Motorcycles Riders: Threatened not Threats

Motorcyclists getting involved in motorcycle accidents are exposed to greater and more serious injuries due to lack of protective covering that can shield and protect their bodies in the event of collision. According to the website of Goings Law Frim, LLC, the number of motorcycle accidents in the United States reaches about 100,000 annually and about half of this amount is caused by drunk riders who either have no license or whose licenses have been revoked.

More than riders bumping or colliding with still objects, like a concrete support structure or a telephone pole (a case of single vehicle accident), most accidents involving motorcycles are multiple-vehicle accidents, that is, accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle which could be a car, a van or a truck. In such types of road crashes, it is the driver of the other vehicle who is found to be at fault due to his or her failure to consider the riders’ right of way or due to his or her careless act of making sudden turns or abrupt lane changes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impinging on the motorcyclist’s right of way accounts to more than 60% of the crashes, which usually occur at intersections. And the severity of the injury is always affected by the following factors: size of the motorcycle, collision speed, amount of alcohol consumed and absence of gears for protection; such that as the speed increases, the injury becomes worse. Also, studies show that majority of the accidents happened during intended short trips, like to a friend’s house, a shopping mall, place of recreation or entertainment or other forms of errands, very shortly after the rider has left his or her site of origin.

Studies also reveal that:

  • Riding in rural areas or on dirt roads is more accident-free, even if you travel fast, compared to a ride in the city
  • Those who easily and usually get involved in accidents are those who were just taught to ride by friends or family or who tried to learn personally
  • Drinking and riding are never a good combination
  • Wearing a headlamp at night or bright-colored shirts, for high visibility, during the day lessened the chances of accidents
  • Those who received formal rider training were much less involved in accidents, while those who got involved had lesser or less serious injuries

A multiple-vehicle motorcycle accident is always dangerous regardless of the vehicle that hits you. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. He or she will be able to effectively guide you through this difficult and stressful time. In such a situation, you will be more concerned with the physical and emotional damage caused. The legalities of compensation shouldn’t be your main concern.

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The Necessity of having a Personal Injury Lawyer in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident

Going for a leisure ride around town on your bike can be a relaxing experience after a stressful day or week on the job. Riding your bike to work or to wherever you intend to go can also be less stressful since it will be quicker to go around traffic.

Motorcycles continue to grow famous in the US and the rest of the world, especially to adolescents and young adults. It is the fastest, yet cheapest, way to work, to the grocery or convenient store or any other place. Motorbikes are easy to maneuver, light and easy to drive and (some) can even run as fast as cars. You also get the advantage of “cool factor” while riding your bike. Other bikers will respect you and want you to join them to hang out.

Such advantages of motorbikes, however, can also very well serve as disadvantages since their capability to drive past even through congested traffic easily puts them in danger of getting hit by heavier vehicles whose drivers may fail to notice their approach. And, worse, since riders have almost no bodily protection other than the helmet, the injury they can sustain, in the event of an accident, are almost always serious.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that there are about 3, 500 motorcycle accidents in the US every year. Half of the number of the accidents involves riders who are drunk and the accident is usually collision with immobile objects, such as a telephone pole or a concrete structure. In the case of multiple-vehicle accidents collision may be between a motorcycle and a van, truck or (most commonly) car. Records reveal that liability in multiple-vehicle accidents is more often than not blamed on the other vehicle’s driver who may have failed to consider the biker’s right of way or who may have made a sudden, careless turn or abrupt lane change without checking first for a possible approaching vehicle.

Motorcycle accidents have not only caused severe injuries; these have also claimed the lives of so many riders. Sometimes too it is hard to determine who really caused the accident right after it occurs, or that even if the one at fault is obviously the other driver, the amount of compensation he/she would offer is much lower than what you legally ought to receive. Having a Massachusetts personal injury attorney there to defend your rights and fight for your interests would be a great boon at this time. A lawyer’s skills can help motorcycle accident victims build a case that is compelling and has a chance of receiving compensation from the party responsible for the injury.

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Topamax and its various Severe and Common Side-effects

Topamax, more widely known as Topiramate, is an anticonvulsant generic medicine or drug for people suffering from migraine attacks and epileptic seizures. Manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and made available in 1996, it came as a very timely medication that relieved the excruciating pains brought about by migraine, as well as attacks due to epilepsy. It reduced the pain and held back seizures by controlling nerve signals and, based on the effects it had then, Topamax showed to be much more effective than any other brand. Its efficacy made it the top choice of both doctors and patients, including pregnant women. Not long after, though, stories about the drug’s severe side effects, most serious on unborn children, began to be recorded.

