Based on the records of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, 2 million people are injured in car accidents every year, with 30, 000 people dying as a result of these crashes. The sad thing is that these accidents can be prevented.
Financial compensation is one way to help victims of car accidents, and this is where the needs for car accident lawyers come in. When people get involved in car accidents due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver, the guilty party can be held accountable and is liable for compensation. They can be charged with reckless driving, resulting in physical injury and even damages to property. People who have been in a car accident should not be afraid of pursuing compensation from the person who caused the accident because it is also their responsibility to prevent such irresponsible drivers from engaging in similarly reckless behavior in the future.
Preventing car accidents can be tricky. Even if you are a defensive driver with no records of crashes or collisions, you can still be involved in a car accident. Regularly performing routine maintenance to keep your car in good shape is one way to prevent accidents from occurring. Simply checking your side and rear view mirrors can also help to prevent fatal accidents. Road rage can also be a factor for car accidents, so being level-headed can help to prevent car accidents.
Suffering injuries in a car crash could put you and your loved ones in a desperate situation, and nobody deserves that, especially when the cause of the accident is the other person’s carelessness. When such an event happens, protect your rights through car accident lawyers who can help assist you in getting the necessary compensation for all the damages you and your loved ones have gone through.Read More
People slip and fall all the time, and in many cases the injured person is partly at fault. In consequence, slip-and-fall claims usually result in smaller awards than other personal injury claims. Unless you can prove negligence on the part of the property owner, personal injury attorneys may advise you against filing a claim at all.
When negligence can be proven
If you suffer injuries from a slip and fall accident in an area that the property owner has neglected, you may have a valid premises liability claim. A property owner is obliged to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of people who have a legitimate reason for being on the property. The following are a few examples of what constitutes “reasonable measures”:
- Cleaning or mopping up of any spills or wet patches on the floor
- Repairing damaged flooring, uneven carpeting or loose tiling
- Removing any obstacles that is no longer being used (i.e. ladders) or have no legitimate reason for being placed in the area
- Providing warning signs and/or barriers for worn, torn or damaged flooring that have yet to be repaired
- Ensuring adequate lighting in all public areas
What if you’re also at fault?
Even when the property owner’s negligence can be proven, you must also consider to what extent you can be blamed for the accident. This has significance not only in making a claim, but the extent to which the owner is liable for paying compensation. Some of the considerations for your own culpability include:
- Did you have a valid reason to be in the area at that particular time?
- Was the danger clearly visible?
- Did you take reasonable care in preventing the accident?
- Were you distracted (i.e. talking on the phone) when you suffered the accident, and failed to watch where you were going?
If you are partially at fault for the accident, you may still be eligible for some compensation. Many state courts apply a “comparative negligence” rule when it comes to slip-and-fall accidents. If the property owner is negligent, but you are also found partially responsible, the judge will award you damages less the part for which you are found at fault. For example, if you are awarded $1,000 but were found to be 50% at fault for the accident, you will only receive $500.Read More
We are all familiar with regular telescopes, that use visible light and mirrors to reflect distant images, but the concept of radio telescopes is a little bit more difficult to grasp.
Radio telescopes pick up light, just like any other telescope, except this light is in the form of micro and radio waves and is therefore invisible to the naked eye. These telescopes essentially allow scientists to pick up signals that would otherwise be undetectable.
Using a radio telescope, astronomers can also penetrate areas of outer space that are shrouded by clouds of dust and gas. This cosmic debris would block the view of a conventional telescope. Radio telescopes allowed for the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation, which is an important component of the Big Bang Theory.
The largest radio telescope array in the world began collecting data this week. The Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA), located in Chile, is a joint effort by astronomers from four continents. It is comprised of 54 satellite dishes that are each 12-meters across and 12 smaller dishes (7 meters) that all work together to scan the cosmos. The array, located 5,000 meters above sea level in the Atacama Desert, is the product of three decades of planning, and took 10 years to construct, costing a total of $1.3 billion.Read More
Perhaps one of the most cherished dreams of any person is to start a business and be a successful entrepreneur. When a great product, idea, or service that has the potential to make money in the market presents itself, there is often no hesitation. However, there are many aspects of doing business that need to come together to make it work. The top priorities center around finding a location, the facilities, the manpower, and marketing. Seldom does a small business owner think to retain a business attorney until trouble comes. Usually by then it’s too late, and requires costly damage control.
Retaining a business attorney for small businesses actually makes good financial sense. Many business startups flounder because of legal and management issues that they did not know about, or did not know how to handle. A business start-up runs up against issues such as business registration, startup costs, trademarks and copyrights. A business attorney can advise a client about the best business model that fits their particular business, such as an LLC or an LLP, offer advice on intellectual property protection, and even suggest options for funding.
A legal representative on retainer need not be expensive. The fee can be negotiated based on the needs of the business, and the business owner will not have to pay for acceptance fees and the like. Moreover, a good lawyer will keep an eye out for potential trouble so it can be headed off before becoming a serious problem. If trouble seems to be brewing nevertheless, the business owner can immediately seek the advice and help of the lawyer without a second thought. This is where the retainer can be most useful, as he or she will be familiar with your business’s past and goals, since you already have an established relationship with one another.
The peace of mind that accompanies the knowledge of constant legal protection can help make a business start-up successful. Any business could potentially benefit from having an experienced business attorney behind it, whether the it is a professional office, flight school, beauty salon, restaurant, or other type of business. It allows the owner to concentrate on running the business, managing property, and developing new revenue streams, rather than worrying about any potential legal problems.Read More
Even with the legal complications that come with filing for bankruptcy, pursuing bankruptcy protection is often the best course of action for a person or company that is no longer able to make payments on existing debts. Although it is true that filing for bankruptcy can certainly help you in your financial troubles, there are a large number of bankruptcy misconceptions that may deter some individuals from pursuing bankruptcy as a way to get a fresh financial start.
Below are some of the most common misconceptions about the bankruptcy process, as well as the truth behind these myths.
- Your credit score will forever be ruined – as most people believe that filing for bankruptcy can permanently stain their credit score. Although a bankruptcy filing will stay on your record for a number of years, the effects of filing for bankruptcy is almost always less serious than it would be to continue to be unable to make regular payments on your debt, and getting a fresh financial start can make it possible for you to effectively rebuild your credit.
- You lose everything upon filing for bankruptcy – while it is true that you might need to sell some of your assets to pay off your debts, there are certain properties and assets that are exempted from being sold. Depending on the type of bankruptcy you file for, a bankruptcy lawyer can help you fight to retain as much of your property as possible which, for many filers, is everything.
- Bankruptcy is only for people who are financially irresponsible – many individuals and companies that find themselves filing for bankruptcy do so because of circumstances that are beyond their control. Certain issues such as long term unemployment, disability, medical bills, and family problems can come up that may drastically affect the financial status of a person, making it necessary for individuals to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
If you are struggling under the weight of unmanageable debt, it is important to discuss your financial situation and all of the options available to you with an experienced professional. While bankruptcy is not right in every situation, many individuals and businesses find that bankruptcy, provides the relief they need to take control of their financial situation and secure a fresh start.