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New Approaches to Catching Distracted Drivers

Oct 17, 2021 by Dodson & Hooks, APLC

The U.S. Department of Transportation has long been focused on reducing the number of distracted drivers on our nation’s roadways. The agency has urged states to adopt distracted driving laws, which could include bans on using handheld cellphones while driving. The DoT states that in 2010, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents. With smartphones becoming more common, there is an increased potential for drivers...

The 5 Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

May 22, 2015 by Dodson & Hooks, APLC

Our nation’s elderly deserve adoration, compassion and respect. Yet sadly, an estimated 1 out of every 10 elderly Americans is believed to endure some sort of abuse or neglect at the hands of caretakers. Amongst the elderly population suffering from the effects of dementia, the numbers are even higher. Furthermore, the National Center on Elder Abuse reports that only 1 out of every 14 instances of elder abuse is reported to law enforceme...

U.S. Authorities Arrest Greek Bulker Following Major Damage

May 20, 2015 by Dodson & Hooks, APLC

On April 13, 2015, U.S. authorities arrested the Greek bulker Privocean after it suddenly broke free of its moorings – causing extensive property and environmental damage along the Mississippi River. The event, which spanned just 45 minutes, resulted in damage to the downriver towing vessel Texas, followed by a final collision with the crude oil tanker Bravo. Furthermore, the Privocean is alleged to have caused...

Louisiana Family Sues Over Alleged Fatal Crosswalk Design

May 15, 2015 by Dodson & Hooks, APLC

On March 11, 2014, the life of a Harvey, Louisiana woman was tragically cut short while traversing a crosswalk on Manhattan Boulevard in Jefferson Parish. According to a recent wrongful death lawsuit filed by the decedent’s surviving children, the crosswalk lighting and signal systems are to blame for the incident, and both Jefferson Parish and the engineering firms responsible for installing the systems should take responsibility for the a...

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