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I Just Witnessed the Greatest Distracted Driver in History

Posted by on 8:10 pm in Distracted Driving, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I’ve got to mention this somewhere because I just couldn’t believe it when this happened. So, here I am, posting it for the world to read. I’m not looking to go viral, and I know I won’t just blogging, I just wish I’d taken a video so people would really believe me.

So, I was trying down the interstate this morning. Heavy traffic, bumper to bumper, you know how it goes. Everyone’s going to the same place, it seems, no break in the traffic. I always wish I could find a job that started a little later or a little earlier to miss the rush, but whatever, that’s not the point of the story.

Anyway, I was behind this car, it was newish, maybe two years old or something but it was all beat up, which I think you’ll understand why in a minute. It had part of the back fender falling off, I remember that. I should have gotten the license, but early mornings, you know, and I was so distracted watching…

So, this guy drove the entire way down the interstate, maybe for thirty minutes, without looking away from his phone. I don’t mean like was glancing every now and then or like he was calling someone and chatting and then calling someone else. I mean thirty minutes nonstop he was staring straight at the screen.

I don’t know how he was also driving. I was amazed he didn’t hit anyone. I didn’t see him full on look up once. I suppose that made me kind of a danger as well since I was so distracted by him. I watched him like he was watching that screen. It was riveting. I swear, it was like the guy has a superpower or something. Thirty minutes, I’m not exaggerating. Did not look up once.

I ended up pulling off one exit before mine to follow him a little further. I just had to see where this guy was going. I had a running bet with myself he was just going to drive off the road at some point, and I was betting when and where. I ended up being late for work by about ten minutes, but it was totally worth it.

So, I follow the guy when he gets off the interstate, follow him down a few streets in the city, which are generally heading toward my office anyway, so bonus, I didn’t feel quite so bad, and guess where he pulled in.

A police station. Yeah, he works at a police station. I don’t know if he’s a cop or what, but he definitely works there I think. And guess what else?

He was still on his phone when he got out of the car. Amazing, right?

I can’t believe a cop doesn’t know it’s completely illegal and he can totally get sued for distracted driving. I wonder how long he can keep getting away with that kind of behavior. Maybe forever if he really does have a superpower, but then, judging by that car…

How to deal with a car accident

Posted by on 11:21 pm in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Getting in a car accident is something no one wants to be in, but it happens. There could drunk drivers on your road or someone looking too long on the phone. There are many distractions that cause safety hazards for drivers and yourself. If you do happen to get in a car accident, there are five things the TG Daily says to avoid.

Understand that there is damage to the car and yourself. You may be scared or distraught but it is important to protect your rights. This is common and scary for most drivers. Car accidents have the opportunity to have lifelong repercussions, and there are certain actions you must take immediately. If you are in a wreck, you must immediately move your car away from the hazard. You must leave your car if it is on fire or smoking, and you must call the police. If you don’t need to move the vehicle or cannot move the vehicle, you need to leave it in the exact location of the accident. Police will use the vehicle’s positioning to try and understand the accident. If you are able, you must take videos and photos of the accident scene to serve as your evidence. You should not do this if you have serious injuries. Your health is the important thing to worry about after a car accident. In good health, there are five steps to take. The first is to never leave the accident scene unless the police say so. The only OK is if you need dire medical attention. Otherwise, you would want to stay. If there is a serious injury or death, you may be in trouble if you leave the accident scene.Second, never admit fault. All lawyers would agree on this. Do not reach to a conclusion because fault is determined by facts and events leading to the accident. “You could have paid more attention” could be used against you, but let the professionals determine who is at fault. Third, do not discuss with the opposing insurance company the events. Be very cautious if so. The best thing to do is hire a car accident attorney. An attorney can handle the insurance company to make sure you do not get in legal trouble. Insurance adjusters work for the company and want to pay as little as possible. Most cases you want the attorney to do all the talking on your behalf. Fourth, do not go on social media disclosing the details of the event. Pictures you share can be misconstrued. People may see you showing selfies of you drinking and argue that your quality of life has lowered. Privacy settings can help with this. The last thing you can do is to not wait to make a claim or file a lawsuit. You may miss the window, so talk to a lawyer and discover your options.  

