Truck Accident Consequences

Commercial vehicle drivers are held to a higher standard than regular drivers because of the nature and/or weight of their cargo, the size of their vehicle, and the skills required to operate them. Truck drivers are among these professional drivers who are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) before they can work as commercial drivers. The suspension or the revocation of a CDL is among the consequences that may happen if it is proven that some type of negligence was involved in a truck accident.

This is serious in terms of its effect on a truck driver’s ability to earn. A suspended CDL means a truck driver must find other means of subsistence until the suspension is lifted. A revoked CDL is for life. This can impose financial hardship that would be hard to encompass.

That is bad enough on the truck driver’s side. On the side of the hapless motorist who had the bad luck to be involved in an argument with a much bigger vehicle, it is much worse. Truck accidents often leave the truck driver without a scratch while the other guy sustains major damage, including but not limited to traumatic brain injury, broken bones, internal hemorrhage, or instant death. For those who survive the encounter, they are faced with huge medical bills as well as physical, mental, and emotional problems. Many find their lives have radically changed for the worse in a twinkling of their eye.

Truck accidents are among the most “catastrophic” events that can occur on the road. The typical truck is massive and carries an enormous load that dwarfs any passenger vehicle. It’s easy to see from their sheer size that a collision with a truck at highway speeds will have devastating consequences. Because a trucker’s advanced license implies an increased amount of responsibility, any failure to uphold that responsibility should be scrutinized deeply.

If the accident is due to careless or reckless behavior of the truck driver, or some violation by the carrier, victims may find that they can get some measure of relief by suing for compensation through a personal injury suit. There is a chronology to be followed when filing a personal injury lawsuit following a truck accident. This is to give the injured party an idea of what to expect. That is not to say that it will be easy to do. Personal injury lawsuits involve a complex set of laws that a lay person will not be able to easily discern. He or she would need the experience and knowledge of a personal injury lawyer who has knowledge of truck accidents to have any chance of success.

The efforts of an injury lawyer can play a key role in the injured party receiving the compensation he or she will need to return to a semblance of what their life was before the accident. According to the website of the Ausband Law Firm in Atlanta, these efforts include gathering the necessary evidence to prove any wrongdoing and holding out for as much financial compensation as is reasonable. Additionally, a McDonough personal injury lawyer will be able to determine exactly who to hold accountable for the accident, and will know the proper channels through which to pursue litigation.

If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact the attorney of the [firm-name] today by calling [phone-number]. An attorney will be able to guide you through this difficult time.

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Criminal Defense in a DUI

Texas is a tough state to be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other substance, even if it is a prescription drug. It is even worse if one is found in possession of marijuana when stopped for a DUI, even if it is for a medical condition. Texas does not recognize the legality of medical marijuana, so even having a prescription will not get one off the hook.

Of course, it would take all kinds of bad luck to be charged with both a DUI and marijuana possession, but it can happen. It is not even necessary for the engine to be on or the car moving to be charged with a DUI if one is obviously impaired (sleeping, groggy, bleary-eyed, smells of alcohol); simply being behind the wheel is enough. An article on the website of criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis, marijuana possession in Texas is at least a misdemeanor, and a conviction is almost certain. However, it is possible to mitigate the charges with the help of an experienced attorney.

With a DUI charge, the consequences can be quite serious if convicted. According to the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas, the criminal sanctions of a DUI conviction may be far less devastating than social and professional repercussions. Something like that stays with one, especially because of the heightened awareness of society about the costs of DUI. Moreover, it is possible that a DUI conviction may result in a licensed professional being suspended or permanently barred from practicing.

However, it is actually possible to have the charges dismissed even if the results of the breath test or field sobriety tests indicate intoxication due to alcohol or another substance, depending on the circumstances and if the proper criminal defense is mounted. If you are being charged with DUI, find a lawyer in the area with a good track record with DUI cases. Your future may depend on it.

The penalties for these kinds of offenses are beyond steep. Those convicted of DUI can face years in prison depending on any prior convictions. In addition to incarceration, they could be fined thousands of dollars and even have their driving license suspended or revoked. Many drug charges, such as marijuana possession, also carry harsh punishments. While many law experts are beginning to agree that these punishments do not quite fit the crimes, the laws are explicit and must be followed.

If you believe that you have been wrongly charged with a DUI, contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Working with an experienced attorney may be the only way to keep your record clear.

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Krokodil: The Most Dangerous Illicit Drug is Now in the U.S.

If there is one kind of illegal drug that should be dreaded due to its horrible and scary effects, it is krokodil (deduced from the term ‘crocodile’). A cheaper, yet more potent version of heroin, this homemade, flesh-eating, injectable drug is the result of combining lighter fluid, gasoline, codeine, iodine, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, and red phosphorus (from matchbox strike pads).

