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The lesser-known effects of a car wreck

Many Mississippi drivers have lived the horrors of falling victim to a negligent driver. What once started as a normal day may have ended with a trip to the hospital -- a step that some are hardly prepared for. When another person was at fault for a wreck, not only does the victim deserve to be compensated for damages; he or she deserves justice after an otherwise traumatic experience. While the process of claiming damages is an obstacle on its own, countless victims must navigate through the long and arduous road of recovery. 

What is dental malpractice?

If you have had a toothache, you know that it can be an extremely painful experience for any Mississippi resident. It may not be life-threatening like a stroke, or debilitating like a herniated disk, but constant pain in one of the most used areas of the body is something you cannot ignore either. While you might shop around for a second opinion when it comes to major surgery, most of us trust our dentists to do their job with no questions asked. Like medical doctors, however, dentists also make mistakes, including extracting the wrong teeth, fracturing a patient’s jaw and more. Oral surgery mishaps include puncturing a sinus cavity, severing nerves and failing to refer patients to a specialist. In some cases, these mistakes may be considered dental malpractice.

Takata airbag recall tops 50 million

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall of Takata airbags affects 19 vehicle producers and 37 million cars and trucks. The airbags are in many well-known models made by Honda, Ford, Mazda, Acura, Nissan, Chrysler and many more. The NHTSA calls it the “largest and most complex” recall for safety in the history of the U.S.

High speed chase in Marion Count kills two men

It may indeed by a rare occurrence when someone from Hazlehurst gets into a vehicle with a person that he or she does not know. Typically, vehicle passengers (and their families) have established relationships with the people driving them around. This may be what makes assigning liability following a car accident even more difficult. People may not want to bring action against someone that they know. Yet circumstances (combined with a driver's conduct) may leave them with little choice. 

What is the most dangerous work industry?

Earlier in 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 71 people were killed on the job in Mississippi in 2016, down by five from the previous year. Of that number, 34—nearly half—were due to transportation incidents. The next highest category of job-related deaths was workers who received injuries from other people or animals. Fatal contact with equipment and objects was the third-highest category with 12 fatalities.

Should lane-splitting be legal?

Motorcycle enthusiasts far and wide have debated over the topic of lane-splitting. An action in which a motorcyclist goes in between lanes during slow-moving or stopped traffic, lane-splitting can save time by allowing motorcyclists to move through congestion quickly. Those in favor of this practice argue that not only can it save time; it can also help motorcyclists get out of uncomfortable, extreme temperatures and can boost fuel efficiency. Currently, lane-splitting in Mississippi is not authorized, but could it one day follow suit after California has adopted this driving practice? 

Motorcycle safety: tips to avoid distracted drivers

Warm weather is quickly approaching, and that can only mean one thing for many Mississippi residents: the motorcycles are coming out to play. Most are aware of the inherent dangers of motorcycle riding -- especially when compared to the protection of a regular vehicle -- but it is easy to get carried away with the thrills of riding itself. Below are a few tips cyclists can keep in mind when getting out alongside other, potentially distracted drivers.

Why should you seek compensation for personal injury?

As a Mississippi resident who has been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, you're left with a number of decisions that you need to make quickly. One of these choices is whether or not you want to pursue a personal injury claim. Shannon Law Firm, PLLC, is here to help if that is your goal.

What is the settlement process for car accidents?

No matter how well you know your automobile insurance policy, you are likely to have tons of questions if you have an accident in Mississippi. Perhaps the biggest ones are about the scope of the damage, repair costs and how much your insurance will cover. There are some limits imposed by state law that you need to know.