Archive for October, 2015

Final BP Settlement for Gulf Oil Spill Now Set to $20.8 Billion

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Recently, the Justice Department reached its final settlement with BP and the figure has risen to $20.8 billion. This large settlement, the biggest environmental settlement in the nation’s history and the largest civil settlement with any single entity, comes after years of litigation against BP for its liability in the 2010 oil spill that impacted the Gulf of Mexico.  The settlement is being considered a major step forward in the nation’s attempt to deliver justice to the gulf region that was so heavily impacted by the oil spill.  The 2010 oil spill remains the biggest environmental disaster to ever strike our country and its legacy is sadly lasting.

The settlement will now resolve the 2010 lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against BP. It includes a civil claim under the Clean Water Act which will equate to $5.5 billion as well as natural resource damage claims under the Oil Pollution Act in the amount of $7.1 billion.  It additionally includes economic damages claims to go to the Gulf states that were impacted most severely by the spill—Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Texas.

Previously, the settlement was predicted to be $18.7 billion. However, in fine tuning the figures, the monetary amount went up to cover all necessary costs.  Billions of dollars will go towards ongoing restoration efforts in the area where wildlife and plants continue to display signs of damage due to the mass amounts of oil spilled in the region.

In other BP news, the state of Alabama reached a settlement with Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, which owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in 2010. The funds will go to the state’s General fund.  At least one politician has criticized the allocation of these funds, claiming that they should instead go to those communities along the coast that were most affected by the spill.

A Natural Disaster that Continues to Affect Many

The 2010 BP oil spill caused more than three million barrels of oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven employees were killed instantly in a catastrophic explosion, and thousands of individuals and businesses saw their livelihoods become deeply impacted by the spill.  Fishermen, restaurant owners, tourist dependent businesses, real estate developers and brokers, and many more found their business depleted due to the spill.  While many of those affected by the spill were able to file claims against BP and receive some sort of compensation, they often did not receive coverage for the full extent of their losses.  Even further, some are still awaiting funds from BP for their oil spill losses.

If you need assistance with any issue related to the BP oil spill, do not delay. Contact a BP oil spill attorney today for an in-depth analysis of your legal rights.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Helping Those Impacted by the BP Oil Spill

It has been five years since the BP oil spill devastated the Gulf Coast area. After all this time, many individuals and businesses are still struggling to obtain the compensation they deserve.  Many remain impacted by this monumental disaster.  If you need assistance with your BP oil spill claim, contact the Mississippi BP Oil Spill Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC.  Our outstanding Mississippi law firm has been there from the start to help those impacted by the oil spill and we will remain until the conclusion.  Your time to receive compensation is limited, so contact Barrett Law, PLLC as soon as possible to discuss your potential oil spill issue.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Log Truck Driver Injured While Attempting To Avoid Deer

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Recently, a log truck driver sustained minor injuries while attempting to avoid hitting a deer. The Mississippi Highway Patrol reports that the driver of an 18 wheeler log truck was traveling east on Mississippi 28 when he lost control and overturned, spilling logs across the roadway.  The driver informed troopers that he was trying to avoid hitting a deer.

Mississippi is Home to a Number of Deer Caused Car Accidents Annually

State Farm Insurance ranked Mississippi number five for one of the states with the highest rates of deer related crashes. According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, more than 3,400 vehicles were involved in accidents with deer in the state in 2014.  Some one in 88 drivers will statistically collide with a deer this year.  Sadly, these numbers are actually an improvement over prior years.

