Blog Posts in May, 2012

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  • Distractions add up and increase the risk of a crash

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

    All it takes is one second for a driver to take their eyes off of the road and their mind off of the task at hand to cause an accident. Reaching for a cellphone, looking down to send a text message and paying more attention to the passengers in the car than the other vehicles on the road are all causes of accidents. And, combining a number of these distractions only increases the chance for a ...
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  • Overcoming Birth Injuries to Give Babies a Fair Start at Life

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

    Every parent's birth experience should be happy, unique and culminate with the delivery of a healthy baby. It should never include the preventable horrors that happen when medical professionals are negligent. Unfortunately, however, birth injuries happen all too often, with six of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. today experiencing some sort of birth injury. During a typical labor and delivery, ...
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  • Study examines the role fatigue plays in medical error risks

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 24, 2012

    Whenever anyone goes in for any type of surgical procedure, it's natural to want to believe that the surgeon involved is well-rested and that fatigue would not be impairing their decisions. And while this may be the case with many surgeons, a recent study looking at first-year surgical residents found the opposite to be a true roughly a quarter of the time. In fact, 27 percent of the time, their ...
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  • What are your thoughts on stability control for trucks and buses?

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

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently proposed making it a regulation for all large trucks and buses to come with electronic stability control. The idea is that this safety system, which became a requirement this year for passenger cars, light trucks and SUVs, could result in the prevention of thousands of crashes and hundreds of personal injuries throughout the country. The ...
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  • CDC estimates there are 4.7 million dog bites a year

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

    While dog bites don't always get the most media attention, it's important to remember that these types of animal attacks still happen, with children and the elderly being bitten the most frequently. To try and combat this, as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which starts on May 21, the U.S. Postal Service, State Farm Insurance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ...
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  • Button batteries present real dangers to children

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 17, 2012

    Real dangers from batteries may be all around a family's home without them even realizing it. Because of this, some are pushing for manufacturers to think of not only the safety of children's toys, but also all products in the home, even those not marketed toward children. Recently, a study that was published in Pediatrics analyzed data from 1990 to 2009 and found that battery-related children's ...
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  • Accident fatalities on Tennessee roadways rise at alarming rate

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 13, 2012

    Just a few weeks ago we posted on the fact that law enforcement in Tennessee was going to be cracking down on risky driving behaviors in the hopes of combating the traffic fatality toll that has been on the increase so far this year. At that time, Kendell Poole, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office in Nashville reported that there had already been 238 fatal motor vehicle accidents in ...
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  • Even though it's dangerous, many teens still text and drive

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

    Even though it is against the law in Tennessee to text while driving, sadly many teen drivers still skirt the rules by sending off a quick message. Of course, Tennessee is not unique in this regard, and rather teen drivers around the country choose to talk or text while driving . However, it does appear that even though many still participate in this distracted driving behavior, more and more ...
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  • Study finds turn signal mistakes cause 2 million accidents a year

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

    While much attention is given to the dangers associated with distracted driving, it turns out that turn signal mistakes -- either not using a turn signal or not turning one off after a turn -- are cited as causing at least twice as many accidents. This means that while there are roughly 950,000 accidents a year attributed to some sort of distracted driving behavior, there are actually around 2 ...
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