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8 Reasons Not To Drink And Drive

8 Reasons Not To Drink And DriveWe’ve all heard it a million times, right? Don’t drink and drive. Some of us may know it is a bad idea, but why exactly can it get us in so much trouble? Let’s take a look at 8 reasons why you just really shouldn’t do it.

1. You can go to jail. I’m pretty sure none of you out there has “Go to jail” on your bucket list. There are so many other things you could be doing with your time. If you get caught drinking and driving, one of the consequences could be jail time. And a lot of it, depending on the outcome of your situation. Avoid this by just not drinking.

2. You could have to pay large fees or fines. If you don’t have to do jail time, you may have to pay a large fine or fee. If you caused any damage while drinking and driving, you may have to pay for the damage, plus a large ticket from the cops. Stay sober and keep your money.

3. You might lose your job or professional license. Depending on your line of work,... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

Let Your Lawyer Help You Get The Help You Need After An Accident

Let Your Lawyer Help You Get The Help You Need After An AccidentAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 5 million car accidents happen each year where a person is injured. Some accidents happen because of weather or road hazards, but a lot of them also happen from other driver’s errors. It can be hard to get someone to listen to you if you are stuck in a hospital bed somewhere. That is why it is helpful to know how to reach out and get the help that you need from a lawyer to get your life back on track after a car accident.
Rest And Relax
If you are trying to deal with a situation from the hospital, it can be complicated. You have to make a lot of phone calls to different agencies and get them to call you back at a time when you are not resting or talking with the doctors. Trying to get answers may take a long time and may cause you a lot more stress. Instead, hire a lawyer to get the answers for you. They will be more likely to get the... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

What Are The Top 10 Questions People Ask After A Car Accident?

What Are The Top 10 Questions People Ask After A Car Accident?When people are involved in a car accident, there is a list of questions that they are known to ask regularly. We have made a list for you so that if you are ever involved in this situation, you will already know what to do. Read below and you will be all set to roll if (but hopefully not) you are ever involved in this situation.

1. Do I need to file a police report?

How serious is the accident? If it is just a tap of the bumper and everyone is ok, you are probably ok to just exchange insurance information and contact information and continue on your way. If there is more significant damage or an injury, it is a good idea to get the police involved. A police report can come in handy later for proving who is at fault during an accident.

2. Should I take photos of the accident?

Before worrying about photos, make sure everyone in the accident is ok. If you have established that and then called the police if necessary, then it is a good... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

Is A Cyclist Ever At Fault For An Accident?

Is A Cyclist Ever At Fault For An Accident?During the good weather, cyclists are all over the road. They can pop out of nowhere, and can also be the cause of an accident. It is not only drivers of cars that can be at fault for an injury. Let’s take a look at how a bicycle can be at fault for a motor vehicle accident.
Rules Of The Road
Bicyclists are held to the same rules of the road as cars. They need to obey traffic signs and right of way. They need to stay in designated area and signal when they are going to make turns. Just because they are not as big as cars, it doesn't mean that they are not held to the same standards. Following the rules of the road is what keeps everyone sale and traveling in the right direction.
Liability In Theory
In theory, it is just as easy to show that a cyclist is at fault as it is to show that a motorist is at fault. During an accident, one party usually makes a decision that causes the accident to happen. Sometimes it is as easy... read article

Attorney Bernard F Walsh

10 Toy Safety Tips For The Holidays

10 Toy Safety Tips For The HolidaysFrom the abundance of delicious food to getting to spend time with our beloved family members, the holidays have a lot to offer. Of course, we can’t forget about all the nicely wrapped toys that the kids cannot wait to break open.

Still, before they break open your gifts, there are a few toy safety tips you should be practicing this holiday season.

1. Pay attention to age recommendations and safety labels!

Toys come with labels for a reason. So pay special attention to them before you wrap it up or even before purchasing it to ensure it will be safe. If possible, ask what others are planning to give your child beforehand or request they not purchase them toys with certain hazards such as having small pieces that could be choked on. Likewise, if you are purchasing a toy for someone else’s child, it might be a good idea to check in with them to ensure it will be appropriate.

