Houston’s Car Accident Issues After the World Series

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Automobile Accidents, Personal Injury

Houston is going to be celebrating for a while now. The Astros have won their first World Series, and the city is getting a well-deserved bit of partying in after a very tough year. No one is going to begrudge the city for throwing the biggest end of the year party ever for a sports team. No one will judge us for drawing that party out for more than a week or two. At this point, we’ve got a free pass.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be on guard about our behavior. Partying is great, but when people party, and party, and party, there’s always a greater risk of someone getting hurt.

Particularly, we need to worry about drinking and driving, and the accidents that habit causes.

I say habit because it can become a habit, particularly when things get festive for longer than a weekend or so.

Texas already has a drunk driving problem. It ranks among the top states for the practice already. According to the CDC, whereas the national average is 1.9% for drivers who report having recently driven drunk, 2.1% of Texans report the same. Stunningly, with the rate of deaths by age for 100,000 people, at the age of 21-34, Texas scores 10 per 100,000, almost double the national average of 6.1 per 100,000. And that was before the Astros won the World Series.

Texas has an issue with driving and accidents. It’s a dangerous state to be on the road, without a doubt. And now, with excessive celebration heading into the most festive period of the year, that danger is all the greater.

Also, keep in mind, our infrastructure is not what it was before Harvey. Roads have been under great strain after all that flooding. Under equal strain are the police and fire departments, as well as the hospitals, which have all had to deal with a great deal this year already. Now, with resources depleted and workers exhausted, they will be forced to work all the harder to keep people as safe as possible.

So, congratulations Houston, you have earned a good time after the tough year. No one would take that away from you, but it may be worthwhile to try to act a little more responsibly than normal when indulging in the celebrations. The city has a right to party, but it also needs to be able to look after itself, and for all of us to look after one another.

If Harvey has done anything positive, it’s shown that nothing can beat Houston, especially when we all work together. We can all work together again to make sure everyone has a good time, celebrates, and still stays safe. Doing that will not just save lives, it’ll save resources, and keep the end of the year happy and free of sadness for all of us.

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Why Does Florida Have So Much Crime?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Drug Law

It’s a well-known, perhaps well-worn, stereotype that Florida is full of crime. From the Florida-man memes to the highlighted stories on the local and national news, there’s a general assumption that people in Florida just can’t get along with each other, and they can’t help but commit (sometimes bizarre) crimes, but how true is that stereotype?

Well, there’s some truth to it, certainly. Florida does have some of the most dangerous cities, in fact, it has 11 out of the top 100 most dangerous cities. Although, it is worth pointing out, most states don’t even have 11 cities, so part of Florida’s high number on the list is simply because of its size (more on that in a moment). Also of note, in that list, the highest ranking of any Florida city is 20. That doesn’t mean Florida deserves a prize, but it does mean many places are more dangerous than any of those 11 cities.

In fact, Florida overall doesn’t rank that highly on the dangerous state meter. According to 247wallst.com, Florida is right in the middle of the pack in terms of danger at number 18. Consider its reputation, that really isn’t that bad.

That doesn’t mean Florida doesn’t have its problems, though. There is a lot of crime in many of the cities for several reasons. Clustering people together in hot, humid conditions that don’t abate for the entire year is a recipe for people to get fed up and act out. There is also always a rise in crime before and after natural disasters, which of course, Florida gets more than its share of from hurricanes.

There’s also a great mix of people in Florida, including a mix of races and socio-economic levels, which can lead to a lot of tension.

Perhaps one of the biggest issues, though, is that Florida is a tourist location, and it’s a location that doesn’t necessarily always bring the best tourists. That’s not to say all tourists are bad. Most are nice families going to Disney World or people looking to relax down in Miami, but there are some who come looking to cause trouble. The nature of having such a massive tourist economy built on a party image means some people come and party too hard.

In fact, law firms even advertise their ability to help out-of-staters who have gotten themselves into trouble, whether it’s drug law problems or a case of public intoxication.