The three widespread side-effects identified with Topamax are cleft palate, cleft lip, and hypospadias, a flaw that puts the urethra at the underside of the male organ; the urethra is the passageway of the urine from the bladder. The effect on unborn children was due to women who took the drug during their pregnancy. Due to the greater harm Topamax caused, the United States Food and Drug Administration began advising doctors to issue the strictest caution to patients when prescribing the drug. A statement telling of the great risks Topamax exposed pregnant women and their unborn children to, was also released by the USFDA in March of 2011.

Besides the severe harm to unborn children, Topamax was also found to cause other, more ordinary, side effects, including nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, speech problems, coordination problems, vision and sensory distortion, difficulty with concentration and memory retention, which causes some people to experience memory recall issues, changes in taste (food and carbonated drinks), numbness and tingling, which is more commonly known as paresthesia, a numbness in the arms and /or legs which many describe as “pins and needles,” and others. Once affected by Topamax, any deformity in the unborn child could be irreversible. Upon birth, however, surgical procedures may be performed to correct whatever the defect is. Surgery and other required treatments, though, are expensive. This is where the moral and legal obligation of the manufacturer of Topamax ought to be taken into account. Legally speaking, its manufacturers may be required to compensate those who can prove their child’s deformities were directly caused by Topamax. Despite being effective, there are many recorded Topamax side effects and some of these are definitely serious. If you want to know what your legal rights are as a victim, going to a highly competent Topamax lawsuit attorney would be a commendable move.

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Rollover – The Next Deadliest Form of Vehicular Accident after Head-on Collisions

One major responsibility drivers have on the road is strict observance of traffic rules to make sure that they never put anyone’s safety on the line. Prior to this, of course, is ensuring that their vehicle is in good condition and, thus, safe to drive.

With the number of vehicular accidents in the US still going over five million annually, and leaving at least 35,000 dead, obeying traffic rules should be a serious concern to all drivers. The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® explains that there are many different causes of vehicular accidents, including speeding, reckless driving, driver error, road defects and car defects due to manufacturer’s fault; these causes are either within or outside of the driver’s control.

Though collisions are among the most common forms of vehicular accidents, counter-measures, like the road median separation treatment, have significantly reduced them. When two light vehicles collide, the extent of damage is determined by speed, such that damage to vehicle, seriousness of the injury or chance of loss of life is greater when speed is increased.

Such is not the case when the accident is a rollover. The next most deadly type of vehicular crashes after head-on collisions, rollover accidents always register higher rates of severe injury or fatality. SUVs are types of vehicles most prone to rollovers. Due to this, manufacturers have made sure that vehicles are made with greater stability. In fact, after 2010, both the static stability factor or SSF and the electronic stability control (ESC) in vehicles have been considerably increased; SSF measures a vehicle’s geometrical capability to defend against rollover, while ESC helps put a stop to loss of control and sideways skidding that can cause rollovers.

Rollovers are either tripped or untripped. Tripped rollovers, which are the most common types of rollovers, happen when a tire on your vehicle strikes or trips on something, like a tree stump, a guardrail, a bump or a soft or uneven ground, that can cause your vehicle to be thrown sideways or forward into a roll. An untripped rollover results from high speed, tight steering input and poor ground friction, like when you attempt to turn your vehicle too aggressively.

When you or someone you know gets involved in a rollover accident, especially if it is due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence, it may benefit you to contact a lawyer immediately. He or she will be able to explain to you all your legal rights in connection with the accident.

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Ghostwriting and the Advantages it can Give You, the Client

Writers who can find neither the time nor the inspiration to put their thoughts into words and make a truly good story or article out of them only need to search through the Internet and find someone else to do the writing for them just the way as they would write it.

Getting the services of a writer can be done by anyone. In fact, with so many different types of writers available, you can have them write anything for you; you can even be an author of a book without actually needing to write one yourself. One content writing company I found, Kinetic Word, offers a vast array of writing services including e-books, online articles, novels, essays, scripts, speeches, resume, application paper, business plans, research works, reports, and many more.It’s easy to find a writer who will suit your standard and match the style you will require. You need not worry about getting the credit for any write-up too. Once your hired writer submits to you what you required him or her to write, you can do whatever you want with the write-up: name it for yourself or anyone you like, sell or submit it for publication or for whatever purpose you have in mind.

Such is the nature of ghostwriting – it is you who will get all the credit in the end, not your ghostwriter. Unlike personal writing, where the writer freely has control over the style, use of words and favorite phrases, sentence patterns, type and level of vocabulary and others aspects of writing, ghostwriters have to write as if their clients were doing the writing themselves. A ghostwriter, therefore, will need to adopt your style, at least until the project is finished, all for the purpose of turning your ideas into money-making content.

You will learn from online content experts that some of the best writers are ghostwriters. Although ghostwriters themselves may not totally benefit from the work that they do, as some do not even get recognized by clients and no one else will know (besides themselves and the clients) that the work is actually by them. The full benefits of the written project will go to you, the client, who can continue earning from the article even long after it was finished.

