Top 5 Ways to Stay Safe on a Motorcycle

Sep 2, 2019 by

It’s hard for me not to feel impressed when I see someone zoom past me on a motorcycle. There’s just something cool about someone on a bike. They seem as though they have all of the freedom in the world.

However, I also know how intrinsically dangerous it is to be on a motorcycle. People who ride motorcycles are constantly at a higher risk of a serious accident when compared to those in cars. That’s why there are five major rules anyone on a bike should follow if they want to stay safe.

  • Wear a helmet.

This is hopefully the first thing a new cyclist purchases when they want to start riding a motorcycle. Ideally, they purchase this before they even purchase the bike.

Our heads are the most fragile parts of our bodies. Ask any football player: a concussion can lead to long-term consequences! Collisions with cars are far more dangerous when the victim is on a bike, and failure to wear a helmet will have effects more severe than a concussion.

  • Avoid bad weather whenever possible.

If a car becomes hard to control in a storm, just imagine how unsafe a motorcycle could be! Bikers also have to deal with slippery handles and pedals, and the general discomfort that is associated with being pelted with hail. When the weather looks unstable, pull over and wait for it to pass.

  • Don’t drive recklessly.

In addition to being obnoxious, constantly revving a motorcycle can strain it and make it more likely to flip over. Attempting to do cool tricks like wheelies is only going to end in disaster.

Drive safer than you think you need to. Never text while on your bike- taking one hand off of the handles is nearly impossible as is, and doing so can make your bike swerve in the other direction. Always follow the speed limit and try to avoid slamming on the brakes, as you can end up being launched off of your bike.

  • Stay as defensive as possible.

You might be the best driver you know, and that’s what makes the road so dangerous. A distracted driver can crash into you and seriously injure or kill you.

It’s impossible to predict what will happen on the road. That’s why you have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Always maintain a large following distance and avoid cars that appear to be swerving in and out of their lanes- they’re likely manned by a distracted driver who is completely unaware that you’re next to them.

  • Wear other protective gear.

Helmets are wonderful, but they only protect your head and a small portion of your neck. Your whole body is exposed to the elements when you’re on a bike, so you need to be adequately covered.

Jackets and riding pants can prevent you from burning yourself on hot metal if you’re riding on a summer day. Additionally, they’ll prevent you from being hit by any debris such as gravel or broken glass on the road.

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Peptic Ulcers: Information and Solutions

Apr 6, 2019 by

The other day I was walking my dog down the street when I ran into my neighbor who was mowing his yard. We got to chatting, and out of nowhere, he started telling me about his health problems. Apparently, he has a peptic ulcer, and it has been bothering him for a couple of months now. I was confused as to why he would share this with me in passing, but the rest of the walk I kept trying to figure out what a peptic ulcer is. When I got home, I did some research on peptic ulcers, and I found the website for GastroCare LI, which had a lot of information on peptic ulcers and the way they can be treated.

Peptic ulcers are basically open sores on the tissue that lines the inside of your stomach or the inside of your small intestine. These ulcers are called gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers, respectively. These sores happen if your stomach acid eats away at the inner lining of these organs, and they can have serious consequences.

Symptoms of peptic ulcers can be varied, but the most common symptom is a feeling like there is burning in your stomach. Usually, this burning sensation increases when your stomach is empty, like at night or in between meals. This symptom can be alleviated by taking an antacid to temporarily reduce the pain. Interestingly, only about one-fourth of people who have a peptic ulcer experience any symptoms at all, but these can be more dangerous because they are often left untreated which can lead to infection or internal bleeding. Peptic ulcers can also cause mild symptoms including heartburn, bloating, intolerance of fatty food, and increased burping, but they also can have more serious consequences. Severe symptoms include bowel movements that have the consistency of tar or with dark blood in them, nausea, vomiting with or without blood, weight loss, and change in appetite. These more severe symptoms often result from a neglected peptic ulcer that has gone under the radar for too long.

