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Understanding spinal injuries: Part 2

Herniated disc with extruding nucelous pulposus

In the first article of this two-part series, I discussed the anatomy of the spine. In this part part, I will discuss common spinal cord injuries. There are several types of spinal injuries that can occur because of an accident,…
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Understanding spinal injuries begins with its anatomy: Part 1

Lateral and Superior Images of the Intervertebral Disc

In this two-part series, I will discuss the nature of the spine and the types of injuries that it can sustain in an accident. One of the most frequent injuries sustained by people hurt in a motor vehicle accident is…
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Highest number of traffic fatalities in nine years in 2016

Motorcycle cop giving citation to driver for speeding

When I wrote this article in the second week of April, there were already 122 fatalities from traffic crashes in Arkansas since January, 2017 and there have more since. That is just tragic and unacceptable. Nationally, there is a car…
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April is “Distracted Driving Prevention” Month

Distracted Driving Poster saying 1000s die each year

The Arkansas Police announced that April is “Distracted Driving Prevent Month”. The campaign is a result of Arkansas law enforcement agencies joining the national “U Drive U Text You Pay” campaign in an effort to prevent and stop distracted driving….
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Hard facts about distracted driving and how you can help

Sign says Just Drive I pledge to be an attentive driver

Do you know that any activity you do other than driving while driving is called distracted driving? This includes texting, eating, drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, messing with the entertainment or navigation system, talking on the phone, or…
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Beware of children getting entangled in seat belt

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There is a danger to kids in motor vehicles that is not widely discussed. It’s called seat belt entanglement and it can be deadly. Children who can reach a seat belt can be strangled by pulling it all the way…
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What are the benefits of a defensive driving course?

Three highway signs showing defensive driving tips

Defensive driving is the safest kind of driving there is. It uses safe driving strategies in a variety of different situations to ensure that an accident does not occur. When learned, it becomes an innate part of a basic way…
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Texting pickup driver collides with church bus that killed 13

Young man texting and driving

I mentioned in a brief social media posting that my good friend’s aunt and uncle were members of the church group whose bus collided with a pickup, killing 13. Mercifully, his relatives weren’t on the bus and are helping minister…
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AR Legislature passes HB 2057 raising highway limits to 75

Speed limit sign 75 mph

The Arkansas Legislature voted  last Friday to approve and send to the governor’s desk a bill to raise maximum speed limits on highways in the state. House Bill 2057 by Rep. DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio, would raise speed limits on controlled-access…
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Consider a driver’s education course for your teen

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Although driver’s education courses are not mandatory in Arkansas, I highly recommend that you consider one for your teenager. Driving education involves learning the rules of the road and how to safety operate a vehicle. The benefits are numerous, and…
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