Looking from the outside in, the helmet debate that takes place in motorcycle circles doesn’t seem to make sense. A helmet is just one safety precaution, but wearing one reduces your chances of dying in a motorcycle crash by 37 percent and your chance of getting a brain injury by 67 percent. Wearing a helmet to prevent brain damage seems like a no-brainer, and since drivers have to wear seat belts in cars, why not require motorcyclists to wear helmets?
The History Of The Debate
Back when motorcycles first started showing up, helmets were rare and not very effective but speeds were low. However, these speeds were still enough to cause fatalities: one infamous incident happened in 1935 when T. E. Lawrence, the man who would later be known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” died after he crashed his motorcycle and sustained a head injury that would leave him in a coma for six days.
As motorcycles grew in speed, so did the number of fatalities. Still, motorcyclists didn’t like the way helmets looked and so they’d refuse to wear them just because of fashion even after newer and more effective designs... read article
There’s a good chance that you’re at least a little familiar with a growing trend called “vaping.” Vaping takes pure nicotine, puts it in water rather than dry leaves and paper, and then adds a few other ingredients to preserve it, activate it once it reaches your lungs, and flavor it so it tastes good when it passes through your mouth. You put the liquid in a vaping device, you suck on the opening, and this draws the liquid past a heating element that vaporizes it so you can breathe it in.
The Growth Of Vaping
Smokeless tobacco has been a goal of the industry for decades. Chewing tobacco has been around for a long time, but it colors your teeth and produces ugly brown spit, plus it can lead to oral cancer. Nicotine gum and patches work, but they aren’t as effective as cigarettes. Vapor has been considered for decades, but it was only recently that companies developed vaping devices that work automatically and without any settings the user has to worry about.
The current market leader is the Juul, created by Stanford startup. The device looks more like... read article
Florida may be known as the Sunshine State, but any resident knows that we do see quite a bit of rain throughout the year. In June, July, and August, periods of daily rainfall aren’t rare in the state of Florida, and while the heat during this season will often dry pavement up rather quickly, thousands of drivers are on the road while the surface of the asphalt remains slick and slippery. Whether you’re driving during a rainstorm, or immediately after, there are some things to consider to ensure you remain safe for yourself and others on the road.
Even skilled and experienced drivers can find it difficult to navigate Florida roadways safely during a strong summer storm, and in the hours immediately following the rain, the roads remain tricky due to surface slickness. According to a study by the Federal Highway Administration, around 22% of car accidents in the United States are weather related, and of this 22% a whopping 73% are directly linked to rainfall, both during rainstorms and immediately following.
To look at Florida specific weather condition related accidents, 9% of car accidents... read article
BMW is a German automaker that specializes in luxury vehicles, and they control premium brand names like their own BMW, Rolls Royce, and the curiously affordable Mini. Recently, they’ve had to recall 47,806 2011 and 2012 vehicles in the United States.
The vehicle fault is fairly straightforward: an auxiliary water pump has a defect that can make it fail, and this would let a circuit board overheat and catch fire. The fire could then spread into the engine compartment, and that’s never good. The company doesn’t have the replacements ready to go yet, but they plan to have everything ready by the time they send out notifications to the affected vehicle owners on June 11.
Vehicle Recalls Help Everyone
There are several important benefits to the voluntary recalls of cars, trucks, and SUVs like the one BMW is performing now. First is the most obvious advantage: replacing a security or safety fault means your vehicle will be that much safer. Modern vehicles are complicated machines, and so you almost have to expect that even a major manufacturer with hundreds of employees and dozens of subcontractors would get one... read article
Even if you feel that you’re typically steady on your feet, a slip and fall accident can occur at any time. 10 common slip and fall causes include:
Debris – Debris on the floor of a shop, home, or outdoor area can really trip a person up. Debris left on the ground of an area and not marked as a hazard to allow visitors to be aware of the problem can be the root of a personal injury case.
Uneven stairs – Stairs that have fallen into disrepair can begin to break down causing uneven surfaces. Stairs in older buildings or homes may have even been built uneven. If stairs are not kept up with, or marked as an uneven stair hazard, it can lead to dangerous falls.
Exposed wiring – Exposed wiring is a hazard that is more commonly found outdoors rather than indoors, but can pop up anywhere. Exposed wiring can make visitors to a property susceptible to electric shock.
