Motorcyclists always Face Higher Risks on the Road than Car Drivers

Motorcycles, especially those with high performance capabilities, can definitely make you look cool and feel great. However, unlike cars, these are less visible, much less stable and do not provide riders with the kind of protection enclosed vehicles do. This is why, in accidents, riders can easily be severely injured or killed.

Though a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that motorcyclists who got injured in 2015 numbered only to 88,000, down 4.3% from 92,000 in 2014, the number of deaths increased by 8.3 percent: from 4,594 in 2014 to 4,976 in 2015. More than half of these injuries and deaths were caused by multiple-vehicle crashes, or crashes where another vehicle was involved.

Multiple-vehicle crashes are usually results of: a vehicle crossing the centerline and hitting the motorcycle head-on; lack of alertness due to distracted driving, a more common fault among drivers of another vehicle; impaired driving, which is the cause of more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents; failure of drivers to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic, especially before making a turn or changing lanes; overspeeding; and failure of drivers to respect motorcyclists’ right of way. Though multiple-vehicle crashes occur less frequently than single vehicle accidents, their results are always more severe.

Single vehicle accidents, which involves only the motorcyclist, is the cause of about 1/4 of motorcycle accidents. These often occur due to rider error, usually a slide-out and fall because of over braking or running wide on a curve due to overspeeding or under-cornering, or a motorcycle colliding with some fixed object, such as a lamp post.

Other than intersections, where most motorcycle accidents happen, most accidents occur during a short trip and shortly after the beginning of the trip, such as those usually associated with running an errand, visiting a friend,shopping, recreation or entertainment.

The law firm Russo Russo & Slania explains, “There are a wide range of different reasons that motorists may be attracted to motorcycles as an alternative to other forms of transportation, but the unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists face serious risks to their health and safety when sharing the road with cars. Whereas car accident victims have the added protections of certain safety features such as airbags and seat belts, the relative exposure of motorcycle riders and passengers means that the potential for catastrophic injuries or even death in the event of an accident is greatly increased.”

In the event of an accident, a victim is often forced to cope with serious challenges as a result of their injuries, and in many cases, it may be necessary to pursue legal action in order to recover the compensation needed to deal with these challenges.

A More Effective Way of Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious potentially debilitating medical disorder which can affect anyone at any age. It occurs in people who have (directly) experienced or witnessed a life-threatening or traumatic event such as war, natural disaster, a tragic accident, the sudden death of a loved one, a terrorist attack, kidnapping, rape, sexual or physical abuse, childhood neglect or assault.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), there are about 7.7 million Americans aged 18 and above who have PTSD and that this medical disorder also occurs in children and, most especially, members of the military.

PTSD can develop either shortly after a traumatic event or months (sometimes even years) after the trauma occurred and, while some individuals can recover from the trauma, those with PTSD continue to suffer from severe anxiety and depression for a very long time.

The symptoms of PTSD include:

Recurrence of unwanted and distressing memories (of the traumatic event);
Flashbacks, which make an individual re-experiencing the traumatic event as if it were happening again;
Emotional distress and nightmares about the traumatic event;
Inability to concentrate, as well as inability to relax the mind and body;
Lasting stress, tension, fears;
Sleep and anxiety disorders resulting in body tensions and chronic physical pain.

People who have PTSD are not the only ones affected, though, for even those around them get affected too as relationships are usually harmed due to the changes in the patient’s’ way of thinking and acting.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of antidepressant medicine that can help control the symptoms of PTSD. However, the relief these offer is just temporary and does not solve the real problem. Another major concern is that majority of those who have PTSD are not even aware that they have it so that they never get any form of treatment. People with undiagnosed PTSD include those who were emotionally or sexually abused during their formative years and those who grew up under the care of alcoholic parents, who always resorted to violence, yelling, fighting and bullying.

Rather than the temporary relief provided by SSRI drugs, many rather use hypnosis or hypnotherapy in treating this medical disorder. According to the Orlando Hypnosis Clinic, a more effective way of curing post traumatic stress disorder is through the combination of different forms of treatment which include hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Relief from Breakthrough Pain in Adults with Cancer in as Little as 5 Minutes: Is it Worth the Risk?

Subsys, the first and only fentanyl sublingual spray fentanyl sublingual spray (under the tongue) is a prescription medication used to manage breakthrough (or sudden increase in pain) pain in adults with cancer who are opioid tolerant or who are already already using and are tolerant to round-the-clock narcotic pain medicines.

