Bicycle Accidents

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Bicycle Accidents, Injury | 0 comments

A car-bicycle accident in St. Augustine, Florida that occurred on Wednesday, February 17 resulted in one teenager getting hurt. The victim was identified as 17-year-old Shawn McCook.

McCook said that fortunately, he didn’t suffer from major injuries in the accident and “didn’t break or fracture anything luckily, but [his] foot is still swollen” and that he is finding it difficult to perform some motor functions.

According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System, five people had been killed in bicycle accidents in 2015.

Attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, & Overbeck, P.A. say that nowadays, if you are a bicyclist, following the laws like putting on a helmet while you ride your bicycle or keeping strictly to bike lanes when you are traversing national highways will not be enough to spare you the hurts of getting involved in an accident, especially since you are sharing the road with other motorists who might not be as law-abiding as you.

For instance, the law tells bicyclists to ride as far right as they can; however, this will not help your visibility to other motorists who are pulling out of driveways when someone exiting a parked car opened their door right in front of you, or motorists coming from behind you followed you too closely because you did not afford them the opportunity to change lanes.

The most common way for a bicyclist by a vehicle is when the vehicle is pulling out of a side street, a driveway on the right, or a parking lot, either when the bicyclist is in front of the vehicle and the vehicle hits him, or the vehicle is directly in front of the bicyclist and the bicyclist is forced into a situation wherein he has no choice but to slam into the vehicle directly ahead of him.

Lone way for other vehicles to notice you while you’re riding a bicycle is for you to ride with lights on – on your helmet, your bike parts, or even your clothing (via neon-colored clothes). When you ride at night, it is essential that you get a front headlight for your bicycle. Even during the day, a blinking white light can help make you more visible to motorists who otherwise might have made the mistake of right crossing you.

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The Tragedy of Hit and Run Accidents

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Injury | 0 comments

A disturbing problem that occurs too frequently in roads across America is the growing persistence of hit and run accidents. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, the occurrence of car accidents where the driver at fault flees the scene of the crash has been on the rise in recent years. In particular, the NHTSA points out that there were 1,449 hit and run fatalities in the year 2011. This is a 4.02 percent increase from the 1,393 fatalities recorded in 2010. In the same light, the non-profit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that around 1,500 individuals die in hit and run accidents annually.

These alarming numbers show that hit and run accidents is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Even when victims are fortunate enough to survive their devastating situations, they are still left to handle the many long-term consequences associated with most car accidents. Aside from the possibility of severe and debilitating injuries, these victims will also have to suffer through the emotional trauma brought about by their accident. On top of that, they will also have to deal with financial concerns brought about by medical and therapy expenses, as well as lost income opportunities.

Personal injury lawyers in Chicago are well aware that anyone involved in a car accident is left susceptible to many devastating outcomes. However, victims of hit and run accidents are particularly vulnerable because they are left to face the aftermath of the crash alone. Without any witnesses to the crash, it might take a while for hit and run victims to receive the medical attention they need. This may mean the difference between life and death in major accidents. It is also much harder to hold hit and run offenders accountable for their actions. Without any identifying details, it might take some time before the police can make formal criminal charges. In turn, the victims and their families will also have to wait before they can pursue justice against the driver at fault.

Victims of hit and run accidents should be able to receive the closure they deserve after enduring such a tragic incident.

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How PCBs Devastated the Environment

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Contamination, Injury, Water | 0 comments

Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs were widely used for a variety of industrial and commercial applications during the 1920s until the late 1970s. These chemical compounds solely manufactured by Monsanto were primarily used as coolants and insulators for electrical equipment. They were also used as ingredients in several commercial products and construction materials. PCBs were believed to be highly beneficial until reports of safety concerns and environmental issues came to light. In 1979, the United States federal government imposed a ban on PCBs to ensure that the destruction it caused to the environment can be properly mitigated.

PCBs were solely manufactured in the U.S. by Monsanto. The chemical industry giant produced PCBs in a factory in Anniston, Alabama and used its water sources as a dumping ground for chemical waste. While it was largely believed that PCBs were safe and had little impact on the environment, there were several documents that showed that Monsanto was long aware of the negative effects caused by their product. Despite research results from independent studies commissioned by the company, Monsanto continued their operations until public pressure caused to cease PCB production two years before the government’s ban. According to The Washington Post, one study from 1966 examined how fish reacted to the contaminated waters of Snow Creek. The researchers found that “all 25 fish lost equilibrium and turned on their sides in 10 seconds and all were dead in 3 1/2 minutes” and concluded that creek has been made “extremely toxic” by the wasted dumped there by Monsanto.

The scientific community continued its examination of the devastating environmental effects of PCBs after the federal ban. The results are all conclusive, showing that the widely used chemical substance is highly toxic and dangerous. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry summarizes these findings by saying that PCBs are particularly harmful due to the fact that it doesn’t break down easily and can continue to exist in the environment for a long time. It can also easily spread by affecting the wildlife living in affected areas. Smaller animals contaminated with PCB risk contaminating the predators that hunt them for food. As a result, PCBs tend to spread through the food chain and accumulate at very high levels.

For more information about PCBs and the pollution in the Anniston area, visit the following link: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/21/business/700-million-settlement-in-alabama-pcb-lawsuit.html.

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Hit and Run Accidents Harm Everyone Involved

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Injury | 0 comments

A late-night bicyclist was hit by what witnesses say was a red two-door car in Nashville at approximately 10:20 pm on February 24, 2015. The bicyclist was thrown into a nearby front yard but the red sedan was nowhere to be found. There is no word as to the identity or condition of the bicyclist.

Such hit-and-run accidents are unfortunately quite common, especially when they happen late at night or early morning when reflexes are slower there are fewer witnesses. A Des Moines personal injury lawyer may have many cases involving the personal injury to early-morning joggers, dog walkers, or pedestrians crossing the road. According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, the number of hit-and-run accidents has been on the rise over the last decade, with some estimates putting it as high as 15%.

The fact that the drivers left the scene of the crime means they are facing criminal charges when they are found, and possibly long incarceration depending on the extent of the harm. When there are witnesses to the incident, or the victim survives to tell the tale, the police have a better chance of finding and apprehending the one responsible. After that, all that remains is to see that justice is carried out.

However, criminal prosecution will not pay for the medical expenses of and other financial consequences to their victims. In most cases, the victim can file a civil lawsuit against the driver for these damages even as criminal prosecution is ongoing. Even if the defendant is acquitted in criminal court, he or she may still be held liable in civil court, where it is easier to get a verdict for the plaintiff.
If you have been seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, you should be ready to assert your claim in civil court as soon as the responsible party is caught. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area for more information.

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