Archive for September, 2012

Do Texting While Driving Bans Meet Their Purpose?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Technology is one aspect of our world that certainly has evolved within the past few decades. We as a society have transitioned from computers taking up entire rooms to simply sitting in our lap, or within the palm of our hand. Today, technology can be seen almost everywhere around us whether it is in our office, home, automobile, and even our cellphone in our pocket. One device that has certainly transitioned to better proportions is that of the cellphone. Cellphones in this day and age can have our lives perfectly scheduled, full of our personal information, oh, and can even allow us to communicate on them.

Technology Meets Terrain

Although cellphones certainly help us every single day they are also actually hurting us as well. Driving while texting, or talking on the phone is extremely dangerous that puts all drivers, and pedestrians at risk in one way or another. Many states today have adopted laws that ban texting while driving, and some ban the use of a cellphone entirely behind the wheel. While these laws are set up for our protection, and for our safety during our time on the road are they actually meeting their purpose and doing their job?

The Results of Texting While Driving

The answer is no. Regardless of laws and bans being in place individuals not only within your community or your state, but the entire country are still driving around reckless on the road while using their cellular device. In the past, we can see a large amount of accidents that have occurred as a result of texting while driving. Yet, unfortunately these accidents were not simply incidents that resulted in a fender bender, but ended with an individual receiving a life-long debilitating injury, or were ultimately killed as a result of the accident.

Today, there are many things in our world that we have absolutely zero control over. We cannot control the weather, what song will come on the radio next, or even the events within our day. However, there is one thing that we can control, which is that of our safety on the road. Make sure when you are operating a motor vehicle to stay away from your phone and stick to be safe until you reach your destination.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

What Can You Expect After Being Involved In An Automobile Accident?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Driving is an aspect of our lives, which the majority of us do almost every single day. Whether we are running errands, commuting to and from work, or even finally being able to head out of town for a well deserved vacation we are literally on the road a large part of our lives. Another aspect of our lives is that of accidents, which also occur every single day on some level or another. However, when you mix both driving and an accident what can you expect as a result?

Feeling The Pain of An Accident

The majority of the time when an automobile accident takes place either one driver, or both will be left with an injury of some kind. While some drivers are graced, and lucky to walk away with a few bruises, or scratches here and there others are left with broken bones, debilitating injuries, and can even be killed. Injuries ultimately come from what type of accident, or collision took place between the two motor vehicles. However, if you think that you got away from an accident without sustaining an injury of any kind think again. Sometimes individuals can suffer from severe pain, muscle and joint problems, as well as internal bleeding after being engaged in an automobile accident.

Making A Dent Not Only In Your Car, But Your Wallet As Well

Another aspect of automobile accidents is that of the financial consequences that result from the accident taking place. As previously discussed, automobile accidents and injuries go hand-in-hand, which will need to be properly treated. In order to get the injuries treated, however, individuals have to either use their health care plan, or unfortunately sometimes must pay out of pocket. Medical expenses can add up very quickly and leave many individuals in debt over time. However, don’t forgot you also probably now have a vehicle that has sustained damage, or has been totaled as a result of an accident, which either will be covered by insurance, or you will have to pay out of pocket.

When you are involved in an automobile accident whether you caused it or not make sure to contact an experienced automobile accident attorney today in order to fight for your case the right way.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

What Can You Expect From Teenagers and Automobiles?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

In our lives we are constantly growing and moving from one aspect of our life to the next. However, throughout our lives we are given new tasks, new responsibilities, and new ideas to consider, work through, deal with, and ultimately understand at the end of the day. Yet, when it comes down to the age group of teenagers they are constantly trying to readjust and are making a huge transition from being that of a child in the past to now having responsibilities and transitioning to adult hood. Driving is one aspect of life many teenagers participate in everyday, but do they actually understand what it takes to be a safe driver?

Teenagers Behind The Wheel

Teenagers have been, and probably will continue to be the age group that most automobile accidents occur within. Many teenagers have the mindset that they can do anything, which they most certainly can. However, they do not truly understand the consequences that result from having an “anything goes” mentality. Today, many teenagers get behind the wheel and are driving distractedly from one place to the next, and the next. Whether they are texting, or talking on their cellphones, playing with their mp3 players or CDs, or simply not focused on the road they are constantly putting not only themselves at risk of being in an automobile accident, but also every other individual around them whether they are fellow motorists, or pedestrians.

