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Texting and Driving: Another story against the practice

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

Multitasking is a growing skill among younger generations; each one does it more than the one before with all the extra stimuli they receive. You see kids playing video games with music while they’re texting and talking to their friend next to them. It’s a sort of thing that you wouldn’t see in past generations. It’s an interesting phenomenon, but it almost definitely has its drawbacks. When multitasking, almost everything being done is half-assed and only part effort. Only once one of the different things being done starts faltering, do we actually devote 100% to it. When they start losing in the video game, the same guy that was doing 4 things at once is no longer talking to their friend, they don’t have a clue what music they’re playing, and they can’t even hear their phone blowing up, they’re all on the video game and trying to get back to winning at it. When the girl the guy is texting suddenly takes something the wrong way, and he needs to clarify, he’ll hit pause or ditch the game completely, he won’t know what’s playing or even answer his friend asking “what happened?” he needs to quickly find the right words to recover from the absolute bomb he sent in the previous text.

This sort of scenario translates almost perfectly when driving. We’re listening to music, talking to a friend next to us, and often checking our phone when it buzzes, all while operating a multi-ton vehicle that’s moving three times faster than Usain Bolt. When the song playing is our favorite, we shift our focus there, singing and (sort of?) dancing to it. When our friend is telling tales of their debauchery, we’re all ears, even looking at them frequently as they tell their story. Or you could be texting friends. First, you only do it at the red lights, then you start doing only short texts while you drive. Then you start texting but only on the really straight roads. Then suddenly someone will jump out in front of you, and you get startled, shift all your focus on driving and slam the brakes while you honk and curse until you’re out of breath.

According to the lawyers at Brunkenhoefer, P.C., the thing is about texting is that it occupies your most important and useful sense for driving, sight, all while taking up a hand to do it. When talking to a friend, if your eyes stay on the road and hands on the wheel, you’re usually more than okay. When listening to music, the same is true. Even talking on the phone with one hand is statistically safer than using a hand to text and having your eyes shifting between it and the road. I’ve seen and been in the car with so many goofy little fender benders simply because someone was texting while in the parking lot or heavy traffic. I really am hard-pressed to find a situation in which texting in those circumstances was worth the accident and all the time and money wasted. Overall, multitasking doesn’t really cost much when the main task at hand isn’t operating a 4,000+ pound machine that goes from 0 to 60 miles an hour in a matter of seconds. When it is, however, I’d say keeping a hand and your eyes busy with something else sounds like an awful idea.

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The American Road Problem

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017

Travelling via automobile is extremely common in the United States. Many Americans own or lease cars compared to other nationalities around the world. Our privilege in being able to transport ourselves and our belongings is sweet but not without costs. There are many negative effects of private car ownership. Excess amounts of cars on land continue to spew emissions into the atmosphere, which is slowly destroying precious ecological designs, and the heinous amount of vehicles allows for greater chances of collision and further injury or death. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is responsible for providing analytical data that explains the current dangers of traveling by roadway in the state. Their research along with additional collaborations with other agencies geared towards driver safety has the potential to one-day end tragic roadway accidents, thus creating a safer world for everyone.

In the land of wind sweeping over plains, Oklahoma is experiencing an automobile accident crisis. Growing concern from state agencies and citizen operated agencies alike is pushing for research and reform. These roadway accidents are becoming a daunting predicament for citizens everywhere. The rate of accidents in Oklahoma is so high that they have become a leading cause of death and injury to its citizens. Safe road travel is not a concept only possible in science fiction. Other countries, mostly in Europe, have stricter course requirements for driver’s education and the process of receiving one’s driving license. While some would complain about a longer process and more intense learning modules they would seem foolish when confronted with the fact that Europeans are not suffering from the same rate of fatalities on roadways seen in America. In Oklahoma alone, more than 650 state residents lost their lives in an automobile accident, and an excess of 35,000 people sustained serious injuries during their accident. This trend should not continue when there are so many ways to end driving fatalities.

If the methods used in Europe have an obvious return of safer roads and millions of lives saved then perhaps it is time for to Americans seek out their help for innovation on our own shores. The dangerous narrative of ideals like the current U.S. administration’s, America First, is damaging in that it does not respect innovation and intelligence possessed by the diverse body of the global population. Clearly, when these other countries are not experiencing the same death toll as the U.S. it is time to set aside our pride and respect the intelligence of our European allies. In Oklahoma.

In summary, the roadways of Oklahoma are extremely dangerous even when compared with other state’s data. Automobile accidents are so common that they have become a leading cause of death for the citizens of Oklahoma. Research suggests that driving accidents can be prevented through more intense education and training. Practices in respect to driving safely used in Europe could potentially hold the answer to solving the epidemic of fatal auto accidents in the United States. When populations begin to collaborate with the intention to solve such epidemics then our society can begin to thrive.

