November 17, 2014

Millions of motorists take the road during the week of Thanksgiving. If you plan on being one of them this year, take special care to protect yourself and your loved ones from injury by driving with caution and paying attention to the road.

Distracted driving is one of the most common factors in car accidents. This includes cellphone use, using GPS, adjusting radios, reading maps, eating and drinking, personal grooming, and anything else that may take your eyes off of the road. It is always necessary to pay attention when driving, but dangers significantly increase during high-traffic holidays....

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October 22, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has placed a ban on texting while driving for truck drivers. According to the FMCSA, “Texting means manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device.” This ban does not extend to hands-free devices, even those that are used to text or email. The ban is intended to reduce truck accidents caused by distracted commercial drivers.

As with most texting bans, this one almost seems to imply that hands-free devices are safe to use while driving. This belief, while reinforced through the new availability of myriad...

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September 17, 2014

car accident child attorney lawyerCar accidents are the leading cause of fatal injury for children between the ages of one and 13. While it is not always possible to prevent car accidents from occurring, there are steps that can be taken to protect your youngest passengers against serious and fatal injury. One of the most reliable steps is to ensure your child is in the appropriate seat or booster, and that safety restraints are being properly used.

The National Highway Traffic...

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June 17, 2014

Sleep deprived truckers have taken center stage following the serious truck accident involving actor and comedian Tracy Morgan on June 7th. The truck driver that caused that accident had not slept in more than 24 hours, a factor that doubtless contributed to the severity of the accident. Tragically, this type of negligent behavior is not isolated to this incident but is in fact endemic throughout the trucking industry.

Federal Trucking Regulations

Federal trucking regulations place strict limitations on drive time in between rests. These regulations, when followed, are very effective at helping...

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May 21, 2014

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis, an infection of the blood stream, affects as many as 750,000 hospital patients every year. And, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society, sepsis may play a role in over 50 percent of all hospital deaths.

The study, conducted in part by the Kaiser Permanente Northern California division of research, analyzed data from 6.5 million hospitalization records. Of those, 52 percent of patients who died while hospitalized had a blood infection. Researchers suggest many had this infection when admitted to the hospital, but did...

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April 15, 2014

April is National Distracted Driving Month, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted and encouraging people to take steps to end their own reckless behavior.

This campaign addresses all forms of distraction, but focuses heavily on cellphone use – including hands-free cellphone use. There is absolutely no evidence that using a hands-free device while driving is safe. In fact, many studies have found hands-free devices increase the risk of causing an auto accident more than manual devices....

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March 12, 2014

Fatigue has long been known to contribute to truck accidents. Studies have found that driving when you are tired is very similar to driving while intoxicated, and can result in delayed reaction times, short blackouts, and other serious dangers.

To combat trucker fatigue, state and federal regulations limit the number of hours a trucker may spend on the road in between rest periods. However, to remain employed, many truck drivers are forced to ignore these rules and drive long after they are able to safely focus on the task of driving.

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February 13, 2014

Truck accidents often result in serious or fatal injury to the occupants of smaller vehicles. However, getting proper compensation for damages following truck accidents can be extremely difficult.

Without the help of an Arkansas truck accident lawyer, all liable parties may not be properly identified. Unless all liable parties are held accountable, you may never see even a portion of the settlement you are due.

Your Arkansas truck accident attorney from the Duncan Firm will conduct a thorough investigation into your wreck to determine who can be held...

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January 10, 2014

Michelin has issued a recall for 1.2 million LTX M/S tires for tread issues. BMW has issued a recall for 76,000 sedans and SUVs for airbag defects. Volkswagen has issued a recall for 66,000 SUVs and hybrid sedans for electrical issues. All of these were in December 2013 alone. The list of vehicle recalls seems to go on and on, with more being added all the time.

Sadly, many people are not made aware of recalls in time and serious injury results before repairs can be made. If you are involved in a car accident caused by a defective vehicle, you need an experienced attorney on your side.


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December 03, 2013

Google Glass will not be available to the general public until 2014, but incidents involving beta testers have brought numerous safety concerns to light. One of these concerns involves the potential Google Glass has of distracting drivers if worn while operating a vehicle. More worrisome is the use of Google Glass by commercial drivers who can place everyone on the road at significant risk when not paying full attention to the task of operating their vehicle.

Truck accidents are often fatal and almost always result in serious injury to the occupants of smaller vehicles. When you are injured...

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