle drivers. Under this new ban, those truck ...
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  • Teen accident in Tennessee highlights importance of safe driving

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

    In one quick second, a Tennessee teen's life was forever changed when he crashed the car he was driving into a tree. The accident caused the then 16-year-old driver to fracture his ribs, pelvis and vertebrae. Injuries sustained in the crash also led to some of his organs needing to be removed. Now, more than a year after that near-fatal accident , the teen and his mother are very involved with ...
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  • FDA questions the safety of epidural shots

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 15, 2012

    Typically people are given epidurals to relieve pain. However, according to some recent statistics, many experts are now questioning how safe these shots really are. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the safety of what is known as the transforaminal approach, which is when the shot is injected just millimeters from arteries that feed into the spinal cord. The concern ...
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  • Medicare patient errors and adverse events going unreported

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

    Most people find being admitted into the hospital scary enough. And while some may find comfort thinking that medical errors are rare, it turns out that the risk may be greater than some imagine, as the majority of medical errors involving Medicare patients go unreported. According to a recent report, only one out of every seven Medicare patient errors or adverse effects was properly reported by ...
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  • Tennessee families want an end to distracted driving

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

    While much attention is normally given to texting while driving -- which is illegal in Tennessee -- many who have lost loved ones in accidents where someone involved was talking on a cellphone, are pushing for changes to be made. For some parents, the goal is to elevate the risks associated with not only texting, but also talking while driving. When looking at distracted driving from a statewide ...
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  • Dangerous toy recalled for choking hazard

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

    Before the holidays we wrote about a public research group that was warning parents about the fact that there are still dangerous toys on the market, and to do proper research before buying gifts. However, now one popular children's toy -- that was sold during this holiday season in Tennessee and throughout the country -- was recently recalled due to a choking hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product ...
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  • Shhhh...? Quiet Hybrids Pose Risks for Pedestrians but Protect DriversShhhh...? Quiet Hybrids Pose Risks for Pedestrians but Protect Drivers

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Jan 4, 2012

    The safety of hybrid cars has been called into question over the past few years, as studies determined that their quiet nature endangers pedestrians. Unlike noisy gas-only models, hybrids are so quiet that pedestrians can't hear them coming. In fact, this hazard prompted Congress and President Obama to mandate that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set noise mandates for ...
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