The Mississippi car accident attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC caution all drivers to be on the lookout for deer as we move into fall. We have witnessed the serious accidents that deer can cause and want to offer the following tips to help keep residents safe around this wildlife:

  1. Be on alert: Deer become more active during the months of October through January. It is particularly important during these months for drivers to be on the alert and drive defensively. About half of all car accidents involving deer occur during the hours of 5 p.m. to midnight, while another 20 percent happen in early morning hours.   During these hours, it is of the utmost importance to use caution and be on the lookout for deer.
  2. Watch for posted areas: When driving, watch for posted deer crossing signs. These signs have been placed in the area because it is a known area for large deer populations that may cross the road. Deer crossing signs are most likely to be found in heavily wooded areas.
  3. Look for eyes: Drivers will often spot deer by the shine of their eyes, especially at night or during the early morning hours. Slow down right away if you catch a glimpse of eyes by the side of the road.
  4. Wear your seatbelt and drive slow: If you do run into a deer, your seatbelt could save your life. Be sure to always wear your seatbelt each and every time you get into the car. Travel at a safe speed, slowing down even further than the speed limit when traveling around curves or through areas that show signs of deer activity.
  5. Use caution if you swerve to avoid a deer: Unfortunately, at times, drivers will forced to decide in a split second whether to hit a deer or swerve to avoid it. While avoiding the deer collision is always preferable, swerving can at times be dangerous. Before you swerve, check in your mirrors and in front of your vehicle to ensure you will not hit another vehicle or lose control of your car.If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC. Our preeminent Mississippi law firm has assisted injured car accident victims and their families for over 75 years. We fight for our injured clients to receive the coverage they deserve for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time within which to file a claim after your injury. Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Put Our Decades of Experience to Work on Your Automobile Accident Case!

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC. Our preeminent Mississippi law firm has assisted injured car accident victims and their families for over 75 years.  We fight for our injured clients to receive the coverage they deserve for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time within which to file a claim after your injury.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys Discuss Pharmaceutical Fraud: Part I

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Pharmaceutical whistleblower lawsuits are often brought against drug companies that encourage or actively promote doctors to prescribe drugs for off label uses, provide kickbacks to doctors for prescribing certain medications, or fail to comply with FDA safety regulations and manufacturing specifications. These lawsuits can be filed by current or former employees of the drug company, pharmaceutical sales representatives, or other healthcare providers.  Those who successfully bring an action against the fraudulent pharmaceutical company could receive a significant recovery for their brave whistleblowing.

If you have discovered a pharmaceutical company is defrauding the federal government and taxpayers, contact the whistleblower attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC. We will fight for you to hold the pharmaceutical company accountable and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.  Whether you have already blown the whistle and need assistance in your action or you are preparing to blow the whistle, contact our attorneys as soon as possible to obtain the legal assistance you need.

Below we begin our look at pharmaceutical fraud, discussing the marketing of drugs for off label uses and illegal kickback programs that both give rise to potential whistleblower actions:

Marketing Drugs for Off Label Uses               

When the FDA approves a prescription drug, it approves that drug only for the treatment of a specific medical condition. This approval comes after the completion of clinical trials that demonstrate the drug is effective and safe to treat just the particular order analyzed.  It is against the law for pharmaceutical companies to encourage doctors to prescribe their drugs for any use not approved by the FDA.  For instance, if the FDA has approved a drug to treat depression, but the pharmaceutical company informs doctors that it is also effective at treating anxiety or other conditions, then the company is engaging in misbranding, which is illegal.

The misbranding of drugs has spurred an increasing number of whistleblower actions. In some cases, pharmaceutical companies have actually encouraged their representatives, pharmaceutical or drug reps, to tell doctors about potential off-label benefits of their products.  There have been several recent successful whistleblower actions based on misbranding or drugs filed under the False Claims Act.

Anti-Kickback Whistleblower Actions

Pharmaceutical companies are prevented under federal law from offering doctors any form of compensation in exchange for prescribing their drugs. Federal law prevents doctors fro, providing rebate programs, bribes, and other indirect or direct payments to doctors for prescribing certain drugs.

Federal law further makes “tying” drugs illegal. This occurs when the pharmaceutical company offers a discount on one drug to encourage the purchase of another drug.  This illegal practice can give rise to a cause of action under federal law.

