A Second Shot

Drunk driving continues to plague our roads and highways throughout the country. It is an issue that gives insight into the nature of rebellion and misery of drunkenness. The number of drivers that take to the roads while under the influence of alcohol is too dangerous for their fellow, sober drivers. Drunk drivers who end up being charged and processed with DUI charges can experience an embarrassing and tough confrontation with law forces. Statistics for DUI cases show that usually drunk drivers show little social responsibility and lack basic remorse for their actions until it is too late.

The possibility for dangerous accidents involving drunk drivers is a constant threat on today’s roads. Drunk drivers, individuals who are unable to realize the implications of their careless actions, are one of the greatest threats to our national roads. An alarmingly high statistic of one in three people will experience being involved in a drunk driving collision during their lifetime. One-third of the entire population is undoubtedly too many people to experience such a traumatic event, assuming they survive. Typically, in this event, the drunk driver would be wise to seek counsel from lawyers like those at Kohler Hart Powell SC. Knowledgeable sources can point out weaknesses, assuming there are any, in the prosecution’s claims in order to defend the rights of the driver. In cases where there is no fatality, the driver stands a much greater chance of dismissing charges or facing minimal punishment. For the select few this may be possible; however, another study showed that on average drivers who have been convicted in DUI cases have driven under the influence up to eighty times beforehand. Of course, as in any situation, there are multiple factors that can affect the likelihood of an individual driving under the influence. Typically drunk drivers tend to be more male, younger in the ages between 18 and 25, and drove a motorcycle or small car. Thankfully there has been a large increase in organizations that speak against drunk driving and go a step further by providing educational resources to prevent future drunk driving. These organizations work with various institutions and law agencies in order to provide accurate studies that give insight to the larger problem at hand.

Upon reviewing the information provided it is clear that DUI’s are a complex result of multiple factors. Individuals who choose to endanger the lives of others, and at the same time endanger their own life, need serious help. This assistance can come in multiple forms such as rehabilitation, probation or community service, or imprisonment. The end goal should not be to cripple their life, throwing them into a cell with no ability to rehabilitate and evolve, but it should be to remedy the pain within them that causes such poor choices.

To summarize, drinking and driving can not continue to endanger the lives of millions of people on the road each year. Through better rehabilitation and additional educational opportunities that outline the dangers of behaviors related to drunk driving, I believe we can effectively heal the pains of this continuing epidemic.

Bridal Hair and Makeup: Making Sure You Look at Your Best

You may have dreamt about your wedding day while you were very young . . . the kind of dress you would be wear wearing, the place where you will like to be wedded, how beautiful you will look, and how perfect your husband will be.

Come that day, more than on your husband to be, all eyes will rather be on you – some appreciating how lovely you look, while others scrutinizing three important things: your dress, your hair and your make up.

Some brides want to think of themselves as knowledgeable in makeup application and hair styling, thus, they do most of these things on their own or with the help of a friend or kin. One thing you should know, however, is to never make this mistake.

Your Wedding Day is probably the most important day of your life. But, however you would want to look, with a touch of glamor or simplicity, the best way is to leave it to the experts – people who have been trained in bridal hair and makeup.

As explained in the website of Therapy Hair Studio, there are moments in life when your hair and makeup must be absolutely perfect. Bridal hair and makeup, particularly, should be beautiful, memorable and flawless, and should also endure Houston weather. If you want your Houston wedding to be an outdoor extravaganza, make sure every aspect of your hair and makeup is the stuff wedding dreams are made of.

While some salons will leave you at the hands of any of its hairdressers and makeup artists who, like a general surgeon, is able to treat a wide range of illnesses and would claim being knowledgeable in all kinds of hair styles or makeup artistry, respectively, well-established and trusted salons, on the contrary, have trained and certified experts who handle certain types of hair styles or makeup. This is to make sure that you look your absolute best on this extremely special occasion.

Therefore, rather than have your hair lose its style during the so many hugs and kisses after the ceremony (long before the dancing part) or suffer the embarrassment of your face slipping off because the primer, setting powder, foundation, blush, mascara, and eye shadow used were not budge-proof, why not go to the experts. Your wedding may last only for a few hours, but the pictures which will capture just how beautiful or “not so beautiful” you are will last forever.


Immunity of Government Agencies from Lawsuits is not Absolute

Immunity of Government Agencies from Lawsuits is not Absolute

There are times when a car crashes due to reasons that are purely unexpected and, thus, totally out of man’s control, such as a natural calamity or a sudden-medical-emergency, like a heart attack or a syncopal episode, a condition wherein a person experiences a sudden drop in blood pressure, causing him/her to pass out.

Since natural disasters or sudden-medical-emergencies cannot be foreseen or prevented, courts usually do not hold a driver accountable for whatever accident that may result; thus, courts can dismiss resulting civil lawsuits that may be filed by an injured victim. Those injured can, instead, recover damages from their respective insurance providers, regardless of the cause of the accident or who was at-fault in such accident.