Peptic ulcers can have many causes, but the two most common causes seen by doctors are the overuse of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Ibuprofen and other pain medication like Advil or aspirin can cause the inner lining of the stomach and the small intestine to become inflamed, and if this happens repeatedly over time, there is an increased risk that a peptic ulcer will develop in the lining of one of these two organs. Typically, peptic ulcers occur in older adults because they more frequently take pain medication on a regular basis. The other most common cause is the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. These bacteria usually do not harm humans, and they live in the mucous tissue of the stomach and small intestinal lining. Occasionally, the bacteria can irritate the inner lining, which can lead to a peptic ulcer. Curiously, doctors have still not been able to determine why this happens or how the infection spreads throughout the body, but the medical community continues to research this question.

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Why I’ll Never Go Back to Cutting My Own Grass

Oct 16, 2018 by

I used to be one of those guys who thought it was my duty to cut my grass every weekend. To be clear, I never really liked it. I have a pretty large yard, and it’s on a hill, so the process was always a struggle, particularly in the hottest parts of the summer. Did I want to spend hours coaxing my mower up and down the hill in 90-plus degree weather when I could be relaxing with my kids at the pool? No, I did not. But I thought it was just part of my job, another part of being a responsible adult in a good community.

Then the best possible thing happened to me: I developed a chronic back complaint. To be clear, the back complaint wasn’t good. It was, literally, a pain, but it provided me with the excuse to get someone else to take over the lawn for me while I spent weekends alternating between doing back exercises and resting.

Once I started getting lawn care, I realized how silly I’d been for all those years I was pulling my back pulling that mower around. To begin with, my lawn started looking a lot better. And when I expanded the lawn care to include the flowerbed, the whole property looked much better. It wasn’t just me who noticed the difference. I started getting compliments from neighbors as well. Apparently, I hadn’t been doing such a stellar job with the grass and the garden all those years. Now, I had one of those lots you see on all the real estate shows on TV.

Once my back healed, I had the time to focus on other repairs and maintenance issues I’d neglected because I put all my energy into that grass.

Basically, that backache of mine allowed me to focus on making my house into the home I wanted it to be. And the landscaping costs were far lower than I expected, making it a very small investment for the right to throw away my old mower.

So, I’m here, in essence, to recommend lawn care to my friends, neighbors, and whoever happens to chance by this post. Lawn care is affordable and it really does pay for itself in how great your property can look. Just consider some of the ways landscapers can help you. This popular company, Ware Landscaping and Snow Removal, works in my area, and they can do all the following:

  • Redesign your landscaping
  • Maintain your landscaping
  • Provide full-service lawn care
  • Provide better drainage for your yard
  • Remove some of those heavy Chicago snows
  • Provide enhancements to your landscaping

You can very quickly have an outdoor area that meets the look and feel you always dreamed of without paying nearly as much as you think you will.

I know there are a lot of people out there who were like me, who thought it was their duty to cut their grass instead of letting someone else do it. I’m here to tell you the opposite: let the experts take care of your grass. Save your time and your back. Get a landscaper.

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Filing a Lawsuit After Hurricane Harvey

Oct 12, 2017 by

2017 just keeps getting weirder and weirder. California is on fire, and my house is underwater! By the way, I live behind a dam!

I’m not sure which one is worse, but being Texan (where everything is bigger), I’m going to assume that just like everything else, being underwater is going to be even worse.

Did you see that shark swimming in downtown Houston? It’s pretty much been debunked as fake news, but still, that is a 100% NOPE for me! You don’t see sharks swimming around the forests of California. I live by the ocean, not in it, and I am sick of all this flooding. Someone messed up big time and everyone I know is talking about suing the people responsible.

I’m trying to figure out who looks like they’re legitimately going to help me win some money because I don’t know how else I’m going to fix this situation. I’ve owned my home for six years, and this is the first time it’s ever been flooded. Williams Kherkher seems to be the best option from what I’ve read online.

I didn’t know this, but the Army is in charge of maintaining the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs, and the Army built them back in the 40s. I don’t understand why they decided to flood my neighborhood by holding back all the water? In the end, they let it all go anyways and then everyone else below the dam got flooded too. If they were already going to flood the neighborhoods downstream, then why flood the neighborhoods upstream first? It just doesn’t make any sense.

