Bicycle Riders: The Danger They are Exposed to

Jul 30

For many people, riding a bike to work or for morning exercise is a way to keep themselves fit and healthy. Much like like motorcycle riders, bicyclists should know that they too face higher risks of crash-related injury and death compared to motor vehicle occupants.

In 2013, the total number of bicyclists that died was 900, while an estimated 494,000 were rushed to emergency department due to accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles. In 2014, due to educational Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety programs introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal bicycle accidents went down by 20% to 720.

Separate studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveal the following facts:

  • Adolescents and young adults whose ages range from 15 to 29 and adults 45 years and older are the most common victims in fatal bicycle accidents.
  •  Children aged between 5 and 14 and those between 15 and 24 years old have the highest rates of non-fatal bicycle-related injuries.
  •  The top two cities where the highest number of male cyclists get killed every year (in accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles) are California and Florida. These two cities, with Illinois, New York, Michigan and Texas account for 54% of all cycling fatalities from 2010 to 2012 which total to 2,023 (621 in 2010; ;680 in 2011; and, 722 in 2012).
  •  The two major contributing factors to bicyclist deaths are failure to wear a helmet and alcohol-impairment.

According to one cycling accident lawyer from the Hankey Law Office, cyclists must do without seat belts, air bags, or other protective features offered by enclosed vehicles. They rely only on their helmet and elbow/knee pads to prevent injury. Unfortunately, while such protective gear may be effective in minor spills or falls, it is much less effective in a serious accident involving much larger, heavier, and faster vehicles.

If, due to another person, a bicyclist is injured in an accident, it may be advantageous to seek legal assistance from a seasoned personal injury or cycling accident lawyer for the best legal action he/she can pursue.

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Do You Know the Difference between Car and Truck Accidents?

Mar 20

These are the days of awareness with what one says. Since the dawn of social media has risen, the time where ignorance was allowable has long since passed. When you make a mistake, people don’t forgive and forget—there’s every chance they’ll resent and remember. So things are no longer just a matter of inconsequential semantics and things need to be defined in accordance to what they truly are. Though this has always been true, it’s imperative that the difference between even two seemingly similar causes must be pointed out so that there may be clarity with the situation.

So what is the difference between a car accident and a truck accident?

There are some people who think that there is no need to differentiate the two since they’re both vehicles. They’re basically the same thing, right? Why make a distinction?

The difference is in the details as, when you think more critically of the situation, you can see that the separation is necessary. When you imagine a car accident, some of the situations that come to mind are the collision of two vehicles together. Though personally devastating, it is something one can picture on a day to day basis as they do happen rather often. When you think of truck accidents, it is easier to picture something a bit more grandiose in nature. Truck accidents are the stuff of action films with spectacularly shattering consequences on the roadways where they happen and to any neighboring vehicles that were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

It is in the potential damage that a truck can do, according to the website of truck accident lawyers at Williams Kherkher, that demands its own separate category. There are federal laws that truck drivers must abide by that regular car drives don’t have to such as a strict schedule as to how many hours they can drive consecutively as well as the special, professional training that is required in order to operate a vehicle of such magnitude.

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Drinking and Driving Accident Consequences

Oct 27

Drinking and driving is a criminal offense that can include jail time and significant penalties. The legal expression, driving while intoxicated, indicates the owner of an auto was over the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol content. A huge number of injuries and deaths happen every year when an individual makes the poor choice to get behind the wheel after ingesting. It’s almost impossible for these drunk drivers’ sufferers to prevent the impacts inebriated motorists could cause.

Alcohol is a depressant drug that’s mental, physical, and serious emotional affects. Motor abilities are impaired even when you start consuming alcohol. At a BAC of .02%, somebody begins to relax, lose visible capabilities and have impaired judgment. At .05%, there is certainly slower eye movements and response time. Someone’s blood alcohol concentration may continue following the last drink was consumed to go up as much in three hours. Moreover, the hangover effects the next day may continue to impair engine functions.

