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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