Anyways, a reservoir attorney could take on individual cases. That seems like the way to go for me because I have a lot of questions and need to know who I’m working with when it comes to something as important as my home.

My ex-girlfriend was involved in a class action lawsuit once. Funny enough, she was actually not the one being sued. All she did was sign her name to a piece of paper, and that was it. No one ever contacted her again, and when she finally followed up with the attorneys six months later, all they told her was it was still in progress. I didn’t stick around long enough to see how that one ended, but I know that I don’t have six months to wait around. I need answers!

I’m a little nervous, but I think it’s time to contact a professional. Life is too long to spend it living in a damp, moldy house. I’m coming after my 5th amendment right, and you better believe it!

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Your Rights as an Insurance Policyholder

Jul 7, 2017 by

You get insurance to get financial security, especially when you need it most, such as during accidents. But sometimes, you just can’t help but disagree with your insurance company.

The dispute may be warranted, like on times where you clearly know you deserve to be compensated. But it may also not be, like on times where you are having unrealistic expectations. The key is to know your rights, so you can determine whether your actions are warranted or not.

You have the right to be informed

Before even purchasing and agreeing to a policy, the very first thing you should have is full knowledge and understanding of its terms and conditions. You have the right to know what you are buying. After all, you are going to shell out money for it, so you deserve to know everything first in order for you to determine whether the purchase and agreement is worth it.

Having a clear understanding of the policy helps you make an informed decision on whether to pursue or not.

You have the right to get coverage

As a policyholder, you have two rights regarding coverage. First, you have the right to receive the right amount of coverage. Second, you have the right to receive this right amount in a timely manner. This means that value estimations should be precise and payments prompt.

Of course, these rights are only triggered if your case actually fits your insurance policy, and therefore truly deserves coverage.

You have the right for your case to be thoroughly investigated

Before you get coverage, your insurance company will investigate your case, to know if it truly warrants coverage. Do not think that this is a tactic to make the process stressful and for you to let go of your case, as it is merely there to help fully assess the situation and compare it to the insurance policy, so you can get the proper amount of coverage.

You have the right to question denied claims and underpayments

If your case has been denied, do not be hesitant in contacting your insurance provider and ask why. You can also bring up whether the case has been thoroughly investigated, the values properly appraised, the damages rightfully assessed, and the policy fully understood, to determine whether their decision to deny your claim is warranted.

Aside from denied claims, you can also question underpayments.

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Factors that can Affect a Court when Deciding about Child Custody and Visitation Rights

Apr 3, 2017 by

One change adopted by state courts when it comes to awarding child custody is giving the custodial rights to both parents, instead of just one – this is if both parents are deemed fit by the court. This change was made after consideration of many factors, especially the benefit it will cater to the child as this will allow him/her to continue receiving care and attention from both of his/her parents.

When one parent, however, would endanger the child’s holistic well-being due, but not limited, to abusive parental behavior (physical, emotional, etc.), abandonment of the child by the parent, parent’s use of drugs and/or alcohol, exposure of child to pornographic elements due to parent, parental use of excessive, unnecessary discipline and failure or inability by the parent to care for the child,  then the guilty parent may not only lose custodial rights, but the right to visitation as well – because severing the relationship with such parent is judged by the court to be in the child’s best interest.

The child’s best interest is always a court’s basis in deciding things that will affect the child – his/her present and future wellbeing. Thus, in consideration of a child’s future needs, some of the factors that will be considered by the court in deciding who gets child custody and who shall pay child support, include the parents’ age, health, educational attainment, job, financial capability and security, and the capability to really care for the child.

Child neglect or the inability of the parent to give his/her child the proper, necessary care is not just one type of child maltreatment; it is actually its most common type too. And one classic example of child neglect is inadequate supervision.

There is no uniform rule as to how much supervision a parent ought to give his/her child. With regard to determining just how much supervision is needed by a child, his/her age, the environment or neighborhood and his/her possible exposure to dangerous elements, such as unhealthy and unhygienic household conditions, guns and/or other deadly weapons, second-hand smoke (from smokers) and other safety hazards, will have to be considered seriously. Any injury that a child may suffer from, due to the custodial or visiting parent’s lack of supervision, can definitely influence the court in reconsidering a parent’s rights over his/her child.