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The Damages of Workplace Injuries

Posted by on May 22, 2017

You are working on a construction site when the scaffolding you are in suddenly gives in. You fall from an elevated place, hit the ground, and break your arm. A workplace injury is one of the worst kinds of injuries you can sustain because they have a butterfly effect in your life.

Not because you are working in a safe environment it already means that you are not prone to workplace injuries. Even the safest work spaces, like offices, are not entirely risk-free. According to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., those who have suffered from workplace injuries may have legal options, such as getting financial assistance. But what exactly are the challenges related to workplace injuries, warranting the need for such an assistance?

Medical Costs

The most apparent financial damage is the cost of treating the injury. Of course, the costs depend on the type and severity of injury. Those who have suffered broken bones can consider themselves relatively lucky, because there are workplace injuries that could be significant financial burdens because of their medical costs, such as traumatic brain injuries and paralyses due to spinal cord damages.

Loss of Wages

If you have been injured, you may completely miss time at work. Missed time at work is of course equal to missed salary. This can be a huge financial challenge to the employee, especially if he or she is the primary earner in the family. There are bills and debts that need to be paid and mouths that need to be fed.

Loss of Earning Capability

You may also lose your capability to work. Those who have temporary lost this capability may be luckier compared to those who have permanently lost it, like those who have sustained physically limiting injuries such as amputations and paraplegia.

Retraining Costs

Even if you did not lose your capability to work, you may lose significant time in practicing your expertise. This may mean that your knowledge and skills are outdated or dull because you have not practiced for quite a while. In these instances, retraining may be required, and that will definitely cost you time and money.

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Domestic Violence and Divorce

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017

Partners may want to get divorced because of many reasons, like when they have fallen out of love or have started to have different priorities in life. In these cases, the divorce process may be a little easier compared to complicated reasons, such as domestic violence.

Domestic abuse and violence are the incidental use of force or any kind of intimidation to a spouse, child, or anybody in the household. The abuse and violence can manifest in many forms. It can be physical, such as punching, kicking, and slapping. It can be sexual, such as forcing the spouse to have sex. It can be psychological, such as humiliating the spouse in public or forcing him or her into isolation. It can even be financial, where a spouse is being prohibited to exploit educational and employment opportunities.

According to the website of the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield, domestic violence plays a role in many restraining orders, divorces, and child custody disputes.

When you think about it, this is understandable. Restraining orders are a good way to protect victims from their abusive partners. These domestic abusers may be completely prevented from getting near the victims, establishing a communication with them, or even accessing a firearm.

Child custody is also favorable towards the victims, especially if there is enough reason to believe that the children will experience abusive behavior from the spouse. In fact, if the case is serious enough, the abuser may even lose visitation and parental rights.

Aside from filing for a divorce, the victim can also file for criminal charges related to the domestic abuse and violence he or she has experienced, such as assault and battery, rape, and child abuse, and this can further make the divorce, child custody, and restraining orders to be effectively accomplished and implemented against the abuser.

Even though these legal matters encompass two different bodies of law, namely family law and criminal law, there can always be an effective compromise to protect the abused and punish the abuser. But according to the website, domestic violence charges can be legally defended, so it is easy to expect abusers to get legal representation as well. This may seem unfair for domestic violence victims, but it is a healthy way to prove that the law hears the voices of both the abused and abuser.


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Speeding and Car Accidents

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

When people hear the word speeding, they often think that it is just about a vehicle going over the speed limit. They are not wrong, but their concept of speeding is limited. Speeding can also be about a vehicle going too fast considering the road and weather conditions, like wet pavements and intense rains.

Speeding has been a factor in nearly one-third of all fatal car accidents. This is a disturbing proportion, considering that there is a variety of ways on how a car accident can occur.

But when you think about it, this is understandable, because speeding is risky and its dangers are often overlooked, especially by complacent and experienced drivers. The most obvious risk of speeding is the fact that speed can translate to more impactful crashes and collisions. This is basic physics.

Those who are relatively lucky may only get injured. The possible injuries they may sustain include brain damages, spinal cord injuries, fractures, burns, lacerations, and whiplashes. Those who are not so lucky may sustain these injuries on a severe enough level to result in death.

Another risk of speeding is the fact that the driver has limited vision. Due to the fastness of how everything is passing him by, stimulus may not be registering properly into his head, or the stimulus may arrive too fast that he will have no time to react to it. Imagine if a vehicle suddenly turns in front of him or a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street. Before you know it, this speedster is already in breaking news reports.

Speeding can also compromise the driver’s control of the vehicle, and this may be very bad news for the vehicle’s tires. When a person is speeding, he is more likely to lose control of the car, especially during a curving or turning maneuver. The speed may also give the vehicle enough momentum for the vehicle to rollover and possibly eject the driver.