Due to its high impurity and the corrosive, poisonous products it contains, krokodil slowly gnaws away users’ flesh (practically from any part of the body, even the face and inside the mouth), leaving the bone literally exposed.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that krokodil is highly addictive, making it much more dangerous. Anyone who will be addicted to this drug is sure to be in serious trouble for about two to three years – the length of time before the it finally claims their lives, but not before making users zombie-like creatures first, due to the rotting of their body parts.

The greater cause of worry for the DEA, though, is the possibility of krokodil now being distributed in some US states; and recent cases in Arizona, Utah, Illinois, and Chicago seem to prove that this drug, which is believed to have originated in Russia, is now here to destroy the lives and futures of many Americans.

Once addicted to krokodil, withdrawal from it can last for about an excruciating month. The very high level of addiction and scaly gangrene it causes also make the drug the hardest to treat and cure.

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Why Have Executive Employment Agreements?

Executives are often in a class of their own, and don’t have the same benefits and responsibilities of a regular employee. Executives get the big bucks and perks, and they are in on all the trade secrets and inner circle. But they don’t get overtime pay, paid leaves, and holiday pay. Executives are often on call 24 hours a day and they take the bulk of the blame and responsibility when things go wrong. This is why executive employment agreements are important for both the company and the executives.

Executives wield a lot of authority and influence, but they also take on a lot of responsibility. Executive employment agreements document and limit the power and responsibilities that an executive has, as well as the compensation and perks such as stock options and the like that goes with the position. The agreement may also include nondisclosure or noncompetitive clauses that would prevent an executive from divulging trade secrets to competitors or enticing key employees away. Such agreements serve both the company and executive if it is properly negotiated and structure.

Executive employment agreements tend to favor whoever draws it up, however, which is why it is important that such agreements are brought before a labor lawyer to go through it with a fine-toothed comb. Legal loopholes and certain conditions that could work against either party must be carefully considered and weighed, and subjected to negotiations.

An experienced lawyer should be in on the negotiation process every step of the way before the agreement is finalized and signed. In that way, both parties have a fair shake and disputes can be avoided in the future. This can help both parties avoid contentious and potentially expensive legal battles that will be professionally detrimental to them in more ways than one, no matter who wins.

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Getting SR-22 Bonds Online

Most drivers are required to get an SR-22 by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) once their driver’s license has been suspended. Reasons for having to file for an SR-22 bond are traffic violations, driving without the required minimum coverage, or those who have committed DUI or DWI offenses. An SR-22 bond allows problem drivers to have their licenses reinstated after being suspended or revoked.

Shopping online regarding the best option is the same as combing through insurance companies that can offer you the best deals and discounts. Convenience is one of the allures of the internet, and most insurance companies have online sites that offer free SR-22 quotes just by filling up their forms. Although it may be time-consuming, taking the time to fill these forms in several insurance company can give you options on which one to choose. Having seen the possible options, you can immediately make changes to your coverage, allowing you to have a lower cost which you feel comfortable with.

Another great reason why it’s better to find an SR-22 bond insurance online is that it can save you the trouble of finding an insurance agent and talking to them, that is explaining your case to them. Most online SR-22 bond quotes offer discounts. They are also available 24/7 to help any inquiries, and offer helpful information on their sites to help you understand necessary information. Being online, you can also research more about the insurance company you are eyeing on to see their reliability and services. Finding a trusted and reliable insurance company is necessary in getting an SR-22 and having your driver’s license reinstated.

Lastly, most insurance companies offering SR-22 bonds can provide you with the essential forms needed in applying for it. Having a difficult time to find and fill up the form can slow down your application; with an available form you can process your application and have your license as soon as possible.

Not only are you able to evaluate different quotes from various insurance companies, you can determine which one will work for your specific situation without having to spend a lot of time and money. Since driving your own vehicle is the most convenient way to travel, most drivers with revoked or suspended license should consider going online to find a reputable insurance company who can provide them with SR-22 bonds.

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Quotes to Help You Run On

Running is no easy feat, especially if you’re new to the game. It’s hard for our muscles and even harder for our minds. However, once you get in the groove of it, and remind yourself that YOU CAN DO IT, things just go uphill from there (Not literally. Unless, of course, you want to). While there are many means of transportation (and a million ways to get there) some people prefer getting to their destinations by running versus learning how to ride a motorcycle, or attending a flight school. Here are some motivational quotes to think of when you need to get past those “I’m going to quit” moments:

  • “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.” – Henry Ford
  • “Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain
  • “You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Hopefully these quotes will help you through those tough times and push you forward to greatness in your running. Keep this in mind today, especially, in case you are pursued by zombies, witches, or werewolves!

