In its website, the Bruner Law Firm says that “one of the most life changing events one can face in almost every city in the world is auto accident. Hardly a week goes by when one does not see on the news or read about a fatal or near fatal traffic collision. Auto accidents are never anticipated. They occur suddenly and most often, with very little or no warning.
Though drivers know how to avoid a car accident, so many do not consciously practice safe driving every time they get behind the wheel. By trying to do way too many things at once, they end up performing the primary task of driving safely very poorly. It is, therefore, no wonder that auto accidents are happening with increasing frequency when we look at the increasing busyness and need for multi-tasking.”
Distracted driving is one of the worst forms of bad road behavior. It includes eating and/or drinking, adjusting the radio, smoking, applying make-up, grooming, conversing with a passenger, driving while angry or while lost in thoughts, looking at a road map, adjusting GPS coordinates, and – all while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Distracted driving happens when a driver’s attention is taken away from the primary task of driving, making him/her fail to operate his/her vehicle properly and so commit traffic infractions that often result in accidents. Though unintentional, distracted driving can be extremely damaging.
Texting or using a hand-held phone used to be the most dangerous form of distracted driving. With the expansion of smartphone functions, however, besides texting and making or receiving a call, the dangers of cell phone use now includes sending emails, taking photos, shooting videos, conducting video chats, and using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Snapchat.
There are states where distracted driving, particularly cell phone use, is the top cause of fatal car crashes. These crashes are terrifying and often overwhelming ordeals which leave many victims with extensive medical bills and other expenses, lost wages from work, or long-term disability.
In 2013, distraction-related crashes took the lives of 3,154 individuals and injured 424,000 others. In 2014, data from DISTRACTION.GOV, the Official U.S. Government website for distracted driving, show increases in both counts: 3,179 fatal crashes, and 431,000 injuries, all involving distracted drivers.
Personal injury lawyers believe that accident victims should pursue legal action against the party responsible for their losses, while at-fault drivers should be legally required to compensate their victim.
On April 22, 2015, at about 2:30 in the morning, a Toyota Prius that was being driven by a 19-year old female collided head-on with a pickup truck along Highway 50 (near Stockton Boulevard) in Sacramento. Witnesses said that the female driver drove eastbound on the fast lane of Highway 50; she, however, drove on the wrong lane (the westbound lane).
All three passengers of the pickup truck, as well as the young female driver died in the crash. Weeks of investigation into the accident revealed that the 19-year old driver had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20% at the time of the tragic accident.
Drunk driving still remains to be a major traffic offense in all U.S. states. In 2013, those arrested and charged with DUI in the U.S., including in the District of Columbia, totaled to 1,171,935. In 2010, records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showed that the number of arrests went as high as 1.4 million. With these huge figures traffic authorities are relieved that the yearly number of fatal accidents does not go over 10,500. Authorities attribute this bit of success in being able to maintain the number of fatal accident to stricter laws, the zeal of traffic enforcers in implementing these laws, and to the efforts of private groups, such as the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) which, since 1980, has helped in the passing of new DUI laws, like the Zero Tolerance law that prohibits those below 21 from having in their blood system any measurable amount of alcohol and the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) law, which authorizes an arresting officer to confiscate the license of drivers who refuse to take or fail a breath test.
The current blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for car drivers is 0.08%. This BAC limit is still considered high based on the fact that a person’s driving ability and response time to emergency situations are already affected even at 0.05% BAC level. Application of the law, however, only allows traffic enforcers to consider and, therefore, arrest an individual due to alcohol-impairment if he or she has a BAC level of 0.08% or higher. Those caught can face a drinking under the influence (DUI) or drinking while intoxicated (DWI) charge. To further reduce risks of accidents due to drunk-driving, some states authorize traffic enforcers to consider a driver as already alcohol-impaired if they see that his or her abilities have been affected by alcohol even if such driver’s BAC level is below 0.08%.
Drunk-driving injury lawyers, such as those from the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., know that a drunk driving charge can have serious repercussions and can affect an at-fault driver’s entire personal, professional, and financial life upon conviction. The said firm, however, also believes that getting drunk and then driving is a choice freely made by a person. In the event of an accident, therefore, the driver who is at fault in the accident should be brought to justice, be made to pay the consequences of his or her poor decision, as well as be made to pay compensatory damages to his or her victim/s.
Motorcycles are an exciting alternative to driving. A motorcyclist has a greater ability to maneuver through traffic in an agile and quick manner, as a vehicle that takes up far less room on the road than a passenger car. With this increased freedom comes increased responsibility to safely navigate the roads on a motorcycle.
