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Multiple-vehicle Motorcycle Accident: Cause of more Serious Injuries

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Motorcycle Accident | 0 comments

An increase in the number of fatalities from 2011, at 4, 612 to 5,027 in 2012, due to motorcycle accidents, is enough to worry authorities from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With the total number of reported motorcycle accidents going over a hundred thousand every year, it may even be considered a relief that the number of fatalities is just a little over 5.000.

Some motorcycle accident reports show riders crashing into fixed objects, such as a lamp post or a tree; a usual incidence among drunk or speeding riders. Though single motorcycle accidents are more common than multiple-vehicle motorcycle accidents, these latter type of accidents is more dangerous since it usually involves collision with another vehicle, such as a car, a van or, worse, a commercial motor vehicle (a bus or a truck).

In the event of multiple vehicle accidents, it is always the motorcycle rider who suffers the worst damage to vehicle and the worst injuries due to the little body protection, which is actually limited to the helmet. Oftentimes too, despite the helmet, the force of the collision can be strong enough to cause severe harm, like head and/or spinal injury and broken bones, besides the trauma that may last a lifetime.

Based on records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle accidents are mostly caused by other driver’s failure to recognize riders’ right of way. Many drivers, without first checking for possible approaching motorcycle riders, make sudden turns (usually at intersections) or abrupt lane changes.

According to a Louisville motorcycle accident lawyer with the Sampson Law Firm, motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents in which an individual can be involved. Most motorcyclists have very little to protect them from harm in case of an accident, meaning that the injuries that are likely to result from a motorcycle accident are often far more extensive than those associated with a car accident. Sadly, many motorcyclists find themselves dealing with broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, causing great impact on both the victim and their family.

If you get involved in a motorcycle accident that is due to someone else’s negligence, a lawyer can help you understand your legal options and the possibility of taking the action necessary to obtaining compensation.

The LaMarca Law Group, P.C. says likewise, stating that a motorcycle accident can cause catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and death. Often, motorcyclists involved in a collision find that they are unable to work or provide for themselves as a result of the injuries they have sustained. If you have suffered life-altering injuries or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, a personal injury attorney can you obtain just and fair financial compensation to meet present and future needs.


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A Grave Road Threat – Reckless Driving

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

There are times when driving can be unpleasant due to pokey or slow-moving pedestrians or the sudden presence of a volume of pedestrians, car drivers searching for a place to park, delivery trucks, city buses and taxicabs, detours, road constructions and long traffic signals.

Becoming impatient because due to slow-moving traffic is what often causes a number of drivers to drive and maneuver their vehicles recklessly, just to get ahead of everyone else. Reckless driving does not only happen on busy streets or main thoroughfares, though, but even inside parking lots. In some states, the following acts are considered reckless driving:

  • Road-racing
  • Driving beyond 80 mph or at least 20 mph more beyond the posted speed limit ;
  • Overtaking a school bus, an ambulance or any emergency vehicle;
  • Failing to use signal lights for proper traffic signals;
  • Improper maneuvering or driving above speed limit in parking areas; and,
  • Overtaking another vehicle in a one lane road.

Reckless driving, which is a serious traffic violation, is defined in U.S. laws as a display of wanton disregard for road safety and road safety rules. “Wanton disregard” is the deliberate act of ignoring the possible risk or harm that one can cause.

Reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor; however, if it results to injury or death, it can be elevated to class 1 misdemeanor or felony, depending on the laws of a state. The punishments usually associated with it are imprisonment and/or fine, suspension or revocation of driver’s license, cancellation of parole, possible deportation and a misdemeanor criminal record.

If reckless driving is committed in Federal territories, however, like in: military bases; the George Washington Parkway; the Pentagon area; the Quantico area, Northern Virginia Federal government facilities; or, federal territories located in the state of Virginia, then the penalties can mean costlier fine that can amount to $5,000.00, up to 6 months imprisonment, suspension of driver’s license and driving privileges, and minus points on one’s driver’s license.

As explained by Williams Kherkher, “Despite government attempts at regulating the safety of cars, most automobile accidents are brought on by the dangerous acts of the driver, not the car. Ultimately, no matter how high safety standards become, so long as there are reckless drivers on the road, accidents will continue to occur.

The Goings Law Firm, LLC shares the same thought, saying, “Though many drivers are diligent about operating their vehicles safely, others choose to drive without regard for others, and unfortunately when this happens, innocent drivers and passengers sustain debilitating injuries in completely preventable car accidents. Reckless driving accident lawyers have seen the devastation that car accidents, due to reckless driving can cause, thus, they dedicate their efforts to helping victims hold reckless drivers accountable for the threat that they pose to everyone’s safety.

