Motorcyclist Accidents

For some odd reason, people who drive cars don’t really like motorcyclists. Maybe because the motorcycle is so much cheaper and does the same thing? Or because it’s cool and attracts more attention? Maybe because it’s easier to navigate? I don’t really know. I love my motorcycle, I wouldn’t trade it in for most cars. I have it because I want it, not because I can’t get a car. Although it’s more dangerous, the feeling of driving a motorcycle is something I couldn’t give up easily at all.

This Corpus Christi Personal Injury Attorney suggests that, in reality, most people on the road aren’t really mentally prepared to deal with motorcycles in specific. They’re ready to drive, but not ready to face all the different aspects of driving. When cyclists are nearby, you have to behave differently and check your blindspots differently and much more frequently. Most drivers barely even check their blind spots at all, which is a huge mess, to begin with. But when a motorcycle is right in your blind spot and you switch lanes and hit them by accident, it sends us flying. The damages are usually great, especially since it’s an odd way to get hit and next to impossible to avoid.

I’m speaking on this from a personal perspective; I was a victim of this sort of thing myself. I was on the road one day heading to my band’s studio when someone switched lanes on me, hit my front tire suddenly and quickly, which sent me flying. I broke my leg, arm and a bunch of ribs. I was lucky there wasn’t any damage to my back or spine at all. The cherry on top was that the driver either knew and kept going or was totally oblivious and kept going. The accident put me out of commission for a couple months. I’m a small business owner, so after I was able to be even somewhat mobile, I was back on the job and doing what I had to do because I couldn’t afford not to. At this point, I’m completely healed and functioning just fine. I lost a lot of weight after the accident and I’ve managed to keep those pounds shed for the most part even now after I’ve healed. If there’s any silver lining, it’s most definitely this, this is the best my body has looked in years.

What prompted this now rather than in the immediate aftermath, was that this recently happened to a friend. Now after I’ve healed, I have had time to reflect on it and really put together a cohesive opinion on what happened from my point of view. When I saw it happen to a friend, his story really resonated with what happened with me, and I managed to be of great emotional support. His accident is very similar to mine, he broke a leg, a few ribs and has a badly bruised arm and injured wrist in an accident that happened in a situation that seemed to mirror my own. Luckily for him, the driver who hit him was aware of the bump and didn’t take off. He’s managed to settle for the damages incurred and he should be okay going forward. In light of this, I thought it was important to reach out to all drivers to pay attention to one another and avoid causing real pain to motorcyclists everywhere.

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Local Government Should Crack Down on Negligence Cases

All of us will eventually experience the pain and grief that comes with losing a loved one, and the grieving process is never easy. The last thing that anyone needs during this period is the additional feelings of anger that the death of their loved one could have been easily prevented, but wasn’t due to negligence on the part of a hospital or other institution that was supposed to ensure their safety. One family in Oceanside suffered this pain firsthand when their son died while locked in jail because health officials could not be bothered to provide adequate care.

According to this Newsday article from way back in 2015, a man named John Gleeson died while he was in Nassau County Jail awaiting trial on a burglary charge. The man suffered from a rare condition known as angioedema, a condition that causes severe swelling that can inhibit the victim’s ability to breathe. The family claims that the health officials at the jail knew about his conditioned and treated him for it, but all they did was give him medication and send him back to his cell without keeping an eye on him. The family claims the jail let him die, but police officers say they found no criminality when they investigated his death. Apparently, John Gleeson was already on his way to the hospital when he died after the jail called an ambulance for him, finding that he had collapsed. However, there are concerns about the Miami-based company that was contracted to provide medical care for the jail. A year after the contract began, the Commission of Correction found that this company was guilty of providing “grossly negligent health care” relating to the case of an inmate who had suffered a heart attack. Due to these claims, the family is looking to sue the county jail.

It is difficult for some people to feel empathetic in cases like these because the man who died was in jail and supposedly a criminal. Even so, they are United States citizens, and foremost a human being who deserves proper care, especially since his right to seek care for himself had been taken away. Thankfully there are personal injury lawyers who will fight for justice in wrongful death cases like these, like the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser in Oceanside (though this is the Oceanside in California, not in Florida!) Even if it is determined that the jail tried their best to save John Gleeson, further investigation of the private companies governing the health care of this vulnerable population will make sure they maintain high standards of care.

Since this incident occurred back in 2015, hopefully the family has received closure concerning the death of their son. But the fact that the company was still allowed to provide health services even after they were found to be providing substandard care is worrying. Local governments need to crack down on these companies stop cutting corners in order to reduce costs.

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The Lone Wolf’s Descendants

For centuries man has respected the canine species and incorporated them into our social culture in many different facets. Our canine companions have been assisting humans in areas of hunting, protection, and most of all companionship. Human intervention has played a crucial role in the prevalence of so many different pedigrees.  Clearly, dogs will be around human culture for a long time, but with threats of violence towards humans we must take precautions to ensure that our species’ can coexist in harmony. Through organizational efforts and community outreach, I believe a future with dogs and humans enjoying each other, without the threat of violent outbreaks, is a reality for the future of this world.

