Distracted driving, driving under the influence, and driving above the speed limit, among many others, are all considered driver error, the cause of more than 90% of motor vehicle accidents in the US (and around the world). Annually, motor vehicle accidents reach about five million; more than two million of these accidents result to injuries, while more than 30,000 are fatal.
Since the early 19th century, car crashes has already become a frightening risk of driving. Though rates for injury and death vary from one state to another, one common thing remains constant: the rates are high in all states (some are just higher than others).
The state of Mississippi, which registers 1,000 fatal car crashes every year, appears to be number one in the top 10 most dangerous states to drive in. Studies show that car crashes, in any part of the US, is always higher during major holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It is during these days when drunk driving is at its peak, with so many drivers even driving at high speed despite being intoxicated. Due to this, large cities in the state of Texas, namely, Dallas, Houston, and Austin, saw it fit to mandate the “no refusal weekends,” during which law enforcement officers are authorized to pull over anyone suspected of drunk driving and conduct a blood test to determine a driver’s blood alcohol content level. This mandate is aimed at reducing crashes due to drunk driving.
Impairment is the main reason why drunk driving has been declared illegal. When less sober due to alcohol intoxication, reflexes become slower and the ability to focus on the road, as well as perception, judgment, coordination and reaction time, are affected.
All across the US, the set limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.08% (this is about four regular bottles of beer consumed within an hour. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD), it will take about an hour for an average person to metabolize one standard drink, such as a 12 ounce bottle of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirit – all have the same amount of alcohol). This means that a driver who is pulled over and registers a 0.08% (or higher) BAC level can be charged with alcohol-impaired driving or driving under the influence (DUI), which is a major traffic violation.
As made clear by a Dallas car accident attorney at the Benton Law Firm, any driver, whose action or non-action causes a car accident, especially one that results to injuries or death, he or she will be held lawfully liable, with the obligation of compensating his or her victims for whatever damages and losses they have been, and will be, made to suffer.
Travel by vehicle has become so commonplace these days that once you get in one, you don’t really think that anything bad can happen to you. Seatbelt on, radio softly playing music from the station of your choice, mirrors in check – you never plan for the worst kind of unexpected to happen until it does. So maybe to satisfy your curiosity, you ask: how dangerous can car accidents be?
Ask any car accident lawyer and the simple fact remains: car accidents are as commonplace as cars themselves. Literally hundreds happen on highways all over the United States (and all over the world) every single day. Sometimes, it can be as harmless as an accidental bump on a car door or even just a scratch on the paint job. Annoying, sure, but relatively harmless compared to situations involving the causes for more serious car accidents like drunk driving, speeding, or even automobile defects.
There are so many kinds of car accidents that it is difficult to think of them as just the generalized debris of crushed metal everywhere. There are some cases wherein you need not even be inside a car in order to fall victim to a car accident – and sadly enough, these are cases that are more than familiar with fatality counts. Because, as any car accident lawyer would be aware, as much as some people come out of these things bruised and broken in more ways than one, there are some unlucky few who don’t make it out at all.
Car accidents can be very dangerous situations to be in, considering all the different factors that could contribute into one happening. It is then also quite complicated to file for legal action and compensation against the guilty party, should this situation ever happen to you.
Everyone aspires to drive safely and avoid any cause for accidents. However, even the most careful drivers can fall victim to dangerous car accidents. This often happens because another driver on the road may not be as cautious as they are, and the result could be a tragic accident. This is why we advise drivers to drive “defensively” accounting for other drivers lack of caution. However, even when all drivers are cautious and defensive, the possibility of an accident is still very real. This can occur if the road itself is damaged, defective or neglected. These accidents are tragic In that they are entirely preventable with proper upkeep and repair by the city. It is important for drivers to be aware of these potential dangers so that they may do their best to avoid them.
