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Will safety systems in trucks improve life for motorists?

You are not alone if you feel nervous and intimidated sharing the road with big rigs. When a truck passes you on the left, you may wonder if the driver will see you before moving the truck back into your lane. When a big truck follows too closely behind you, you may worry about what might happen if you should have to stop suddenly.

If you or a loved one has recently experienced the trauma of an accident with a tractor-trailer, you may have special reasons to feel vulnerable on the highways. Still, about 25 percent of all motorists report discomfort when driving around large trucks. In response to this, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently issued a report about the benefits of new safety devices in trucks.

Car crash may lead to serious brain injury

As you drive to town one morning, your brain mulls over all of the tasks you have planned for your seemingly ordinary day. Little do you know, however, that this same brain will soon take a hit -- literally -- in a motor vehicle crash resulting from a negligent driver.

Brain injuries are serious, with the potential to lead to lifelong complications. If you are involved in a car crash in Mississippi that causes you to suffer a traumatic brain injury, you have the right to seek to hold accountable the at-fault party through the civil court system.

What if your prescribed medication causes you severe harm?

If you have experienced adverse side effects that posed a severe threat to your life or health after taking prescribed medication, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit to recover financial and other losses. Any pharmaceutical drug sold nationwide, including in Mississippi, must not pose serious health threats to patients. 

Monitoring pharmaceutical drug safety is the job of the Food and Drug Administration that is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Any medication that contains a drug that may cause harm to a patient can be recalled. Such action will require patients to return or discard the dangerous drugs.

Did your holiday include a trip to an ER?

It's only natural to enjoy the excitement of watching your children unwrap gifts during the holidays. Throughout the shopping season leading to up your gift-giving festivities, you probably stood in checkout lines with other Missouri parents for 10 minutes or more at a time, waiting to purchase your goods, and never expecting one of those items would injure your child.

It's all worth it, right? The time, effort and anticipation all lead to a room full of giggles and smiles as your surprised children unwrap the toys and gift items you've chosen especially for them. All too often, those happy holiday moments turn tragic, when children try to play with long-awaited toys, unaware (as are their parents) the items are defective and/or highly dangerous. If your child had to be rushed to an emergency room after playing with a new toy this past Christmas, you understand the devastation, suffering and outright fear associated with such situations.

Look out for delayed injury symptoms -- even after minor crashes

Regardless of the severity of car accidents, they will always be traumatic experiences. While severe injuries are usually immediately evident, yours may only manifest over time. Even low-speed rear-end bumper-bashing incidents can cause whiplash that can lead to years of neck or back problems or one of several other delayed car accident injury symptoms. You may want to refuse medical evaluation immediately after a crash because there is no evidence of broken bones or bleeding wounds. However, this could make it much more difficult to include undiagnosed injuries in any personal injury claim that you want to pursue following the wreck.

5 Tips to protect your rights after a car accident

Unfortunately, car accidents happen. When they do, the actions taken by those involved immediately following the accident play a very large role in the outcome. It is important for drivers and passengers to be informed and prepared in the event of an accident. They can protect themselves by following these five tips.

Time limitations for personal injury claims: What to know

People who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit or claim against the careless driver (in car accident cases) or other party whose negligence directly led to the injuries or death. In Mississippi, personal injury claims are subject to statute of limitations that is dependent on the type of injury case.

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