Those who have been victims of reckless driving accidents may get compensation from the responsible parties. This is good news, especially because these victims are innocent motorists or pedestrians who have been involved in speeding drivers’ recklessness.

To avoid accidents caused by speeding, avoid speeding yourself. If there are speeding drivers around you, stay away from them as far as possible.

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Morcellators: A Complicated Example of Product Liability

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Designers, manufacturers, distributors and everybody else who is involved in trade should make sure that the products they put out into the market are safe. If their products turn out to be defective and cause injury to a consumer, they may be held accountable. This legal concept is called product liability.

According to the website of Mazin & Associates, PC, the root cause of dangerous products usually stems from three areas: a design defect, a manufacturer defect, and a lack of warnings and proper directions that demonstrate the safe use of the product.

A design is considered defective if it is inherently dangerous, like when the gaps of a fan guard are too wide to be safe for your fingers. A manufacturer defect occurs if the manufacturing process itself has produced a low-quality product, like when the chain of a swing set you just paid for snapped because of a crack. A product without the proper warnings, especially about dangers that are not too obvious, can also be considered defective, like when a specific drug has failed to warn you about its possible negative interactions with other drugs.

These defects can be considered negligent, and it is just right for the responsible parties to be held liable. But there is a different kind of defect that seems to be a little more complicated than others. An example of this is the morcellator.

A morcellator is a surgical device used to divide and remove lumps of tissue. It is often used in gynecologic surgery. But a study has found that the use of morcellators, especially on the removal of fibroids, has a direct correlation with cancer growth. This can be tricky because it can be hard to determine whether this is a defect on the design, manufacturer, or the lack of warnings and labels.

But it can be argued that it is truly a case of product liability. In fact, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, Johnson & Johnson has already recalled three of its power morcellators. The attorneys at Williams Kherkher are investigating claims about morcellators and cancer growth.

The case of morcellators is enough proof that product liability can be complicated, but it is still good to know that the law is on the side of the consumers and potential victims of dangerous products.


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Mobile Apps: The Best Advertising Tool for Lawyers

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017


Mobile Apps developers have come up with a program that will enable them to develop smartphone apps for attorneys. These smartphone apps, they say, will carry a lawyer’s or a law firm’s logo, allowing potential clients to log on to their website 24/7. It is non-stop advertising that is immediately accessible to anyone needing fast legal assistance. Compared to the cost of TV, radio or newspaper ads, mobile advertising is also far less cheaper, but is more capable of reaching more people all hours of every day.

Millions of people see, read and/or hear thousands of advertisements every day, whether these be on billboards, TV, radio, video walls, magazines, newspapers, leaflets and pamphlets. One major concern, however, is that, with the exception of the last four, people cannot take the source of ads with them and, even if they could, like in the case of leaflets, only a handful may probably hold on to these, while all the others, after scanning and finding their content not in their range of interest, would just throw these away or leave these on top of something.

Like maybe a radio or a television, a mobile phone is another gadget now owned by millions of Americans; actually, about seventy-five percent of the American population has a mobile phone. This cell phone ownership shows that there is presently no better way to reach or be reached by anyone round-the-clock with no delay at all than through this gadget. For law enforcers, doctors and lawyers this is a non-debatable issue and what great opportunity it will be for them to be reached by more people, who may need assistance.

Now, for professionals who own firms, especially a law firm, would it not be great if their firms’ logos were displayed and could be viewed anytime and anywhere by existing, as well as prospective, clients? Better yet, allow these people to log on to your website anytime of the day and wherever they are without the inconvenience of needing to face a computer and connect to the Internet.

Through mobile phones almost anything is possible, including prompt and timely provision of information and online services to clients when they need these most. All it requires is a catchy mobile app and a type of mobile advertising messages tailored to mobile users’ expectations. With these, your potential clients can be limitless.

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The Immigrant Investor Program

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017

After a foreign national is granted an EB-5 visa, it will take only two years before he/she may have the opportunity to request that the conditions on his/her visa be removed to change his/her status from conditional permanent residency to permanent residency. Before his/her request may be approved, however, he/she will first have to show proof that, as an investor, he/she has satisfied all the conditions of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program; proof should be shown to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the same time that he/she makes the petition for the removal of the conditions on the visa. The EB-5 visa is probably the fastest way for foreign nationals to obtain permanent residency in the U.S. This visa program is designed for foreign nationals who, with their families, dream of relocating to the U.S. This visa process takes away the complicated and difficult processes associated with visa application, including the various legal matters that need to be dealt with, the lengthy delays and wait times, and the possibility of visa applications getting rejected, usually due only to minor errors or filing problems. For foreign nationals who can afford it, the requirements of the EB-5 visa program include:

