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 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.
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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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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Adequate knowledge and skills are required for a person to be legally allowed to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), like a bus and a tow truck, but, most especially, a truck, also called a big rig or an 18-wheeler. Trucks are normally 70 feet long and about 40 tons or 80,000 lbs. heavy, thus, acting as potential threats to the many other smaller vehicles these share the road with.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 mandates that only qualified drivers are issued a commercial driver’s license, while those who are unsafe or unqualified are removed from the road; this is to help ensure road safety at all times. Adherence to the Act is enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the US Department of Transportation. Besides this, the FMCSA also implements other rules that will help reduce the likelihood of truck accidents, such as the 11-hour maximum driving time, which is part of a truck driver’s 14-hour duty. This maximum driving time regulation includes a 10 consecutive hour off-duty period to make sure that drivers do not suffer from fatigue or sleepiness whenever they get behind the wheel.
With truck driver fatigue effectively addressed, the Department of Transportation is able to focus on other factors that are equally considered vital to road safety: truck defect and malfunction, specifically brake malfunction. This is because brake failure has been identified as another major cause of accidents involving trucks, accidents that usually result to severe injuries or fatal consequences. Factors that constitute a brake failure include brakes suffused with grease or oil, thin or worn out brake pads, overheated brakes, or worn tires.
Where trucks or 18-wheelers are concerned, brakes are among their most important functions. To keep these vehicles’ braking systems safe and efficient the federal government has created standards to which manufacturers must strictly comply. Federal standards require that a braking system must allow a truck to decelerate until it comes to a full stop at a rate specific to its size and a force based on its weight. Failure to meet federal standards can result to something that is much worse than just violating government rules; it could lead to a catastrophic road accident that can seriously injure some individuals and kill others.
According to the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, due to the major contribution trucks provide the nation’s economy it is impossible to avoid sharing the road with these. However, because of the many integrated mechanical and computer systems that these utilize, any defect or malfunction may possibly result to an accident, which can easily and completely alter the life of the victim and his/her family. Thus, in the event of an accident, it is absolutely advisable that the victim get in touch with a Texas truck accident lawyer immediately for the legal actions that he/she has the right to take as well as to make sure that he/she receives the full amount of compensation that will cover all present and future damages resulting from the accident.
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