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The Dangers of Drunk Driving

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Drunk Driving | 0 comments

Time and time again, we have been reminded of the dangerous repercussions of drunk driving. A White Plains drunk driving lawyer will tell you that there are several penalties that follow a DUI charge. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.1 million drivers were arrested for DUI in 2014. In that same year, there were 9,967 deaths due to alcohol impairment.

Alcohol can have bad effects on your body. It is absorbed into the bloodstream through the small blood vessels in the walls of the stomach and small intestine. Within minutes of consuming alcohol, it travels from the stomach to the brain, where the effects of alcohol sets in and slows down the action of the nerve cells. Twenty percent of alcohol goes to the stomach and the remaining 80% to the small intestine.

When the amount of alcohol in the blood exceeds the allowable level, the respiratory system can drastically slow down resulting to coma or death as oxygen can no longer reach the brain. The effect of alcohol is greater on teens than adults because their brain is still developing. Alcohol can lead to poor decision making. It affects judgment, depth perception, and vital motor skills needed for safe driving.

Although the figures for national averages have dropped considerably in the last 35 years, drunk driving remains to be a problem. The solution lies not on strict implementation of laws but in preventing drunk driving itself. When drinking, make sure that you will not drive afterwards. You can let the effects of alcohol dissipate first before driving.

Drunk driving is a problem that every individual can prevent. If you cannot avoid drinking and driving, do so in a moderate manner. Always remember your loved one. Stay on the side of caution. Do not drink and drive at the same time. This way, you can keep yourself from being part of the statistics.

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Wrongful Arrest Protection: Fighting Against Police Misconduct

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution assures every citizen’s right to be protected from the unreasonable and unlawful apprehension of one’s property and person. This encompasses an individual’s right to protection from being searched and seized by police without respect to due process. News about wide-spread instances of police misconduct and wrongful arrests continue to monopolize headlines. As thousands and thousands of people mount protests and express their hope for swift action, it’s important to emphasize the need to uphold the rights afforded to all citizens in the US by law.

According to Evans Moore, LLC, wrongful arrest is just one of the many instances of police misconduct that’s becoming more and more of a hot-button topic all over the country. In general, a wrongful arrest takes place when a person is detained or taken into custody without respect to their rights. Police that make arrest should have enough cause to seize any individual they suspect of wrong-doing. Similarly, individuals are protected from having their selves and their properties searched without the necessary warrants.

Because it can be such a contentious issue, wrongful arrest cases can leave victims at a disadvantage. When pursuing such a case in civil court, having an experienced attorney makes a huge difference. Through litigation, victims of wrongful arrest can receive appropriate compensation for damages such as loss of income due to missed job appointments and even emotional distress. In some cases, when a wrongful arrest leads to further allegations of police misconduct, pursuing legal action can help in achieving some sense of justice.

All in all, pursuing a wrongful arrest case can help victims deal with the consequences such an incident can cause. If you think that you’ve been detained or arrested without reasonable cause, consult with a legal professional right away and ask about your options.

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Grounds For Filing A Domestic Violence Lawsuit

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Domestic Violence | 0 comments

One of the reasons that marriages come to an end is when the relationship has become violent and chaotic. When one of the spouses inflicts physical or emotional harm to the other, domestic violence sets in and could lay the foundation for divorce or legal separation. The Nashville violent crimes lawyers at Horst Law defines domestic violence as any alleged assault that occurs between individuals who are married, living together, dating, having sexual relationships, related by blood, or through marriage.

Domestic violence is both a criminal and civil liability. Since it is a form of injury, a victim of domestic violence can file also file a case in a civil court. Tort laws provide civil legal remedies for people who suffer an injury caused by another individual. One common misconception with domestic violence cases is that once a person has been tried in a criminal court, they cannot be charged in a civil court for the same case. Being tried in a criminal court does not mean the defendant cannot be tried in a civil court.

In the past, family members were not allowed to sue each other for torts. Such prohibition was based on concerns about breaking down the family. However, such reasoning has changed. Now, the courts allow families to file cases against each other on the premise that the family is already broken. In states that allow family members to sue each other, that family member would not be barred from doing so.

Domestic violence cases are usually designed to ensure the personal safety of the suing party. The most common way of guaranteeing the safety of the victim and other members of the family is through a restraining order. These are issued by the court and are granted in every state. It will bar the abuser from coming within a set distance of the victim. Restraining orders may also remove child or spousal support.