Sellable content that is completed on your specified time , contains whatever information you want researched and written in outstanding quality (in terms of grammar, coherence, punctuation marks usage and style) – these are the guaranteed characteristics of a ghostwriter’s works. To make sure that you hire the right one for your writing needs ask for copies of your prospected ghostwriter’s previous works; these will show you his or her writing quality and style and help tell you whether to hire or look for someone else.

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Wrongful Death and the Rights of the “Real Parties in Interest”

When natural disasters strike, besides damaging properties, these can also harm and injure people. Those affected can seek help from the state and can apply for benefits from their insurance provider to be able to recover from any losses. Though painful, victims can do nothing much since the destruction was through the act of Mother Nature; they can only prepare in order to hopefully reduce the amount and extent of damages and harm the next time another disaster hits them.

If the injury, however, happened due to other people’s recklessness or negligence, the simple thought of their thoughtlessness about your safety, thus, your injury, somehow makes the suffering more painful to bear due to feelings of anger or frustration.

There are different ways by which a person may be harmed or injured; some of these include; a motor vehicle accident, product defect, slip and fall accident, job-related accident and dental or medical malpractice. Worse than a severe injury which a person may sustain through gross negligence, though, is wrongful or untimely death. Whatever the effect of the harm committed against any person due to a reckless or negligent act, such harm will be called tortious act or civil offense and, under the law, the tortfeasor, that is, the person or firm which caused the injury, is legally required to compensate the victim for whatever damages he or she has been and will be subjected to.

In the event of the victim’s death a representative acting on behalf of the deceased’s survivors, also known as real parties in interest, can file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. States have different stipulation with regard to who these real parties in interest could be:

  • The immediate family members: refers to spouses, children and adopted children. For unmarried individuals, immediate family would refer to parents;
  • Financial dependents, putative spouses or life partners: some states consider those who were financially dependent on the deceased, like a life or domestic partner, as among the real parties in interest. Some states also include a “putative spouse, ” or a person who, in good faith, believes that he or she and the deceased were married;
  • Distant family members: there are some states which consider grandparents, brothers and sisters as qualified to file wrongful death claims;
  • All those suffering financially: this stipulation covers anyone who is financially affected and made to suffer by the victim’s death; this is actually due to the loss of care or support resulting from death;
  • Parents of a deceased fetus: there are states that consider the fetus’ death a basis for a wrongful death claim. Other states, however, maintain that wrongful death lawsuits may only be filed by parents whose child was born, but died shortly after birth.

Most legal advisors, such as the team at the Law Offices of Williams Kherkher, suggest that you hire the services of a highly competent legal counsel who will be able to advise you with regard to your legal rights or the rights of the family of the deceased, as well as how to fight for such rights.

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Safety Technology for 18-wheeler Accident Prevention

As with anything else, most people turn to technology to solve their problems. When it comes to driving, motorists rely on their gadgets to enhance safety when they are travelling. The same applies to truck-trailers or semis, because it is a major problem when an 18-wheeler accident occurs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least two rear-end heavy truck accidents occur hourly somewhere in the US. And when a big rig hits you, you will definitely know it.

It is therefore desirable that effective safety devices be installed in these highway behemoths. In general, the 18-wheeler accident prevention technique used for these devices is in the nature of a warning system. A typical safety gadget would give an alert whenever it detects that the driver is asleep, starts to drift to other lanes, or driving in an unsafe manner. Unfortunately, US highways are not designed for easy detection of legitimate and incidental obstacles, so drivers are subjected to constant, unnecessary and, eventually, ignored warnings. Whatever benefits that may have accrued from this system is offset by familiarity and the accompanying contempt.

There have been some developments on this front, however. There are some safety gadgets available that will actually apply the brakes when verbal warnings are ignored or go unheard (i.e. because the driver is asleep) and it becomes necessary. This will prevent or at least lessen the impact of an 18-wheerler accident considerably. Hopefully, more features of a similar kind will be incorporated in later versions of the safety devices currently being offered, such as something similar to the ignition interlock device required in some states for drivers convicted of driving while intoxicated or under the influence. Prevention is the best medicine, after all.

No amount of technology can replace responsible driving behavior, however. Avoiding an 18-wheeler accident rests mainly on the nut behind the wheel. If you or someone you know is ever injured in an 18-wheeler accident because the driver was over-fatigued, under the influence, distracted, or otherwise negligent, consult with a truck accident lawyer at once.

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Qualities of Good Content Writers

Content writers are a dime a dozen. Any half-bit, two penny joker with a working computer who can put together 300 or 500-word articles consider themselves content writers. And technically, they would be right. Content is, after all, anything that provides information to an audience for some purpose in a discernible medium. So anyone can make a 500-word rant about Justin Bieber and that would still be content. But that wouldn’t necessarily make that person a good content writer.