The case is totally different, though, if an accident was a result of an act of negligence. An act of negligence, which is a major contributory factor to road accidents, can be committed by a driver, a car manufacturer or by state, municipality or city officials, who are entrusted with the construction, repair and maintenance of roads, highways and bridges. Driver-controlled errors, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), include drunk-driving, speeding, distracted driving, and reckless driving, among others. Errors by car manufacturers can include production of defectively designed cars or use of defectively manufactured car parts (the only problem with this is defects are only usually discovered after these have already caused an accident).

While drivers and manufacturers can easily be held accountable for accidents resulting from their negligence, holding a government agency liable, due to road defects or poorly constructed or maintained roads, can be very challenging due to the so-called “government immunity” or “sovereign immunity,” which renders government agencies immune from any form of liability, despite injuries during an accident.

According to Champaign car accident attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., “when city and state governments fail to ensure that roads are free of hazards, they put the safety of drivers and passengers at risk. Uneven pavement, lack of signs, and negligent construction are among the many ways that a negligent municipality can jeopardize the well-being of anyone who uses the road.

There are numerous types of road defect that can make highway driving dangerous. In addition, failure to post signs and safety notices can put drivers’ lives at risk. Regardless of what type of defect led to your injuries, you can take legal action against the city or construction company to defend your rights.”

Immunity of government agencies from lawsuits is not absolute. If it can be proven that there is gross negligence in maintaining a roadway then holding a government agency liable and claiming compensation from it are not impossible, especially if an accident victim is represented by a determined and experienced car accident attorney.

Uncertain Diagnoses and Your Mental Health

If you’ve ever been through the trials of trying to find a diagnosis for an unknown ailment, you understand just how frustrating and draining the process can be. Numerous doctor visits, hospitals, appointments, and specialists may be required to properly diagnose an unknown medical condition. Meanwhile, while you are waiting for an accurate diagnosis, the ailment continues to cause the symptoms that prompted the numerous doctor visits in the first place, and helpful treatment is delayed until the issue can be fully named and assessed.

Unfortunately, this back and forth process, this uncertainty, and the symptomatic pain always present with an undefined condition can contribute to other concerning mental health issues as well. Doubt can be a damaging feeling, as you may begin to doubt the validity of your pain, symptoms, and ailment. This doubt causes considerable feeling of unrest and fear, and can contribute to the development of other mental health issues such as panic, anxiety, and depression. It is therefore imperative to take particular care of your mental health when undergoing the process of diagnosing a difficult condition, and to be aware of how the process effects you, mentally and emotionally.

Additionally, if you are not making diagnostic progress with a specific doctor, you may consider trying different physicians. If another physician can readily diagnose you where a previous could not, this may be the fault of the physician and not the fault of the complexity of your symptoms or condition. In such cases, as the Tucson medical malpractice attorneys of Russo, Russo, & Slania, P.C. note, these experiences may leave you with considerable emotional and financial trauma in addition to the already existing physical harm. The trauma of misdiagnoses is similar to that of a long awaited or uncertain diagnoses, making attention to mental health a top priority in all cases. Inattention to mental matters in lieu of emphasis on the physical ailment may leave you in an even sicker state, so stay equally attentive to your mental as well as physical health and symptoms as you pursue a diagnosis and treatment.

Thousands of BP Claims to be Investigated and Prosecuted if Proven Fraudulent

In December 2013 British Petroleum (BP) sued Mikal Watts, a San Antonio attorney for filing more than 40,000 false claims against BP. Two years after, U.S. prosecutors in Mississippi unsealed an indictment of Watts and six others (one of them was his brother) on 95 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, and identity theft all related to the more than 40,000 false claims.

One of the phony claims filed by Watts, which amounts to $45,930.00, was in behalf of a certain Lucy Lu, who Watts identified as a deckhand on a commercial seafood vessel. It was found out, however, that Lucy Lu was not a person, but a dog. Four other claims totaling to $183,720 was discovered to be named after four people who died before the 2010 oil spill.

Within a year after the April 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (considered the the worst oil spill in U.S. history), and after the British oil giant assured those affected of a settlement agreement which, basically, had no causation requirement for claims, people started coming forward talking of injuries and losses, especially those who owned businesses along and near the coast; many even said they had to close down the business due to bankruptcy. To pay all settlement claims, BP first made estimates amounting to more than $2 billion. A couple of years after, the estimated amount went up to more than $7 billion.

This last quarter of 2016, after already having paid $19 billion and with billions more to settle, BP is echoing its call of fraud on thousands of claims filed. In connection to this, a Wisconsin white collar crime lawyer says that investigation and prosecution of all meritorious reports of fraud (which includes fraudulent claims, identity theft, insurance fraud, charity fraud, and procurement and government-benefit fraud) has become high priority for the Department of Justice. Working together to handle fraudulent cases are the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Offices, and federal criminal investigative agencies, with assistance from the National Center for Disaster Fraud.

Some claimants, who have been contacted by investigators, have already been charged with fraud. Whether investigators are yet to contact you of have already charged you of fraud, it may be best that you take a number of precautions to protect yourself, regardless of the actual legitimacy of your claim.