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Hazardous Truck Accidents Potentially the Worst on Mississippi Roads

Hazardous Truck Accidents Potentially the Worst on Mississippi Roads

  If you pass a truck accident on a stretch of highway, or more likely, find you are stuck in a queue of blocked traffic because of yet another truck accident, you probably don’t even think what the truck was carrying. Some of the worst potential accidents are caused by trucks carrying hazardous materials. The danger of one of these truck accidents rolling over or bursting into flames could happen and affect other road users. The product being carried could potentially cause far more damage to buildings and to people near the scene of the accident. Hazardous truck accident examples in Mississippi A typical hazardous truck accident happened the other day on US 49 in Simpson County MS near the town of Legion Lake. The truck veered off the highway and overturned. The driver was apparently not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck as it overturned and was killed on the spot. The truck was carrying propane, a potentially flammable product. In this case the only fatality was the driver and the only nuisance factor was a blockage of the highway for an hour before the crash was investigated and the truck removed. Another recent hazardous material truck accident happened near the Mississippi town of D’Iberville on Highway 10. In this accident, the truck apparently collided with another vehicle. Both the two drivers were killed. Driver error the most likely cause of all truck accidents It has not yet been determined what the cause of these two accidents was. In the majority of truck accidents it has been found that the driver is usually at...
Hernia Surgical Mesh Implant Lawsuits

Hernia Surgical Mesh Implant Lawsuits

These days, surgical mesh implants are being used more and more in hernia repairs. Not all of the products are safe, however, and a number of them have been recalled after hernia patients complained of a number of symptoms, some of them severe, like internal bleeding. Where surgical implants have been used to repair a hernia problem and the implant proves to be a serious health risk and must be removed, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against either the mesh implant manufacturer or the medical personnel who inserted the mesh. The role of hernia mesh implants If hernia mesh implants are such a problem, why are they used at all? That’s a good question. In fact, in most cases, the right hernia mesh implants can make a lot of difference to the person with a hernia. However, there is a certain amount of discussion in medical circles about whether hernia mesh implants are used too much and whether other surgical procedures can be used instead, especially with smaller hernia intrusions. Also, there is disquiet about some of the products on offer and that disquiet has grown as the number of complaints has risen and the number of lawsuits have followed suit. Hernias are very uncomfortable protrusions of part of an internal organ through the abdominal muscle or connective tissue. Every hernia is different, and there are no hard and fast rules about what causes them, although vigorous exercise, awkward posture, heavy lifting and genetics all play a part. Sometimes, a hernia patient will be monitored by a doctor for some time before surgery is...
Can You Sue a Dog Owner After a Dog Bite in Mississippi?

Can You Sue a Dog Owner After a Dog Bite in Mississippi?

Dogs can be unpredictable. Even when an owner thinks that his or her dog is a “friendly” dog, it can still attack and bite a stranger. The chance of biting and seriously biting a small child or baby is even more likely. The question is whether anyone can sue the dog owner if they are injured by the dog. The answer is yes and no. Yes. The dog attack victim can sue the dog owner under certain conditions in Mississippi. There is no specific statute in Mississippi as there is in other states that makes a specific ruleing on dog bites or dog attacks. Dog attacks come under more general rules of negligence. If the victim and his or her attorney can prove that the dog owner was negligent in some way, then a lawsuit may be successful. Negligence may be proved in a number of different situations. The dog was released from its leash or allowed to run free in a public area where dogs were either forbidden or at least required to be on a leash. The dog was known by the owner to have previous dangerous tendencies. This might include the fact that the dog had already attacked or bitten other people before the incident under question. It might be because the dog was of a particular breed that had a known record of being dangerous, e.g. a pit bull terrier or mastiff. Mississippi’s legal stance on dog attacks or dog bites is sometimes referred to as the “one bite” rule, even though there is no statute in Mississippi that actually has that name or description....
Why Not Make Side Guard Rails Mandatory on Tractor Trailers?

Why Not Make Side Guard Rails Mandatory on Tractor Trailers?

Underride accidents are some of the most horrific on our roads. They happen when a smaller vehicle, particularly a sedan, collides with the rear or side of a large truck and gets stuck underneath it. The force of the collision can cause colossal damage to the vehicle, and cause fatalities and serious injuries to the occupants. One of the consequences of an underride collision is that the roof of the car could be peeled off like a sardine can lid, exposing the heads and bodies of the occupants to whatever is under the vehicle. The impact of the collision is often enough to cause serious injuries in any case. The truck driver whose vehicle has been underridden may not even notice that something has happened and the car can be dragged involuntarily down the road for hundreds of yards, compounding the injuries. The danger of underride accidents is greater at night, especially if the truck is in a dimly lit area, close to or crossing an intersection, entering or exiting a side turning or has faulty lights at the rear or is not fitted with lights on the side. It can be particularly hard to judge the size and shape of a dimly lit or unlit tractor-trailer and that’s when vehicles can more easily crash into the back of a large truck or slide under the truck between the axles at the side. Federal law now makes it compulsory for large trucks to have rear underride protection in the form of a guard rail. However, the laws don’t extend to side guard rails. Evidence exists which suggests that where...
Is Talcum Powder Dangerous?

Is Talcum Powder Dangerous?

If you have been using talcum powder or talc regularly for several years you should be aware that there have been numerous concerns raised about the possible link between the use of the powder and some cancers. The link is tenuous but is strongest between the regular use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer in women, especially if the powder has been used in the genital area. The link has led to numerous lawsuits against one of the most important manufacturers of talcum powder, Johnson & Johnson. Some of these lawsuits have been successful, while some have not. There are many thousands of lawsuits still waiting to be heard, some of which have been grouped into a single multiple litigation and are now going to be heard by a federal court. The case against talc Talc is a naturally occurring substance that is composed of a compound containing magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It has been used in powder form for at least a century and probably a lot longer as a drying agent. It is one of the softest of any known minerals, hence its value as a cosmetic. Most commercial talcum powder, such as Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, has been perfumed. It remains a popular cosmetic product but it does seem that the use of it is declining, probably because of negative publicity about its use. Johnson & Johnson, despite the number of lawsuits it has had to contend with, has been adamant that its product is entirely safe. The most convincing evidence was discovered in the 1970s, which was the discovery of talc in ovarian cancer...

Who is affected by the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal?

Widespread vehicle recalls are usually the result of manufacturer’s defects that pose a safety hazard to drivers and their passengers. In recent years, consumers have witnessed large carmakers, like Toyota and GM, issue massive recalls for safety-related issues. For Toyota, it was the result of unintended acceleration in approximately 9 million of their vehicles. For GM, it was an ignition switch defect that was linked to more than a hundred deaths. In September of 2015, Volkswagen (VW) became the most recent automobile manufacturer to make headlines in anticipation of recalling millions of vehicles worldwide. What sets VW apart from the others, however, is the reason for the recall. Where the other manufacturers overlooked known safety hazards, VW is thought to have purposely installed software on millions of their vehicles with an aim at intentionally deceiving consumers and federal regulators. The Volkswagen Defeat Device The software in question has been dubbed the “defeat device.” Its purpose was to boost emissions ratings on VW’s diesel engine vehicles. This sophisticated software could detect when the car was being operated under testing conditions. If the so-called defeat device detected any kind of controlled emissions testing, it would go into a safety mode of sorts that decreased the engine’s performance and overall power. This made the diesel engines’ emissions readout much lower than what it actually was. In fact, when the vehicles in question were driven and tested in real world situations, true emissions results were as much as 40 times that of the legal limit in the United States. Conflicting Emissions Data A European agency was the first to notice discrepancies in VW...