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September 2014 Archives

Study shows effects of cognitive distractions on drivers

Motor vehicle accidents are all too common on the streets of Jasper. Distractions, including talking on a cell phone, have become one of the leading causes of collisions, which can result in injury or death. The government's distracted driving website, Distraction.gov reports that over 3,000 people died, and more than 400,000 people were injured, throughout the U.S. in 2012 alone in accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Protecting loved ones from nursing home neglect in Alabama

Many families in Alabama, and elsewhere, make the decision to admit their loved ones to nursing homes and other assisted living facilities. Often, this is because those loved ones require a level of care they cannot receive at home. Unfortunately, however, there are some situations in which nursing home staff members abuse or neglect the elderly and disabled people who they have been entrusted to care for. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that, of the 2,000 nursing home residents who were polled in one study, 44 percent said that they themselves had been the victims of nursing home abuse. In these cases, there are steps that family members, or other concerned people, can take in order to prevent the continued abuse of their loved ones, or the future abuse of others.

Mobile man suffers permanent injuries in crash with UPS truck

In different situations, certain lanes of traffic or motorists in specific situations are given the right-of-way. This means that other drivers must yield to them in order to maintain order on the roads of Jasper, and other U.S. cities. When motorists disregard these rules of the road, it can lead to motor vehicle accidents. As a result, drivers and their passengers could suffer serious injuries, which can require extensive medical treatment and have lasting effects.

Common hazards coal miners face in the workplace

If you reside in Jefferson, Walker or Tuscaloosa counties, it is probable that you have some type of connection to the coal mining industry. As such, you are likely aware that working as a coal miner can be a highly dangerous occupation and here at The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we see the impact that a coal mining accident can have on miners and their families. According to the most recent report on the subject by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of fatal occupational injuries for coal miners was six times that of the entire private industry’s rate in 2007 and the rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses was 13 percent higher for coal miners than the whole of private industry’s rate in 2008.

Montgomery student hit by car after school

Now that school has started, drivers will need to be especially cautious when driving near school zones and anywhere that children are likely to be walking to and from their school or the bus. Many children, especially younger ones, lack the experience to make common sense decisions regarding crossing the street or even safely walking along the sidewalk. However, common car accident factors such as speeding or texting and driving can greatly increase the risks of any pedestrian being hit while walking along Alabama roadways.

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