According to the website of the Jeff Sampson Law Firm, common highway defects a driver could encounter include: shoulder drop-off, water pooling, potholes, uneven pavement, lack of signs, lack of guardrails, objects in the roadway, or municipal negligence. These defects are often the result of negligence by the city who has let the roads decay to the point when they are no longer safely navigable.
Car accidents can result in tragic injuries. In many cases car accidents are just that- accidents. They could not have been prevented by any one party. However in some cases accidents are not the fault of the driver, but were preventable by another party. In cases where the local municipality does not properly upkeep their roads, resulting in an accident, it would be their responsibility to ensure that such accident did not happen. It would not be the drivers fault in these instances, but the responsibility of another to have anticipated and rectified the situation. In these cases the victim of such an accident may be owed certain damages.
Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) is an organic compound that poses toxic risks to any person who inhales or ingests it, intentionally or unintentionally. Furthermore, humans can be affected by PCBs through direct contact or consumption of contaminated animals. In order to inform and preserve the people’s health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted an analysis of tests regarding PCBs potential to cause cancer.
The molecular structure of PCBs does not break down, therefore it persists in the environment regardless of when it was first emitted. Unfortunately, companies in the past, such as Monsanto, have produced liquids that expose the chemical to humans. Monsanto PCBs can lead to detrimental health problems depending on the severity of exposure.
The EPA conducted an inclusive analysis, of which the evidence suggested that PCBs cause cancer in animals. Through research and referencing an experimental study performed on laboratory rats, the EPA was able to determine what PCB mixtures are the most dangerous, and which methods of exposure pose the highest risks.
After analyzing the study on animals, the EPA continued to discuss the PCBs carcinogenicity for humans. Overall, the evidence proved “inconclusive” due to outside factors, such as an inability to correctly identify exposure levels, inadequate sample sizes, and each subject’s amount they smoke, or drink. Because these studies are limited in nature, the EPA was only able to identify a “probable” link between PCBs and cancer.
Overall, evidence suggested a definite link with PCBs ability to cause cancer in animals, and a “probable” link with their carcinogenicity for humans. Supporting these findings, the International Agency for Cancer Research and the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health cite a “probable” and “potential” link, respectively, and the National Toxicology Program finds a “reasonable” one.
Morning sickness, which is referred to in the medical community as nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP), is a problem common to most pregnant women. According to researchers from the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, around 80 percent or two-thirds of women experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of their pregnancy. It also varies in their degree of intensity. Some women experience symptoms that are mild and can increase in severity over the course of the day. There are also women who experience frequent vomiting and electrolyte imbalance.
Mild cases of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can be solved through some dietary and lifestyle changes. The American Pregnancy Association suggests the following tips that could help alleviate your discomfort:
- Eat small but frequent meals to keep your blood sugar at an even level
- Keep soda crackers by your bed side and eat a few before getting up in the morning
- Consistently drink fluids in small amounts to avoid getting dehydrated
- Try to drink fluids before meals to keep your stomach from getting too full when you eat
- Avoid fatty foods and focus on eating food with protein and carbohydrates instead.
- Soothe an upset stomach by eating bland or salty foods. Drinking lemonade or ginger ale can also help.
- Take prenatal vitamins and other supplements before going to bed.
- Avoid strenuous and stressful activities in the morning.
- Try to rest and nap as much as you can.
- Stay in rooms that are well-ventilated to avoid feeling nauseous from particular odors.
With more severe cases of vomiting during pregnancy, medication might be necessary to mitigate the dangers it could cause. Dehydration that results from frequent vomiting might require a hospital stay to help replenish fluids and nutrients you’ve lost. There are also some doctors who might prescribe medication to treat intense symptoms. Drugs are typically prescribed to pregnant women after proper consultation.
It’s important to note that some medication for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can cause serious side effects. Zofran, for example, has been reportedly linked to several cases of birth defects. According to the website of Zofran lawyers of Williams Kherkher, these cases involve long-term health conditions like congenital heart failure. As such, you should never use drugs to treat symptoms without asking your doctor first.
