The numbers are holding steady at around 1.5 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) for the traffic fatality rate reported in the state of Tennessee for the last decade. This is not too bad with the national average at around 1.14. However, the number of trucks involved in fatal traffic accidents increased from 104 (2012) to 119 (2013), roughly a 14% increase.
Truck accidents are always considered with trepidation because it is so often serious. Large trucks that regularly ply the nation’s highways are particularly hazardous to the health of smaller fellow travelers because the trucks are so big and heavy. Moreover, truck drivers are also more likely to be highly skilled but less careful than the average motorist because of the number of hours they are on the road. According to the website of truck accident lawyers Pohl & Berk, LLP, truck accident victims typically experience traumatic physical and emotional trauma, huge financial expenses, and other life-changing consequences.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is keeping tabs on these accidents from year to year to gather data they can use to further improve the safety regulations imposed on truck and other commercial vehicle drivers as well as their employers. While there has been some success, many truckers and trucking companies find a way to circumvent these regulations in the interest of making more money. In general they are able to avoid accidents but the few who do succumb to illness, fatigue, alcohol, drugs, or even mobile madness are unfortunately more than enough for major destruction.
Truck accidents may be explainable but not excusable. An exhausted, sick, or impaired driver has no business sitting behind the wheel of any vehicle, let alone a large truck. If you have been seriously injured because the truck driver exercised poor judgment in getting behind the wheel, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Find out more when you consult with an excellent personal injury lawyer.
In the year 2010 the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) was able to record as many as 290 million amusement park tickets having been sold and about 1.7 billion rides enjoyed by visitors – figures that show and prove just how people love Amusement and Theme parks due to the never ending surprises, attractions and thrills that these offer. And every year it seems that more and more visitors go in search for much more thrilling rides, settling only on those that offer greater heights and much faster speeds.
Height and speed – two very important factors which designers of roller coasters and even water slides have began considering in the construction of new rides. These factors explain the existence of the Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, which thrusts riders up to 400 feet from the ground before dropping them at the speed of 85 mph, the Millennium Force, acknowledged as the best steel coaster in the US which features a moment of zero gravity and a speed of 93 mph and a drop from a height of 300 feet, the 120-foot tall Summit Plummet, a water slide that is the tallest and fastest in the world, and the Kingda Ka, a 456-foot “rocket” coaster which allows riders to plummet towards the ground at 128 mph.
In the midst of excitement, however, are the dangers that have seriously injured or claimed the lives of a number of park visitors. Despite the accidents, the National Safety Council says that theme parks are still extremely safe, considering the fact that only 1,299 of the 290 million visitors in 2010 suffered injuries.
Like in so many other forms of accidents, those occurring in Amusement parks are also primarily due to people’s negligence or failure in properly maintaining rides, machinery and other equipment. The results of this negligence include structural failure, riders getting ejected from the ride, restraint system failure, brake malfunction, failure to use safety nets or the nets themselves failing to provide the needed cushioning, and so forth.
An injury brought about by the negligence of someone else is called a personal injury and, under the tort law, the tortfeasor (or the person at fault) can be legally required to compensate the injured victim. Seeking help from a Houston personal injury lawyer, whose competence far exceeds many others in the field of personal injury law, will prove beneficial to the victim, who will definitely need a very strong defense of his/her rights and interests.
The need to control high-blood pressure is such a fairly common medical intervention that many people don’t take it as seriously as they should. The fact is, hypertension can lead to more serious and acute medical conditions that can be prevented if the hypertension is controlled. More than 60 million people over 20 in the US have hypertension, and that’s a hefty 30% or more of the population; more importantly, hypertension is believed to be the primary cause of death of 1,000 people every day. Obviously, hypertension has to be managed, and this can be done with a combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise, and medication
Angiotensin II receptor antagonists or blockers (ARBs) is one class of drugs that physicians have found to be efficacious for patients who are intolerant of the more traditional angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ARBs, while sharing many of the side effects of ACE inhibitors, are not productive of the persistent dry cough and hives (angioedema) associated with ACE inhibitors. According to the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, one brand of ARB that has been particularly popular in the US when it was introduced into the market in 2002 is Benicar (olmesartan).
