Airbags, when properly deployed, are vital safety tools that cushion the blow of car crashes for drivers and passengers. They can reduce the severity of injuries and save lives. Unfortunately, air bags can also cause injuries even when deployed correctly. If you have sustained injuries in a car accident from the deployment of an airbag,…

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The Driver’s License Compact (DLC) – also called the Interstate Driver’s License Compact – is an agreement between 45 states in the U.S. plus the District of Columbia. The obligations of the member states under the Compact are to share and report between the states’ information related to traffic offenses of a serious nature, including…

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October is Fire Prevention Month, and local fire departments and national organizations are getting out the message to the general public about the importance of fire safety. Regardless of whether you are a homeowner, other property owner, or business owner, October is a great time to review your fire safety plan and ensure you and…

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Head-on collisions are among the most-deadly (though least common) of all car accidents, accounting for about 2% of all crashes, but 10% of all fatal accidents. The reason head-on car accidents are often fatal is a matter of physics: When two cars collide, they both release energy. That energy has to go somewhere, and so…

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Any time a truck changes lanes, other drivers face an increased risk of an accident. There are reasons why changing lane accidents are so dangerous, such as the trucks’ blind spots and poor sight lines. If the trucker is fatigued, intoxicated, or distracted, the risk of an accident is even higher. The Alabama Department of…

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November 3rd is less than 6 weeks away, which means it’s time to get registered and vote! This is an especially important year for Alabama, because we have a lot of candidates running for multiple offices, plus local ballot measures: President of the United States            State Supreme Court (2) U.S.…

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Chemical and Engineering News reported in July 2020 that 3M and Alabama have signed a consent order to apply tighter controls on the fluorochemicals 3M releases from its plant located in Decatur, Alabama. The company also agreed to perform toxicity analysis on five per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) it manufactures. 3M does not have to pay a…

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Studies have already shown that e-cigarettes made by JUUL and other companies are dangerous products. These products are more formally called electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). These battery-powered devices have become a popular substitute for traditional cigarettes, pipes, and cigars – especially among adolescents and young adults. In addition to catching fire, e-cig vapors include…

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Road rash is a painful injury often resulting from motorcycle accidents. It occurs when the skin of a motorcyclist contacts the road surface, causing the scraping away of the skin. The injury essentially leaves raw exposed skin, similar to what occurs when the skin is burned by fire. The damage from road rash can extend…

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Distractions are a common risk when driving. Momentary distractions can happen at any moment, whether due to a baby crying in the backseat, an insect landing on your face, or another driver startling you with a loud honk. These are unexpected events, but they happen all the time. Some distractions, however, are more deliberate: texting…

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