The option of relocating has been getting easier and easier as of recent years. Some couples find that they no longer have a need to maintain such a large home with all the things that come with it – perhaps the kids have moved out, perhaps it is no longer financially advisable. There might be families that find they have to from state to state on a regular basis, thereby rendering them without an actual, proper permanent residence.
Not even just private citizens have this dilemma as there are some small businesses that also need places to store their equipment for possible further use, such as that of small production companies that may need to stock their equipment and props for future projects. Either way, there has been a demand for a space that need not be inhabited but just protected enough in order to store goods. Storage, really – a warehouse without all the bric-a-brac that comes with having to manage such a large facility. This demand has given birth to that of the self-storage facility industry.
Units of various sizes and states are offered by self-storage facilities as a place where people may deposit their goods for safe keeping for a certain amount of time. The space is rented for an affordable price and the payment method can often be arranged, suiting the needs of the owner. Storing your valuable goods in these spaces can often be more beneficial for your things in the long run as, when stored in facilities like this, your goods are kept well-guarded from not only thieves but also against the uncontrollable forces. This is especially important if you plan to sell the items in the future. They can weather out any sort of weather, whether it be a burning hundred degrees or below freezing, your goods have the option of a climate controlled unit, if that is what you should desire.
Visit a Mopac storage website for more information on what kind of self-storage deal would be the best suited for your lifestyle.
Unlike most residents in other states, many landowners in Texas know about mineral rights; the rich oil and natural gas deposits in the area has made that inevitable. They are also aware that they have the option to sell minerals rights or lease them. What they may not be sure of is whether they should sell or lease.
Selling mineral rights is pretty much like selling any kind of real property. Once you sign the deed of sale, it passes out of your hands. This is not necessarily a bad thing; you get a hefty chunk of change and you don’t have to think about doing anything about your mineral rights anymore. On the other hand, you may regret your decision because you may have been sitting on a fortune once the mining starts.
You could lease it out instead, and hope that the developer hits pay dirt and you would be entitled to royalties (make sure your lease agreement is looked over by a mineral rights lawyer!). The upside of this is that whether your developer acts on the lease or not, you get a monthly payment per acre. The downside is you will not have to option to sell until after the lease expires, which can be a problem when you need the money fast.
If you live in an area that is known to have good sub-surface minerals, then you can probably get a very good price for either selling or leasing. If you are considering a sale, make sure that you do your research and open it up to many interested parties so that you can bid them up. You could list your mineral rights with a mineral rights auction house to get the best deal.
On the other hand, there is no certainty about the value of your mineral rights, you may want to consider leasing them first. You can always decide to sell later when you have more leverage. It is important to note, though, that a drop in the demand for specific minerals can pull down the value of your mineral rights. It is best to lock in a good offer as soon as possible, whether selling or leasing.
It can be one of the hardest things in the world to have to deal with – living with a defective heart. Unlike your tonsils or appendix, you cannot proceed with your daily life as regularly as you might like if you have a faulty heart. In fact – you can live the rest of your entire life without your tonsils or your appendix. Should your heart, however, not function the way it should – it will have very real, tangible consequences upon your daily life for the rest of your life.
An example of which is congenital heart defect, otherwise known as congenital heart anomaly. This kind of defect can create heart murmurs, therefore giving the person an irregular or abnormal blood flow. Many birth defect-related deaths are due to a defective, or otherwise malfunctioning, heart. Sometimes, this affliction cannot be helped due to genetics. However, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, there are some cases when this kind of defect (among others) is due to exposure to a drug commercially known as Zofran.
