Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycles give their enthusiasts the feeling of freedom, adventure, and fun, but they can be dangerous, too. When a biker gets in a crash, they are far more likely to be injured than a passenger in a car. Motorcycles are dangerous because they are less visible to other vehicles, have less safety features, and leave their riders completely exposed to the elements. Because of these factors, bikers have to be extra careful on the road.

There were 5,286 motorcyclist fatalities in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of fatalities dipped below 5,000 between 2009 and 2014, and motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than a passenger in a car. The number of injuries is equally disheartening. There were 88,000 motorcyclist injuries in 2015. 

The fatality rate for motorcyclists is so high because oftentimes, many riders refuse to wear a helmet. Around 30% of bikers do not wear a helmet when they ride. Though this percentage is lower than it used to be, motorcyclists should wear a helmet to combat the inherent dangers of being exposed to the asphalt and dangers of a high-velocity collision with a car or truck. 

However, the biker is not always the one who made the mistake that led to the crash. Still, they’ll take most of the damage. Regular drivers who are simply not paying attention may be the cause of an accident, but bikers are also in danger if a road is not properly maintained. Potholes, spills, missing signage, and burned-out lights could all be disastrous to a biker. The people responsible for maintenance of the road should be held accountable for the part they played in the crash.

What To Do After An Accident

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should always speak to a personal injury lawyer to be sure you’re not being ripped off by the insurance company that is covering your claim. More than likely, you are. Insurance companies usually don’t pay accident victims their fair due, leaving them up the creek without a paddle when they have to pay for expensive medical and property damage bills.

While most law firms that take on personal injury cases will protect the rights of motorcycle accident victims, some law firms go above and beyond, making motorcycle accidents their one and only priority. This law firm out of Iowa, The Biker Lawyers, does just that. All of their lawyers are bikers themselves, making them a great firm to turn to if you’ve been injured in a crash in Iowa. Still, most lawyers will be able to tell you if you are being offered too little by insurance companies, and they can help you recover more money in compensation for your accident.

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Evolution, GMOs, Roundup, and Cancer

When we think of evolution, we tend to think of the millions of years it took for the ancestors of apes to evolve into man-like creatures. This process took so long because it was an incredibly fine-tuned operation.

In fact, it’s still going on today. Humans are still growing and evolving as we adapt to an ever-changing environment. But humans aren’t the only ones evolving.

It took millennia for the flowers in your garden to look as vibrant as they do. Golden retrievers look the way that they do because humans took the ones that they thought were the best sporting dogs and bred them at incredibly high rates.

These are examples of evolutions that had different origins, but they are still evolutions the same. Also, despite man’s desire to have certain traits in the golden retriever, there was not much forced genetic modification in their evolution. Other organisms have been manipulated by man in the hopes of increasing those desirable traits.

Genetic modifications of plants make them stronger and able to withstand certain outside forces. One company, Monsanto, modified certain plants so that they were immune to glyphosate. This meant that they could survive being sprayed with an herbicide containing the chemical.

Roundup, the most common herbicide in the U.S., uses glyphosate to kill off invasive species of plants. Creating both the herbicide and the seeds that can withstand the herbicide allowed Monsanto to have a firm grasp on the nation’s crop industry.

Everyone from small farmers to major agricultural corporations used Roundup to kill off weeds on their farms. For a long time, no one really thought anything of it. Well, until people started getting sick.

In recent years, glyphosate was classified as a carcinogen. This means that people exposed to it were at increased risk of certain cancers such as myeloma, leukemia, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Roundup quickly spread to food sources and water supplies so that the number of people exposed to it grew quicker than anyone expected.

As a result, many people got sick from not only cancer, but from other health issues linked to Roundup. Instead of admitting their mistakes, Monsanto doubled down and denied all responsibility for their product.

Recently, there has been one Monsanto cancer lawsuit after another to hold this company accountable for their actions. Most of these have been class action lawsuits, but a few people are fighting the good fight as individuals.

Modifying organisms to withstand outside forces shouldn’t result in illness and death, but that is what it has come to.

It doesn’t have to stay that way, though. If everyone who thinks that they got sick from Monsanto’s products were to stand up against this corporation, they would be forced to right their wrongs.

If you think your illness is due to exposure to Roundup, join the others who are standing up to Monsanto. Your voice deserves to be heard and Monsanto should be held to a higher standard when it comes to keeping the public safe.