Cracked sidewalks or streets – Deep cracks or potholes in Florida sidewalks, walking paths, and streets can lead to a slip and fall in... read article
The Takata air bag recall is still far from over. Not only is there a problem with manufacturing all the replacement parts the millions and millions of affected vehicles need, companies are still discovering new batches of vehicles that have faulty air bags. Now there’s a new recall, and it’s a priority: owners of the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series should avoid driving their vehicles anywhere unless they know their air bags are fixed.
The Takata Troubles
Takata was a Japanese company that built standardized parts for just about all the major car companies. These items included air bags, but the company cut corners and for over a decade they sold bags with faulty inflators. The inflators used a chemical that would break down when exposed to high temperature levels and high moisture over the years, and eventually if an accident happened the metal container would burst and send shrapnel into the driver’s face instead of a cloth bag.
The recalls began in 2013, and in 2014 the NHTSA expanded the recalls thanks to an investigation. The recalls came in waves since Takata manufacturing plants didn’t keep... read article
Florida roads are busy - among the busiest in the nation. The state is the 3rd most populated in the nation, and one of the most heavily visited by tourists and those coming into the area for business. All those people means that there is an increased risk of being involved in an auto accident, and if this happens to you, you'll need to take the right steps to make a full recovery.
One of the most important steps that you can take will be to contact a good personal injury lawyer. There are numerous reasons for this, and taking a closer look at some of the main advantages a good lawyer will provide can show you just why they're such an integral part of your recovery.
Here are just some of the main reasons you'll want a personal injury lawyer on your side after an accident occurs.
• Less Stress - Letting someone else handle the often confusing and complex field of insurance law means that you have less to worry about and can focus on your physical recovery instead of fighting with insurance companies or lawyers for the other side. Trying to... read article
In 2017, over 20-million people called Florida home, and who could blame them? The weather is usually spectacular, the beaches are magnificent, and the residents create close-knit communities. There is always something going on, as the state is home to countless amusement parks and other attractions. However, over 3-million people are hospitalized yearly for injuries that they sustained from accidents. With so many folks congregated in one location, many of these incidents will happen right here at home. The personal injury field covers a wide range of topics that include but are not limited to...
• Bicycle And Motorcycle Accidents
• Wrongful Deaths
• Slip And Fall Liability Incidents
• Workers Compensation Issues
• Automotive Accidents And More
Is Compensation In Your Future?
When disaster strikes and a person gets hurt, they may be able to receive compensation for their damages. The victim must prove that the negligent act of another party caused the injuries. Unfortunately, this task is typically easier said than done. People already have enough on their plate after accidents, and the only thing they should concern themselves with is recovering. So, hire our... read article
Slip and fall injuries can happen at any place and at any time within the state of Florida. You could be at work, at school, taking a walk down the street, or perusing around your favorite shops, and the next thing you know, you’re on the ground after falling victim to a hazard left behind by a negligent party. Personal injuries occurring due to slip and fall accidents can range from simple bumps and bruises all the way to traumatic brain injuries or wrongful death cases.
After a slip and fall occurs, the first thing that should be done is the seeking of medical attention. Before obtaining insurance information, before filing a claim, and before calling your attorney, it’s important to first get yourself checked out. With some slip and fall injuries, you may not realize you’ve been injured at first, or injured severely, and waiting could compromise your likelihood of getting the settlement you deserve. With traumatic brain injuries in particular, some symptoms could wait weeks to rear their head and impact your life. By... read article
After you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, and you’ve filed your claim, you may be wondering what the next steps of the process will be. With the assistance of a Florida personal injury lawyer, the entire process of your claim or lawsuit will be made transparent to you, and you’ll be kept in the know with each passing step of the process. Experiencing an injury after a slip and fall is stressful enough, and adding the stress of the unknown into the equation will often simply make the situation worse.
The Demand Package
After the claim has been filed following a slip and fall, the typical first step of the process is the demand package crafted by the injured party’s attorney. This demand package will include:
• The circumstances of the accident – The circumstances of the accident will include all of the details surrounding the slip and fall accident and just how it took place. The hazard that caused the accident, how the fall occurred, and what was going on before the fall will all be covered in the details of... read article