The Chaotic and Cool Electric Scooters

Apr 26, 2019 by

If you live in a city or near a college campus, you’ve seen them. They appear suddenly. They are energized at night. They wreak havoc. They cause chaos. They are connected to many, many injuries. Some deaths.

That’s right, I’m talking about electric scooters. The biggest electric scooter brands are Bird and Lime. But other brands, like Uber’s Jump or Spin, are also jumping into the fold. These scooters, most popular with millennials and urbanites, are just other services in a new economy prioritizing convenience and express delivery.

People can make money — mostly as a side gig but for some, as a full-time job — charging the electric scooters at night and returning them to populous areas before sunrise. This has established a system of self-sustainability wherein “chargers” refuel the electric batteries while contracted, amateur mechanics repair scooters with functional issues.

Unfortunately, these mechanics operate with no professional credentials or certification. In some cases, the people who are charged with repairing or fixing electric scooters have absolutely no experience solving mechanical issues. The issue, of course, is that human error will cause a scooter to malfunction and potentially endanger the rider and nearby pedestrians. These errors will only become more common with the increasing explosion of electric scooter brands.

However, the role of mechanics is just one of the many safety issues that these new devices represent. With very little oversight, these companies flood the markets and cities literally overnight. City councils and municipal boards have had to issue bans not because the devices are without merit, but because they need time to adjust parking ordinances as well as learn enforcement mechanisms for scooters driving on sidewalks, for example.

Another danger is car-scooter collisions. The dangerous phenomenon is especially prevalent in urban communities, swamped with electric scooters, with little to no bicycle infrastructure. A lack of bike lanes, narrow lanes, or confusing road configurations can and will lead to more car-scooter accidents wherein a negligent scooter rider or an inattentive driver will collide.

Many scooter accident injuries are particularly dangerous because of the inherent vulnerability of so many riders; helmets are not required nor are individual state laws necessitating them always enforced. In most collisions, a rider is thrown from their scooter. Being thrown to the ground at a high speed is obviously dangerous and even sometimes, fatal.

Other injuries include spinal cord injuries, bruised or broken bones, lacerations, cuts, sprained ankles, and broken wrists.

I did some research on liability for scooter accidents. The website for The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee argues that in most cases, scooter accident victims are pressured to assume responsibility in the accident, even if the facts of the case demonstrate that the car or truck drivers are to blame. They advise you to talk with a lawyer before you accept an offer for a settlement or compensation from an insurance company. Apparently, insurance companies have a history of short-changing — or trying to pay you as little as they can get away with — instead of focusing on paying you the money you deserve and need to recover from your accident.

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Green Cards Are Going to Get Harder to Get

Nov 9, 2018 by

The law hasn’t particularly changed, but the atmosphere around the law definitely has when it comes to green cards. Immigration has become a priority issue in recent years in America, and that means those who have green cards or intend to get green cards need to get legal assistance more than ever before.

Green cards make it possible for workers to come over and take important jobs. They also allow families to stay together. However, the process is by no means a simple one, and the current atmosphere around the process suggests that it may soon get even harder.

What does this mean for those who have a green card or who want to get one?

It means getting more legal help with the process. Green cards are already complicated. They cover a huge number of situations, and each situation has its own process. This process is long and involves a great deal of paperwork, as well as interviews and other expectations. Small mistakes can be very costly. In fact, they can be so costly that they cost you a green card altogether.

So, your best option is to go first and foremost to a green card attorney that can help you navigate the whole process from the first page of your first application all the way to citizenship. As green card lawyer William Jang points out, the green card process can involve significant delays in which no information is provided to the applicant. It can also involve appearances in court.

As this process draws more and more attention, it is likely that requirements will be ever more strictly enforced, leading to a greater likelihood that even the slightest misstep is severely punished. You don’t want to risk your career or the residency of a loved one. The only way to make sure you get everything right is by bringing your case to an experienced green card lawyer.

There’s also a further reason to work with a green card lawyer in the current political environment. A green card lawyer can ensure that your rights are respected once you’ve been granted a green card. As a resident of the U.S., you are entitled to the same legal protections as citizens, and if those rights are ever infringed, you’ll need to be able to defend your legal status against very serious legal opposition.

The immigration process in the United States has come to the forefront of the American political world, with very passionate opinions on all sides. Until the system has been conclusively changed or left as it is, it’s hard to know exactly how the green card process will go forward for you, your family, or your employees. It’s likely that getting a green card is going to continue to get harder, at least in the short-term. That means you’re best served by getting a green card lawyer to make sure you successfully navigate the process, no matter how strict it gets.

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No state competes with Kentucky

Oct 20, 2017 by

Kentucky is a great place to live. The bluegrass state takes a lot of flack, some of it fair, a lot of it overblown. Mostly, when you hear about Kentucky, you hear about basketball or a redneck joke.

There are plenty of rednecks in this area, but not all of those necks are red because of farm labor. Some of us have red necks because we spend our time riding the road.

Name for me a more beautiful piece of land to bike in this country of ours than Kentucky? You can’t. You might name some that compete, some that should be mentioned in the same sentence, but I won’t hear it if you think any place actually beats Kentucky.