Dogs can be found across the United States. The diversity amongst dog owners is truly fascinating because there is only one requirement in being a true dog owner, that is being human. Dogs are common amongst every demographic regardless of race, nationality, socioeconomic status, age, or gender. They are the perfect companion for our species. Many studies have shown that owning a dog can be therapeutic and extremely beneficial for one’s health. Whenever we are spending time and making a physical connection, in the form of petting and grooming, reactions in the brain cause feelings of happiness. This interaction is one of the fascinating examples of the complexity of biological interaction experienced in the natural world. Similarly fascinating is the interaction between the two species when the canine turns violent in an attack against the human. Because of the range in dog breeds from size to obvious level of aggressiveness, it is easy to forget that every dog descends from the mighty wolf. The core of every dog’s DNA descends from the pure predatory blood. In 2016 there were 31 dog related fatalities within the United States. In most cases, the victim was either a child, female, or both. In the event that anyone should experience a brutal dog bite that causes tremendous stress financially and physically, it would be wise to seek an attorney like those with the Able Law Firm. Skilled, attentive help can greatly reduce long term stress and improve morale for a focused recovery.  

To conclude, dogs are a highly intelligent species that coexist with humans on the earth. They have been introduced to the social structures of humans since ancient times, and because of human interaction they have forcibly evolved into countless different pedigrees we see today. In certain cases they can become violent with humans to the point that the person suffers from severe injuries or dies. Through combined efforts that include further educating the population on the dangers of animal abuse and how it alters the dog’s psychology and similar prevention campaigns I am certain dog bite fatalities could become a thing of the past.

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Risks of Leasing Mineral Rights

Should you lease or sell mineral rights? Before you decide, you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of leasing and selling, compare them, and determine what advantages you want to have and what disadvantages you may have room to tolerate.

For many, leasing mineral rights have been the option, because they like the idea of getting constant cash flow from royalties and whatnots more than the idea of getting a lump sum from selling mineral rights. It should also not be overlooked that leasing, in the long run, can translate to bigger overall money compared to the lump sum that can be acquired through selling.

But as said earlier, mineral rights owners like yourself should not just focus on the advantages. They should look into the disadvantages as well, so they can determine whether they can tolerate them. The main disadvantage of leasing is that it is open to risk, because owners are still greatly involved, as opposed to sellers, who are completely out of the picture once they sold the rights. Below are just some of the risks.

The price of the resource may decrease

The good thing about selling mineral rights is that you can valuate the minerals underneath your property at current pricing, so you can get the equivalent money in return. But you cannot say the same thing about leasing.

The price of the minerals may decrease over time, and this is not a big if, as it is actually very possible. The rise of renewable resources and alternatives will decrease the demand for your minerals, and therefore will cause price reductions and decreased royalties on your part. In this sense, you can make less money in leasing than selling, and worse, you will get this money incrementally and not immediately.

The resource may not be as abundant as expected

Your property will be studied, to determine the possible amount of minerals underneath it and give a proper value to them. Only then can a negotiation between you and a possible buyer can gain traction. But there are instances where the amount of minerals that have been determined in the study is not accurate, resulting into misestimated values and less royalties.

Again, if this happens, you may get less money in leasing than selling, just because your property has not been as productive as expected.

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How to Ensure the Safety of the Workplace

How to Ensure the Safety of the Workplace

Employers can be taken to court if their negligence has resulted into an accident and injury. This not just damages their reputation, as it can also lead to financial compensation to the troubled party, mainly in the form of coverage for treatment costs, lost wages, and the pain and suffering of getting injured at work.

Use proper gears

Dangerous work environments like construction sites require protective gears, such as helmets, gloves, and boots. These may not entirely prevent accidents, but they can help minimize damage when an accident does occur.

Enforce safety programs

Safety procedures should also be strictly implemented to prevent unnecessary actions or inactions that may result into accident and injury. Such programs may include the strict requirement of using protective gears, installation of warning signs on areas or equipment that can pose a threat, and the utilization of timely breaks to avoid overexertion.

Organize the work area

A cluttered workplace can be very dangerous, and this is true for both hazardous and non-hazardous work environments. Unattended holes in construction sites may cause falls. Opened cabinets and loose cables in offices may trip employees. By ensuring the organization of the work area, employers are greatly reducing the risks of accidents.

Maintain the work area and its equipment

The lack of maintenance may result into defects and malfunctions. For dangerous work environments, the things most prone to these issues are tools, equipment, machines, and vehicles. For safer work environments, the things include elevators, escalators, desktops, coffeemakers, air conditioners, and even floors.

Beware of hazards

No matter how diligent employers are in enforcing safety programs, organizing the workplace, and maintaining the workplace’s equipment, there may be inherent hazards in the work area. One of the most overlooked issues is fire. Be wary of fire hazards in the workplace, such as malfunctioning equipment, faulty electrical systems, and combustible materials near sources of fire.

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