  • Investment of $1 million for the creation of a new commercial enterprise in the U.S., or $500,000 if the investment is to be made in a Regional Center or a Targeted Employment Area (an EB-5 Regional Center is a USCIS pre-approved organization; it is designed to help EB-5 investors and project developers meet the “create 10 jobs” requirement which will enable investors to qualify under the EB-5 program. A “targeted employment area,” refers to a geographic area with an unemployment rate of at least 150% of the national average. States have the authority to designate a geographically limited area as a targeted employment area for the purposes of the EB-5 visa.
  • Prove that the capital used in the investment program is from a legal source and not obtained through criminal or illegal activities; and,
  • Show that the investment has preserved or created, or will preserve or create, the required 10 new jobs for qualified U.S. workers.

This EB-5 visa program has:

  • No language, age, professional experience, or education requirements;
  • No need for direct family members in the United States;
  • No residency requirements in the U.S.;
  • No workplace requirements in the U.S.; and
  • No daily management/running of a business requirement for individuals investing in Regional Center projects.
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How Important are Labor Unions

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

The 2013 report of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there are about 14.5 million wage and salary workers who are members to at least 60 different labor unions in the whole of the United States. The type of workers includes office workers, nurses, doctors, actors, engineers, writers, teachers, IT/computer professionals, airline pilots, police officers, government workers, pharmacists, construction workers, factory workers, plumbers, mechanics, and many others.

The first union in the U.S., which was the National Labor Union (NLU), was founded in 1866. Many others unions were also established, including the American Federation of Labor (AFL), which was able to successfully negotiate a wage increase of its members, besides improvement in the observance of safety in the workplace.

Workers who choose to become union members can enjoy the following benefits:

  • 30% higher wage compared to non-union members;
  • Discounts in various types of services and establishments;
  • An 8-hour work day and weekends without work;
  • Sick leave, paid vacation, overtime pay and holiday pay;
  • Lunch breaks and other breaks at work;
  • Compensation increases and evaluations;
  • protection through anti- discrimination laws, whistleblower protection law and wrongful termination law;
  • Employer health care insurance, social security benefits, and Workers’ Compensation Insurance benefits;
  • Pensions;
  • Employer dental, life, and vision insurance; and,
  • The right to join strikes; and so forth.

The establishment of labor unions has greatly helped in improving the lives of workers and their families. Workers are not the only ones who benefit greatly from unions, though, but the nation’s economy as well. This is because labor unions allow business firms to grow, become more profitable and remain competitive by helping decrease the number of employee turnover, create a better-trained and more competitive workforce, improve communication in the workplace, ensure higher productivity, ensure quality of product and service, and make the workplace healthy and safe.

As explained by the law firm Cary Kane LLP, due to the many legal issues relating to the basic and essential concerns of a union it may be necessary to enlist the legal services of a seasoned employment lawyer. A few of the many legal issues or unions include:

  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements;
  • Handling contract interpretation and disciplinary arbitrations;
  • Advising about internal affairs, such as officer elections and member relations;
  • Defending against breach of duty of fair representation charges at the NLRB, PERB, or in court; and,
  • Handling legal issues relating to industrial action, including strikes, picketing, boycotts, injunctions, organizing, contract campaigns, comprehensive campaigns, and anti-corporate campaign
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Self Storage: This is One Need You Will Love to Have

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, the average sizes of houses in the United States got bigger in 2004, becoming 2,400 square feet from 1,660 square feet. Despite the increase in size, most of these new houses lost two common large spaces which homes in recent past had: the basement and the attic. With consumerism in America on an upsurge, and people just keep on buying new things, the loss of the two spacious rooms has left many individuals and families without enough space where they can temporarily and safely store their old things. The most obvious and practical solution that will address this concern of “lack of space” is self-storage, where old things, furniture and appliances can be safely stored in order to give room for newly bought items. Those who do not need additional spaces or who are not familiar with self-storage facilities, renting one will be a very remote possibility; however, to those who are currently leasing one, they obviously know that having a self-storage space is really beneficial, especially to anyone who:

  • Wants to enjoy the freedom of rotating their house furnishings regularly;
  • Intends to move to a new residence;
  • Wants or needs to reduce some of their house furnishings for more excellent showing; and,
  • Lacks space for old things, like old toys or his/her parent’s things and favorites, which cannot be thrown away.

The Self-storage or self-service storage business involves the renting out of a storage space, like a room, a container, or an outdoor space or locker. The renting of any of these spaces is open to individuals and businesses on a short-term basis, usually a month (longer-term leases are also allowed, as well as the renewal of monthly lease contract). Self-storage facilities are usually accessible 24/7, besides providing climate controlled and drive-up units, personal access codes, security cameras, a fully-fenced property, and a resident manager who is always available to attend to all clients’ storage needs.

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