Manufactured by Insys Therapeutics, Inc., Subsys claims to effectively control breakthrough cancer pain and provide relief in as little as 5 minutes. However, because it is a strong opioid (narcotic) pain medicine which can be misused and abused by people, it is, therefore considered as a federally controlled substance (CII).

Due to this risk of misuse, overdose, abuse and addiction, Subsys can be acquired only through the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), a restricted program by the Food and Drug Administration. Healthcare professionals who prescribe Subsys to outpatients, as well as outpatients themselves, distributors and pharmacies, must first enroll in the Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl (TIRF) REMS Access program to gain access to Subsys.

Fentanyl, which is the main ingredient of Subsys and which belongs to a class of drugs known as opiate or narcotic analgesics, works in the brain and changes how the body feels and responds to pain. Misuse of SUBSYS, like misuse of any narcotic pain medication, can cause overdose, addiction, or death; this is why patient must take this medication only in accordance to doctor’s instruction. This medicine should never be shared with others also and, most especially, should not be used on children, as the amount of fentanyl in each spray can be fatal to a child.

Subsys has been linked to many side-effects. Despite these side-effects, Subsys spray lawsuit is centered on the illegal way that Insys Therapeutics, Inc. has promoted Subsys to doctors, which is in violation of FDA rules. This is by marketing Subsys as treatment for neck pain, migraines and for off-label use, that is for conditions that have not been approved by the FDA. Under the law, while it is allowed for doctors to prescribe drugs for off-label use, this same privilege is the given to pharmaceutical companies.

All You Need To Know About Statutory Rape

When an adult sexually abuses someone who is “under the age of consent” prescribed by law is guilty of statutory rape. For a child to be considered below the specified “age of consent,” they should be at least 15 but less than 18 years old. Statutory rape is considered as Class E felonies, which carries mandatory minimum sentences of 1 year. In most states today, statutory rape is now called sexual intercourse with a minor.

When compared with forcible rape, the key difference between statutory rape is the age. According to the website of the Nashville statutory rape attorneys at Horst Law, statutory rape involves an individual who is at least 13 years old but less than 15 and engaging in sexual intercourse with a partner who is at least four years but still less than 10 years old. Minors who are below the age of consent are not legally considered mentally capable of consenting to sexual activity. It is worth noting that sexual relations with minors who are still below puberty or sexual molestation is much more serious than statutory rape.

Statutory rape is punishable with significant jail time ranging between 1 to 15 years and substantial fine of up to more than $100,000. Whether the crime is felony or misdemeanor will depend on the age of the defendant and the victim. In most states, being charged with statutory rape in mandatory lifetime registration as a sexual offender.

The problem with statutory rape is that in at least 29 states, age of consent laws makes all sexual contact with minors illegal, regardless of the ages of the partners. The laws may also vary from one country to another. In today’s society, the age of consent is already equal for everybody, regardless of sexual orientation or gender. In other areas, the age of consent in women is different from that of the men.

Pedestrian Accidents : When Right of Way Becomes Wrong

Traffic rules recognize the pedestrian’s right of way. This is the reason why pedestrian lanes have been instituted to help pedestrians cross a busy street. Unfortunately, there are just reckless and distracted drivers who seems indifferent with the lives of people. According to the website of The Benton Law Firm, pedestrians have no form of protection from vehicles and are often pinned underneath vehicles resulting to various internal injuries like spinal or brain injuries. In 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the United States. Aside from that, over 150,000 pedestrians received emergency care for non-fatal crash-related injuries.

Pedestrian accidents happen when they try to cross a busy highway. Other factors that can contribute to these accidents include poor maintenance, sidewalk, parking lot defects, construction, and debris on walkways. With these accidents, negligence has to be proven in order for the pedestrian to collect damages for their injuries. To establish negligence, the following conditions should be present:

  • The driver owned a legal duty to the injured person under the circumstances
  • There is a breach of duty on the part of the driver through action or inaction
  • The accident caused injury to the injured person
  • The accident was harmed or injured as a result of the accident

In pedestrian accident, multiple parties may be held liable for the accident. Depending on the situation, other persons that can be made responsible for the accident include:

  • The driver of a vehicle that strikes a pedestrian
  • The contractor or maintenance personnel who maintains the sidewalk, road, or parking lot
  • The pedestrian

Pedestrian accidents hinge on the duty of care owed by the parties involved. It is their responsibility to follow traffic rules and exercise reasonable care. While it may seem obvious as to who committed negligence, the courts consider a wide range of factors when checking the facts and applying it to negligence. Whoever will be found negligence of their duty shall be made liable for the payment of damages.