Produced by Japanese drug company Daiichi Sankyo, Benicar was touted by the manufacturer as the safer and more effective hypertension therapy than any others, and for quite a while it seemed to be true. There has been no reason to believe that ARBs could pose serious health risks to patients cleared for the medication (which is contraindicated for pregnant women and those with biliary obstruction).
In 2012, the Mayo Clinic reported to the Food and Drug Administration that 22 of its patients with unexplained gastrointestinal problems were taking Benicar, which indicated some causative link. This was not expected, as this was only observed with Benicar and not other ARBs such as Valsartan, Telmisartan, and Losartan. As it is turning out, Benicar and other olmesartan preparations alone cause these serious intestinal complications.
Daiichi Sankyo has been brought to book in civil court for failing to thoroughly test their product before marketing it and failing to warn. If you have been adversely affected by using Benicar, you, too may be able to file a case against the drug maker. Find a reputable dangerous drugs lawyer in your area to look over your claim.
It’s time to find an attorney, and that doesn’t mean break out the yellow pages. Instead, you can better search for one online involving your specific case criteria and other requirements. Continue reading to find out more about how to find the right lawyer for your needs so that you are covered.
A good tip to keep in mind when hiring a lawyer is to be very wary of any lawyer who seems more interested in getting paid than winning your case. There are many unscrupulous lawyers out there who will try to get you to pay a contingency fee, or even get you to mortgage your house.
Check online to find out what sort of fees are typical for your legal issues. This will help you avoid being scammed down the road. Choose a lawyer who has a good track record and a great deal of experience to ensure that they don’t overcharge you for their own time-wasting mistakes.
Ask your lawyer for an estimate when you decide they’re the one for you. If they say no, walk away immediately. Even if they just give you a range and explain what makes a case more or less expensive, that is good enough. Make sure to get your fee agreement in writing!
Before you hire a lawyer, see if you can resolve any dispute without one. Often people are able to resolve their problems without having to find a lawyer. If you are not able to solve your problem without a lawyer, then it is in your best interest to have a lawyer on your side. Sadly some problems are nearly impossible for a person to resolve without the help of an attorney. These include pharmaceutical cases like Viagra melanoma lawsuits or defective surgical implants.
A good lawyer can feel like having insurance, and it can make or break your case. Therefore, it’s important that you find the right one in order to meet you needs. Use everything you’ve learned here as you get started trying to find the right lawyer for your needs today.
Legal action might be something to consider if you were hurt if someone has caused you an injury. This type of lawsuit happens almost daily. Learn about personal injury law and your case to see if it can withstand court and earn you money.
Get a detailed police report regarding an injury you receive, for future reference in court. Not only will the information gathered by the authorities be very credible, it can help prove that you were wrongfully injured and win your case. Failure to collect credible evidence means your claim may be viewed as hearsay, and that won’t win you anything!
Look online for a personal injury lawyer with a good reputation. That allows you to create a good list. For the purposes of your settlement, it’s imperative that you find a reputable attorney with a solid winning reputation when dealing with cases.
I learned from the informational personal injury website of Pohl Berk, that it is a good idea to speak with a bar association to determine that there are lawyers in your area that practice what you need. This will not provide you a ranking of the best lawyers, but will give you a good start on finding one. The American Bar Association is a good place for you to start this process.
Experiencing a little pain right after an accident is not necessarily a reason for alarm. This is normal and it may go away soon. If it’s been a while and you’re still experiencing the same problems, you must contact your attorney at that time.
Never hire a divorce lawyer to oversee your personal injury case. This may seem like common sense, but many people feel that the lawyer they’ve already dealt with is great, so why not get them to help? Instead, ask them for a referral for someone who specializes in this type of law.