All in all, you should protect your health and not speak to enemy insurance companies. Never admit fault, especially if you’re trying to win a case.

Criminal Defense

Posted by on 7:25 pm in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Regardless the degree of the charge, criminal offenses are never to be taken lightly. Even first time convictions can significantly impact an offender’s life since having a criminal record can substantially limit one’s life options. For example, having a criminal record can affect an offender’s educational, housing, and career opportunities far into the future.

Categories of criminal defense

Fortunately, being charged with a crime isn’t the same as being convicted, and a good criminal defense lawyer can help either lessen the charges against you or get them dropped altogether. Examples of criminal charges include:

  • DWI charges
  • Drug charges
  • Theft and robbery
  • Sex crimes
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Gun and Weapon Possession
  • White collar crimes
  • Murder/homicide
  • Asset seizure and forfeiture

An offender’s punishment can vary greatly depending on the degree and nature of their crime, but an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help reduce negative consequences by creating a tailored defense strategy.

White collar crimes

Oftentimes, we associate “crime” with street crime and violence. However, crimes can be committed by anyone, anywhere—including their workplace. Sometimes referred to as “business crimes,” white collar crimes are typically carried out by professionals looking to get ahead financially. Over the past two decades, penalties for white collar crimes have grown increasingly harsh. Now it’s not uncommon for people to receive a prison sentence for a business-related offense. Examples of such offenses include identity theft, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, embezzlement, and securities fraud. Since white collar crimes can involve many complex legal nuances, it’s often a good idea for offenders to immediately hire a criminal defense lawyer who can help them avoid unfavorable outcomes.

Why Contested Divorce May Not Be Right for You

Posted by on 4:45 am in Divorce | 0 comments

There are mainly two kinds of divorce cases. There is contested divorce, where the spouses have failed to agree on certain or all terms of the separation, and there is uncontested divorce, where the spouses agree on almost everything.

When you look at it, contested divorce has its advantages. It avoids biases because the spouses can speak up. It is just, because the spouses are likely to get what they rightfully divorce. But it is important to note that it also has its disadvantages.

It can be more emotional

The idea of contested divorce is that a spouse doesn’t agree with something, so he or she is going to contest it. In other words, contested divorce is argumentative in nature, giving much more room for emotion such as anger, guilt, and jealousy.

And if one spouse ends up “losing” in an argument and the court has decided against him or her, he or she may take it more personally and create more bad feelings between the spouses.

It is time-consuming

Arguments exist to better the case of each spouse regarding the term he or she disagrees with, or to at least help in creating a compromise that can leave both spouses satisfied. Of course, these do not happen swiftly. In fact, the arguments make contested divorces very time-consuming, especially if these arguments require documents and other evidence.

It is often more expensive

Uncontested divorce often involves minimal navigation to legalities, so if there are totally no disagreements between the spouses, not hiring a lawyer can be a viable option. But you cannot say the same thing for contested divorce. According to the website of the Fort Worth divorce attorneys of the Maynard Law Firm, PLLC, contested divorce may be difficult enough to warrant the hiring of a legal professional.

This translates to attorney fees that could have been prevented if the divorce has been uncontested. This expense can also be magnified by the fact that contested divorce is often time-consuming.

Ridesharing Accidents and Damages

Posted by on 11:32 pm in Ride Sharing | 0 comments

Ridesharing has become more popular, because it is more convenient and accessible to a big portion of the population, especially to those who are tech-savvy. For this reason, more people are also at risk of ridesharing accidents. If you have been hurt in an accident while riding in an Uber, Lyft, or any other ridesharing service, you may have legal options, such as trying to get compensation from the damages you have sustained.