Teaching Teens The Right, And The Wrong Way

Another issue of teenagers on the road is the fact that many of them do not know how to actually drive. While teenagers are the ones are now some of the most technologically advanced groups of our day and age they still are not grasping the responsibilities and commitment that is necessary when driving. Many teenagers today do not go the speed limit, fail to signal properly, ignore traffic signs and signals, and seem to just not care.

When you have a teenage driver within your household, or family it is extremely important that you explain driving from both perspectives that of a safe one, and a reckless one. Make sure that your teenager understands what can occur from each one, and how it could impact their life now, and later down the road as well.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Are Ignition Interlock Devices Actually Working?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

In our lives we are bound to make a mistake, or an accident here and there. Actually, we as humans probably make a slight mistake, or have a small accident almost everyday whether we realize it or not. Yet, when we do make a mistake, or have an accident we have to deal not only with the situation, but the consequences as well. When you drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, prescription medication, or other substances you are making a very big mistake, which results in consequences not only impacting your life now, but later down the road as well.

Just Breathe

Individuals who are found to be driving under the influence face many different consequences that vary conditionally on to what degree they were actually committing their DUI crime. One consequence of a DUI is that of an ignition interlock device. Yet, what exactly is an ignition interlock device? While some states have not fully adopted the device into their DUI criminal recovery program other states are meeting DUIs head on with the device. The device is actually like a breathalyzer with the exception that it is actually installed into your vehicle.

So, what’s next you might ask? In order for your vehicle to start, and actually have the ability to drive it requires that the driver of the vehicle blow into a tube that registers their breath on a blood alcohol content scale, or BAC, in order to make sure that there are not traces of alcohol present over the legal limit. While there are many critics to the device, and its overall function new reports are shining a different, more positive light on the device.

Expectations With Ignition Interlock Devices

Recent reports now state that when ignition interlock devices are implemented into a post-DUI program it not only serves its purpose right at that moment with recovering drivers, but also helps those drivers in the future avoid drinking and driving altogether. Many states that use this device within the past year have seen a significant amount of DUI crimes and instances lowered completely.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Are Pricey Vehicles Really Protecting Drivers?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In our lives today we work hard for the money that we earn whether it is mowing lawns and doing yard work as a teenager, or being adult with a full-fledged career. We put long, and many hours of our day into our work, whether we enjoy it or not, in order to make sure we have that coveted paycheck coming in as it is suppose to. While some individuals enjoy saving we now as a society are very into spending our money on items that we truly want, and work hard to deserve.

Pretty, or Problem?

One item that many individuals either save up to afford, or make monthly payments is that of a vehicle. Today, many people are turning to more expensive name brand vehicles with the money that they work hard to bring it. Although this vehicles certainly know how to make an impression, and are very luxurious are they actually protecting you from accidents, or the road itself?

How Tests Prove The Value of Your Purchase

Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a study showing a few figures that consumers, or car buyers may need to know before writing that check for your luxury class vehicle. The study took eleven 2012 model year luxury vehicles from different companies and tested their safety. However, the study concluded that eight out of the eleven scored “poorly” within the test, which is well over half.

Yet, why is this? The study tested multiple types of crashes with different impacts and then recorded the results as they occurred. The test included different collisions such as low-impact, front, side, back, and high-impact collisions. The study concluded that the “crush zones” of these vehicles were not built sturdy enough, and broke easily with almost any blunt impact. Today, these luxury automobile companies are currently working on these “crush zones” to handle more impact than before, but you could not see, or hear about it for another 10 years due to entire body schematics having to be redone completely.

Although we tend to go for the more luxury type of vehicles make sure to check into the safety of the vehicle as well.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Automobiles and Bicycles: Establishing The Fault Line of Accidents

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Transportation is a major portion of our lives, which we rely heavily on each and every day. Whether we are riding our bicycles to class, driving to work, or flying to another location we have a variety of transportation methods in our world today, which go hand in hand with our responsibilities, and even our regional location. Today, many individuals bicycle recreationally as well as individuals using them for short distance travel such as to school, or in large urban areas. While we have increased safety measures and methods for bicyclists who are actually at fault when an automobile accident occurs with a bicyclists involved?

