Defectively-designed Roads and Highways: Another Major Cause of Car Crashes

More than three-fourths of the five millions motor vehicle accidents every year are due to drivers’ fault, based on results of crash analyses by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Driver fault includes drunk-driving, distracted driving, speeding (including driving too fast despite poor road conditions) and reckless driving. Thus, no matter how careful you may be on the road, if another driver acts negligently or carelessly, then an accident may just be imminent

Drivers are not the only ones guilty of negligent and careless acts, though. There are many other individuals who commit these acts and who should be held accountable for some accidents that occur. These include: motor vehicle manufacturers who produce defective vehicles; manufacturers of vehicle parts who use low-quality materials or who do not comply with the safety standard set by the NHTSA on car parts; and, different agencies (including local government agencies) for failing to construct good roads or for failing to keep roads in good condition. Like the fault of millions of drivers, the acts or lack of action of some other individuals are just as dangerous, as these too can cause tragic road accidents.

Defectively-designed roads and highways or poorly-maintained streets directly affect all motorists. These, according to the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD, may be the fault of the state or a municipality responsible for road design, maintenance, and signage, a construction company that has left the pavement littered with obstacles or debris, or a truck that has left blown out tire treads or fallen cargo on the pavement. These are some of the more common road conditions that cause highway accidents:

  • Faulty road design;
  • Hazardous road construction area;
  • Objects or debris on the road;
  • Potholes or cracked, uneven pavement;
  • Lack of a level shoulder;
  • Missing guardrails;
  • Standing water;
  • Detached tire treads;
  • Snow and ice, especially black ice; and,
  • Lack of lane dividers or pavement markings, especially on winding roads.

Highway defects can cause a driver to lose control of his/her vehicle; it is, therefore, a serious issue that the government should address quickly for failure to deliver the necessary maintenance or intervention can result in destructive accidents.

In the event of an accident, however, naming a government agency in a lawsuit may lead to nothing due to its immunity from any form of liability, unless the issue is gross negligence in maintaining a roadway.

Highway defects can cause even the most careful and conscientious drivers to get into serious, life-threatening accidents. When roads are improperly maintained and drivers are not warned about potentially dangerous areas, car accidents and debilitating injuries are far more likely to occur. This is why law firms believe that the government and the companies responsible for the maintenance of our roadways should be held responsible for any injuries resulting from highway safety hazards.

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Facts About Hit and Run That You Need To Know

Hit and run accidents are ever increasing through the years. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that fatal crashes have increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011. In the state of Los Angeles alone, over 28,000 hit-and-run accidents occurred in 2015.

One of the most celebrated hit-and-run accidents is that of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. His involvement in the crash resulted to him being stripped of the light heavyweight belt and serving probation. He was also fined $25,000 for the incident by the UFC. He had several traffic incidents already prior to his hit-and-run arrest.

Hit and run is a felony in the United States. According to the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, you can be held criminally liable for leaving the scene of an accident that involve property damage or injury without providing contact information to the other driver. This is applicable regardless of who was responsible for the accident. So even if you think that the other driver was responsible for the accident, the law requires you to stop and give your contact information to the other driver before leaving the scene of the accident. Here are some facts about hit and run that you need to know:

1. In a hit and run accident, the liability for damages falls on the victim simply because they carry the minimum coverage, which does not provide coverage for a hit and run.

2. In some cities, the law requires the victim or witness to the accident to identify the driver not just the license number

3. Every US state has a set time limit for charging the fleeing driver in a hit and run accident. This is known as statute of limitations, which ranges from 3 to 10 years. For this reason, the at-fault driver can simply confess without being arrested and charged if the time limit has passed.

4. The only time you will be justified to leave the scene is when you need to seek necessary medical attention for yourself or another individual.

5. You can be charged with a hit and run misdemeanor even if there was no vehicle damage. Under Vehicle Code 20002, fences, mailboxes, or another person’s pet is covered by the law.

6. Under Penal Code 1377, hit and run that involves an accident with property damage can be settled with the victim. If they agree, the at-fault driver can be spared from harsh penalties which include probation or imprisonment.

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Understanding the Significance of the Prompt Pay Act

It has been said that it takes ten thousand hours of practice in order to be an expert at something. While scientists may debate on that claim for a good long while, something about it is indisputable: it takes a long, long time of practice in order to master anything. And even then, people are fallible and are prone to make mistakes. Such is the case of those whose professions are in the field of medicine.

