November 2015 Archives

Unsafe driving behaviors threaten Alabama's holiday shoppers

With the official kickoff of the holiday season upon us, some shoppers may find themselves defending against the unsafe habits of other drivers on Alabama's roads and highways. Unfortunately, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that negligent driving may result from more than just hurried shoppers battling traffic congestion.

Drive safely over the holidays. Alabama drivers are at increased risk for deadly car crashes.

With the upcoming holiday season, drivers should think about how to stay safe during their travels. Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration shows that people in Alabama are among the most likely in the country to be victims of deadly car accidents.

Does a class action settlement bar product liability claims?

Readers may have heard about a $30 million settlement involving gun maker Taurus International and the plaintiffs in a product liability class action lawsuit. The company agreed to that sum to settle claims about an allegedly defective trigger design in nine types of Taurus pistols. Around 1 million pistols are implicated by the class action litigation.

Do patterns emerge from large truck accident crash data?

In an effort to keep America's roads and highways safe, a federal agency called the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects crash data. A recent fact sheet about large truck accidents reveals some notable information.

Is anything being done to reduce nursing home abuse and neglect?

It may be hard to believe, but nursing home abuse or neglect may affect 10 percent of the elderly population. That rate may be even higher for elderly residents who are mentally disabled or require around-the-clock care. For example, half of elderly Americans with dementia might be victims of abuse. Yet less than 0.04 percent of elder abuse cases are typically reported to agencies.

Are there objective indicia of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Helping a loved one transition to a nursing home or residential care facility can be a difficult process. Thanks to an online rating system published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the process can at least be informed. 

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