April 2016 Archives

Where will you turn after a boating or swimming accident?

Alabama is home to numerous beaches, lakes and waterways, making it perfect for recreational activities such as boating, fishing and swimming. These activities are extremely popular, whether they take place in one of our state's many lakes, rivers or in Mobile Bay.

Can technology prove distracted driving allegations?

In a personal injury trial, demonstrating how another driver’s actions violated applicable traffic rules or conditions might raise a presumption of negligence. Additional evidence of impairment, such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, might serve to strengthen that presumption. According to a recent article, distracted driving victims might soon have another investigative tool in their arsenal: the “Textalyzer.”

Is slowing down trucks the answer to safer roads?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a rule that will require speed limiters on trucks over 27,000 pounds. The rule has been delayed a number of times. Most recently, the date for sending the rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget was pushed back to sometime in the spring of 2016.

Are nursing homes negligent in their medication procedures?

Residents of assisted living or nursing home facilities may require oversight in the medications they take. Some facilities may also have in-house medical staff members that prescribe medications. Yet given the complexities of the modern pharmaceutical industry, are enough safety protocols in place to protect residents from potentially harmful medication interactions? 

Automated trucks? What will this mean for other drivers?

The trucking industry continues to move toward more automated control of trucks, taking away many tasks from the driver. While proponents of this shift to automation say it will benefit drivers, questions remain about overall safety.

Can technology shield a negligent driver from liability?

Technology features are helping drivers to behave more responsibly on the road. Automatic braking features can fill in the gaps left by a driver’s faulty braking decisions, and even artificial intelligence systems may help achieve better driving records. 

Is FDA approval a bar to a product liability claim?

The growth of the pharmaceutical industry seems unabated; with new prescription drugs released every year. Yet the side effects that often accompany the marketing and packaging labels of prescription drugs may raise safety concerns among some consumers.

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