So, there are problems down in Florida, but those problems are often exaggerated. Florida is the third most populous state in the country, and that means there will be stories there if you go looking for them. The same would be true in any other populous state (California, New York, Texas, any of those top few states, really). The thing is, no one goes looking for them there. Florida’s reputation is largely manufactured by the media because it sells well. People like the stories.

Which means, the reputation is unlikely to change anytime soon, even if the facts don’t match up to it.

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Natural lawn mowers: goats

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in Landscaping

Owning a home can bring many joys but also many challenges, one of which is maintaining a tidy looking lawn. Many HOAs and suburbs have ordinances dictating how high your lawn can get, so buying a lawnmower or paying someone to cut back your grass is essential. Unfortunately, may lawn mowers are still gas-powered and are not particularly environmentally friendly. Luckily, mother nature has provided humans with natural lawn mowers: goats.

According to the entertainment news site dnainfo.com, the second busiest airport in the nation has employed dozens of goats over the last few years in order to keep the wild brush around the grounds at a reasonable height. Encompassing 11 miles, there is a lot of ground to be covered at O’Hare International Airport. While humans still use tractors and mowers on the flatter areas up against the runways, goats take care of the rest. This summer 100 goats have been employed for the purpose, more than double the amount used in years past. The overgrowth around the airport grows quickly, and the terrain is rocky, and the plants are thorny, making it difficult for mowers to get around. One of the shepherds associated with the company who contracted out the goats says that because goats evolved in rocky terrains, their digestive system is more able to handle a wide variety of plants, even those that might be toxic to other animals. In fact, goats may even prove to be more efficient than human-powered mowers since they will pull up grass and other plants by their roots. One of the biggest reasons for keeping the area around the airport clear is that small animals and birds have been known to run across the runway. Without viable habitat nearby, these incidents will decrease.

This is the fourth summer that the airport has used goats to maintain their grounds, and I think it is a fantastic idea that other airports should adopt. In addition to being more efficient, it helps the environment by not having gasoline powered mowers running. Besides airports, other businesses that cover a lot of lands could also use goats, such as amusement parks. Of course, using a goat for personal mowing in order to get out of the chore might be more trouble than it is worth. Of course, a good landscaping company such as Ware Landscaping in the Naperville area could help you choose slow growing, low maintenance grass and other plants so that you will not have to resort to renting a goat.

Although the second busiest airport in the nation likely has more resources available for projects like this than smaller airports, using goats to clear land is natural and environmentally friendly. Large businesses could even advertise this fact and pull in a larger crowd who will appreciate the green measure being taken. In a world where we rely on complicated and advanced machinery to make our lives easier, it is often easy to overlook a natural solution that may be even better.

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The Danger of Total Media Integration

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Personal Injury

As the world becomes increasingly busy and interconnected it is dragging many members of the population into a spiral of constant multitasking in order to meet deadlines. This acceleration in the pace of society poses a threat to the safety of us all. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle they are unknowingly committing themselves to the conditions of the road and the conditions of drivers they may come across. Organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are responsible for conducting studies and gathering data to better explain the conditions we see on the road. When examining the plethora of data on driving accident statistics it is clear there is something majorly wrong with the road systems of the U.S.

Thanks to the progress made in the tech industry there are now plenty of handheld gadgets to pull our attention away from what is important. A staggering number of drivers on the road are constantly engaging in distracted driving, a form of negligence that endangers the driver’s life and the lives of passengers in passing cars. According to studies done by NHTSA during the day, there are nearly 660,000 drivers using a cell phone behind the wheel. Integration of communication apps, live streaming, and even camera function are some of the leading causes for phone use while driving. Contrary to popular belief it is nearly impossible for humans to properly multitask. A sharpened mind can be partially successful, but driving is an activity that requires full attention and situational awareness. When there is a presence of a cellular device in the car the likelihood of using that distracting device is greatly increased. Phones have become an odd extension to the human hand. Furthermore, smaller devices such as smartwatches and other wearable technology are proof of the growing dependence on devices around the clock. In a separate study, it was found that distracted driving took the lives of 3,477 lives in 2015. Life is too fragile to become distracted by the shiny and bright gadgets pushed down on consumers. As is with any technology, there is an appropriate time and place for usage of that device, but as studies have and will continue to show that time is never while operating a motor vehicle on an open road. In the tragic event that an accident occurs and the victim is left in a debilitated state or becomes dependant on constant assistance they could possibly challenge their case in hopes of receiving just compensation. Victims of serious auto accidents typically undergo traumatic stress during the accident and especially after during recovery. The financial implications alone can be soul crushing. This is why it is important to seek proper guidance in pursuing legal action.