Do You “Get The Picture” of Roadway Safety?

When we envision in our minds seeing an accident occur that involves that of an automobile and a bicycle we ourselves jump to conclusions about who is solely responsible for it. Many times, automobiles are the ones who are assumed to be the one that caused, and are responsible for the accident-taking place. However, that is not always the case especially in this day and age. Today, many individuals are bicycling for multiple reasons whether it is to get healthier, or they simply are trying to cut down on spending, which a motor vehicle can easily add up.

Looking At Safety And Accidents From More Than A Driver’s Perspective

However, studies and reports are starting to show that bicyclists are now not staying on the paths and areas of the road that are specifically outlined for their safety and driving, and operating their bicycles with sporadic patterns. Unfortunately, this puts them in immediate danger from multiple motor vehicle drivers’ who are simply following the rules of the road.  Although bicyclists are at equal fault of accidents occurring as automobile drivers are, drivers should make sure to display extreme regards to roadway safety, and keep a safe distance away from any paths, trails, or bicyclists out on roads, or highways.

Always remember that part of understanding safety is practicing it in multiple aspects whether as bicyclists, or a motor vehicle operator. Make sure to keep an eye out for others no matter what vehicle you are operating on the road.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Parents Behind The Wheel

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Today, driving is an average portion of our lives in which we participate doing almost every single day. When we get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle we are commuting from our home to the office, running errands, or maybe just enjoying the day with a ride around town. Yet, accidents and mistakes are an average part of our lives today whether we can predict their occurrence or not, especially when they occur on roads involving automobiles. However, when we are adults we are under the impression that we fully understand how to operate a motor vehicle in multiple aspects, right?

Parenting 101

One aspect of being behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is that of setting a standard, and being a role model. Whether you believe it or not, children are always looking to see what you do, they learn from your behavior. Unfortunately, today, parents and adults are still behind the wheel texting, and using their cellphone. Some of this stems from the economy.  We are fearful of losing our jobs, and therefore we work longer hours and after hours in order to be seen as valuable employees.  Sadly, this also means we text, surf the internet, and take and make calls while behind the wheel. Youth watch us, and they learn that this behavior is acceptable.  We must change our behavior and set a good example in order to teach the next generation safer habits while driving.

Setting An Example At Home, And Behind The Wheel

Recently, State Farm released a study claiming that while teenagers are still the group of individuals more likely to be involved with an accident in some fashion.  However, their parents aren’t far behind.  An overwhelming number of parents are behind the wheel on their cellular device texting, talking, or emailing. What is even worse about it is that when asked, teenagers stated that they used their cellular devices as a result of seeing their parents and other adults do so.

Remember to discuss roadway and motor vehicle safety with your children. It could not only help prevent an accident from taking place, but it could also save lives.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Senior Citizens behind the Wheel of a Motor Vehicle

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

As we come to a new day we have grown another day older. Eventually, as days become weeks and weeks become months and finally years we gain another year of experiences, emotions, and understanding. Aging is a factor of our lives that we have to come to terms with one way or another whether we would like to believe it or not. However, age brings more than that of just understanding, and patience it also brings that of delayed responses, as well as some mental, and physical health issues. Yet, should senior citizens be allowed to hold a valid driver’s license?

Understanding Elderly Drivers

As long as many of us can remember we have always heard of elderly individuals getting out on the road while driving a motor vehicle and not being able to properly maneuver it, or pay attention to traffic, and the safety of other motorists. Today, many elderly individuals are not the safety conscious responsible drivers they once were. Rather, they are contributing to many automobile accidents. At the end of the day elderly, or not these individuals still help, and love us, and ultimately need our help.