We’ve got it all when it comes to views and vistas. We’ve got hills and mountains, we’ve got caves. We’ve got rivers and river valleys. We’ve got beautiful pastures. We’ve got cities. We’ve got open land. We’ve got bluegrass. Who else has that? No one. Kentucky’s got the copyright.

I bring this up because I recently got into a discussion with some bikers from Texas. Now that’s a state to make a biker weep: big and flat and boring all across. But they say different. Of course they do, if you’ve ever met anyone from Texas, they are positive to a ridiculous degree that everything is better in Texas.

But I’ve ridden their roads, and I can say it doesn’t match up to Kentucky. Texas is fine for what it is. It’s hot. It’s got cowboys. It’s got a few nice cities and a lot of space in between them to ride, but it doesn’t have the beauty of Kentucky. Kentucky’s in a class of its own. There’s just something about the environment.

Now, if these folks had been from Tennessee or West Virginia, I might be willing to concede a little more. Those states have a lot to brag about as well in terms of natural beauty, but Texas? Come on, it’s not even a competition.

I’m not saying we don’t have our faults here. We could use a few more of those Texas straight roads and some of that Texas space to really open up and ride like the wind. And we have our share of accidents and our share of problems like every state.

But none of that takes away from Kentucky’s unbeatable looks. She’s a ten. She’s perfect. And no other girl at the dance is even close.

I’ve got myself so worked up talking about her, and I think I’ve got to get out and take her in now. The leaves have changed, it’s early morning. I reckon I could get from Louisville to Bowling Green by lunch, and what a ride that’ll be.

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Benefits of Hiring a Long-term Disability Benefits Lawyer

Jul 20, 2017 by

No one plans on becoming disabled, yet many are forced to claim disability benefits at some point in their career. According to the Council for Disability Awareness, about one in four of today’s 20-year-olds have a chance of becoming disabled at some point before retirement. The average absence lasts 34.6 -36 months, which is long enough to deal a severe financial blow to those who are unable to work. In theory, long-term disability insurance confronts this problem by proving steady income payments to disabled individuals for a period of time. While payments typically comprise only 50-60% of the individual’s former salary, they often help with bill payments and medical expenses .

Unfortunately, long-term disability insurers are often reluctant to grant benefits to injured parties given the expense that it represents for their business. On occasion, insurers will deny appeals for invalid reasons, relying on the filer’s lack of legal literacy to avoid their claim. Thus, those who are denied long-term disability benefits by their insurer are advised to consult with a disability claim appeal lawyer, who can help them determine the validity of the insurer’s denial.

Reasons to hire a long-term disability lawyer

As the disability claim appeal lawyers with Fields Disability point out, it’s beneficial to hire a professional for the following reasons:

  • Lawyers understand the deadlines involved with the appeals process
  • Lawyers have experience with insurance company regulations and can craft a legal argument based on this experience
  • Lawyers are familiar with the potential interaction between long-term disability benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, and Social Security benefits
  • Lawyers can act as a buffer between you and the insurance company, allowing you to keep your personal life separate from your legal case

 

Overall, long-term disability lawyers can help alleviate your concerns by using their expertise to navigate the legal process and craft an excellent claim dispute.

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Car Defect: Even Wrecks at Relatively Low Speeds can Cause Horrific Damage

Apr 28, 2017 by

Car Defect: Even Wrecks at Relatively Low Speeds can Cause Horrific Damage

To children and senior citizens, being involved in a car accident can be a cause of serious trauma, especially if they sustain severe physical injuries. Car accidents are among the most common causes of injuries and deaths in the U.S. More than five million road accidents involving cars, still happen on U.S. roads annually – more than two million of these accidents result in injuries, while more than 30,000 result in death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top causes of car crashes are drunk-driving, recklessness driving, over speeding and driver error. While all these may fall within the control of the driver, there are also causes identified by the NHTSA that fall outside the driver’s control – this is either road defect or vehicle or car defect.

Car defects can be very hard to prove, despite certainty of the driver that something in his/her vehicle failed to function well, thus the car accident. If the defect is indeed proven, the car manufacturer usually makes a recall of the particular model to correct whatever mistake the manufacture of the car resulted to.

Mistakes are often caused by skipping a necessary manufacturing step/procedure or by adding a step in the manufacturing process, but which should not have been added in the first place. Though it may be clear that producing a defective car is never intentional, the fact that it passed quality check from the manufacturer and got released into the market, are but just signs of carelessness and gross negligence.

According to the firm Spiros Law, P.C., “Even wrecks at relatively low speeds can cause horrific damage. Additionally, as you increase your speed, you become more and more susceptible to tragic accidents should you lose control of your vehicle. There are many types of defects that can cause problems or auto accidents, such as: seatbelt defect, brake malfunction, tire defects, airbag defects, and, child car seat defects.

Should your tires or brakes fail due to a manufacturing defect, your seat belt, airbag, and child car seats should work properly to keep you safe. However, if these items are defective as well, you can be left without the additional protection that you are supposed to have.”

In the event of an accident, the manufacturer may be held totally liable for whatever injury or harm a victim may sustain. It will also be part of the manufacturer’s legal responsibility to the victim, to the compensate him/her with the correct amount based on the present and future cost of medical treatment plus wages lost, if the victim will fail to render work for a certain period.

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