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The Best Ways to Improve The Value of Your Home in 2018

If you are interested in increasing the value of your home, the good news is that it may be easier than you think. By following some of these tips, you will see the value of your home gradually increase. Here are the best ways to improve the value of your home in 2018:

  • Get Organized – Whether you have major changes in mind or you want to make minor adjustments, it’s important to start out the remodeling process with a plan. Homeowners who impulsively upgrade their homes end up with houses that don’t make much sense. With so much on the line, you need to take the time to plan things out.
  • One Step at a Time – You don’t have to start every project all at once, especially if you are living in the home while you plan on remodeling. It’s easier to stay committed and monitor your progress by working on one room at a time, even if that means painting one wall each Saturday. As you slowly make progress, you’ll be surprised at what you get accomplished over a few months.
  • Small Improvements – If you aren’t sure that it would be better to address your home’s decor or focus exclusively on upgrading aspects that you know will improve the resale value of your home, you should strongly consider doing some of both. Everyone knows that spending money on windows, doors, lighting, and faucets will increase the home’s resale value, but it’s also important to enjoy the home you are living in. Adding simple things like artwork and a new furniture piece can make a big difference to homeowners who are still living in their remodeled house for years to come.
  • Be Clean – Cleanliness is one of the most important aspects to focus on when trying to sell your house. The benefits of being clean are more than just standing out amongst the neighbors. You will be more likely to identify maintenance issues before they become expensive problems, and routine cleaning makes the job easier. Instead of waiting until the house is extremely dirty to start tackling the messiness, start early and stay on top of it. That includes getting rid of unnecessary items to reduce clutter.
  • Street View – Stand by the curb of your house and look back. What do you see? This is the first impression that potential buyers are going to have of your home, and it’s a good idea to make this image stand out. Companies like Ware Landscaping are experts in their field, and for a price, they can manipulate the land to make it more noticeable. Things like flowers, trees, and lanterns for the walkway are not that difficult to maintain, and they add a lot to the home’s curbside appeal.

Remodelling your home should be fun and easy, but only if you stay organized. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with everything at once. Follow the steps we discussed above, and you are sure to have a better home in no time.

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Conway City Council

Well, I just saw something pretty interesting on the local news. Apparently, the Conway City Council is considering installing license-plate-reading cameras at various intersections throughout the city. At first, I admit, I was not happy to hear this news. I don’t like red light cameras and they don’t like me. But as the newscaster went on, she explained that these license plate cameras actually serve a completely different purpose.

Known as ALPRs – automatic license plate readers – these little cameras are used to catch more serious criminals than your average lead-footed driver. The high-speed digital cameras are able to scan thousands of license plates every day, multiple license plates at a time. If the machine detects a stolen car or a driver with an outstanding warrant, it alerts the local police electronically. To me, that sounds pretty neat. The Conway City Police Chief suggested to the council that the first cameras should be installed at the intersection of U.S. 378 and U.S. 501. That’s an extremely high volume intersection. And it seems to me that since the Chief of Police doesn’t know how much of the city budget will be allocated for these cameras, he’s trying to get us the most bang for our buck. Should the city council approve the plan and provide the necessary funds, the chief said the department is also considering installing the cameras all over downtown and even buying mobile versions that can be attached to police cars.

 Now I know this may raise some privacy concerns. Obviously, there will be thousands of ordinary citizens just driving their cars to work or the supermarket, whose license plate information will be captured by these ALPR cameras, but I mean, is your license plate really private information? I would say NO. And it turns out, there’s at least one other person who agrees with me. After seeing the news report, I did a little poking around on the web. Apparently, the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Fairfax County Police Department last year, challenging their use of these plate-readers. The judge in the case, however, ruled in favor of the police department. One officer explained on the news that the cameras don’t store any personal data. They simply flag the license plate of a criminal suspect.

Look, I see where the ACLU guys are coming from. The government would be keeping at least some sort of record, for however short a period, of every person and vehicle driving through whatever intersections. Yes, that’s worrying to me, and yes it certainly has the potential for abuse. On the other hand, it means fewer criminals on the streets. Say your car is stolen, you call the police and report it. As soon as that report is in their system, they’ll be instantly notified should your vehicle pass through one of these intersections. I mean, to me it seems like a no-brainer. From what I understand about these new cameras, the potential for abuse is small. And the upside to these new ALPRs is that it just became a lot harder to be a criminal in Conway City.

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Can a Government Agency Be Held Responsible for Accidents Due to Roads Defects?