It is the firm belief of one law firm with the address, www.marshalltaylorlawfirm.com, that, “the importance of a child custody agreement on both the lives of the children and the parents, makes this divorce issue frequently the most contentious issue during a divorce proceeding. Thus, when it comes to determining a custody agreement that you feel is best for you and your children, having a supportive and knowledgeable lawyer on your side can make the difference between getting the outcome you want and getting one you believe is unsuitable for your family.”

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Most Common Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Jan 6, 2017 by

The spinal cord is one of the most essential parts of the body, so damaging any part of it can have devastating effects like disability. Spinal cord injuries can be sustained from a variety of incidents, like car accidents, illnesses, and sports injuries.

The worst incidents are those that happen because of someone else. Because of the recklessness and negligence of another party, the victim is the one who has to suffer. According to the spinal cord injury lawyers of Mazin & Associates, PC, such incidents may be subject to legal action.

But what are the most common types of spinal cord injuries? There are many types, but all of them result into some kind of impairment.

Tetraplegia

Tetraplegia is the partial or total loss of functionality in all limbs, meaning the arms and legs. Tetraplegia is often associated with brain damage and spinal cord damage, particularly in the C1 to C7 level, or the upper part of the spinal cord.

The higher the injury on the spinal cord, the more severe the consequences. Since tetraplegia happens because of upper spinal cord issues, it is the most serious kind of spinal cord injuries.

Tetraplegia also affects the torso, and that can cause additional problems such as bladder and bowel issues, digestion issues, and respiratory problems.

Paraplegia

Paraplegia refers to the impairment of the lower extremities, particularly in motor and sensory functions. This occurs because of spinal cord damage in the T1 level and below, or the middle part of the spinal cord.

The severity of paraplegia also depends on what part of the middle spinal cord is damaged. As mentioned earlier, the higher the injury in the spinal cord, the more serious it is. If the T1 to T8 parts are affected, the trunk may also have complications because of the lack of abdominal muscle control. But in the T9 and below parts, abdominal muscle control is still good.

Triplegia

Triplegia is the paralysis of three limbs. Often, it is the paralysis of one arm and both legs, but paralysis on one leg and both arms is also possible. This often occurs because of an incomplete spinal cord injury.

Incomplete spinal cord injury refers to the partially compromised functions of the spinal cord. Depending on the damage, the victim may experience different syndromes such as anterior cord syndrome, central cord syndrome, and Brown-Sequard syndrome. All of which may preserve movement and sensation.

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FDA Issues Safety Warning Against Hyland’s Teething Tablets

Oct 14, 2016 by

Homeopathic treatments are becoming more and more common in the United States. Plenty of consumers are looking for natural remedies that aim to provide relief from common symptoms like headaches and muscle soreness. Some of the most popular homeopathic medication popular in the market right now are teething tablets and gels meant for infants and small children.

The problem with homeopathic teething products is the many severe symptoms and effects that have been linked to its use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just came out with warning against the use of Hyland’s teething tablets and other homeopathic teething remedies. As reported by CNN last October 13, the statement made by the FDA advised parents and caregivers against using Hyland’s teething tablets and gels due to evidence that links it to ten infant deaths and 400 infants suffering from serious side effects.

As noted by Williams Kherkher, the FDA’s report found that Hyland’s teething tablets caused serious side effects like flushed skin, agitation, lethargy, sleepiness, vomiting, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, difficulty urinating, and seizures. The FDA also noted that these teething tablets symptoms are notably similar to those of belladonna overdose. Belladonna, more commonly called deadly nightshade, is the main ingredient used Hyland’s teething tablets.

Instead of using Hyland’s teething tablets and gels, it’s far safer to make use teething toys and child-safe dosages of pain killers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Using a cold and clean washcloth to massage the baby’s gums is another easy teething remedy. There are many other solutions to try aside from the homeopathic remedies that have been found by the FDA to be dangerous. Consult with your child’s physician to learn more about possible medical and home remedies to help your baby. It would be best to use remedies that have long been tried and tested by the medical community.

