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The Trip’s Off, Let’s Party

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Craft Beer | 0 comments

Who’s up for a big party this weekend? This guy, that’s who. I’ve decided to blow my summer savings on a few fancy new party tools since I won’t be able to go on that killer trip I had planned (major disappointment there, but more on that in a minute).

To ease my sorrows about missing out on the big road trip out west (RIP plans for sunrise hikes in Yosemite and Yellowstone, maybe next year), I’ve picked up some great craft beer growlers and this awesome new invention: beer growler taps of Growler Chill.

Basically, the thing keeps my growlers cold and allows me to pour out pints, which makes me the coolest guy having a party this weekend. It’s like having my own bar at home, and every pint is going to be fresh as the first. I’m super excited to try it out.

So, the trip. My car broke down. Not the main one, but my road trip car. If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know I refuse to sacrifice my beautiful Bonnie Lass (that’s her name), my classic Mustang, on this trip. First, there wouldn’t be room in her, and second, as much as I love the idea of speeding around the West with the dust under Bonnie’s tires, I just can’t bring myself to put that many miles on her. There are also considerations like the price of gas, and getting a tuneup before I go, but overall, it’s the wear and tear that would be required.

So I bought a van on the cheap that looked like it would be in good enough working order for the trip. I had everything all set. And the van died on me. I got it fixed, and it died again. Now, I don’t have the cash to buy another van or to keep repairing it.

The trip is off is what I’m saying. And yes, I looked into lemon laws, but I had the van too long and made too many repairs, so they don’t apply. Just be glad I’m not sulking around why my brew and keeping it all to myself. Instead, I’ve decided to be generous and open my doors to the thirsty folks in my neighborhood.

If you happen to be one of those thirsty neighbors, or you happen to be in the area, stop on by and come help me drown my sorrows over a few. And hey, if you happen to know anything about van repair, go ahead and see what you can do for my travel van out front. Maybe I’ll end up getting some decent repairs done in the end.

Even if not, it’ll be a great weekend, with a lot of great weekends to look forward to up ahead. They’ll just all be at home, I guess.

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Watch out for Negligent Drivers

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Careful drivers can avoid car accidents by staying focused on the task at hand and staying aware of their surroundings. Accidents happen when careless drivers are

  • Distracted
  • Inebriated
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive
  • Reckless
  • Fatigued

Negligent drivers often disregard traffic signs and laws, try to multitask while operating their vehicle, or even drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They put the lives of all other drivers and passengers on the line when they do pay attention to their actions in their 3,000-pound vehicle. The first step in making the roads safer is holding reckless drivers responsible for their negligence against everyone else on the roads.

For the victims of tragic accidents, compensation may not cover all their pain and suffering from an accident, but it is the first step to start their healing. Such an accident can leave a family with countless medical expenses, lost wages from the time taken off to heal, and enough pain and suffering to last a lifetime.

In Coventry, RI, a personal injury attorney is who a victim and their family should call directly after seeking medical attention following an accident. There is a time limit on how long a victim can wait before their claim expires and they forfeit their right to any compensation at all called the statute of limitations. Calling an attorney helps keep the victims focused on what is most important after a crisis: their health and well-being.

Attorneys can assist in making sure the victim receives all the compensation necessary to cover the expenses caused by a negligent driver and can hold them responsible for the pain and suffering they caused others, thus making the roads safer.

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Why Rollover Accidents are Dangerous

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Why Rollover Accidents are Dangerous

A rollover accident happens when a vehicle turns over on its roof or side. There are many factors that may make a vehicle turn over. Typically, rollovers happen as single-vehicle accidents and the drivers are the ones at fault, such as when they are speeding or driving too fast when the road and weather conditions are considered.

The problem with fast-moving vehicles is that their tires have limited traction on the pavement, making them more likely to overturn, especially during a curving or turning movement. Worse, these vehicles may crash on embankments or fall from elevated roads, such as those from mountainous areas.

There are vehicles that are more vulnerable to rollovers as well, such as sports-utility vehicles, vans, and trucks. This is because they have higher centers of gravity compared to other vehicles.

But rollovers can also happen on collisions. A vehicle that has collided with another, an obstacle on the road, or a barrier may rollover, if the angle is right and there is enough force involved. According to the website of The Benton Law Firm, those who have been injured in rollover accidents may get compensation from the parties that have caused the accidents. When you think about it, the instances where somebody else has been injured because of the negligence of another are more tragic.

Rollover accidents are so devastating that they are some of the most fatal traffic accidents in existence. Those who are lucky enough to survive sustain serious injuries. The most vulnerable areas are the head and neck, as they may hit hard surfaces inside the vehicle as it overturns. These hard surfaces may include steering wheels, roofs, doors, windshields, and even pavements and rocks if the victims are ejected.