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How Financial Constraints Can affect Child Custody

Child custody and visitation laws differ from state to state, but the ability to financially support a child or children is one consideration that is sure to be a major factor in awarding custody. But because of the emotional component involved, child custody is one of the more ticklish issues in a divorce. In an ideal world, divorcing parents would agree on how to best serve the interests of the child or children by coming up with an agreement without letting ego, pride, self-interest or sheer orneriness coming into play. Unfortunately, that does not usually happen.

There is generally one parent who is the de facto primary caregiver and would be in the best position to have physical custody of the child or children, while the other parent is given visitation rights. In some instances, however, financial constraints can make it difficult for the primary caregiver to prove that having legal custody of the offspring is in their best interests. In these difficult times of high unemployment, many workers tolerate labor law violations such as unpaid overtime to avoid losing their jobs. Consequently, there is a significant reduction in income, which can make it difficult to make ends meet. If you believe you are a victim of unpaid overtime, contact an overtime lawyer today to discuss your options.

According to the website of the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield in Manhattan Beach, this can change the circumstances of the custodial parent and open the way for the non-custodial parent to seek custody. This is an issue that may not be easy to resolve, especially if there are other issues involved which bars the way to a mutually agreeable arrangement. A highly complex set of laws will have to be drawn upon in such situations, and that is no piece of cake. It would need the expertise and knowledge of a child custody and visitation rights lawyer practicing in the area to ensure that the rights of the client parent as well as the offspring is protected in light of financial constraints.

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Personal Injury and Pharmaceutical Liability

It is no secret that drug companies make a bundle from their products, and in most cases that is acceptable. Drug companies in the US have to go through a rigorous round of research, development and testing before it will be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human use. That takes quite a bit of investment, so it is reasonable that the companies want to make a profit. However, when personal injury results because a drug was not thoroughly tested, was marketed for off-label (not approved by the FDA) use, or did not carry the appropriate warnings then pharmaceutical liability may come into play.

An article on the website of Nashville-based law firm Pohl & Berk, LLP points out that some drugs are so potent that the line between efficacy and toxicity can be quite thin. It is the responsibility of drug companies to ensure that the product is used properly and that relevant warnings and contraindications are clearly stated. If a patient sustains a preventable injury because the drug company breached their standard of care whether inadvertently or deliberately for whatever reason, the company is liable under the civil tort laws.

Personal injury can occur at any time; most of them are accidents. Notable exceptions are dangerous pharmaceuticals, which are considered tortious (wrongful) and infinitely preventable if the drug companies do their duty by their clients. If they do not, it is the patients who pay. According to the website of the Steinberg Law Firm, injury arising from a defective or dangerous drug can have devastating, even fatal consequences, and often entails huge economic and non-economic costs. It is just right that these negligent companies pay compensation for those whom they have harmed.

A few relevant cases that law firms typically handle include recalled drugs, contaminated drugs, and false claims.

However, drug companies have big budgets when it comes to legal matters; most people will not have the resources to make a dent in their armor. Any personal injury claim for pharmaceutical liability therefore should be handled by a law firm with the experience and connections to make them sit up and notice.

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Effects of Cruise Ship Injuries

The effects of cruise ship injuries may be worse than usual because of the legal ramifications of cruise ships in general. A cruise ship is often registered outside the US, mostly to circumvent tax and liability issues. A foreign-registered cruise ship is essentially sovereign territory and as such is outside the jurisdiction of the US. While some regulations may be in place, there is no real enforcement that any US agency can put into effect.

This applies to safety issues and liability for injuries that may occur on board, including both passengers and crew members. Sustaining a serious injury on board one of these ships is tantamount to being on a desert island with no effective help on hand. This is because even if there is a ship’s doctor, there is no guarantee that the physician is qualified to provide reasonable medical care. A ship’s doctor on a foreign-registered vessel need not be licensed in the US, so medical qualifications are not put to the test. As a result, injuries sustained while on board can carry huge financial costs which would otherwise be avoided if it had not happened on a cruise ship. The costs can be so great that it may lead to bankruptcy for the unfortunate passenger.

It is possible to recover some of the costs of cruise ship injuries, but it would require the assistance of a specialized form. According to the website of the Vucci Law Group, P.A., an injury caused by some type of negligence on a cruise ship may form the basis for a passenger claim if handled properly. Because of cruise ship registration and other issues, the laws governing them are highly complex. A lawyer experienced in handling personal injury cases on cruise ships would know precisely how to go about making a claim and what pressure can be used to make it stick even if it is not registered in the US. This could spell the difference between financial ruin and just compensation.

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