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If You do not Have Car Insurance, Then You Can Be in as Much Danger as Someone You may Injure in an Accident that is Due to Your Fault

Aug 7, 2016 by

In all 50 states in the U.S., proving financial responsibility is a basic requirement for people who want to drive legally. This financial responsibility law specifically requires drivers to prove their capability in paying for damages in accidents wherein they are at fault. Financial responsibility may be proven by:

  • Carrying auto liability insurance, which is the requirement in all U.S. states, except in New Hampshire; or,
  • Depositing securities or money with the state treasurer or filing an SR-22 in lieu of purchasing an auto insurance policy – this is allowed in New Hampshire. A driver, however, may still choose to be insured if he or she prefers so.

(In the state of Virginia, drivers may instead pay the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles the required uninsured motor vehicle fee as an alternative to carrying auto liability insurance)

It is necessary for drivers to show proof of financial responsibility in four different instances:

  • When they get pulled over by a police officer;
  • When they get involved in an accident;
  • Upon renewal of their driver’s license; and,
  • When they renew their vehicle registration.

Carrying auto liability insurance remains to be the most common way for drivers to demonstrate proof of financial responsibility. The type of insurance coverage that drivers need to carry depends on the liability system existing in the state where they reside. In 12 states (Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Utah) the “no-fault” auto liability coverage is the system recognized. Under this “no-fault” system, payment for losses and damages, which includes cost of medical treatment and lost wages, comes from each driver’s insurance provider, regardless of who was at fault in the accident.

Thirty-eight other states recognize the “tort” or “fault” liability coverage. Under this system, victims are compensated by the at-fault driver’s insurance provider; an accident victim may, however, file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver for further claims. This usually happens if the compensation paid by the insurance company does not fully cover the all losses and damages suffered by the victim.

Though a requirement, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) says that uninsured drivers in the U.S. still exceed more than 29 million. This is due to the high cost of insurance policies. According to the website of Second Gear Magazine, through some independent car insurance agencies, drivers can get insurance coverage that best fit their specific needs but without paying more than what they should. Independent car insurance firms have made it their business to help drivers and car owners find the best insurance deals at the lowest prices. They do these by offering different free online insurance quotes from major insurance providers. These quotes will allow customers to compare deals and prices, and get the policy that they really need.

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Sad Truths About Truck Accidents

Mar 23, 2016 by

If you’re driving on the road and you see a truck either in front of you or approaching, it is a common fear among drivers to avoid it all costs, as soon as possible. This is because trucks, due to the material they’re made out of and the sheer magnitude of them all, impose an incredibly large threat were an accident to occur. Some trucks even carry thousands of pounds of hazardous, even potentially flammable, substances that could cause catastrophic explosions that would injure possibly hundreds or even thousands of people. It is not an overreaction for these are common fears—and they are not feared without due reason.

There are, unfortunately, some sad truths about truck accidents that you yourself might not have been aware of.

In the United States alone, there can be around 400,000 to 500,000 truck accidents that happen on a yearly basis, as is according to the website of the lawyers with Williams Kherkher. An eighteen wheeler truck can weigh almost up to a hundred thousand pounds of metal—can you imagine something that massive suddenly speeding into a highway during rush hour or rollover, out of control, right into a nearby town? One accident’s damage would mean millions in repairs and personal reparations.

Truck accidents are often due to negligence as well. Given the potentiality for devastation, truckers and trucking companies are given federal laws and guidelines that are specific to them alone. For example, truck drivers are only allowed to drive a consecutive fourteen hours a day.

Truckers must also be professionally licensed in order to drive a truck due to the experience that is necessary to responsibly and safely maneuver such a vehicle. A truck as blind spots all around it that a driver needs to take account for—and these spots may not be one that a regular, casual driver may even think about. Trucking companies should be also responsible with the drivers that they hire so that accidents on the road don’t happen. Sad news is that not all of them always are—and that’s a sad, sad truth.

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