In summary, roadways are cluttered with drivers who are simply not paying attention to their path and their surroundings. In serious cases where an extensive injury is experienced the victim would likely receive appropriate compensation for their care. Through efforts of raising public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, we can mold a safer future for the growing new generations.

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Should You Sell or Lease Mineral Rights?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Mineral Rights

The most common question mineral rights owners have in mind is – should I sell or lease my mineral rights? It is understandable that they are having difficulties in determining whether to sell or lease. But it is important to note that either has advantages over the other, so it all depends on the owners’ perspective on which advantages they would want to utilize. Below are either’s practices and advantages.

Selling Mineral Rights

If you want to sell mineral rights, the most important thing to know is that selling them means that you are transferring full rights to the buyer. In other words, you won’t have any rights to the minerals in your properties any longer, in the same sense that when you sell a house, you no longer have any rights to that house.

The clear advantage of selling mineral rights over leasing them is the lump sum you will receive. It is a good way to get instant money, a big amount of money at that. Selling right now is also a great idea. The prices are at their peaks because these minerals, especially oil and gas, are still on high demand. But that won’t last forever, because they are finite resources and the rise of renewable resources may reduce their value.

Leasing Mineral Rights

If selling mineral rights is like selling a house, leasing mineral rights is like making a house available for rent. You are giving an entity the right to use your house, but the house doesn’t belong to the entity. The entity who you have given the right to extract your minerals will be required to pay a leasing fee and royalty percentage from the valued and extracted minerals – either is under an agreed upon leasing period.

Even though leasing doesn’t translate as fast big cash as much as selling, there is still a considerable amount of money involved, not to mention that the flow of money is consistent, which could be a better financial device compared to getting a single lump sum. In fact, the accumulated money going into your pockets may even be greater compared to the lump sum from selling your mineral rights.

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Drunk Driving and the Inconvenience of License Suspension

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol can result into license suspensions. What determines driving under the influence and license suspension lengths depend on the jurisdiction. Typically, there is a legal blood alcohol content limit. Reaching or exceeding this limit means that you are already driving while intoxicated. The limit is usually at around 0.08% for adults and 0.04% for drivers below twenty-one years old.

In South Carolina, license suspension can reach up to six months for first time offenders. Those who commit the offense consecutively can have their licenses suspended for up to four years. On the worst cases, like when the offense is considered a felony, license suspension can even be permanent.

Lack of Mobility

If you got your license suspended, you don’t have the right to drive, so you will need to think of other ways to get around. You can use other modes of transportation, such as trains, buses, and ridesharing services like Uber.

But this can also be inconvenient. Walking to stations can be physically demanding. Commuting puts you at risk of getting mugged. Falling in line, stopping on stations, and other delays can eat a significant amount of time.

Compromised Responsibility

Since taking public transport can be a hassle, you may arrive at your destination stressed. This can affect your level of productivity, especially in school or at the office.

Without the proper mobility that private cars can give you, it may also be a hassle to commit to your family and household responsibilities. If you don’t have the privilege of driving, you will not be able to take your kids out conveniently or go grocery shopping with ease.

Compromised Relationships

Because of the possible inconveniences of other modes of transport, you may also be too tired when you arrive at home. You will have the tendency to choose resting over spending time with your loved ones. Worse, you may even be more irritable because of stress, creating more problems in the family. If you cannot accomplish your responsibilities, such as taking the kids to school or picking up dinner ingredients in the grocery store, family problems may even go into new heights.