The victims may also be vulnerable to projectiles and debris, such as breaking glasses, mirrors, and bouncing personal items in the vehicle that are not fastened or secured.

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Domestic Violence: Victimizing both Abused Partner and Children

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Domestic Violence' | 0 comments

More than 10 million cases of domestic violence are reported in the United States every year. A great majority of victims are, of course, women, usually aged between 16 and 34. They are raped, physically abused or stalked by their intimate partner.

Domestic violence is a form of abusive behavior committed by an individual over his/her intimate partner. Its forms include emotional, psychological, physical or sexual abuse or threats of abuses to enable the perpetrator to gain control and power over his/her partner. This abusive or threatening behavior is meant to terrorize, frighten, injure, hurt, humiliate or intimidate a partner until he/she loses his/her sense of self-respect and self-confidence. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of religion, age, race, nationality, economic status and educational background.

Forms of violence or abuses in the home include:

  • Psychological abuse –this is committed through intimidation, threat of harming or hurting one’s self or children, partner or those close to the partner, like family or friends, and destruction of property, all for the purpose of instilling fear in the victim.
  • Economic abuse– one’s complete control over financial resources by withholding or greatly limiting the other partner’s access to money, prohibiting attendance at school or reporting for work to create in him/her total financial dependence;
  • Emotional abuse– committed through repeated criticism, name-calling or taking no notice of one’s abilities, to undermine the other’s sense of self-worth / self-esteem;
  • Sexual abuse – this type of abuse is usually committed by treating the other partner in a sexually humiliating way or forcing sexual act after physically mistreating him/her; it may also be a case of marital rape or attacks on a victim’s sensitive or private parts;
  • Physical abuse – this is the most common type of abuse committed. It includes slapping, hitting, pinching, hair pulling, grabbing, shoving, biting, forcing intake of alcohol / use of drug upon the other and denying the other the medical care he/she needs.

The effects of domestic violence can be lifetime psychological trauma. However, it also has immediate effects, like injuries or an illness, which can lead to absenteeism which, in turn, usually results to termination from work. It also causes the abused to withdraw from family, friends or other people who may be capable of providing help, due to loss of self-esteem and embarrassment.

Violence against one’s partner (usually the wife), does not only hurt the victim, though, for whatever hurts the wife, can and will hurt the children too. And since children cannot protect their mother from being abused, they are burdened with the feeling of guilt. Mixed feelings of shame, fear, stress and confusion are developed in children too, feelings which can lead to emotional and school problems that may make them withdraw and shy away from others.

According to the law firm Horst Law, ‘When the police respond to an incident of alleged domestic violence, state law mandates that the preferred response of officers is to arrest the primary aggressor. Though this law is intended to protect victims of domestic violence, it may also force the hand of the police to make arrests that they may not have to. That being said, regardless of the events that led up to your arrest, you will need to do everything you can to defend your rights and protect your future as you work your way through the coming legal process.”

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The Liability of Property Owners in Drowning Accidents

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016 in Premises Liability | 0 comments

There are various different factors that contribute to unintentional drowning accidents. The ones most commonly cited are alcohol-impairment, failure to wear a life jacket while boating, lack of pool barriers that would prevent children from gaining access to the pool area, and failure to closely supervise children.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual average of non-boating related fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S. from 2005 to 2014 was 332. Accidental drowning, instead of traffic accident, according to the CDC, is the leading cause of accidental death among children below five years old, while the most common place for this accident is swimming pool. For adults older than 85 and children under age 1, on the other hand, fatal drowning mostly occur in bath tubs. With regard to older children and younger adults, fatal drowning accidents often happen in natural bodies of water, like oceans, rivers and lakes.

The worst outcome of a drowning accident is the wrongful death of a loved one. In situations where it does not result in fatality, the victim can still suffer very serious injuries, like long-term disabilities which can alter a person’s life. One specific consequence of non-fatal drowning is severe brain damage, which can lead to memory problems, learning disabilities or permanent loss of basic functioning, which can leave a person in a vegetative state for the rest of his/her life.

Drowning accidents, both fatal and non-fatal, mostly occur in public pools or resorts. These accidents can be blamed on the pool or resort owner or manager, who often lacks the initiative to hire lifeguards, who allows pool drains to remain uncovered, and who allows the installation of poorly designed pool safety features.

Personal injury lawyers in West Palm Beach want you to know that property owners are required by law to warn guests and visitors of anything that could cause them harm on their property, and to then reasonably address those dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, there are far too many property owners who fail to maintain safety on their estate or warn guests of any dangers that may be present, resulting in unsuspecting visitors suffering serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

A person, whose action or lack of action leads to a drowning accident makes this person accountable for the harm suffered by a victim; he/she may also be legally required to compensate the victim (and his or her family) for whatever damages this victim is made to suffer.

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