In order to find good content writers, you need to be on the lookout for certain qualities. Good content writers are people who are objective, conscientious, accurate, and form-conscious when they write. As much as possible, articles should convey a sense of detachment to increase its credibility to readers. An obviously biased article may lose some ground when it comes to people who genuinely want to know. Content writers may hold forth on opinions about what they are writing about, but these opinions must be backed up with facts and research.

Good content writers do not “fluff” an article just to reach the required word count. The material needs to be concise, substantive, informative and correct, and most of all, original. It should also engage a reader’s attention and interest in a positive way. A rant may be interesting to people who hold the same opinion about the subject matter, but may be objectionable or offensive to others.

Last of all, but certainly not least, good content writers always use correct grammar and have the ability to structure their articles logically and with good flow. It doesn’t matter how immensely valuable the information being presented is. If it is poorly organized and riddled by grammatical errors, it will be very difficult for the reader to follow, and the article will lose its informational value.

So if you need to find good content writers, always ask to see samples of their work. Most content writers take it as a given that they need to be able to write about a wide range of topics, so the actual subject matter is not important. What is important is that the writer demonstrates the qualities discussed above, and if the work shows this, you will have found yourself a good content writer.

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How to Prevent a Motorcycle Crash

There is always something in the news about vehicular accidents, but a motorcycle crash report almost always involves a fatality. A motorcycle is particularly vulnerable on the road because of its inherent instability, the speed at which it can travel, its size and weight comparative to other vehicle types, and the lack of protective shielding for its rider, according to personal injury lawyer, Ali Mokaram. And yet because it is a fast, economical and convenient way to travel, more and more people are opting for motorcycles as their preferred mode of transportation, especially those above 125 cc.

Tips on Avoiding a Motorcycle Crash

Be conspicuous. Motorcycle riders have a tendency to wear dark clothing and safety gear because they don’t show dirt so easily and they look cool. But for safety’s sake it is better to opt for something bright or fluorescent so that you can easily be seen by motorists, especially at night. If you really like black, at least have chrome fittings on your ride, and turn on your lights even in daytime.

Avoid weaving. Because motorcycles are so maneuverable, it is tempting to dart in and out of moving traffic to gain the advantage in traffic. But not all motorists signal when they turn, and not all look before changing lanes. Even if they do, by the time they see you it may be too late. As much as possible, stick to one lane, and choose the lane with the least number of vehicles.

Keep distance. Avoid getting too close to other vehicles, especially if you are on the highway. Larger vehicles tend to suck you in as they pass by at high speeds, and there doesn’t have to be any actual contact for you to lose your balance or get flicked off the road like a fly. Maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and your sides.

Be defensive. In a head-on motorcycle crash, the bike rider is sure to come off worse. So if you want to keep on riding, be defensive when crossing intersections and rounding a blind curve by slowing down..

It is in the interest of anybody who is sharing the road with motorcyclists to observe some safety rules to prevent a motorcycle crash. So if motorcycle riders would take care of their side of the problem, motorists will do the same.

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What is a TBI hematoma?

One of the possible consequences of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a hematoma. Most hematomas are as a result of some kind of trauma, although not all hematomas occur in the brain. You have probably had some type of hematoma before after a fall, bumping hard against something, or something hits you with some force.

A hematoma is blood that has leaked out of a blood vessel and collected in tissue, where is can cause some swelling or edema (fluid collection) and pain if the quantity of blood is large enough. It presents as a swollen area similar to a bruise, but a bruise is flat while a hematoma tends to be raised. A hemorrhage is the active leaking of blood outside a blood vessel; once it stops, then it is considered a hematoma if the blood collects in tissue.

While all hematomas are to be avoided, most will resolve without any medical intervention. In some cases when the hematoma is quite large, it may be necessary to cut into the tissue to relieve the pressure. Hematoma in the brain is considered the most dangerous because even a little pressure on the brain can have serious consequences.

There are three types of hematoma in the brain due to TBI: epidural, subdural and intracerebral. An epidural hematoma is when blood accumulates between the lining of the brain (dura) and the skull because of trauma to the temple. It develops relatively quickly. A subdural hematoma, on the other hand, progresses more slowly but because it is under the dura, it is more difficult to get to in case surgical drainage is necessary. The worst type of brain hematoma due to TBI is an intracerebral one, where the leak is happening inside the brain itself. Surgical drainage or a craniotomy may remove the leak, but often the damage to the brain has been done. However, in intracerebral hematoma cases where there is a significant amount of blood, the patient will not survive without surgical intervention. The size of the hematoma in the brain is determined with the use of a CT scan and MRI.

If you or someone you know sustained a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of others, you may be facing considerable expenses for the treatment, recovery and long-term care resulting from brain damage. Contact a TBI lawyer as soon as possible to recover damages.

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