What You Can Do

Getting arrested of drunk driving has other penalties, such as fines and jail times. When these penalties combine, they may redirect your entire life. According to the website of these Cayce DUI Lawyers, drunk driving charges can be defended. It is good to know that the law acknowledges that charges may result into undeserved consequences, especially because these consequences are life-changing.

The best thing to do is to avoid driving if you have even a pinch of alcohol in your system. Let someone else drive, or at least this time, try to tolerate the hassles of public transport.

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Why You Should Not Drink and Drive

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Automobile Accidents

Why You Should Not Drink and Drive

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law, and there is a good reason for that. The law is not there to deny you of your rights. The law is there to make sure that you and the others around you are safe.

If you have been convicted of drinking and driving, you may suffer from penalties such as fines, jail time, and license suspension or revocation. But it is important to point out that not because you have been arrested, it automatically means that you have to suffer all of the consequences immediately. There are instances where getting a criminal defense lawyer is a good idea, such as the DUI defense lawyers of Truslow & Truslow.

Car Crashes

One of the primary reasons why DUI is illegal is the fact that it can cause car accidents. Alcohol and drugs have negative effects to your body, putting you at greater risk of crashes. You will have limited bodily functions, such as blurred vision. You will have coordination issues, which can be big problems because hand-eye-foot coordination is an important aspect of driving.

You can have comprehension issues, resulting into failure to follow traffic signs, concentrate on the act of driving, focus on the road, and react to unexpected circumstances.

Risk to Others

You are obviously not the only person on the road, so driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can put the others around you in danger. If you have become a victim of the limited bodily functions mentioned above, you may sideswipe a vehicle in the other lane, collide head-on with a vehicle in the opposite direction, fail to notice other motorists like motorcyclists and bicyclists, and veer off the road and strike unsuspecting pedestrians.

To be considered for driving under the influence, you should have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. But of course, you are not carrying medical devices with you so you cannot exactly tell when your BAC is higher than ideal, so the best thing to do is to know your limit and don’t be overconfident. Better yet, avoid drinking at all, or avoid driving by having a designated driver.

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Road Rash And Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Automobile Accidents

Motorcycles provide drivers with a convenient mode of transportation. It allows them to cut through traffic and reach their destination in a quick manner. But while they offer convenience, it also places the driver at a huge risk of getting injured or worst killed. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® reveals that motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries. Unlike cars, motorcycles do not have any safety features to protect the driver.

One of the common consequences of motorcycle accidents is road rash, a skin abrasion resulting from the falling off from a motorcycle and making contact with the ground. Road rash is divided into three categories:

  • First Degree – is characterized by redness in the skin similar to “rug burn.” The good news is that first degree road rash is not serious and requires no medical treatment.
  • Second Degree – involves breaks on the skin. In second degree road rash, the underlying layers of the skin will remain intact but is visible from the injury. It has the potential for scarring. These types of road rash can be easily treated by over-the-counter presc4riptions.
  • Third Degree – is the most serious type of road rash. It involves breaks in the skin that extends down to the fat tissues. It can subject a person to infections from the injury and may require immediate care.

Except for third degree road rash, treatment of lesser degree road rash can be done using simple procedures. Third degree, on the other hand, requires immediate treatment. First and second degree road rash should be washed and cleaned immediately to help avoid infection. Make sure not to scrub the affected area as it increases the risk of scarring. For third degree road rash, surgery and physical therapy may be required several weeks after hospitalization.

After treatment, cover the wound with a loose non-stick gauze. Add a moisture barrier covering such as DuoDerm. Keep the wound covered until they are healed for about 7 to 12 days. Make sure to replace the dressing at least once a day and watch out for signs of infection.

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The Many Benefits Offered by Independent Car Insurance Firms

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

When it comes to car liability insurance coverage, all states require drivers to carry Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability. This specific coverage provides protection for claims that are made against an insured driver who is at fault in an accident that caused bodily injury or property damage.

Carrying car liability insurance coverage is one of the ways by which drivers can comply with the financial responsibility law required by all states. This law specifically requires drivers in the U.S. to show their financial capability in paying for damages resulting from accidents due to their fault.