Anyone who has uncovered potential pharmaceutical fraud should consult with a licensed whistleblower attorney as soon as possible. Whistleblower actions are complicated and require experienced assistance.  With the help of a whistleblower attorney, you can hold the pharmaceutical company responsible for its fraudulent actions.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Assisting in Complex Qui Tam and other Whistleblower Actions

Whistleblowers perform a vital function for the United States government and citizens across the nation. Whistleblowers may be eligible to receive considerable sums for bringing fraud to light through qui tam lawsuits.  If you are preparing to blow the whistle or have experienced retaliation due to a whistleblowing complaint, contact the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC.  Our outstanding Mississippi law firm will provide the experienced representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.  Your whistleblower action is time sensitive so contact our office as soon as possible.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

One Killed in Mississippi Accident Involving Three 18 Wheelers

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Recently, a truck driver died following an accident involving three 18 wheelers on Interstate 10 near Diamondhead. Local authorities report that the driver became trapped inside his truck when it caught fire.  The 44 year old victim was from Georgia. The Mississippi Highway Patrol reports that two of the trucks were rear-ended, creating a domino effect.  The first truck collided into the rear of a semi truck, causing the trucks to become entangled and a fire to erupt.  One of the semi trucks then rammed into a tanker.  The tanker was transporting a corrosive chemical, but fortunately none of the chemical leaked out of the truck.  An accident reconstructionist is still working to uncover the cause of the accident.

Chain Reaction Truck Accidents

Any tractor trailer accident has the potential to cause serious injury or death. When multiple tractor trailers or multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, often many people will be injured or killed.  Chain reaction crashes are defined as any accident involving several vehicles with one or more vehicles starting a series of events that led to the accidents.

There are several types of chain reaction crashes. An example of a simple form of a chain reaction accident would be several vehicles stopped at a light and one slams into the vehicle in front of it, sending that car or truck into the following car.  In this instance, the vehicle that stated the chain reaction would likely be the vehicle liable for the damages inflicted.

Another common chain reaction accident is as follows: Vehicle A rear ends Vehicle B, and Vehicle C hits Vehicle A because it was following too closely.  In this scenario, it is likely the driver of Vehicle A who would be liable to the driver of Vehicle B for any injuries and damages inflicted, but the driver of Vehicle C may be liable to the driver of Vehicle B as well.

As you can see, chain reaction accidents can be quite complex and there are often several potentially liable parties. When one or more commercial trucks are involved, the accident becomes even more complicated with the involvement of multiple trucking companies.  Some of the most common trigger events of chain reaction crashes include:

  • Rear end accidents
  • Jackknifing trucks
  • Accidents resulting from speeding
  • Sudden stops
  • Bad weather accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Failure to stay in a lane

If you have been injured in a chain reaction crash that involved one or more trucks, contact a licensed truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will review the accident and uncover all possible parties that may have been liable for your injuries or damages inflicted in the accident.  These complicated cases will require thorough investigation and an experienced attorney who will fight for you to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Seeking Justice for Truck Accident Victims

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, contact the Mississippi Truck Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC. Our preeminent Mississippi law firm has assisted injured truck accident victims and their families for over 75 years.  We fight for our injured clients to receive the coverage they deserve for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time within which to file a claim after your injury.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Wearable Technology Could Impact Workers’ Compensation Claims in the Future

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

In recent years, wearable technology has become exceedingly popular with individuals and may soon also influence businesses. Wearable technology is a term used to refer to miniature electronic devices that can be worn under your clothing or on top of the clothing, but are attached to the body is some way.  They can even be a part of your clothing.  Fitbits, Google Glass, Nike Fuelbands, and Golden-I are all examples of such technology and more are soon to come.  These devices can collect a variety of data, including the eating, exercising, and working habits of the wearer.  These devices are then capable of transmitting this data to third parties, including insurance companies.