Since their jobs require for them to dabble with fragile subjects such as that of human beings, there is a lot of risk involved. Before you can even legally practice in the field, there needs to be a sufficient amount of study as well as relevant experience. This can take a lot of time and a lot of investment.

Though the stereotype is that medical professionals are financially well off, the truth of the matter is that there are years and years of hard work as well as working towards building a respectable reputation before that level of stability could be achieved. According to CBS News, “it takes between 11 and 14 years of higher education to become a physician. That means the typical doctor doesn’t earn a full-time salary until 10 years after the typical college graduate starts making money.”

And even then, embarking into this industry is no guarantee of financial paradise. With the complications involved in today’s insurance environment, receiving payouts for services rendered can be an excessively long, arduous process.

Henceforth, there is the Texas Prompt Pay Act in order to protect the compensation rights of these workers. What most people tend to forget is that these medical professionals are also ones who have bills to pay and families to support. According to the website of the prompt pay lawyers at Williams Kherkher, this act was put into place so that these professionals can be ensured just and full compensation for their services from insurance companies. If this compensation is delayed due to unjustifiable reasons then legal action is a viable option.

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The Personal Cost of Modern Innovation

People of modern society today owe a lot to the advancements made in the field of science and technology. So many cures that have killed human beings for hundreds of years before are now nonexistent. However, there is a price to pay for innovation that stems from the flaw revealed through humans’ ever increasing need to know more than what they know and it is that they don’t know everything.

People are prone to make mistakes and some facts can be proved fallible. Some mistakes, unfortunately enough, can cost fatally—and there is the personal cost of modern innovation.

Take, for example, the cases with people who have gotten Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma due to exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 until their manufacture was banned in 1979. Some everyday materials such as electrical equipment, paint, and food packaging, according to the website of the lawyers with Williams Kherkher, have been claimed to have PCBs. There have been sufficient tests – including some done with a Rhesus monkey, which is 93% genetically compatible with human beings – regarding the direct link of PCBs to this type of cancer and due to the lack of proper disposal of the items with this harmful substance, its effects are still being felt today.

Another example is the exposure of people to asbestos. Asbestos used to be widely used for construction purposes due to its durability when whole. However, when it starts to break off and its particles are inhaled, the damage done to a human being could be catastrophic. In this website www.williamskherkher.com/practice-areas/mesothelioma-lawyer/, there have been claims from people who had been exposed to asbestos some years prior and have since then developed mesothelioma, a rare and fatal kind of cancer.

It can be difficult to suffer these consequences when people live in a day and age where there should be solutions for these problems but there aren’t. The more people find out about the greater universe, the more people figure out how little they actually know.

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Can Morcellators Really Be Dangerous?

Technology has leapt leaps and bounds these last few decades alone. Such is the way of science and technology, going forward is the only way to go. However, take caution—science, for years, has proven itself to be a fallible body of knowledge. More and more things are being discovered to prove false claims over and over again.

Take, for example, the cases involving morcellators.

Morcellators are surgical tools meant for laparoscopic procedures. These procedures are ones done with minimal intrusion which allows for the patient to experience lessened pain as well as a faster time for recovery. Unfortunately, according to www.williamskherkher.com/practice-areas/defective-pharmaceuticals/morcellators/, there are some cases that have led to patients complaining of being caused further injury after their procedures involving morcellators. According to the FDA, in certain situations, use of these devices can lead to the spread of cancerous tissue further throughout the body. They “strongly encourage doctors to inform their patients of the risk of spreading unsuspected cancer from the use of these devices.”

Noncancerous growths are the ones that morcellators target. The device is inserted into the body, the noncancerous growth is then morcellated (or pulverized), the claw-like attachment at the end of the device would then latch on to the morcellated growth, then suction it away. However, patients who had gone through this treatment have then filed complaints that they have since then acquired endometrial cancer due to the laparoscopic procedure.

It can be difficult to know that something that you had believed and trusted could be the same procedure that would cause you further pain. Recompense for not only the medical expenses that these unfortunate side-effects will indubitably cause but as well as the hurt and trauma that this kind of situation brings into any family is something that is not only completely warranted but also well deserved.

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Why Should I Invest in Content Writing Online?