On matters concerning enforcement of road safety rules and reminding drivers about the importance of observing traffic laws, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and many other private organizations have always been consistent in the performance of their duties. Thus, no matter what type of vehicle an individual drives, there is a corresponding program that is aimed at providing the necessary and helpful information on road safety that drivers need to, and should, know.

It may sound ridiculous, however, how, according to one old story, two cars eventually collided with each other, thinking that this collision happened way back in the late 1800s; but much more ridiculous than the date is the circumstance surrounding the collision as the story says that, at that time, only four cars were registered in the whole of the United States. Was the accident due to driver error, automobile defect, or something else? Well, one can only guess. One fact is obvious, though, that road accidents, more than 90% of which are due to human error, are nothing more than products of someone’s negligence or recklessness, whether this someone is a driver or someone else whose work involves safety on the road.

Vehicular accidents occur due either to factors that can be controlled by the driver or factors that drivers have no control of. According to the NHTSA, driver-controlled factors include drunk driving, driver error, speeding, driver distractions and reckless driving. Factors which drivers cannot control, on the other hand, include a defective car, a defective car part, and poorly constructed or damaged road. While drivers and manufacturers can easily be held accountable for accidents that occur due to their negligence, is this the same where a government agency is the one at fault, say, due to roads and highways that are poorly constructed and never maintained?

Getting injured in an accident is the most likely result when a driver fails to notice a pothole, an uneven road surface, slippery road debris, and other road hazards that can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle.

Many government agencies have immunity from lawsuits, except if the basis of the lawsuit is, say, gross negligence in maintaining a roadway. Due to this immunity, many people ask personal injury lawyers for ways that they can form arguments that are logical and strong enough to merit the accident victim the compensation that he or she may be deemed worthy (by the court) to receive.

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What’s the Big Deal with Content Writing?

Writers are often unsung heroes in the business world. Some might say the written word is a dying platform. But, truth be told, the industry would ultimately crash and burn without the expertise of writers who are not dying out but evolve in the same way businesses do. There will always be a need of a writer.

After all, writers who dabble in the current market are not just writers. In order to be effective using the written word, they must also be analysts of current trends in terms of content and marketing. They must have the eye to assess how to develop a consistent style with the company’s brand and how the content can match the online aesthetic. Being able to evolve from trend to trend while still keeping up with the integrity of the company’s brand takes study, practice, and a talent that only content writers who are experienced in this field can be able to deliver.

Say, you want to be able to increase your website’s visibility or perhaps even up your website’s rank through Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Any website can buy clicks but it takes engaging, relevant, and accurate content in able to be effective with bringing in new clients. According to Kinetic Word, a website can gain thousands of views a day but still not increase their sales due to the simple fact that they lack in terms of content.

Your teams must be able to work together so that your online brand is one that can be recognized and respected as a reputable source. This means constant and consistent content creation, as well as conversation with their target audience through the use of the various social media channels that are readily available. If you do not have the space necessary to house your own content writer, there are many businesses that offer professional-grade content writing services that can suit your business and online reputation.

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Chloracne Caused by PCBs

Polychlorinated Biphenyls, more commonly known as PCBs, are a class of man-made chemical that has previously been used in industrial production process and in the manufacturing of herbicides by agricultural companies such as Monsanto. PCBs are known to pose serious health risks to those exposed, including respiratory issues, organ failure, cancer, and neurological conditions. Additionally, those exposed by either direct contact, ingestion, or inhalation may develop an acne-like skin rash known as chloracne.

Chloracne is the acne like eruption of blackheads, cysts, and pustules on the skin caused by over-exposure to chloracnegens, a group of halogenated aromatic compounds including PCBs. The condition is oven irritating or even painful, and is most common on the cheeks, behind the ears, under the armpits, and in the groin area.

PCBs are fat soluble, and remain in the body for an extended period of time. Consequently, reactions to PCBs may persist long after exposure to the toxin ends. Although chloracne may be treated with the use of oral antibiotics, it is often highly resistant to any form of treatment.

The condition was first discovered in German Industrial workers in 1897, and affected 226 workers when a container of herbicide exploded at a Monsanto Plant in Virginia.

Use of toxic Monsanto PCBs in industrial or chemical manufacturing processes was banned in 1978 once the dangers of the toxin were discovered. However, Monsanto products manufactured before this date continue to dump toxic contaminants into the air and the environment.

Although chloracne in itself is not life-threatening, it is a signal that the individual may have been exposed to PCBs, which are known to be linked with a number of more serious health complications. It is always important to know the risks associated with PCB exposure and monitor associated symptoms.