Helping Your Elderly Loved Ones Now and Later

When it comes down to your elderly loved one driving a motor vehicle what should you do? While some elderly individuals can drive the same as the always have, or the majority of the time better others cannot. Sometimes with elderly individuals being presented with the issue or their driving not being the safest, or what it once was immediately go into denial and ignore the conversation and the truth altogether. Yet, it is your job to help make elderly individuals understand the risk they run physically with their lives, as well as financially by the situations they put themselves in to being involved in an accident, and sued heavily for damages they caused.

Discuss with your elderly loved ones alternative methods of transportation that do not require them behind the wheel of an automobile, and ultimately surround them with safety. However, if your elderly loved one has been involved in an automobile accident, they need an experienced and an ultimately dedicated automobile accident attorney immediately in order to fight for your rights, and their case.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

School Bus Safety Tips For You And Your Family

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Once again it is that time of the year again. The Summer sun has now finally turned to the leaves of Fall and cooler temperatures are once again upon us. However, Fall can only mean another thing for students the end of days by the pool and the return to the classroom. School is just one of those things in life that we all have to deal with whether from the perspective of the student, or that of the parent. Yet, when it comes down to public transportation methods for students, such as school buses, are you and your child both update with safety tips you should know, and live by?

Understanding School Buses Inside And Out

School buses have always been known as the “big yellow cheese”, whether we rode them as children, or adults. Today, school buses now have the possibility of being updated greatly with safety belts, tinted windows for students, and even air conditioning units. However, contrary to that of the old days one thing certainly has not changed, which is that of accidents associated with school buses. When a school bus is out on the road performing its purpose of transporting students from one place to another we expect the school bus operator to be 100% safety conscious.

Safety and School Buses Go Hand In Hand

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. In order to make sure you, and your child are safe from school bus related accidents here are a few things you should know pertaining to that of school bus safety.

  • When a bus has stopped, and either has flashing lights, or a stop sign make sure to stop behind the bus and be patient. Students are exiting it.
  • Always be alert of school buses on the road and make sure that the driver can actually see you, and you understand the size of a school bus.
  • Remember when you see a school bus in residential areas to always go the school speed limit allotted in the zone in order to help keep everyone safe.

Remember, everyone has ridden a school bus at one point or another in their lives, and understand safety factors of it to some degree. However, when you, or your child are involved in a school bus related accident of any kind whether it was your fault, or not you need an experienced automobile accident attorney by your side every step of the way.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.

Texting: Who Is Liable?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Technology is an aspect of our world that is constantly changing every single day. The moment that we purchase the most updated, newest item the very next day it becomes either the previous model, or outdated. Although the actual hardware of technology can change, and vary over time their role and function seems to remain the same. The cellphone is one device that is constantly changing with different features, but is still used for its main purpose, communication. Today, texting is a common form of communication, which a variety of individuals participate in all throughout the day.

Cellphones behind the Wheel

However, one place that texting is, and should not be is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Texting and driving today claims the lives of many, and can occur in the blink of an eye all throughout the United States. Research, and studies show that texting while driving, or using your phone at all behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is actually more dangerous than driving under the influence. We see accidents caused by texting and driving, or using a cellphone all the time, which we may actually even ourselves cause, or be involved in. Yet, when it comes down to an automobile accident caused by a text message is the sender, or the receiver at fault?

Sender or Accident Contributor?

Usually, one would automatically think that an individual who reads the text message while driving is at fault. However, one recent case shines a new light on the matter at hand. A 19-year-old man was driving and was texting his mother, who knew he was out driving. As a result, the boy crashed into two motorcyclists, which led to one’s legs being amputated and the other being seriously injured. Today, the attorney of the motorcyclists is claiming that the mother is also at fault for the accident and knew that her son was operating a motor vehicle and texting at the same time.

When it comes down to cellphones within a motor vehicle make sure that yours is put in your glove compartment box, or in your consol. If you are truly the type of individual who is always talking on the phone makes sure to invest in a hands free device that can help you keep your attention on the wheel and the road.

If you suffer any of these serious injuries because of an anesthesia mistake, our experienced Mississippi anesthesia medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assisting victims of substandard medical care obtain the financial compensation to rebuild their lives.  At Barrett Law, our experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers represent injury victims throughout Mississippi.  Our law firm has roots that reach back 75 years so contact us today for your free initial consultation at (662) 834-2376 to see how we can help.