Even the safest and most cautious motorcyclist isn’t immune from accidents. Many drivers of cars do not practice proper safety methods near motorcycles. According to the website of the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm, this leads to a dramatically increased risk of injury should a person be involved in an accident.
Taking a few precautions could make all the difference for a motorcyclist when it comes to avoiding an accident:
- Make sure you wear the proper attire at all times, most importantly a full face helmet. Brain injuries are common when a helmet is absent and an accident occurs.According to Consumer Reports, a full-face helmet that’s approved by the Department of Transportation is the best choice. A jacket, pants, and gloves keep your skin covered from being scraped if you fall.
- Always check the status of your motorcycle, such as oil and other fluids, especially if you haven’t ridden in a while. If anything sounds or looks funny, don’t ride.
- The most important safety tip for motorcyclists once out on the road is to drive defensively in order to avoid the negligence of other drivers. Make your presence known when you’re driving near other vehicles.
If another motorist’s negligence causes you serious harm while on you’re on motorcycle, the other motorist should be held responsible. You do not have to feel like other cars “bullied” you out on road when driving a motorcycle.
According to Healthline, 1 in 10 in the U.S. are suffering or had suffered from depression at one point in their lives. Unfortunately, 80% of people with symptoms of depression are not receiving any treatment to alleviate their condition. Furthermore, depressed individuals are more likely to become obese and suffer from sleep disorders, making them more prone to life-threatening conditions, such as heart attack and stroke.
Because many people are suffering from depression in the U.S., it is not surprising that antidepressants have become among the most-prescribed medicine in the country. To date, a type of antidepressant, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), has widely been prescribed among patients with depression. Unlike older, traditional antidepressants that could affect almost every chemicals (or neurotransmitters) in the brain, SSRIs affect only a certain type of brain chemical named serotonin.
Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter that affects major body functions such as gastrointestinal activities, growth and reproduction. This brain chemical was also found to primarily affect one’s mood. People who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders such as obsessive compulsiveness and suicidal ideation, are found to have lower than normal serotonin levels, and SSRI works by increasing its level.
But how exactly does SSRI work? SSRI works by inhibiting serotonin’s reuptake, thus the name serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Neurotransmitters deliver signals across different neuron (nerve cells) in the brain. As these chemicals deliver signals, they are being reabsorbed by the transmitting neuron in a process called reuptake. SSRI works by inhibiting (obstructing) the process of reuptaking serotonin. Once SSRI inhibits serotonin reabsorption, it would increase the effects of serotonin in the brain, which helps fight against depression.
SSRI are known to be more efficient as compared with older, traditional anti-depressants, with lesser adverse reactions. However, medications as complicated such as an SSRI have their own drawbacks. For instance, www.williamskherkher.com/houston-personal-injury/ stated that certain SSRIs, such as Zoloft, may increase the risk of birth defects among babies exposed to it in utero. So, before you deal with your depression using medications such as an SSRI, it is imperative to discuss first with your doctor if the drug’s benefits outweigh its risks.
Zofran is a drug that restricts the chemicals that cause nausea and vomiting. It was originally created to help cancer patients that were undergoing treatment, but has since been prescribed to expectant mothers for morning sickness. Sadly, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, there has been a connection between taking Zofran and a baby being born with a congenital heart defect. Studies have shown that Zofran can be the cause of three main heart defects.
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). This condition is when a hole is formed in the wall between the upper two chambers of the heart. This hole allows oxygenated blood to flow from the left side of the heart to the right, where it mixes with non-oxygenated blood. The combination is then pumped into the lungs, which can overtax them. If the hole is small it can heal in infancy or childhood, but if it is large it will not be able to do so. The extra flow of blood overworks the heart and can lead to the right side weakening.
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). This condition is very similar to ASD, but the hole that occurs is in the lower portion of the heart, in the wall between the right and left side. Again, this allows oxygen rich blood to flow into and mix with oxygen poor blood. This overtaxes the heart and lungs, and can lead to other heart or lung diseases.
Heart Murmur. This is when the heart beat has any sounds that are outside of normal. There can be innocent murmurs, which usually don’t need any treatment and can correct themselves in childhood. Other murmurs, however, can lead to much more serious heart defects and need to be monitored to prevent serious harm to the child.
Zofran is controversial. Some studies and doctors believe it to be safe, but others have found evidence of the medication causing serious birth defects. The FDA has put out a warning against its use, but many doctors prescribe it anyway. Many mothers have taken it and had healthy babies, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved with its use.