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Defense against Murder Charges

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 165,068 murders were committed in 49 US states (not including Florida) between 2000 and 2010, while in 2012, the reported cases numbered 12,765. Intentional homicide, otherwise referred to as murder or manslaughter, is the second most serious criminal offense (the first is treason). Though the terms homicide and murder are often used interchangeably, homicide has a wider scope than murder as it refers to acts that are either criminal or non-criminal (a non-criminal homicide signifies a justifiable act of killing, such as lawful self-defense, lawful defense of someone else, or mistake of fact).

Each murder case is characterized by its own circumstances and evidences and, more often than not, evidences that will point to the doer of the crime (and which will shed light on the crime itself) are made obscure by a lot of different factors. Thus, saving oneself from being convicted of murder will definitely require the help of nothing less than an exceptional lawyer, whose knowledge on criminal law and whose experience on criminal proceedings top many others.

Such are just the initial requirements, by the way, as more are necessary for a good and strong defense against a murder charge. A number of these include new evidences that authorities at the scene of the crime failed to discover or uncover, new witnesses, opinion and analysis of experts (such as a pathologist, a psychiatrist or psychologist, a DNA expert, a false confession expert, a mental health expert, a ballistics expert, a fingerprint expert, and others who can help clear the case.

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Issues with SR-22

It is unfortunate when circumstances require a driver to get an SR-22 in order to legally operate any vehicle in Illinois. It means that the drive has been deemed safety irresponsible, possibly for being caught driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drug, driving without insurance, or have an unacceptably high number of serious traffic violations on a driving record. For any of these situations, a driver’s license may be suspended or revoked, and can make it very difficult to get standard car insurance.

The state requires an SR-22 or a certificate of financial responsibility to motivate drivers to become more responsible operators of a vehicle. It is difficult and more expensive to obtain than regular car insurance, so drivers who do not want to go through this will be more conscientious about how they drive. However, as mentioned on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, even careful drivers may find themselves in a situation where an error in judgment can land them in trouble, but they don’t have suffer the consequences forever.

The state requires an SR-22 for 3 years in most cases. In that time, it is important for drivers to abide with the conditions of an SR-22 to avoid extending this. An SR-22 should be renewed 45 days in advance of its expiration every year to circumvent additional complications. This is because the issuing insurance company has the right to send an SR-26 Cancellation Certificate to the Safety and Financial Responsibility Section of the office of the Secretary of State to notify them about the failure to renew 15 days prior to the certificate’s expiry. This can result in a suspension imposed on the individual’s driving record until such time as the SR-22 is reinstated. Which can mean a wait of another 30 days as the reinstatement is processed.

Any serious violation within the period that the SR-22 is in effect may also result in its cancellation, effectively requiring the driver to go through the process all over again. That is, presuming that the insurance company is willing. If not, the driver will have to find an alternative issuer or deposit a $55,000 cash or securities bond with the Illinois State Treasurer or equivalent real estate bond approved by the court.

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How To Know If You’ve Found A Good Lawyer

Lawyers put in a lot of hours to earn a degree, but that’s not an automatic pass to being able to assist you in your specific problem. This article will help you find the right lawyer for your individual situation. You will not regret that you did.

Always get a lawyer’s history prior to signing up with their practice. Licensing doesn’t mean they’re good at what they do. Be sure that you go over his past carefully so that you’re able to determine how well he does his job. Many lawyers like the ones at Abel Law Firm offer their histories and some biographical information online.

Find out all that you can about lawyers that you are interested in. What sorts of legal organizations do they belong to, for example? Bar organizations often help to keep their members informed of the very lastest in legal news. You want a lawyer who stays abreast of current legal trends!

A great tip if you’re thinking about hiring a lawyer is to make sure the lawyer you select answers all of the questions that you have. You don’t want to pick a lawyer who can’t give you a straight answer because you’ll be left in the dark and won’t know what’s going on.

Ask your friends and family for referrals if you are looking for a great lawyer. Others that have had legal issues know how critical a good lawyer can be and will be best able to lead you in the right direction. Get a few recommendations and then do your own research from there.

Never hesitate to ask your lawyer about any part of the fees you do not understand. There are many people that have issues with the fees they are charged by an attorney, but many of them do not say anything. There is a chance that you can do some of the work yourself and save a little, so make sure to ask about that.

As mentioned earlier in this article, not every lawyer will fit every person’s specific legal needs. However, it will be easier to find a lawyer for the specific problem you have when you know about each lawyer’s specialty. Consider the advice found in this piece, and go forward confidently!

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