Zofran, also called ondansetron, is a pharmaceutical drug that is often used to treat nausea in some patients. Some side effects can include constipation, fatigue, lethargy, and migraines, among others. It differs from person to person. This drug is usually prescribed to patients with cancer as they are being treated by chemotherapy or via radiation, wherein nausea is a common side effect. Pregnant women also suffer this kind of temporary, but dangerous, affliction during the course of their pregnancy (also known as “morning sickness”). There are some currently on-going studies that link certain cases of birth defects, inclusive of congenital heart defect and cleft lip and palate, with the fetus’ exposure to Zofran during the early stages of development while still in the womb.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a similar circumstance, it is best for legal aid to be sought in order to know what rights you are given in a court of law with regard to your current predicament.
Based on the 2013 report of the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 14.5 million wage and salary workers belonging to at least 60 different labor unions all across the US. The list of members include office workers, construction workers, factory workers, plumbers, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, actors, mechanics, engineers, writers, teachers, IT/computer professionals, airline pilots, police officers, government workers, and so forth.
It was in 1866 when the National Labor Union (NLU), the first union in the US, was founded. Many others got to be established, including the American Federation of Labor (AFL) which earned success in its negotiations for the wage increase of its members as well as in improving safety in the workplace.
The establishment of labor unions has greatly helped in improving the lives of workers and their families. By simply becoming a member, a worker can be assured of the following benefits:
- Wage that is higher by as much as 30% compared to non-union members
- Discounts in many different types of services and establishments
- An 8-hour work day and weekends without work
- Sick leave, paid vacation, overtime pay and holiday pay
- Lunch breaks and other breaks at work
- Compensation increases and evaluations
- Protection through anti- discrimination laws, whistleblower protection law and wrongful termination law
- Employer health care insurance, workers’ compensation insurance benefits and social security benefits
- Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
- The right to strike
Workers, however, are not the only ones benefiting greatly from unions; the nation’s economy too. This is because labor unions help business firms grow, become more profitable and remain competitive by helping lower employee turnover, ensure higher productivity, create a better-trained and more competitive workforce, improve communication in the workplace, ensure quality of product and service, and make the workplace healthy and safe.
Since the basic and essential concerns of a union revolve around many different legal issues centered on employment, knowledge of employment laws and all aspects of employment is a must to all its officers. But there are many times too when the help of a good labor and employment lawyer becomes necessary due to the complexities of employment laws and proper dealing with government agencies.
The website of labor and employment law firm Cary Kane (http://www.carykanelegal.com/) talks about the many legal concerns a union will need to face and address.
It appears that inherent dangers are not the only thing that plagues GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) with its antidepressant product Plaxil, also known as paroxetine which part of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of drugs. With $1 Billion already set aside to settle thousands of lawsuits which according to the website of law firm Pohl & Berk addressed the alleged misrepresentation by the drug maker about the efficacy and safety of the drug, GSK is now footing the bill for a massive recall of several batches of Paxil made in their Cork, Ireland manufacturing plant.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed GSK in a letter that as per their October 2013 inspection of the facilities in Ireland, there problems in the process – so-called manufacturing deviations — which could potentially contaminate certain batches of paroxetine, the active ingredient in Paxil, from the manufacturing waste tank. GSK was forced to issue a Class 3 (from wholesalers) recall or risk getting disapprove for new or supplemental applications as an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer by the FDA. The warning letter gave GSK until April 9, 2014 to respond. The Paxil recall was issued bare weeks after GSK had issued a recall of another of its products, weight-loss drug Orlistat (tetrahydrolipstatin) for suspected tampering issues.
Product liability is basically divided into two major issues: defective design or defective manufacturing. In the former category, the product is deemed to be inherently harmful because of its design or components even if it is properly manufactured and used. In the latter, the process is flawed in some way, bestowing harmful characteristics to an otherwise safe product. In the case of Paxil, GSK has sustained losses due to both categories.
GSK claims that while it is issuing the recall pursuant to the terms of the FDA warning letter, the product included in the recalled batches does not pose any increased threat of harm to patients. This is based on their medical assessment of samples of the finished product from these batches. Even if this claim turns out to be accurate, GSK has a duty to ensure that their products are safe in both design and manufacture. Any injury that results from either makes the drug maker liable in civil court.