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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Signs of Concussion

Jan 30, 2017 by

A mild traumatic brain injury, more commonly known as a concussion, occurs when the brain has sustained some damage after an impact to the head. This mostly occurs because of a direct force to the head, such as in traffic accidents, sports like basketball and football, and slip and fall accidents. In fact, concussion is such a serious issue in these incidents that there are legal professionals who specialize on them, such as the NFL concussion lawsuit attorneys at Mokaram Law Firm.

The symptoms of a concussion may come immediately after impact, but there are instances where the symptoms only surface after a few days, or even weeks. The most common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Difficulty in remembering the traumatic event
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Slow reaction time
  • Vision problems

There are also more serious symptoms that need medical attention right away. These include:

  • Abnormal eye movement
  • Body coordination problems, such as clumsiness
  • Difficulty in balancing and walking
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mood changes such as irritability
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Worsening of other symptoms

Most concussion patients completely recover, but the recovery period may even take a few months. There are also situations where surgery is required, depending on the gravity of the traumatic brain injury.

Prevention is always better than cure. To prevent concussions, make sure to wear your seatbelt while on the road, to prevent your head from crashing to the steering wheel, windshield, or any hard surfaces. Wear protective gear such as helmets while doing sports activities. Be wary of slippery substances, defective escalators, elevators, and floors, and other objects and obstructions that may can a slip and fall accident.

This is especially true to those who have already sustained a concussion. Though it is rarely fatal, repeated concussions can seriously damage the brain.

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What Are The Penalties For Statutory Rape?

Dec 22, 2016 by

Statutory rape is a serious offense that involves two people engaging in sexual activities where one of the two is below the legal age of consent which can be between 14 and 18 years of age. It is categorized into first degree and second degree. First degree rape is committed against someone below 12 years old and the initiator is older than 16 years old.

Second degree statutory rape, on the other hand, involves an initiator who is more than 16 years old and a victim aged between 12 and 16 years old. The penalties for second degree statutory rape are less harsh than first degree statutory rape. Statutory rape is a kind of sex offense and hence the offender may be required to register as a sex offender. Depending on the location and the circumstance, penalties may vary.

Nashville sex crime attorneys will tell you that statutory rape will be charged as Class E felonies and hence will carry the mandatory minimum jail term of one year. For first degree statutory rape, when the minor is less than 12 years old, the penalty may be life imprisonment or from 10-99 years. Second degree statutory rape will often carry lower sentences and will be charged as a misdemeanor. The jail term will range from one year to twenty years in jail.

In statutory rape, the age of the minor can be a huge factor in the success of a case. Over the years, laws have evolved as a reaction to the pressure from parents who are worried about minors engaging in sexual acts with other minors. As the world is constantly changing, so are the laws that govern statutory rape. It is worth noting, however, that the age difference does not completely decriminalize the act. It only reduces the possible sentence.

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