Some makers of wearable technologies are now predicting that these devices could revolutionize the workers’ compensation realm. The devices will impact employees by potentially helping to prevent workplace injuries, keeping routine injuries from becoming more serious problems, and improving the long term health of employees who have already sustained serious injuries. For instance, wearable technologies could monitor the posture of employees and their frequency of exercise.  This data could lead to changes in the workplace, such as more ergonomic furniture and increased exercise breaks.  Further, wearable technologies could sense when employees are using equipment incorrectly or could determine whether an injured employee returning to work is taxing him or herself too much.

From the point of workers’ compensation claims, wearable technology could provide useful data to assist in your claim. An employee who begins to experience pain or other signs of injury could review wearable technology data to uncover how the injury may have started.  This could assist injured workers in filing workers’ compensation claims for slowly developing ailments, which traditionally present some difficulties for claimants.

Wearable technologies could further assist employees in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits for the full duration necessary. These technologies could indicate whether an employee is not ready to return to full workplace duties.  The makers of these technologies predict significant advances in future years that would do even more than this.  New technologies could assist greatly in rehabilitation.

Insurance Companies are Employing Wearable Technologies Now

A few insurance companies are already employing the use of wearable technologies, with many more considering their use. It is likely that in the years to come, these technologies may be commonplace in most workplaces.  For now, any employee injured in an accident should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.  Your attorney will review your claim and fight for you to obtain the full compensation you deserve.  Injured employees will often be eligible to receive coverage for medical expenses, part of your lost wages, prescription drug costs, rehabilitation costs, and more.  If your claim has been denied, you could still receive the coverage you need with the assistance of an experienced attorney.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Distinguished Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you have been injured on the job, contact the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC. Our outstanding Mississippi law firm has assisted injured workers and their families for over 75 years.  We fight to see that our injured employee clients receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve, including compensation for medical expenses, time off work, and much more. We will also evaluate your injury to uncover whether you may have the right to pursue additional compensation from a third party.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time within which to file a claim after your injury.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys Discuss Pharmaceutical Fraud: Part II

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Pharmaceutical fraud is a growing problem and the number of whistleblower cases brought due to the fraudulent actions of pharmaceutical companies is on the rise. In Part I of this two part series we discussed two common types of pharmaceutical fraud:  off-label marketing of drugs and illegal kickbacks.  These two types of fraud can engender the lives of patients by encouraging the use of drugs unapproved for particular conditions simply due to illegal incentives on the part of the pharmaceutical company.

At Barrett Law, PLLC, we believe that pharmaceutical companies must be made to comply with federal law. Federal laws regarding prescription drugs and their use are essential for the safety of consumers.  If you believe you have uncovered an act of fraud or have already initiated a whistleblower action, contact our experienced attorneys as soon as possible.

The following is a look at some additional pharmaceutical fraud actions:

Whistleblowers and FDA Regulations Regarding Quality and Control Procedures

The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) makes the sale of any adulterated drug illegal. All drugs must comply with the methods and quality control procedures used in the creation, processing, packing, and holding of drugs.  Drugs that do not comply are considered adulterated and therefore not able to be sold.  These regulations are necessary to ensure drugs are safe for their intended use and each drug on the market has the quality and purity characteristics that the drug is supposed to contain.

Federal regulations require drug companies have an adequately trained staff, proper equipment, and follow stringent manufacturing processes. Failure to comply with federal pharmaceutical standards is considered fraud.  Whistleblowers who bring this fraud to light can uncover substantial sums.

Clinical Trial Fraud

Clinical trial fraud happens when a pharmaceutical company submits false data to the FDA in order to receive approval for a new drug. If the pharmaceutical company misrepresents the outcome of trials in order to boost the supposed effectiveness of a new drug, it is committing an illegal act and it can be held accountable through a whistleblower lawsuit.  Anyone who uncovers that a pharmaceutical company is falsifying clinical trial data should consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

Another cause of action exists when drug companies misrepresent medical devices. Medical devices will not need FDA approval if they are the substantial equivalent of a product already on the market.  Misrepresenting a medical device so as to avoid the FDA approval process can result in liability on the part of the pharmaceutical company.

