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A natural gas line break and explosion occurred at an Arkansas apartment complex. A construction company was dredging a pond at the complex when a backhoe hit a gas line. This incident caused an explosion and fire. Fortunately, there were no personal injuries reported due to the gas explosion.

Officials are investigating whether the company contacted Arkansas One Call to before work was started to determine the location of utility line. Arkansas law requires that a call be made before work begins.

Natural gas explosions often cause serious injury and even death. These explosions are often the result of negligence. If you or a family member have suffered from a natural gas explosion please contact an injury attorney as soon as possible. It is necessary to investigate these accidents quickly to determine the cause.

Arkansas is the only state without a trauma center to deal with people who suffer a personal injury. Currently, the Arkansas Legislature is debating a plan to institute a trauma system. Unfortunately, a similar plan was defeated in 2007. Hopefully, this will not happen again.

According to government statistics, 15,000 people are hospitalized with injuries in Arkansas. Of those, 2,000 people die from their personal injuries and 6,000 suffer permanent disabilities each year. Arkansas has the third highest death rate in the country from motor vehicle accidents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 25 deaths per 100,00 people annually in the state compared to a national average of 15.2 per 100,000.

It is time that the Arkansas Legislature act and develop a trauma system to help people who suffer a personal injury in Arkansas. State health officials state publicly that a trauma system would prevent an estimated 2,000 disabilities and save 200-600 lives of Arkansans who don’t get appropriate care fast enough.

Would you like to get better gas mileage? Studies show that nitrogen tire inflation has many advantages over oxygen tire inflation. Noted improvements with using nitrogen include: better gas mileage, longer tire life due to better tire pressure retention, better vehicle handling and improved fuel economy, and cooler running tire temperatures. It is also said that using nitrogen in your tires is better for our environment. Every little change each of us makes could make a big difference on our environment in the years to come. Read more about the benefits and facts of nitrogen versus oxygen, including how Americans could save up to 3.7 billion gallons of fuel per year at the official Get Nitrogen Institute Web Site.

On the flip side, there is obviously still some debate regarding the use of nitrogen in tires. It is human nature to resist change. Just because compressed air has always worked, do you feel like that is the best option, or has it just been the only option? The jury is still out on nitrogen versus compressed air, but in the meantime, with our economy suffering, we are all trying to figure out how we can best save money. Every little bit helps, right? Let me address a few of the benefits and give you the facts about those benefits, then you can make your own decision.

Benefit 1: “Proper inflation leads to longer life of the tire due to cooler tire temperatures.”

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