Money won from personal injury suits can be used for medical expenses and things that will ease some of life’s burdens. Being able to free yourself of the financial burden the accident has caused is quite liberating. Use the advice you’ve learned to get the money you are owed.
Many people who wish to start a business are often left hanging by the question: are they going to make the business a corporation or an LLC? Choosing one of the other can be vital in the success of the company, and knowing which one would best benefit the company would depend on which type would give the most advantage to the business.
Limited Liability Company (LLC) is largely a corporation-type when it comes to the way limits the business owner’s liability. Choosing to form an LLC would give the business the necessary management flexibility along with possible tax benefits. Those who choese a Limited Liability Company for their business are provided with limited personal liability of a corporation, all while being regarded by the Federal tax laws as a partnership. The only disadvantage of an LLC is its inability to freely transfer the ownership, perpetual existence, as well as the ability for sole-ownership that a corporation could offer. This is the bargain that LLC offers in order to acquire the partnership tax status with more flexible management.
LLC largely prevent the ownership interests of the business to other people to ensure that the business is classified as a partnership to be taxed under the federal law. Limited Liability Companies generally have definite number of years in operation that would end after a specified amount of operation, or when a specified event happens. This requirement is necessary in order to qualify for partnership status when it comes to tax laws. Because of the flexibility of management, LLC allows its owners to determine and define the duties of owners, as well as having the adaptability of dividing profits and loss.
Corporations give the business the chance to raise capital through acceptance of new owners or going public. If this is what you want for your business, then choosing to go corporation would be the best option. It helps to weight the advantages and disadvantages of both LLC and Corporation, and how each can affect your business. It can be a complicated decision, so consulting with a lawyer who specializes in business law could provide helpful insight would work on your business.
If the popular television show “Sex in the City” is to be believed, New York City is a hotbed of licentiousness, where traditional boundaries do not exist. This is true in a sense; modern thinking has relegated sexual intercourse to as casual a topic as what is for dinner. However, federal and New York state law draws the line at sexual harassment.
While sexual harassment may take the form of sexual advances, innuendoes, or contact, it is primarily a discriminatory act, and not a sexual offense. It is discrimination because of two elements: it is targeted at a specific gender, typically against women but not necessarily, and it is carried out by a person or persons in a position of power or influence over the victim.
For an act of a sexual nature to be considered harassment, however, it must be unwanted or unwelcome, even when it occurs between an employee and an immediate supervisor. The element of consent is crucial for determining whether the behavior can be penalized or not, and proving whether it was consensual or not can be tricky.
There are some situations where a sexual relationship between certain employees would be considered automatically coercive, because there is no inherent equality in the relationship. A good example would be that of an inmate and a corrections officer. Even if the relationship is consensual, it is still prohibited by law and may have legal consequences for the corrections officer.
But in the workplace, the line is not so sharp. For example, the court ruled in a recent case that sexual harassment laws do not apply to unpaid interns because the laws specifically refer to employees, and since the intern did not receive remuneration for her services, she is not considered an employee. According to the law firm Cary Kane LLP website, a co-worker may also be accused of sexual harassment when it results in a hostile work environment of the plaintiff.
There are so many factors that may affect a sexual harassment complaint. If you believe you have been a victim of this type of discrimination, it is always a good idea to consult an experienced sexual harassment lawyer to make the case.
The continuous flow of cash and communications are probably the two most important things in the trucking industry. Without the former, operations will grind to a halt faster than an engine with no oil. Without the latter, coordination will go right out the window.
The business of transporting goods over land is huge, accounting for more than 80% of all commercial goods in the US. Without truckers and trucking companies, many businesses will go bust because of the distribution problem. This means that a lot of over-the-air communication goes on all the time everywhere, especially since the advent of the affordable mobile phone. However, because of the risks associated with using a handheld device such as a mobile phone, federal law prohibits the dialing, holding, and reaching for hand held devices while operating a vehicle.