Possible Damages and Compensations
There are several damages a person can sustain on a ridesharing accident. What makes these damages more tragic is the fact that you are merely a passenger, and the accident has mostly likely been triggered by someone else, such as the ridesharing service driver or any other reckless driver on the road. These damages may include the following:

  • Injuries, particularly in the head, neck, and back areas. The more devastating the accident, the worse injury you may sustain, such as brain trauma, whiplash, and spinal cord damage.
  • Medical costs, as you are likely to go to a medical establishment with or without injury as a safety precaution.
  • Pain and suffering from the injuries and financial damages associated with the ridesharing accident, including post-traumatic stress disorder and other emotional and psychological effects of the traumatic incident.
  • Lost wages, as the physical limitations that have resulted from your injuries can prevent you from going to work or performing your tasks efficiently. You can also lose your ability to earn money temporarily or permanently, depending on the severity of your injuries.
  • Legal fees, as you try to get representation to insurance companies and courts and help get the compensation you deserve to offset the damages and get more for all the trouble the accident has put in your life.

What to Do After Ridesharing Accidents
Getting involved in an accident while riding in a ridesharing service may be overwhelming, especially if you do not know what to do next. Here are some steps you can follow directly after an accident:

  • Relax and do your best to calm your mind, as a calm mind can help you assess the situation better and act accordingly
  • Check yourself and your driver for possible injuries and perform first aid to those who may need it
  • Call the police and fire departments. Even though there are no injuries, it is also a good idea to call an ambulance as a safety measure.
  • Get the information of your driver, such as name, address, phone number, and other relevant details that will help you track him or her if communication is required.
  • Contact a lawyer, and if possible, contact one who specializes in ridesharing accidents, so you can get the best consultation and representation

Is Reckless Driving A Felony or Misdemeanor?

Posted by on 6:27 pm in Reckless Driving | 0 comments

Reckless driving is a major traffic offense in the United States. Reckless driving is driving with a willful or wanton disregard for safety or driving a motor vehicle while demonstrating a willful disregard of consequences. You are guilty of reckless driving if you drive more than 25 miles per hour over the posted limit. Reckless driving also involves racing another vehicle. While we know that reckless driving is a traffic offense, what we do not know is whether it is a felony or misdemeanor?

In most states, reckless driving is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor. When convicted, you may serve a jail sentence no longer than twelve months. Aside from that, you may also be required to pay penalties. In some states, it is treated as a separate offense. Reckless driving is dependent on road conditions, the perception of the officer during the collision. Aside from imprisonment and penalties, your offense will add to your citation for speeding. Whether a felony or misdemeanor, it will depend on the jurisdiction.

So when does reckless driving become a felony? When you are a repeat offender, chances are your offense will be increased to a felony offense. In some states, reckless driving is considered as a misdemeanor. As a misdemeanor, convictions may range from penalties and imprisonment, depending on the state laws. When someone4 is hurt or gets killed during the accident, you can be charged with felony or misdemeanor, depending on the state and the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may also be charged with misdemeanor or felony.

Just like the old adage, the ability to drive entails a lot of responsibility on the part of the driver. When driving on the road, you should be safety conscious. The street is not a place for showing off your driving skills. You share the road with other drivers so be a responsible driver. As what the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC reveals you could be held liable for the injuries you caused on other drivers.

Understanding The Different Types of Sex Crimes

Posted by on 3:59 pm in Sex Crimes | 0 comments

Sex crimes can have a life changing impact on the victim. The trauma of having been sexually violated by another person may be too much for the victim. The stigma can be far worse depending on the manner the crime was committed. According to statistics from the National Sex Offender Public Website of the US Department of Justice, there were 62.939 cases of child sexual abuse in 2012. On the other hand, the National Criminal Victimization Survey of the Bureau of Justice Statistics revealed that there were 346,830 cases of sexual assault involving 12 years or younger in 2012.