If you have uncovered any form of pharmaceutical fraud, consult with a licensed whistleblower attorney who can assist you in bringing a whistleblower action. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, you may be eligible to receive considerable compensation.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Experienced and Dedicated Whistleblower Attorneys 

Whistleblowers are necessary to hold the pharmaceutical companies accountable and keep them in compliance with the law. Whistleblowers put their lives and careers on the line to uncover fraud, but they may be eligible to receive considerable sums for bringing fraud to light through qui tam lawsuits.  If you are preparing to blow the whistle or have experienced retaliation due to a whistleblowing complaint, contact the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC.  Our outstanding Mississippi law firm will provide the experienced representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.  We have assisted whistleblowers for over 75 years and will provide you with representation of unmatched excellence.  Your whistleblower action is time sensitive so contact our office as soon as possible.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss Hit and Run Accidents

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The number of hit and run accidents is on the rise in Mississippi and across the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 1,449 fatal hit and run accidents occurred in 2011, a figure that is up significantly from prior years. This rise in the number of hit and runs also comes during a time when deaths from most traffic deaths are on the decline.  Pedestrians are frequently fatal hit and run accident victims due their vulnerability.

The Mississippi automobile accident attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC are saddened to hear that hit and run accidents are on the rise. We have assisted countless hit and run accident victims and witnessed firsthand the devastation these accidents can bring to a family.  We understand that hit and run accidents can occur due to a wide variety of circumstances, the most common of which include:

  1. Illegal driving: Many hit and run drivers are driving illegally. They may not have a license or their license is suspended. They may also lack insurance or a proper registration. They do not want law enforcement personnel to catch them driving illegally, so they flee the scene of the accident.
  2. Panic: Sometimes drivers reach such a point of panic that they flee the scene of the accident. The majority of hit and run fatalities involve pedestrians. In some cases, drivers may not see a pedestrian and when they realize they have hit someone, they panic and flee.
  3. Drunk driving or other illegal activity: Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time they hit someone may flee the scene of the accident in order to avoid prosecution. They are likely worried that they will fail a field sobriety test and in fear they flee. Other drivers may have illegal substances or firearms in the vehicle and flee out of fear these illegal items will be found and seized.
  4. Fear of the overall consequences of an accident: Drivers at times will flee simply to avoid the consequences that accompany any serious accident. They may be afraid of being charged for causing the accident due to breaking traffic violations. They may not wish to face increased insurance rates or deal with the police.

While all of these circumstances explain why someone may elect to flee the scene of an accident, they are never a valid excuse for engaging in this illegal behavior. All drivers have a legal responsibility to stop and wait for the authorities to arrive if they have been involved in a serious accident.  Failure to do so is a criminal offense, punishable by fines, points on your license, and much more.

If you have been injured by a hit and run driver, there are steps you can take to obtain the compensation you deserve. Often, hit and run drivers can be identified through witnesses, cameras, and other physical evidence left at the scene. Other times, you may be able to obtain compensation through your own insurance.  Contact a car accident attorney for more assistance.

Barrett Law, PLLC: A Preeminent Mississippi Law Firm

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC. Our outstanding Mississippi law firm has assisted injured car accident victims and their families for over 75 years.  We fight for our injured clients to receive the coverage they deserve for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time within which to file a claim after your injury.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Federal Government Joins in Whistleblower Suit Against Mississippi Hospital

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Recently, the federal government formerly joined in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against the owners of one Mississippi hospital. The lawsuit alleges that hospital owners unjustly billed over $12 million from Medicare.  The lawsuit was filed by a former administrator at Stone County Hospital in 2007.  The unsealed complaint alleges that the owners of the hospital paid themselves large salaries that were partially reimbursed by Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly.  Whistleblower James Aldridge stated in the complaint that he rarely witnessed the owners performing management duties, despite the fact that the salaries were included in the cost of running the hospital.

The whistleblower attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC will follow closely as this lawsuit unfolds. We have assisted whistleblowers in a number of cases against hospitals for wrongful billing and other fraudulent activities.  We fight for our whistleblower clients to receive that portion of funds recovered that they deserve.  The following is a look at fraudulent healthcare billing and what whistleblowers can do if they uncover this practice.