Both driver and pedestrian have a duty of care to each other. Failure to follow such duty will be considered negligence. Some examples of negligent acts on the part of the driver include distracted driving, speeding, not yielding the right of way to pedestrians, disobeying traffic signs or signals, and others. The law enforces a higher duty of care on drivers on the aspect of children. Thus, they should take extreme caution when driving by schools, parks, or residential areas. This is applicable to children between 5 to 9 years old.

On the part of pedestrians, it is also their duty to exercise reasonable care for their own safety. Thus, when they ignore the “walk” signal, enter traffic and disrupt its flow, fail to use marked crosswalks, they are being negligent of their duty of care resulting to their own injury and being at-fault.

Why Riding a Motorcycle can be a Dangerous Activity

For motorcycle riders, the odds of sustaining severe injuries or getting killed in an accident are always high due to their lack of protective gears other than the helmet. This lack of protection, in fact, makes riders 20 times more likely to die in a crash compared to drivers of cars and other motor vehicles.

Accidents involving motorcycles are either single-bike crashes or multiple-vehicle accidents. A single-bike accident, which is more the common type of accident, involves no other person or vehicle besides the rider and his/her bike. It includes accidents, such as a rider crashing his/her bike to a concrete barrier, a lamp post or any other road fixture, or a rider crashing on asphalt after running on a patch of gravel, sand or leaves on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points to alcohol use and speeding as the two major causes of single-bike accidents; both factors greatly reduce a riders’ capability to react to emergency road situations on time, as well as make a rider lose control of his/her bike easily.

According to www. williamskherkher.com/houston-personal-injury/, a multiple-vehicle accident, however, which is deadlier than a single-bike accident, involves another vehicle, like a car, an SUV or a truck. This type of motorcycle accident is usually due to driver distraction, impairment due to alcohol or illegal drug, failure to notice an approaching motorcycle or a driver’s simple refusal to acknowledge and respect a motorcyclist’s right of way.

Head-on collision, rear-end collision and side impact are the deadliest types of multiple-vehicle motorcycle accidents as these can easily severely injure, disable or kill a rider. Based on NHTSA records, an average of about 4,500 motorcycle riders die every year, while another 90,000 suffer injuries.

In the event of an accident, it may be very hard for riders to prove that they are simply victims and that it was a motor vehicle driver’s carelessness or recklessness that caused the accident which resulted to their injuries. A highly-skilled personal injury lawyer, who is well familiar with conducting investigations that can lead to proofs supporting a prosecutor’s claim, however, may just be able to render the necessary and needed legal assistance that will enable injured riders to receive compensation (from the liable party) for the damages they were unjustly made to suffer. Thus, it may be a good decision to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident occurs.

What Exactly is SR-22 Insurance Anyway?

The matter of car insurance can be a bit of a tricky situation to handle as, after all, there are quite a number of laws and specifications that are meant for these scenarios alone. So, upon the sudden need for SR-22 insurance, it can be easy to be flabbergasted as to what it really means when there are so many terms and tricks to know before you really understand.

You might be asking yourself – I already have car insurance, what would I need this other insurance for? A lot of these questions can be answered by defining what SR-22 insurance even is. First of all, the “SR” stands for “safety responsibility.” You might also want to know that this particular kind of documentation is not even policy at all – it doesn’t cover you in the way that an insurance policy does. SR-22 insurance is more certification that you do have a policy that covers and protects both you and your car. Based on most cases, SR-22 insurance usually lasts for 2-3 years.

This particular certification is necessary for people who may suddenly find themselves legally requiring one, usually due to a case of being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). If you have been charged with a case within the same nature of the aforementioned cases then you are made to be required by law to carry SR-22 insurance as proof of policy and that you are allowed your license back to drive on the road.

It need not, however, be unnecessarily complicated to acquire this kind of certification. All it takes is the right kind of help in order to smoothly guide you through the process of getting your SR-22 insurance and all should be well in no time.

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