According to the website of Nashville sex offense attorney, Brent Horst Attorney At Law, sex crimes are usually the result of criminal actions. The severity of charges and penalties are determined by various circumstances surrounding the crime. Here are the different types of sex crimes that a person can commit:

Aggravated Sexual Abuse or Rape

This act involves inducing threat or force in order to force another individual to take part in sexual activity or other means. The activity is with another person who does not have the capacity to choose as a result of intoxication from drugs or alcohol. The victim can be minors who are less than 16 years of age.

Sex Crimes Involving Children and Minors

The following are sex crimes that involve children and minors:

• Child pornography or nudity that may involve exploitation of a child or minor through filming or recording sessions, advertisement, books, magazines, and videotapes.
• Showing the above depictions online, in interstate facilities, or through state lines
• Prostitution, solicitation, pandering, or pimping are usually charged as felony or misdemeanor in certain states such as in California. Prostitution is receiving monetary favors in exchange for sexual intercourse or other acts.
• Molestation/Lewd Act with a Minor is an act involving persons who are less than 14 years old with the intent of arousing, appealing to or gratifying the lust or sexual desires of the individual or the minor.
• Statutory Rape is sexual intercourse with a female who is below the legal age of 18 years old but above the child age of 14. Even if the minor gives consent to the sexual act, the adult can still be charged with statutory rape. If the act involves a teacher, priest, or other persons held in high esteem, there could be additional laws and penalties.
• Lewd acts, lascivious conduct, and indecent exposure are public sexual acts such as exposing the genitals in a public place. These are charged as misdemeanor in some states.

Sexual Slavery or Human Trafficking

These are acts that involve buying, selling, or psychologically and/or physically enslaving a person in exchange for unwanted sex

A person who commits sexual acts is required by law to register as a sex offender. Under the National Sex Offender Registration and Notification System, all sex offenders released into the community must register and keep their information current by providing their residence location, school attendance data , employment status, and other personal details. Depending on their category, sex offenders must follow certain time periods:

• Tier I must keep their records current for 15 years
• Tier II must maintain their registration for 25 years
• Tier III must keep their current registration for a lifetime

Independent Car Insurance Companies – Helping Drivers Find the Best, yet, Cheapest Car Insurance Quote

Posted by on 6:50 pm in Car Insurance | 0 comments

One way of having protection for your vehicle, of having ready cash for repairs or replacement in case it gets stolen, catches fire or is damaged, is by purchasing collision insurance. To protect other people from injury and their property from damages, however, in the event of an accident that is a result of your negligence or recklessness, the thing required is liability insurance. While collision insurance is for your own protection and is voluntarily purchased, liability insurance is for the protection of an innocent victim and is mandated in as many as 48 states.

Car liability insurance is mandated in the US (except in the states of New Hampshire and Virginia where it is enough for drivers to post a bond or cash equal to the amount of damages in a crash). Its two most common types are the full tort car insurance coverage and the no-fault insurance coverage, which is otherwise called personal injury protection (PIP).

In full tort insurance coverage, the at-fault driver’s insurance provider is responsible in paying the accident victim the compensation that will cover all damages resulting from the injuries (this may include medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among others) and damaged properties. A lawsuit is usually filed by one driver (the victim) in order to prove the liability of the other and for compensation purposes.

No-fault insurance coverage is considered by many as more advantageous to drivers due to the following reasons:

  • No lawsuit needs to be files by anyone, making payment of compensation faster;
  • The drivers involved in an accident are compensated by their own insurance provider, regardless of whose fault the accident is. This coverage will benefit specifically those who are victims of uninsured drivers or hit and runs.