Healthcare Billing Fraud

Healthcare fraud caused by fraudulent billing is a tremendous problem for government healthcare programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. For years, Medicare, Medicaid, and like programs have paid untold sums to deceitful healthcare providers.  Unscrupulous healthcare providers have created ways to fraudulently bill healthcare programs for their own gain, while defrauding the government at the same time.

Preventing and uncovering healthcare fraud is a central focus of the federal government due to the large impact of healthcare fraud on our overall economy. Whistleblowers are one of the primary avenues by which we combat healthcare fraud.  Today, qui tam lawsuits are the number one means of routing out billing fraud.

There are several different ways that fraudulent billing can occur. Some common schemes include:

  • Duplicate billing
  • Billing for services not provided and goods never delivered
  • Split billing or billing for procedures performed in one day over several days
  • Upcoding services actually rendered
  • Submitting false information or certifications, such as billing for falsified lab reports or certifying contacts as fulfilled when they are not
  • Submitting bills to Medicare that should have been paid by other insurers
  • Billing for unlicensed or unapproved drugs
  • Billing for brand names drugs while instead providing generic drugs
  • Billing for top notch equipment, but using inferior equipment
  • Inflating billing by using diagnosis codes that suggest more expensive illnesses or treatment
  • Billing at doctor’s rates for work performed by an intern or nurse

Whistleblower lawsuits have assisted the federal government in reclaiming billions of dollars from fraudulent healthcare providers. Whistleblowers perform a vital function for the federal government and our entire country.  If you have uncovered fraudulent billing occurring in your workplace or a workplace you have contact with, contact a qui tam attorney as soon as possible for assistance with your whistleblower action.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Assisting Brave Whistleblowers Across Mississippi

We need whistleblowers to uncover fraud and wrongdoing occurring in the workplace, but whistleblowers face many challenges in bringing to light the illegal conduct they have discovered. If you are preparing to blow the whistle or have experienced retaliation due to a whistleblowing complaint, contact the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC.  Our outstanding Mississippi law firm will provide the experienced representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.  Your whistleblower action is time sensitive so contact our office as soon as possible.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

NHTSA Launches Campaign that Encourages Parents to Talk to Their Teens About the Rules of the Road

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, celebrated annually October 18 through the 24, the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged parents of teen drivers to talk to them about safety. The NHTSA recommended that parents sit teens down to discuss some of the most risky behaviors among teen drivers, including failure to wear seat belts, texting, alcohol use, speeding, and riding with extra teen passengers.

The NHTSA reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among 15 and 20 year olds across the country. In 2013, more than 2,600 teen drivers and passengers were killed in car accidents while another 13,000 were injured.  Despite these alarming statistics, few parents talk to their kids about risky behaviors that lead to accidents.

The experienced Mississippi car accident attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC want to see all our local teens stay safe while driving around the state. We believe that with parents modeling positive driving behaviors and discussing safety tips with their teens, the rate of teen accidents can decline.

The following is a look at the five most dangerous behaviors for teen drivers, as identified by the NHTSA in its “5 to Drive” campaign:

5 to Drive

  • Do not use alcohol: About a third of all teen accidents involve the use of alcohol. Drinking and driving is illegal and deadly. Advise your teens as to the dangers of drinking and driving and enforce your rules concerning this risky behavior.
  • Put away the cell phone: Texting and driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents. Young drivers are the most likely to be distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • Always wear a seat belt: More than half of all teens killed in car accidents were not wearing their seat belt at the time of the accident. Make sure your teen knows the importance of wearing a seat belt and does so each and every time he or she gets in the car.
  • Stay within the speed limit: Speed is a factor in nearly half of all teen accidents. Instruct your teen as to the risks of speeding as well as the penalties they may face if caught speeding. Ride with your teen whenever possible so that you can ensure they are following the speed limit.
  • Restrict passengers: Studies show that driving with teen passengers greatly increases the risk of accidents. Teen drivers are more likely to speed, not wear their seat belts, and engage in other risky behaviors if they are driving fellow teens. Do not allow your teen to drive with young passengers until they are older and more established as safe drivers.