2. Discard plastic wrapping immediately!

This is especially important for younger children who are likely to try putting it in their mouth. However, even older children could get cut... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

How To Prepare For Your Meeting With A Personal Injury Lawyer

Why Hire An Attorney After A Car Accident?When you find yourself injured in an accident that was due to the actions or neglect of someone else, you are likely to need financial compensation for your injuries. No matter what kind of injury you may have or how severe it is, the entire process of your personal injury claim begins with your consultation visit with your lawyer.

In order for you to make the most of your visit, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind and things you should have prepared before the meeting.

Here is how you should get started:

1: Find the right lawyer for your needs

This attorney is going to be handling the ins and outs of your case, so you should make sure the one you choose can do the job right. Do a little research and seek out a lawyer that has the right skills and experience necessary to handle your type of personal injury case.

2: Gather your personal information

Basically, you are going to need to grab your driver’s license or state ID in order to prove you are who you say you are. However,... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

Recall Alert - Jeep Grand Cherokee And Dodge Durango Have Been Recalled For Stability Issues

NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) announced that an estimated 132,223 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos have been recalled for issues with the Electronic Stability Control system.

Elaborating on the problem, NHTSA Officials said that the new Durango/Grand Cherokee recall stems from a flaw in the software associated with the Steering Column Control Module,” which “under certain conditions, that flaw could cause the Electronic Stability Control system to shut down.

We advise all owners that should this occur, the vehicle will be much harder to steer and radically increase the chance of crashing. We urge that anyone with a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees or Dodge Durango take this seriously and have your SUV brought in for repairs immediately.... read article

Attorney Bernard F Walsh

Getting Compensation After A Hit And Run Accident

Getting Compensation After A Hit And Run AccidentThere are very few things in life that can be scarier than being in a car accident or even more frightening, being hit and left on the side of the road. If you or a loved one ever finds themselves involved in an accident on the roadway that has left you injured, it is crucial that the right steps are taken to ensure your safety and that you will be completely compensated for your injuries.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
The very first thing you will need to do once you have left the scene of the accident is to seek out medical attention for your injuries. Any kind of injury you may be dealing with, including pain, dizziness, and discomfort, will need to be addressed by a medical professional as soon as possible. Hesitating to seek medical help will not only harm your body’s ability to recover properly after the accident, but it will make it look as though your injuries were never as severe as you state or that you were never really hit in the first place.
Additionally, all of the injuries... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

5 Tips For Avoiding Accidents On The Road

5 Tips For Avoiding Accidents On The RoadIs there anything you can do to be safer on the road? Of course! While there is a lot you cannot control on the road, there are still a few ways you can help make every trip safer.

1. Choose The Safer Car

As technology has evolved over the years, cars have not only become more sophisticated when it comes to functionality, but also when it comes down the safety of those within the vehicle. The newest car models out there have made significant improvements in their ability to handle collisions which makes them less likely to result in severe injuries. Additionally, safety features such as airbags have become much more responsive and reliable when it comes to head on collisions.

2. Always Wear Your Seatbelt

While it may seem annoying and even a little uncomfortable at times, your seatbelt is one of the most important safety features your car has to offer. In fact, wearing your seatbelt has proven to reduce the chances of vehicular deaths by up to 50 percent. Additionally, your seatbelt safety feature isn’t just important to the driver, but also to the other... read article

Attorney Bernard F Walsh

What To Do If You Suffer A Back Injury At Work

What To Do If You Suffer A Back Injury At WorkDepending on your occupation, work can really do a number on your back. In fact, back injuries are the second most common type of work injury, with hand injuries being the most prevalent. A few common workplace back injuries include:

Pinched nerves
Lower back strain
Bulging, herniated, and slipped discs
Fractured vertebrae
Spinal cord damage

The majority of workplace back injuries are a result of overextension or twisting of the spine from heavy lifting, pushing, pulling or poor posture while sitting for long periods of time. Back injuries can be quite painful in nature and often require extended treatment and recovery period.
What To Do If You Suffer A Back Injury At Work?
If you have sustained a back injury at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are put in place to help pay for your medical and therapy bills, the cost of transportation to and from treatment, and about two-thirds of your lost wages.

The process begins when you first report your injury to your employer or manager. Typically, the first report is filed onto a DWC-1 form. You will need to record the... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

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