Businesses vary in many different ways. They can be in different fields of specialty and provide different services. Some businesses can only have ten workers while some can have over ten thousand workers all over the world. Whatever these businesses are—there is one thing that reigns true: the rules of branding and marketing remain the same.

Every business needs a brand to live up to and it can be difficult to start from scratch, but these days’ innovation and acceptance of new online media as a genuine platform for business and change has made this relatively more accessible. The days of potential clients and customers passively taking promises as truths are gone as these are the days when there is a constant stream of audiences demanding for more: more accountability, more conversation, and more information. Despite the fact that, according to Inc.com, no one reads what you write, if you do not have compelling blogs and articles on your website, your consumers will not take your company seriously.

That is where online copywriters can come in.

It is true that getting into the trend of visual aesthetics is important but the real hook, line, and sinker for your brand to get some proper traction in the new media atmosphere is through the generation of compelling content in your brand’s name. It builds a trustworthy reputation and allows for there to be a sense of loyalty between your company and its consumers.

Content writing can be difficult to house within the home premises of the business but, as according to www.ppocoutsourcing.com, some businesses find that outsourcing content writing services from professionals who know their way around the industry of online marketing can be viable option. After all, outsourced content writers are often tried and tested in the industry of branding and marketing, and are more than capable of providing your business with the necessarily compelling content that it needs.

After all, businesses can differ in many different ways but there are some things that only a writer can do—hence why investing in content writing online services may be something you want to look into.

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Is Breast Reconstruction A Possible Option for Me?

You may have heard of the phenomenon that is the phantom limb. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, it is the ability to feel sensations and even pain in a limb or limbs that no longer exist. Some illnesses can do that to you—take things away from you that you never thought you would lose. Cancer is one such illness and sometimes, the only thing you can do is cut it away—even if it takes part of it with you.

According to this website about Des Moines breast reconstruction, breast cancer is one such cancer that has that effect as some men and women opt to choose mastectomy (otherwise known as the removal of one or both breasts) in order to either remove the cancer or as a preventative measure against breast cancer, especially for those at high risk. Yes, men can also get this type of cancer as well.

As might be expected, cutting part of you away can be a difficult but sometimes necessary decision to make. However, recent technological advancements have allowed for treatments and procedures in order to make up the loss of what has been taken, with procedures such as breast reconstruction, and the like.

Some people opt to have their breast reconstruction done immediately after the breast removal, in order to preserve skin and the reconstructed breast would then look better and more natural. Some have said that it will not replace what has been taken but having it reconstructed allows for there to, at least, be some semblance of normalcy and it can make surviving the cancer that much easier to live with.

If breast reconstruction is a viable option for your own personal situation, however, it is important to first consult with your physician to properly understand your circumstances as well as be in full knowledge of what breast reconstruction will do. Everyone’s situations are different but sometimes, it can be invigorating to have the liberty to choose.

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Can Construction Accidents Be Personal Injury Cases?

If you heard of a construction accident – even one of a smaller degree, something that wasn’t too threatening – you might not think anything of it. After all, a construction site brings to mind many potentially hazardous machinery and equipment; the risk of accidents in construction sites is quite high, with all of these in mind.

However, the risk does not make the accident excusable as there should have been sufficient safety precautions in place as preventative measures from accidents. A Milwaukee personal injury attorney may tel you that the lack of this – rather, the negligence of this – can be grounds for personal injury. And you don’t need to be working in a construction site to be injured due to one.

Unfortunately, according to the website of the lawyers with Hach Rose Law, some states don’t have legal options that protect construction workers from these kinds of cases, aside from workers’ compensation.

The main question, however, is that if construction accidents can be personal injury cases—and the answer is highly dependent on the variables involved with the situation. According to the website of the lawyers with Ravid and Assoc, personal injury is the legal term for cases involving injury dealt towards a person (the injury may be physical, emotional, mental, or any combination of the three) that was due to an accident that resulted from the negligence of a guilty party.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, making construction sites are relatively high risk areas for accidents. Thus, there needs to be precautions on site in order to protect the workers as well as the passersby from unnecessary injuries that could cause debilitating pain to the person. For example, some construction site accidents involve slip and falls that turn into spinal cord injuries, some accidents result into accidental or necessary amputation, or some sites could inadvertently expose people to toxic substances due to negligence.

One never knows how these things are going to go so it best to take caution—and if someone doesn’t and you suffer for it, it is best to take legal action with the help of a professional.

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