 

The most important thing you can do as the parent of a teen is talk to your teen about safe driving. Do not delay; sit down and display statistics, videos, experiences, and the like so that your teen understands the risks of engaging in dangerous driving behaviors.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Put Our Decades of Experience to Work on Your Car Accident Case!

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC. Our preeminent Mississippi law firm has assisted injured car accident victims and their families for over 75 years.  We fight for our injured clients to receive the coverage they deserve for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time within which to file a claim after your injury.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Former Alabama Football Player Killed in Single Vehicle Crash in Mississippi

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Recently, former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny was killed in a single vehicle wreck in Mississippi. The Mississippi Highway Patrol reports that Tenpenny, who was 20 at the time of the accident, was traveling through Mississippi on Highway 1 when he crashed into a highway sign around 5 p.m.  The force of the collision caused his vehicle to become airborne and then rollover several times upon landing.  The car then collided with a utility pole, ejecting Tenpenny from the vehicle.  Emergency personnel rushed to the scene, but the former football player sadly perished from his injuries sustained in the accident.  As of now, Mississippi Highway Patrol and accident reconstructionists are still working to uncover the cause of the accident.

Causes of Single Vehicle Accidents

Each year, thousands of drivers and passengers across the country are killed in single vehicle accidents. There are a number of causes for single vehicle accidents, but some common circumstances seem to arise in the majority of these crashes.  Common causes of single vehicle accidents include:

  1. Speed: Driving over the speed limit is the number one cause of single vehicle crashes. Speed can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and run off the road or hit obstacles near the road. Slow down and stay within the legal speed limit in order to prevent a single vehicle crash.
  2. Road conditions: Road conditions can in part lead to single vehicle accidents. Roads that are poorly maintained or contain inadequate warning signs can cause single vehicle crashes. All states and municipalities should ensure roads are maintained in a safe manner for travelers in order to prevent serious accidents.
  3. Distracted driving: Drivers who text, talk on the phone, browse the web, eat, drink, or engage in like distracted activities can cause accidents. Distraction draws a driver’s attention, vision, and possibly hands from the road for an amount of time sufficient to cause an accident. Pay attention to the road ahead and stow all electronic devices in a safe place.
  4. Driving while intoxicated: Alcohol is a major contributor to single vehicle accidents. Drivers who use drugs or alcohol will not be able to react properly to sudden obstacles or emergency situations. These drivers are also prone to using excessive speed and running off the roadways. Never drink and drive to protect your life and the lives of those around you.
  5. Tired driving: Drivers who are sleep deprived are unlikely to react appropriately to obstacles and may not swerve in time to prevent an accident. Drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel may run off the road, jump medians, or run into curbs.
  6. Mechanical defects: Cars that are defective can cause serious single car accidents. Defective brakes, tires, and much more are common causes of car accidents. If you are injured in a single vehicle accident, be sure your car accident attorney investigates the possibility of a mechanical defect leading to your accident. If you have been injured in car accident, contact the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC.  Our preeminent Mississippi law firm has assisted injured vehicle accident victims for over 75 years. We fight for our injured clients to receive the coverage they deserve for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time within which to file a claim after your injury. Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Barrett Law, PLLC: Decades of Experience Representing Injured Car Accident Victims across Mississippi

If you have been injured in car accident, contact the Mississippi Automobile Accident Attorneys at Barrett Law, PLLC. Our preeminent Mississippi law firm has assisted injured vehicle accident victims for over 75 years.  We fight for our injured clients to receive the coverage they deserve for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.  Do not delay in seeking legal assistance as you have a limited time within which to file a claim after your injury.  Call Barrett Law, PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to schedule your free initial consultation.