Nature, Offshore and On, Is Still Dangerous

Nature, Offshore and On, Is Still Dangerous

Nov 18

There is a tendency to believe these days that we have conquered nature and that the world has been pacified. Sure, we get the occasional hurricane, but overall, we feel secure. There’s no longer a wild, untamed west. There are no longer undiscovered, dangerous corners of Africa and South America. The dangers of centuries before are now just for books and movies. We feel, in some sense, absolutely safe.

Which is, when stated so bluntly, completely absurd. Of course, the world is safer than it was. Yes, there are no unmapped corners of the world, and fewer things in nature kill us, but plenty of people still die from nature all the time.

Even in that completely tamed west, there are still regular occurrences of mountain lions and grizzly bears forgetting what century this is and mauling someone. Illnesses like malaria still run rampant in the tropical ring of the world and kill lots of people, even if we don’t experience them here anymore.

Yet, we still continue to assume the world is completely safe for us like it is all within the confines of a zoo.

Take, for instance, fishing. When the word comes up, an image pops into most minds of a nice old man taking his grandkids out in a little boat onto a lake for a quiet day with a line in the water. Or else, an old man perched on a dock, equally quiet and placid.

Such old men exist, of course, and such events happen all the time, yet fishing as an industry is still incredibly dangerous. In 2006, CNN included fishing as one of the most dangerous careers in America. According to the CDC, there were more than 500 deaths in the fishing industry between 2000 and 2009.

Deaths aside, plenty of offshore accidents still occur that may not be deadly but can still be serious.

Such risk, and yet, all we consider is how rubbery the fish is when it reaches our plate.

This situation emphasizes the gap between the reality of nature and how we perceive it. In reality, nature is perhaps not as deadly as it once was but still a great threat to many people every day. Yet, we perceive it as friendly, as placid, as completely tamed.

We forget that there are still storms at sea that can tip over boats. We forget that there are still wild animals in our parks that are not just there for photo opportunities but can harm us.

We forget these things at our own peril because forgetting them means we are not prepared when disasters do strike. While we may not all be fishermen, and we may not all live near dangerous wild animals, the lack of preparation for those occasional hurricanes shows how little people think about how dangerous nature still is. Give it enough time, and nature will strike with just as much devastation as ever. We do ourselves a disservice by pretending the world is any different than it has always been.

Providence Police Chase

Providence Police Chase

Aug 22

Driving is a large responsibility that many people do not take seriously. We become complacent with this task that many of us must do each day, which leads us to become less attentive and more willing to multitask while on the road. However, when drivers do not pay attention or engage in dangerous behaviors, their vehicle becomes a four thousand pound weapon careening down the road at high speeds. One of the most dangerous kinds of reckless driving involves driving while intoxicated, which slows reaction time and limits attention. Intoxicated driving causes thousands of accidents each year that cause numerous injuries and even deaths. Despite increased awareness of the dangers of intoxicated driving, many people still engage in this dangerous behavior. Providence Journal reported on a recent event, in which police were in pursuit of an intoxicated driver.

At 11:35 on August 4th, 2017, the Cranston police department chased a black sedan down Route 95, attempting to stop the reckless driver. A police officer noticed the car’s strange behavior, such as swerving and other unsafe maneuvers, and attempted to stop the vehicle. However, the driver made many attempts to avoid the police, hitting a police car as they attempted to flee the scene. When the car turned onto Route 95, the police called for trooper back-up, as they realized this event was quickly turning into a car chase. The officers and troopers chased the car until the sedan’s driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a median on the road. The driver and passenger were taken to the hospital for their injuries from the crash; however, police reported that neither person was facing life-threatening injuries. Upon inspecting the car, police officers found a loaded handgun and crack cocaine. The drivers have been charged with several felonies, and among them is intoxicated driving.

Although this event ended with few injuries, the circumstances could have been much more severe. Thankfully, a police officer noticed this vehicle and took steps to stop it, but the police are not always present when dangerous driving occurs. Had the driver not been stopped, they may have seriously injured another driver on the road or pedestrian crossing the street. Although this is an extreme case of intoxicated driving, it is indicative of the bigger problem that is facing the nation. Many drivers do not consider the impact that their actions may have on other people, and this increases the risk for all other drivers on the road.

While this intoxicated driver injured no one but himself and his passenger, this is rarely the case when intoxicated driving accidents occur. A collision with a drunk driver can cause serious physical, emotional, and financial damage for any other drivers involved. Fortunately, for those harmed by intoxicated drivers, a Providence personal injury lawyer can help repair some of these damages.  With the help of an attorney, victims can receive financial compensation for their losses and recover from a devastating accident.