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Spread the word: Distracted driving is a life-taker

Despite what we now know about alcohol\’s effects on driving ability,
it took a long time for drivers in the United States to really recognize
the dangers of
drunk driving. To illustrate, consider that the annual number of drunk driving deaths has been
reduced by half since Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded more than 35 years ago.

Drunk driving is still a serious problem in Missouri and throughout the
country, but education, legislation and law enforcement have played major
roles in stopping a very dangerous behavior. The same will need to happen
with regard to another form of driver negligence: distracted driving.

Studies have shown that distracted driving — and particularly texting
while driving — can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. When
a person is texting behind the wheel, that person is visually, manually
and cognitively distracted, and drivers need to focus their eyes, hands
and minds in order to operate a vehicle safely.

Because texting while driving is so distracting, one study cited by the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration likened texting while driving to
being blindfolded behind the wheel.

Still, you probably don\’t have to look far to see drivers texting on
Missouri\’s roadways. Many states have banned texting while driving,
but so far, Missouri state law only bans texting for novice drivers —
those who are 21 or younger.

The reality is that accidents caused by texting drivers can be devastating
for victims and their families. At Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci, we
understand what auto accident victims go through, and our firm is committed to
protecting victims\’ rights.

To learn more, please see our car accident overview.

Medical Malpractice

Communication about medical errors and medical malpractice litigation, P.1

Communication is an essential ingredient when it comes to effective medical care and patient satisfaction. The reasons for this should make sense to those who have ever been involved in the medical system—which is all of us. On the front end, good communication between patients and physicians—as well as other caregivers—can help reduce mistakes. On the back end, good communication can help address the consequences of mistakes in care, as

Car Accidents

Blast of winter returns to Joplin

Last winter in Joplin was foot-numbing, face-freezing, finger-cracking cold and this year’s blast of icy weather is likely to be no better. Fortunately, we can prepare for what is ahead. AAA has a number of winter driving tips that can help motorists avoid motor vehicle accidents that cause injuries. AAA\’s winter driving advice includes the following: Before driving long distances across Missouri, check weather reports online or on TV to


A Joyful Christmas: JVM Partners with Lafayette House

We believe that a community is strongest when all its members support each other. We make it our mission each year to better our community in every way possible. For the past few years we have partnered with Lafayette House to bring Christmas to their clients. Lafayette House is a sanctuary for individuals in unfortunate circumstances. As we have all gone through rough times in life, we understand how important

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