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In Search for At-Fault Auto Insurance Coverage

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Car Insurance | 0 comments

Having auto insurance coverage frees you from having to worry about the costs you will incur when involved in an accident. When this happens, you will often find yourself arguing with the other driver as to who was really at-fault. This is a natural reaction after all who would want to pay for the damages of another driver when you cannot pay for your own expenses already.

The truth of the matter is that it is really impossible to determine if you or the other driver is at-fault for the accident. In these instances, you will not know whether your insurance provider or the other party’s insurer will be covering for the expenses that will be incurred in the accident. This is the reason for determining who is at-fault in the accident – to decide which insurance company will pay for repairs and other expenses.

Insurance companies will only cover a certain percentage of the insurance claim when you get involved in a car accident. If you are deemed at fault and your policy does not cover expenses that will be incurred during at-fault accidents, you will be forced to pay the amount out of your pocket and it could be expensive on your part. However, it will depend on the state where the accident happens if it is no-fault or tort state. Nevertheless, you need to look for insurance cover that will protect you and the other driver when you were deemed at faulty.

In this article, we will look at different kinds of insurance that will help defray the cost for repairs and other expenses if you were deemed at fault in an accident. You can also seek out your local Greenfield, WI car insurance lawyer for more information.

Liability Insurance

Almost all states in the United States require you to have a certain amount of liability coverage. This will allow you to defray cost for repairs and medical expenses associated with the accident where you were deemed at fault. However, liability coverage is not enough since it may cause you to pay the expenses with money from your own pocket. Aside from that, it only covers the other driver.

Collision Insurance

Aside from liability coverage, you may also want to consider collision insurance to maximize your coverage during an at-fault accident. This type of policy will cover for repairs and car replacement of your car even if you were at-fault. Collision coverage includes a deductible, an amount you must pay in order to activate your insurance coverage.

Medical Insurance

With medical insurance, it does not matter whether you or the other driver are in a no-fault state. The policy will cover your medical costs and that of other drivers. It will pay for hospital stays, doctor visit, physical therapy and even funeral expenses. If you have health insurance already, medical coverage is optional although it can help pay your health insurance deductible.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Personal injury protection is required by no-fault states. It will help you defray your medical expenses when you are in these states.

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Do I Need A Hysterectomy?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Dangerous Products, Medical Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

This can be a bit of a hot topic among women who have had the procedure done (or haven’t had it done) as there can be quite a few implications. First of all, you need to make sure that you have all the facts before making a final decision – and for this, you must think as coolly and objectively as possible. Making potentially life-changing decisions born out of fear or anger cannot end well for anyone involved.

First things first, what exactly is a hysterectomy? Well, it is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a woman’s uterus. If you are getting a hysterectomy due to the growth of uterine fibroids, it might be recommended that a myomectomy procedure is more advisable instead. A myomectomy is the removal of the fibroids, usually so that the woman may still be able to conceive and give birth. A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and that would mean that the woman would be unable to have a child after the procedure.

Some women might not wish to have a hysterectomy due to the presumed recovery period that could take weeks. There are some surgeries known including laparoscopic procedures involving morcellators that could clear a patient mere hours after a surgery, but information from the website of the Williams Kherkher Law Firm provides examples of why women may file cases against manufacturers of morcellators (i.e. Johnson and Johnson), stating that the device had then caused them endometrial cancer in order to take out a noncancerous growth from their bodies. It would be worth learning more about the possible risks if you are thinking of morcellation as a means to go by your hysterectomy.

Another fact about getting hysterectomy is that there are many arguments available from numerous sources that state that most women who have gotten procedures of this nature did not need them for a life-or-death kind of situation. It would be the most recommended course of action, then, to talk to a physician about your complaints and condition in order to know if this procedure is the best thing for you to go through.

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Safety Precautions against PCBs

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Dangerous Products | 0 comments

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can significantly affect the life of a person exposed at high levels. The chemical has potential to pose problems through damaging reproductive, developmental, or neurological systems. The toxin is easily diffused, and knowing how to avoid sources of exposure can prove to benefit your health in the long run. Two main sources of contact are through consuming contaminated animals and inhaling contaminated air. With these sources, there are safety precautions that children and adults can implement to minimize or prevent exposure.

If eating fish, it is important to know where the fish came from. Some wild-life advisories will warn people about consuming fish from a certain areas, however this is not always the case. Because some bodies of water are contaminated with PCBs, their fish contract the toxin, and transmit it to humans upon their consumption. This is similar to cows or chickens in the sense that the animals are primarily exposed to PCBs, and then their consumption (particularly of the fatty meat) spreads it to humans. Today, most all humans already have PCB traces in their blood at varying levels. To prevent these levels from increasing, all food should be consumed after considering its origination and health risks.