The law requires that wireless communication is conducted with the use of a hands-free device such as multi-functional hands-free headsets. There are headsets that connect to the computer, mobile phone, and human via Bluetooth, so even tangled wires are no longer a problem. However, getting a citation for using a mobile phone is not the biggest concern for trucking companies. Their biggest concern is cash flow.
The trucking business is primarily a credit business; you transport today, you get paid 30, 60, or even 90 days later, depending on the client. The trucking industry follows a business model where accounts receivables are customarily delayed for as long as 90 days. In the meantime, wages, fuel, and spare parts need to be paid up front. This creates a cash flow bottleneck than can make or break a trucking enterprise.
Start up and small trucking companies are especially vulnerable to cash flow problems because they don’t have the resources to wait three months to get paid, or the customers to ensure a regular cycle of service orders and payments, or both. This is where freight factoring provides assistance to trucking companies.
Freight factoring allows trucking companies to trade their invoices for cash, usually for a small, fixed fee. It is not the ideal situation, but like hand held devices, it is a fact of the industry. Considering the alternative, the service fee for freight factoring is a small price to pay for continued operations of this most crucial of service providers.
Mineral rights on mortgaged property are pretty much the same as surface rights when it comes to selling them: you need to get the lender to agree to it. Without a deed of release, the property owner cannot legally sell the surface or mineral rights.
Presuming that the mineral rights are not severed from the surface rights, the property deed has mortgage liens on it in favor of the lender. In other words, until the mortgage is paid in full, the lender has the right to refuse to allow you to go about selling your mineral rights.
The lender has every reason to refuse; selling the mineral rights means the purchaser can enter the property at any time to extract and store whatever natural resources may be present under the surface land. This can pose a serious threat to the security and value of the property, which in turn will impact on the lender’s outlay. But if the lender is amenable, the property owner may be able to secure a deed of release.
The deed of release is a legal document which specifies the extent to which the lender will surrender the interest it has on the property. The deed may refer to the land in its entirety (such as when the mortgage has been paid in full) or in part. If the reason for the deed of release is to enable the sale of the mineral rights, you only need a deed of release for that aspect of the property. The lender will most probably require a certain amount in payment to offset the loss of market value of the land deed resulting from that transaction.
If and when the lender agrees to a deed of release, the next step would be to determine how much those mineral rights are worth. It should be noted that a sale is permanent; once it is done, there are no backsies. It is therefore important to consult with professionals regarding the fair market value of the mineral rights to avoid getting the short end of the stick.
There are four major causes of car accidents in terms of factors. These are road conditions, weather conditions, equipment failure, and driver behavior. According to the website of Ian Inglis, among the four, the largest contributor is driver behavior which ranges from drunk driving to driver error.
One of the major causes of car accidents under driver error is speeding. Nearly 70% of all drivers are guilty of excessive speeding for a variety of reasons: racing against another vehicle, rushing to a meeting, beating the traffic, responding to an emergency, or simply enjoying the great condition of the road. At high speeds, it only takes a split second’s inattention or distraction to end up a car wreck on the side of the road.
Sometimes, an error in judgment can have unfortunate circumstance. In some cases in a speeding-related auto accident, the driver was actually traveling within the posted speed limit but the road or weather conditions demanded more caution.
It may also surprise many people to learn that bugs can also cause accidents. A buzzing bee can startle a driver into swerving or serve as a distraction that can be dangerous on any road and catastrophic when travelling on a highway. Several documented cases of bug-related auto accidents include a 2008 two-car accident in Michigan and the 2010 three-car crash in Virginia.
Another major driver behavior that leads to many preventable car accidents is texting. It is estimated that a minimum of 20% of all car accidents in the US is caused by the driver texting while driving. Related driver behavior that also increases the risks of a car crash is dialing in, talking on, or simply reaching for the mobile phone. A majority of states have already imposed a ban on texting while driving as a result.
There are many factors that cause car accidents that are beyond the control of the driver. However, it is entirely possible to significantly reduce the number of accidents that happen by simply modifying reckless driver behavior.