The Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act of 2014, S. 2539, has been unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP Committee). The Hill reports that the Committee approved the bipartisan Act this July along with five other public health bills.
The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Reauthorization Act is intended to improve care for traumatic brain injury victims. According to the Senate Newsroom, the bill will help TBI victims by “supporting a variety of activities related to TBI at several agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Traumatic brain injury is a major public health problem, with rates of traumatic brain injury climbing steadily upward over the past decade. Treating brain injury can be extremely costly and often victims do not recover fully after a blow to the head. Senate Bill 2539 would help hospitals to ensure they have the resources to provide care for patients with TBIs. - Read the rest
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Prevention of drunk driving accidents is difficult because many people repeatedly drive drunk and are not stopped by law enforcement. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that the average person who drives while impaired will take 80 trips in the car under the influence of alcohol before being caught and charged with a DUI. Some people repeatedly drive drunk because of an alcohol problem, while others simply become more and more confident each time they get away with the behavior and will continue to drive impaired until they are arrested or until they hurt themselves or someone else.
If you or a loved one is involved in a collision caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to pursue a damage claim and try to obtain compensation for your losses. While an injury attorney can help you pursue monetary damages, nothing can bring back a loved one killed by a drunk driver or restore your health if you suffer permanent injuries. - Read the rest
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An 18-year-old driver was traveling northbound on I-385 Wednesday night when he struck a stopped car heading the wrong way in the northbound lane.
There is no information as to why the 2001 Mercury SUV was stopped and facing the wrong direction, but the driver was entrapped in the vehicle following the accident. Unfortunately rescue crews were unable to save the man and pronounced dead at the scene once freed from the vehicle.
Police did not file charges against Franklin Melendez, the driver of the vehicle that hit the SUV, but the case is still under investigation.
Accidents such as this one are not as uncommon as you would think. Sometimes drivers get confused and enter expressways the wrong direction. Once they realize what they have done they often panic. Sometimes, an object in the road causes a driver to over correct a vehicle. This can send the car into a spin. - Read the rest
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Recently, near Richmond Indiana, a Greyhound bus filled with passengers learned first-hand how an accident can disrupt lives. The bus was travelling on interstate 70 near Richmond when a stolen car, being driven in the wrong direction down the highway collided with the bus.
Phillip Lloyd was the driver of the stolen 1999 Ford Mustang. It is not known why Lloyd stole the car or why he was driving it the wrong way down the interstate. It is only known that he stole the car from a Love truck stop shortly before the accident happened. Lloyd died from injuries suffered in the crash.
The Greyhound bus driver suffered serious injuries in the crash and was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The 23 passengers on the bus were not serious injured. The injured riders suffered from scrapes, cuts and bruises and were soon released from the local hospital.
Most of the people involved in this accident were extremely lucky. - Read the rest
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Police were called to the scene of a shooting on Sand Bar Ferry Road on Friday after the victim called 911. Paul Wright contacted the authorities to report that an acquaintance, currently unnamed in the report, had driven up next to his own vehicle. After a verbal altercation the other driver drove their green Chevrolet Blazer into Wright’s own car. Once Wright slowed his own car down, the other driver pulled out a semi-auto gun and fired at him. The bullet missed Wright and struck his vehicle, hitting the front right windshield. Wright was able to get away, and stopped at the Five Star Express gas station as the suspected assailant drove off. Wright called the authorities from that location.
According to Wright, the suspect left the area in a green Chevrolet Blazer with Georgia license tags PAM4043.
When you or a loved one has been victimized, been assaulted, injured or killed, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to turn. - Read the rest
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Even in this day and time, there are those who don’t realize that even low-speed impact accidents can cause vehicles to roll over. This is a lesson that John Talbert learned on Saturday after his Nissan Xterra was hit by a Saturn Aura in the parking lot of Belk’s shopping center in North Augusta. The Nissan was struck after the driver of the Aura failed to stop, and hit the other vehicle. The crash caused the Nissan to slide a short distance before hitting a curb. And that’s when the Nisson overturned.
Fortunately, although there was damage to the vehicles involved, no one was injured.
Accidents can happen in a split moment, and spiral things out of your control; things that may affect your life in both the short and long term. Injuries, car repairs, loss of job; even insurance can’t cover all the bases when you need to make the rent or keep a roof over your head. - Read the rest
Posted In: auto accident, In The News
Comedian Tracy Morgan’s bus accident made national headlines. The accident on the New Jersey turnpike killed his friend and fellow comedian James Mcnair and seriously injured Morgan and two other passengers.
Now the comedian is not joking about a suit against Walmart for the accident.
Morgan is accusing the giant retailer of negligence for allowing their driver to get behind the wheel when he should have been resting.
Morgan alleges that Walmart driver Kevin Roper plowed his truck into the van that held Morgan, Mcnair and a few others as passengers and that the accident was caused due to Mcnair being sleep deprived. It appears that Roper had been up for more than 24 hours, but Walmart still allowed him to drive their truck.
Following the accident, Roper was arrested for several charges including death by auto. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Accusing someone of negligence can be tricky. - Read the rest
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South Carolina residents (and visitors) count on the roads they drive on to be reasonably safe. This means that the roads need to be well-designed and they need to be maintained so that dangerous road conditions do not cause collisions.
Unfortunately, South Carolina residents may be facing more dangerous roadways soon, as The Post and Courier reports that road projects are expected to dip in numbers. The reason for the decline in construction projects is a funding crisis on the federal level as Congress is unable to agree on how to raise cash to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from running out of money.
If construction projects stop and roads are not properly maintained, those who are harmed by poor road conditions will need to understand their legal rights. Victims of auto accidents in South Carolina may pursue a lawsuit against negligent parties, but pursuing a claim against a government agency is difficult. - Read the rest
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Often times tragedy strikes without warning and already stressful situations become horrific on the turn of a dime. The loss of a child can be one of the most tragic and devastating situations that a parent has to live through. And on Saturday morning, July 3rd, those horrors were realized by several families in the Philadelphia area after a fire that swept through a series of rowhouses injured an unknown number of people – and killed four children. The flames destroyed several homes, leaving an unknown number of families out on the street just prior to the holiday.
The fire, which is still under investigation, began just prior to 3 AM, and blazed destruction through the neighborhood in only an hour before it was able to be brought under control.
“This is a tragic, tragic day for the city of Philadelphia. We lost four children today.” Derrick Sawyer, local Fire Commissioner. - Read the rest
Posted In: burn injury, child accidents, In The News
In a show of community support in the face of local tragedy, the Parent Teacher Association of the Florence Chapel Middle School in Spartanburg County District 5, is planning to hold a food-oriented fundraiser on Saturday July 26th for the Middle School Assistant Principal Ingrid Anderson and her family. While headed to Florida for their vacation, the family Ford SUV blew its tire on the highway. The SUV overturned a number of times, and all of the vehicle’s occupants were transported to the hospital for injuries resulting from the crash. Assistant principal Anderson’s 17-year-old son Lyndon died from the injuries sustained in the accident.
When you or a loved one has been injured, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to turn. That is where we come in. Here on our website, we will help you find the best legal representation for you to be certain that you receive the right compensation for the pain and loss that has occurred. - Read the rest
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