Secondly, transformers or other electrical products can contain coolants with PCBs. The use of PCBs was outlawed in 1977, however old transformers and electrical equipment still exist. When they leak or are improperly disposed of, PCBs contaminate the air. If the transformer or other product needs repairing, the person working on it is exposed to PCBs. To protect against ingesting contaminated air as a result of transformers, avoid the area where the transformer is, or thoroughly wash your body and dispose of your clothes after close contact.

Prior to the elimination of PCBs, some companies used PCBs in their manufacturing processes. Monsanto, an agriculture production company, is an example of such, and Monsanto PCBs have lead to people’s health being detrimentally compromised. Knowing these strategies will help you avoid exposure to existing PCBs, and will prevent your health from being tampered.

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The Dangerous Effects of Toxic Substances

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Personal Injury, Workplace Dangers | 0 comments

Hundreds of workers in the US get diagnosed with serious health conditions every year – a result of their regular exposure to dangerous substances in the workplace. Many of these illnesses are chronic and malignant, manifesting themselves only when they are already too serious to be cured by any type of drug. The most common types of these serious illnesses are cancer and lung disorder.

The lungs are the organs that are normally affected and easily damaged by toxic substances. The damage, however, depends on the kind of substance a worker has been exposed to. The most common forms of disorders that have been complained about and the kind of substance that caused these include:

  • Chronic beryllium disease or CBD, which is a result of the inhalation of Beryllium’s (a metallic element) fumes or dust. This lung disorder is acquired only by people who are allergic to the Beryllium
  • Pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, is the consequence of the regular inhalation of coal dust
  • Byssinosis, which is developed due to breathing textile fiber dust regularly
  • Bronchiolitis obliterans (BO), also called obliterative bronchiolitis, is a rare, yet, deadly and incurable lung disorder which is a result of the scarring or inflammation of the bronchioles, a small airway branch or a passageway where air is able to pass through the mouth or nose to the alveoli, or lungs’ air sacs. This lung disorder is the result of regular exposure to toxic fumes, which include thionyl chloride, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, chlorine, diacetyl, and nitrogen dioxide
  • Silicosis, the result of regular exposure and inhalation of silica dust.

It is quite obvious that many workers are still not cognizant of the deadly effects of many different kinds of substances, especially silica. Regular inhalation of silica dust is very common among workers who are engaged in the crushing or breaking of rocks and sands. Due to the nature of their work, many end up with the lethal lung disease silicosis, the inflammation and scarring of the lungs.

Silicosis cannot be reversed. Thus, work, which requires regular exposure to silica dust, necessitates the wearing of protective gears; employers too are mandated by law to provide their employees with the proper education and training on how to keep away from the deadly effects of this toxic element. Any failure on the part of employers or supervisors to ensure that their workers are protected will make them liable for whatever illness workers may develop.

Workers who are, or had been, exposed to silica better make sure of their health condition. Any sign or symptom of silicosis should prompt the affected worker to contact a knowledgeable and experienced legal expert immediately for the possible legal move he or she would want to pursue. Getting in touch with Tennessee personal injury attorneys is a move that the affected worker could consider.

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The Easy way to Sell your Mineral Rights

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Earth Resources | 0 comments

Selling anything is always a stressful undertaking, but especially when it comes to real estate property. Selling your mineral rights goes through the same process as selling any real estate such as a house or a lot. The big difference is knowing what the market value is.

There is no handy reference for mineral rights values. The selling price will depend on many factors such as the type of minerals that may be there and the likely yield based on proved reserves for the area. It will also depend on who the buyer is. Speculators routinely offer low prices because they are not the final buyers; they speculate on likely mineral rights and sell them to developers.

The best thing for you is to find buyers that plan to explore and exploit the mineral deposits. They can usually give better offers because there is no intermediary. However, it is not at all easy to find such buyers as they tend to rely on agents to do the legwork for them.

It will also be necessary to come up with documentation that you actually own the mineral rights you are planning to sell. You can do this by checking with the office of the county clerk or having a private abstracting company do it for you.

Getting all these elements together to sell your mineral rights can be time-consuming and exhausting work, and you are not even sure that you are doing it right. Fortunately, there are companies that specialize in helping mineral rights owners get together with direct buyers where bidding can take place. One of the most reputable companies in Texas does this very well. You can view their website here. Letting a mineral rights auction house do the work for you is the best and easiest way to sell you mineral rights.

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