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Livestock truckers no longer need to comply with safety laws

In an effort to prevent trucking accidents, truck drivers are now required to install electronic logging devices (ELD) on their engines to monitor the amount of time they spend on the road. However, livestock truckers are exempt from ELD regulations because of recent lobbying efforts in the agricultural industry. This presents a safety concern for many drivers.

Prior to ELDs, drivers reported their hours on "paper logs." Under federal law, commercial truckers are subject to a 14-hour rule. Within 14 hours, a commercial driver can drive for up to 11 hours. The other three or so hours can be spent performing other work-related activities. After a driver's 14 working hours are over, a truck driver must spend 10 consecutive hours off-duty before coming on-duty again.

Arkansas drivers can be convicted of drowsy driving

Everyone knows the dangers of drunk driving, but what about the dangers of drowsy driving? In the United States, only two states have enacted laws that make drowsy driving illegal: New Jersey and Arkansas.

In 2013, Arkansas criminalized drowsy driving. Arkansas law requires two elements to be present for a court to convict someone of drowsy driving. First, the driver must not have slept in the 24 hours prior to the accident. Second, the car accident must result in a death. Drowsy Driving in Arkansas is punishable by up to twenty (20) years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

What is the Glasgow Coma Scale?

Head injuries are a common result of car accidents, especially when vehicles travel at high rates of speed. If you've suffered from a head injury you will likely be assessed using Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which gauges a person level of consciousness after a blow to the head. Brainline.org explains how the scale works and how you can understand the scoring process.

The GCS looks at many different bodily functions when making an assessment. For instance, a patient's verbal response to stimuli, motor responses, and eye function are all evaluated during the test and added up to provide an understanding of a person's level of consciousness. Doctors will rate bodily functions using a numbering system, which leads up to the final score.

Don't let your spouse's infidelity paralyze you

Perhaps you had suspicions for a while, or maybe you were blindsided, but your discovery that your spouse was cheating on you undoubtedly came as a shock and a betrayal. You may be feeling emotions you have never experienced with intensity you never imagined, and while you know you need to take the next step, you may not be sure what that step should be.

Of course, reason says that you should avoid acting on your base emotions, so keying your spouse's car or spreading the news on social media are not wise behaviors. Instead, you will want to take some slow, deep breaths and give yourself the time you need to make a rational decision about your future.

Winter weather driving tips to keep you safe

Whether you're traveling across states or just across town this holiday season, you want to make sure you and your family remain safe. This can be especially challenging during harsh winter weather, which can create disastrous driving conditions for all motorists. Fortunately, the following winter driving tips can help you stay safe and secure when behind the wheel.

AAA recommends taking care when driving in the snow. For instance, when going uphill try to build inertia as opposed to pressing the gas while going up an incline. Chances are this will only cause your wheels to spin, which could lead to skidding. Also, try to keep a distance of about eight to ten seconds between yourself and other vehicles. That way you'll be able to stop in time if the vehicle in front of you encounters an issue.

Field sobriety test accuracy rates

If you are like most people who live in Arkansas, you have probably heard about some tests that are administered by police officers when they suspect a driver might be drunk. These tests, called field sobriety tests, require people to do things like balance on one leg or walk in a line. Understanding what is involved in these tests and how accurate they really are is important for any driver in the state.

As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, some people might think these tests are used to prove that a driver is intoxicated but that is not true. Instead, these tests are used to support the possibility that a driver is impaired. This support then allows an officer to legally place the driver under arrest. They are akin to probable cause in other types of criminal cases.

Batesville collision kills one, injures another

Most might assume that when the person who causes a car accident in Hot Springs dies from injuries sustained in it, the whole affair is over. No one may be around to assign liability to, so what is the point in pursuing the case other than to be vindictive. Yet what is lost in this assumption is that car accidents often involve multiple people, and the actions of a decedent may leave many facing expenses that cannot adequately be covered by compensation from an insurance company. What then are accident victims to do? 

A recent crash that occurred in Batesville may demonstrate how people can be left needing to pursue compensation from one who is no longer around to provide it. A young man is currently being treated for injuries sustained when the pickup truck he was driving in was hit by another vehicle. The truck was traveling northbound on Arkansas Highway 233 when a car suddenly veered from the southbound lanes right into its path. The car then struck the truck before coming to a stop in a ditch. Authorities are still trying to discover what caused the woman who was driving the car to lose control. She was killed in the collision. The condition of the driver of the truck was not reported. 

What exactly is a whiplash injury?

If you become an Arkansas car crash victim, particularly if another motorist rear-ends your car, you risk receiving a whiplash injury. Spine-Health.com explains that a whiplash occurs when your head and neck jerk back and forth as a result of the impact of the other car hitting you. This violent motion puts substantial strain on your cervical spine.

While you can often recover from a whiplash injury, also known as cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome or CAD, within three months of your accident, it also could cause you long-term or even lifetime discomfort including the following:

  • Pain in your neck, ranging from mild to excruciating
  • Stiffness in your neck
  • Reduced range of motion of your neck and head
  • Pain in your shoulders and/or upper back
  • Severe persistent headaches
  • Tingling, weakness or numbness in your shoulders or arms

Is your spouse's internet addiction ruining your marriage?

When you married your spouse, you may have had a vision of what your life together would be like. That may have included sharing common interests, taking trips together and engaging in making plans for your future. You undoubtedly feel lonely in your marriage if those dreams have not materialized. For many in Arkansas and elsewhere, that loneliness often relates to a spouse's addiction to drugs or alcohol. For you, it may be different.

You may be among a growing number of spouses who feel technology has played a role in the destruction of their marriages. If your spouse is constantly on the computer or staring at a handheld device, you may even feel that he or she has an addiction to the internet.

How can I receive treatment for alcohol issues?

If you’ve recently been charged with a DWI in Arkansas, your legal issues may be only the beginning of your problems. You may have an alcohol abuse problem, which will not only cause legal trouble but can also strain interpersonal relationships, create problems at work, and even lead to significant health effects. WebMD explains your different treatment options in this case, which can be your first step towards sobriety.  


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