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Limousines: Should Style Come Before Safety?

Limousines:  Should Style Come Before Safety?On October 6, a stretch limousine got into a fatal crash in upstate New York. The limo in question had failed its latest state-required safety inspection, and its driver didn’t have a license to drive the extra-long vehicle. Because of this accident, all 18 people in the limo died along with two pedestrians who were unfortunately close to the scene. The accident is one of the all-time worst automobile crashes in the United States, and the country hasn’t seen a transportation accident of any kind this bad since a plane crash in 2009.

There’s no doubt that the accident was tragic, but there’s also no doubt that it was avoidable. It’s clear enough that the limo company, Prestige Limousine, wasn’t following regulations like it should have, and that fact is very likely the cause of the accident. However, part of the problem may have been with the design of the limo itself.

What Makes A Limousine

There are very few companies out there that build limousines from the ground up. They’re specialty, luxury vehicles that often come with extensively customized interiors or else get sold... full post

Keep Heat Stroke In Mind When Working Outdoors

Keep Heat Stroke In Mind When Working OutdoorsIn a state like Florida, blizzards and snow days aren’t an issue. Between all the water and the low latitude, Florida weather has to go very wrong before snow can have a chance of falling. However, hot days can happen any time of year, and since many Florida jobs take place outside and all year round, that makes heat stroke a real possibility no matter which month it is. If you don’t want to faint from heat on the job, you should keep hydrated and watch the thermometer.

Know The Risks

Thanks to the state’s hot and humid climate, it’s never that hard to work up a sweat. If you work outside in Florida, and especially if you perform hard labor as part of your job, you might get heat stroke if you don’t or can’t take care of yourself. Professionals like construction workers, road workers, and lifeguards are all at risk of suffering from heat stroke, although lifeguards have the advantage of taking a dip in the water whenever they need to cool down. Chefs can also suffer from heat... full post

How Do You Know When You Have A Traumatic Brain Injury?

How Do You Know When You Have A Traumatic Brain Injury?The brain is a complex, tricky organ, and it’s not always easy to tell how it’s doing. The human brain is a major energy hog, and so while the average person burns 1,300 calories staying alive each day, the brain alone is responsible for a little over 300 calories per day. That’s around one-quarter of the total number, an incredible amount of energy to be spending on an organ that weighs just three pounds on average.

The brain is so dense with nerves and uses so many chemicals and electrical signals that even today medical science can only scratch the surface when it comes to understanding the brain and the human mind. While doctors can test injuries to other parts of the body and figure out the problem with a good chance of success, a brain injury can slip past unnoticed and not make itself known until days after the injury took place. Still, there are a few reliable symptoms and indicators you can use to decide when to see a doctor.

The Blow Itself

If you take a hard blow... full post

How Do Personal Injury Laws Apply When Two Dogs Fight?

How Do Personal Injury Laws Apply When Two Dogs Fight?For the most part, “dog bite” laws apply when one person owns or is responsible for an animal, that animal hurts another person, and then that second person wants compensation for the attack. They’re called “dog bite” laws because they usually come up when a dog attacks a person, but they can apply to any animal so long as a person is responsible for them. But dogs don’t just attack humans—they will also sometimes attack other dogs. So what happens then?

The Status Of Dogs

Legally speaking, a pet dog is considered part of the owner’s personal property and not a person. This means dog bite laws don’t apply to them. However, if someone’s dog destroys your personal property, you’re entitled to fair compensation for it. For a dog, this compensation can be the difference in the dog’s value (which could be a lot if you’re raising a purebred) based on before and after the attack. It could also be the cost of the dog’s veterinary bills, including procedures, medicine, and boarding, depending on which one is higher.

Malice... full post

Finding Medical Record Errors Amidst Your Personal Injury Case

 Finding Medical Record Errors Amidst Your Personal Injury CaseWhen you are in the middle of a personal injury case, then finding any medical errors, even small ones, can prove to be disastrous to your claim. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence, and you may find that your medical records may contain inaccurate or missing information or may have some significant omissions that can interfere with your case.

Emergency Level Errors

If you received care in the emergency room following your accident, then you know how quickly things moved while you were there. You may have sustained serious injuries that left you unable to speak or communicate with the medical personnel so that some information may have been left off or miscommunicated.

The emergency room doctors are more concerned with the type of injuries that need to be treated immediately, rather than what caused them in the first place. So, while they may be aware that you were involved in an accident, they are going to be less concerned about those details and more concerned with how they are going to treat your injuries.

Follow-Up Care Errors

You can also find errors to your medical... full post

Tips For Sharing The Road With Large Trucks

Tips for Sharing the Road with Large TrucksAs drivers, we are subjected to several road hazards and conditions that may prove to be less than favorable. We also sometimes find that even though we are safe and careful drivers and pay attention to the road and other vehicles, other drivers may not be as careful as we are which can ultimately result in accidents and other incidents.

One of the scariest things as a driver on the road is to be driving next to a large 18-wheeler. Due to their size, they are known to drift in and out of lanes often which means you need to be alert and ready.

To make it less scary and a lot easier for you as a driver, there are a few things you can do when it comes to sharing the road with these larger trucks.

Driving Around Big Rigs

Patience and awareness are the two main elements needed for safe driving. This is especially true when it comes to driving in the presence of 18-wheelers and other large trucks.

Never Take Chances

When driving alongside these trucks, you do not want to take any chances. If you... full post

Assessing Damages Following An Automobile Accident

Assessing Damages Following an Automobile AccidentOne of the biggest worries a person faces following a car accident is their own health and then how much compensation is going to be needed to fix the vehicle. Once you get into an accident, all the vehicles should be removed from the way of traffic and then injuries should be assessed and attended to before anything else is done.

Once everyone is determined to be in good health, it is time to begin to assess the damages. To do this, you can follow a few easy steps to make the process more manageable.

Immediately Following the Accident

Once all medical concerns have been addressed, it is time to take photos of the damage to your vehicle. When taking the photographs, you want to be sure to take photos from all angles. Take them close-up, far away, and don’t neglect to take photos of both the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

You will then want to take photos that show the location in which the accident occurred as well as the license plate of every vehicle involved.

Take Notes

Take note of any personal property you have inside the vehicle... full post

The Relationship Between Liability Claims And Vehicle Recalls

The Relationship Between Liability Claims and Vehicle RecallsThe process for a vehicle recall can be lengthy and incredibly complex. However, it typically begins when the agency receives consumer complaints or other information that may indicate a safety defect that could ultimately endanger the public if not addressed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will then analyze petitions that are requesting a safety defect investigation, investigate the alleged safety defect, and then manage the recall and determine the recalls effectiveness.

Even after the NHTSA puts a recall in place, the manufacturer still has the right to appeal the decision that was made.

Voluntary Recalls

Sometimes the manufacturer, even without the guidance or suggestion from the NHTSA, will initiate a recall when they discover a potential defect through their own safety inspections.

Once the manufacturer has determined the need for a recall, they must then notify the NHTSA of their decision along with car dealers, distributors, and vehicle owners. They can then choose to repair the defect at no cost, replace the defective equipment at no cost, or issue the owner a refund.

Even when the manufacturer voluntarily initiates the recall, they are still not released from any liability... full post

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