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Federal agency issues trucking fleet safety card to truck drivers and trucking companies

Large commercial trucks keep our goods and services moving and are essential to Alabama's economy. There are many truck drivers who act responsibly and comply with all state and federal traffic laws. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers act responsibly. In some cases, the companies they work for act negligently or attempt to cover up wrongdoing...

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Why we shouldn't send infected people back into Jefferson County nursing homes

The elderly population is the most vulnerable to infectious respiratory diseases, such as influenza and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It only takes one person to spread a virus to another to result in a devastating outbreak in a nursing home. Attorney Perry Shuttlesworth recently reached out to Governor Kay Ivey in a letter addressing a dangerous...

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Nursing homes taking in COVID-19 positive residents sets a dangerous new precedent

The older population is among the most susceptible to disease, especially those caused by contagious viral infections. Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began spreading across the U.S., we have seen how devastating this disease can be in nursing homes. Alabama health officials have failed to heed the warning. The Jefferson County Health Dept. recently sent a...

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What should I do if I was injured — or lost a loved one — in an underride truck accident?

Very few people are lucky enough to survive large truck crashes with nothing more than minor injuries. Due to their size and weight truck crashes can wreak havoc on Alabama roadways and injure or kill multiple people. Underride truck crashes, however, are among the worst types of truck crashes. Once a motorist's car gets crushed...

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Uber issues incomplete incident report

Uber, not surprisingly, gives itself passing grades in its accident report on fatal crashes. The report says Uber’s overall fatality rate per mile is about half the national average. Uber found 97 fatal crashes and 107 total deaths combined for 2017 and 2018. For 2017, that’s about 0.59 fatalities per 100 million miles. The numbers...

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Wheel detachments are rare but catastrophic

When we think about traffic crashes, being struck by a wheel is one of the last things that comes to mind. While it's typically rare, wheel detachments on high-speed roadways can be catastrophic. Wheels can detach from small cars and large commercial trucks. On major interstates, wheels can shoot across several lanes at a rapid...

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Driver hurt by concrete pipes that fell off a truck

Road debris caused by unsecured loads causes thousands of collisions each year. When heavy debris breaks loose from a large commercial truck, the consequences can be catastrophic. Crashes may occur on high-speed roadways, as drivers attempt to swerve to avoid hitting the debris. In many cases, large cargo falls on or collides with a car,...

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Nursing Home Mogul Convicted for Largest Medicare Fraud Scheme Ever by DOJ -- $1.3B

In April, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the largest healthcare fraud scheme it has ever charged. Philip Esformes of Miami Beach, Florida was found guilty for the role he played in a fraud scheme involving more than 1.3 billion in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims. He was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison....

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Alabama attorney offers a stark warning about the spread of Candida auris in nursing homes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Candida auris (C. auris) is a highly contagious drug-resistant fungus that primarily infects hospital patients. It enters the bloodstream, spreads throughout the body, and is very difficult to treat. The disease was first identified in Japan in 2009, but researchers believe it may date back...

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