Each year, over 13,000 people are killed in drunk driving related vehicle accidents and hundreds of thousands more are hurt. This costs the United States of America over $100 million every year in damages. There are around 1.4 thousand DWI arrests annually, more than half of which produce a conviction.

The victims of those accidents might have severe financial and emotional harms along with the damages they sustained. The intoxicated driver may be required to compensate medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage for the injured party.

An Indianapolis car accident lawyer can probably identify that submitting a dram shop claim against the institution or organization that negligently served the intoxicated driver is also crucial to keep all parties accountable for their activities. In the event, you were hurt in a drunk driving injury, contact a lawyer locally to talk about choices to seek the compensation you deserve.

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Mold Infestation In Rentals

Jul 28

Molds are just one of the newer things that renters should be considering when they are looking for a place to stay. Molds can cause a number of health risks and complications, and many tenants have won cases against landowners who they alleged were negligent is ensuring the safety of the unit, thus putting their health in danger.

Toxic molds are actually a family of molds that cove a number of colors and shapes – from black, green, grey, or white and appear either shiny or powdery. Toxic molds are often from the family of penicillium, stachybotrys, fusarium, paecilomyces, and aspergilus. The effects of toxic molds have caused controversial debate within the medical and scientific communities, yet there is no question on the health effects that tenants have suffered after being exposed to large amount of toxic mold.

Aside from some exceptions, the responsibilities of the landlords or property owners are not clearly included in state ordinances, building codes, statutes, or regulations. It is important for tenants to know the specific laws that cover them from toxic mold infestation. Presently, there are no federal laws that allow residential buildings to have acceptable exposure limits or building tolerance standards, while only a few states have established tolerable mold standards. Among them are California, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, and Indiana; cities such as New York and San Francisco have local laws that provide some guidelines for indoor air quality and permit tenants to file for personal injury claims under certain local laws.

Despite having a lack of state or federal laws that can protect you as a tenant from toxic mold, you can file an injury claim against the landowner regarding the mold problems. Landlords have the responsibility of maintaining the safety of the unit, this include fixing leaks and other places or situations that could lead to a mold growth. Likewise, some landowners include clauses that would relieve them of any responsibility that resulted from mold growth. Both the tenant and the landlord should be partners in their effort to prevent any growth of molds in the property in order to protect themselves from health risks or future property damage or injury claims.

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Craniostenosis and Depakote

Jun 14

According to a 2001 research paper published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, there are indications that regular intake of valproic acid (i.e. Depakote) may result in trigonocephaly, or the premature closing of the metopic suture in an infant’s skull. The metopic suture usually closes when the child is between three and nine months old. This is a form of caniostenosis caused by craniosynostosis, which basically means the skull closes.

The authors studied 2,220 children, and of these, 17 had mothers that regularly ingested Depakote or other valproic acid-based medication to manage epileptic seizures. Considering that the incidence of craniostenosis in the general population is one in every 2,500 live births, finding 17 in this study population is significant. This indicates at least a 10-fold risk of having children with craniostenosis among the population of women that take Depakote compared to those who do not.

The growing infant’s skull had four sutures: metopic, coronal, sagiital, and lambdoid. The most common type of craniostenosis involves the sagittal suture, followed by the coronal suture. Metopic synostosis, or trigonocephaly, occurs a maximum of just 15% of all cases.

The human body is truly marvelous. In most cases where one skull suture closes before it should, and perhaps not leaving enough space for the brain, the skull expands in the orientation of the unclosed sutures to compensate. This can give the child an unusually shaped head.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, however, in some cases when the skull does not grow enough to accommodate the brain, the pressure can cause serious complications. This includes but not limited to blindness, sleep impairment, eating disorders, or cognitive development problem.

Aside from the physiological effects, the skull malformation may also affect the development of the face. It can change the shape of the face in noticeable ways. This can adversely affect the social and emotional development of the child, especially if it is accompanied by physiological complications.

If you or your child suffers from craniostenosis, it may be because of Depakote.

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