One problem with some insurance firms, however, is the method they use in order to increase cost of premium. What they do is research about a driver’s driving history, age, driving experience, type of car driven and the possibility of being required to carry an SR-22 filing. Thus, besides past traffic violations, driving a car, such as a high-powered sports car, which has a high potential for damage and requires costly repair, can result to expensive premiums which can put a heavy strain on a person’s budget.

Drivers, however, need not pay higher premiums, according to Madison, WI car accident attorneys, an independent car insurance company, because there are many firms, such as this one mentioned, which can help drivers find a car insurance provider that will be able to provide them the coverage based on their specific needs, situation and budget.

Why You Should Not Drive When Drunk

Posted by on 6:23 pm in Drunk Driving | 0 comments

I shouldn’t have to write about the dangers of driving while drunk because many people are aware of the repercussions it entails. However, there are still some who are overly confident about their driving skills that they feel that driving when drunk is completely okay, as long as ‘they can handle it.’ But can you really handle it?

Every year, thousands of lives are lost due to drunk driving. Operating any machine, including vehicles, while intoxicated is definitely dangerous as alcohol profoundly impairs your muscle coordination and slows down your reaction time. When you drink, your depth perception is also negatively impacted, which makes you less aware of the hazards along the way. You might argue that alcohol can never supersede your knowledge of driving. But remember, what alcohol impairs is the mind, and by driving intoxicated, you are letting your most effective guard down.

The website of the Flaherty Defense Firm knows how a DUI charge can dramatically change your personal and career lives. This is one of the primary reasons why people should never get behind wheels with a blood alcohol content that’s over the legal state limit. A DUI charge may entail heavy fines, lost time at work, loss of driver’s license, and tarnished reputation that may haunt you for the most part of your life.

A Nashville DUI lawyer would probably let you know that drunk driving is responsible for a majority of road-related incidents in many U.S. states. Unfortunately, these accidents often entail debilitating, sometimes even life-long injuries. In extreme instances, it may even result in unnecessary loss of lives.

The website of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law says a DUI or a DWI charge is completely avoidable if a person consciously chooses not to drink and drive. Although authorities have the duty to enforce traffic laws and prosecute those that are in violation, you yourself should be aware that the decision of getting behind wheels while drunk makes you a serious, sometimes even fatal road hazard; and that decision is yours to make.

Do You Own A Swimming Pool? Here’s What You Need To Know

Posted by on 7:19 pm in Recreation | 0 comments

Swimming pools are a complete treat to your kids, especially during hot summer days. However, these can be your household’s greatest threat, especially when left unmaintained and unsecured. In fact, according to the website of the Green Bay personal injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, swimming pool injuries account for a majority of premises liability cases filed across different states in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that between 2005 and 2009, 3,533 cases of fatal drowning have been recorded. That’s roughly 10 people a day being killed because of recreational waters! Apart from tragic deaths, a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer can possibly outline how financially damaging it is to deal with the repercussions brought about by an injurious water-related incident. Lost time at work, hefty medical bills, and longer recovery periods are just among the challenges you should face after surviving a swimming pool accident.

According to www.resminilawoffices.com, property owners have the responsibility to keep their swimming pools safe, and failure to do so may put you in legal trouble. Here are the things that you can do to keep your swimming pools safe:

Secure it with fences

According to the law, swimming pools are known to be attractive nuisance, which means property owners can be held liable if a trespasser-child is injured in an unsecured swimming pool. This is because children naturally don’t have the capacity to determine which are dangerous and which are not.

Keep the pool water clean

Recreational water illnesses, such as Legionnaire’s disease, swimmer’s ear (outer ear infection), and a wide variety of infections, can be a result of unchlorinated or poorly chlorinated pool water. On the other hand, too much water chlorination may result in burnt mouth, swollen throat, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Be vigilant

Sometimes, all what it takes is a watchful eye to prevent any injurious swimming pool incidents. Keep your kids supervised while in the water. Alcohol may also impact balance, coordination, and motor skills, and so you should also be mindful of how much you drink.