Coverage requirements vary from one state to another, though. Thus, besides Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability, majority of U.S. states require drivers to carry other types of insurance coverage, such as:

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Medical Payments Coverage. Both types of coverage pays the cost of medical treatment that you and your passengers will require in the event of an auto accident, regardless of whose fault the accident was. However, PIP provides more benefits as it includes lost wages, funeral costs, rehabilitation services, and other services, like childcare, which an accident victim may be unable to perform due to the injuries sustained in an accident.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM): This coverage is designed to cover all economic losses and damages due to accidents caused by drivers who do not have the financial capability to pay for the damages and losses suffered by an accident victim. This coverage will prove totally beneficial also if the vehicle involved in an accident were stolen or if the accident were a case of hit-and-run.

Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UIM): UIM is designed to cover the amount which an at-fault driver’s insurance policy is not able to cover. This usually happens when the at-fault driver’s liability limits are too low to cover all damages and losses suffered by an accident victim.

Collision Coverage: This coverage provides for losses (property damage) suffered by the insured or policy holder.

Comprehensive Coverage: This coverage provides for damage of loss of a vehicle due to reasons other than collision, like fire, theft, vandalism, falling objects, explosion, earthquake, flood, civil commotion and accidental glass breakage.

Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability plus any of the other coverages mentioned above are just few of the reasons why insurance policies are too costly. One other major reason why insurance premiums are high, especially for male drivers aged 25 or below, is due to the “high-risk” driver classification. Besides one’s age, a driver may also be tagged by car insurance firms as a “high-risk” driver if he or she has already been involved in a car accident wherein he or she is at fault, is driving a high-powered sports, has past traffic violations, especially reckless driving or DUI, has only a few years of driving experience, or has been required by the court to carry an SR-22 filing.

The monthly car insurance premium in the U.S. ranges from a little less than $100 to a little more than $200. Whether you pay a higher premium, however, this does not mean that you will get better services as there is no correlation between cost of premium and the quality of service you will be provided with.

One thing is sure, though: this amount is too big compared to the monthly premium you might be required to pay if you will seek the services of an independent insurance firm for your insurance needs.

According to the website of Second Gear Magazine, some independent car insurance firms provide customers with as many as a dozen free online insurance quotes to help them obtain the coverage they need at a price that fits their budget. Besides this, these firms also offer multiple payment options, have bilingual customer service representatives who are available to answer customers’ questions and help them meet their needs whenever they call, and provide 24/7 roadside assistance – these and many more benefits for a monthly premium that can be as low as $35.

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Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Nursing Home Abuse

When special care becomes unavailable to an elder, a nursing home can provide the treatment that is tailored to their specific needs. However, there are times when a facility demonstrates malpractices, which can seriously impact the well-being of a resident. Whether caused by a shortage in nursing staff or the negligence of an employee, nursing home abuse is a relevant issue keeping patients from receiving the proper aid they deserve.

As seen on SeniorAdvice.com, nursing homes have more regulations than other forms of senior care, with significant attention given to regulating the staff and their routines of care. Some forms of abuse are accidental, such as a fault in medication management; giving out an improper dosage amount or the wrong medicine is an example of physical neglect that can be potentially fatal for the resident. Also, staff members may not notice if an elder skips meals or is becoming malnourished/dehydrated. While these faults are not intentional, the nursing home staff is completely responsible for those who cannot independently care for their own physical and emotional health, and failure to notice or treat problems like malnutrition can be detrimental. Any instances of a lack in the performance of a staff member’s duties can be emotionally neglectful towards the elder if they are often left alone or feel ignored.

Purposeful acts of physical or emotional abuse can be especially harmful to the safety and health of an elder. Signs of violence, such as bite marks, wounds, cuts, bruises, even weight loss, should make it fairly obvious that the resident is being subjected to nursing home abuse. Emotionally, residents can suffer from elder psychological abuse if they are being humiliated or terrorized by their caretakers.

For nursing home patients, extreme measures must be taken in regard to the vulnerability of the seniors, and a breach in this required care can result in either abuse or neglect. Either of these instances can be equally as harmful to the health of the residing elder, which is why it is so significant that regulations in nursing homes remain as strict.

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