Arkansas Is a Dangerous State to Drive In

By on 11-14-2017 in Personal Injury

According to Yahoo, Arkansas is the 7th most dangerous state to drive in. In fact, it’s worse than that. Arkansas is the 7th worst in a list of states where fatal car accidents are most likely. What is going on in Arkansas to make the state so dangerous to drive in, and what can be done to fix the problem?

Part of the problem is the amount people in Arkansas drive. Arkansans drive a lot, more than all but five other states. That, of course, raises the risk of accidents since people spend so much time in their cars. Unfortunately, the issue doesn’t end there, however.

A major reason why there are so many fatal accidents in this state is that Arkansans are far less likely to follow all the safety rules of the road. While the national average for seat belt use is 87%, in Arkansas, that number drops to 77%.

Another issue is drinking. Alcohol-related driving incidents are more common in Arkansas than in most states. At the same time, there’s slightly more chance a fatal accident was caused by someone drinking in this state than nationally. Nationally, that number is 72%, while in Arkansas it’s 74%.

All of that leads to a probability of dying in a car crash is an astounding 1 in 6, according to Yahoo.

What can Arkansas do to lower these numbers?

First, more needs to be done to enforce the rules of the road. There are already laws on the books that require drivers and those in the passenger seat to wear seat belts. Anyone under 15 is also required to wear a seat belt, no matter where they sit in the car. Therefore, more needs to be done to enforce these laws. If that ugly seat belt percentage were more in alignment with the national average, far more Arkansans would survive their crashes.

Similarly, more must be done to stop drinking and driving through the state. In a place where so many must drive so often, the risks of someone causing an accident after drinking are far higher. A no-tolerance policy should be put in place to help lower those numbers.

Finally, for anyone who is involved in an accident which is the other driver’s fault, they should consider legal options. By scaring local drivers into better behavior, fewer drivers will so casually break the laws that are designed to keep us safe.

Arkansas is a great state with a lot to offer both its residents and tourists, but as long as ugly statistics like these continue to exist, few will want to see all the great sides of Arkansas. For the benefit of the state and its citizens, more has to be done to fix this issue, so that Arkansas can shine, as it rightly should, as one of the brightest stars on the US flag.

I’d Rather Be Dreaming of Beer

By on 10-16-2017 in Uncategorized

Have you ever had a dream that felt so real, after you woke up it took a few minutes to realize that it never happened? I dream a lot and try to write down the ones I remember as soon as I wake up. I’ve been having more luck lately remembering my dreams, and it’s an interesting start to the day.

I’ve had this reoccurring dream now for several weeks, and I’m not sure why it keeps happening. I always get into some situation and then I feel the urge to run as quickly as I can. Sometimes it’s out of joy and heading somewhere wonderful, and sometimes it is out of fear or necessity. No matter what the reason is in my dream, I can’t move my legs quickly. It feels like I’m running through quicksand and my legs are struggling in motion. It’s pretty freaky when it happens, but I’m always glad when I wake up and wiggle my toes without any problems.

I always read a book before I go to sleep instead of my phone because it helps me get to deep sleep sooner, and I wake up feeling more rested in the morning. My whole life I’ve struggled to fall asleep. As soon as I lay down, my mind starts racing, and I think of things that I haven’t remembered in years. It’ll be some random time in second grade when I got in trouble with the teacher, and Mrs. Repp told my parents, but then I lied about it and got away with it, and it has nothing to do with my life anymore, but now I’m stressing instead of sleeping. Oh and then there was that one time…

Now I drink a beer with dinner to unwind and relax a little to ease my mind. I find my thoughts don’t race as much at the end of the day, and I’m starting to really enjoy the taste of beer. I prefer bottles over cans, and my wife started getting me growlers of my favorite beers.

Depending on the meal, I like to have a port or a stout and I really only drink dark beers. The growlers are awesome, but they take up a lot of space in my fridge. I looked around online and found this nifty contraption. I ordered it last week and it just came in the mail. It was just the right size to fit next to my little bonsai trees, and I think the beer tastes better

The next thing I need to find is a better reading lamp for my chair. I use a tall lamp that shines a light on the ceiling of the corner, but I think I want to try something more directional. I’ve also read that red light is easier on your eyes that bright white or yellow or blue. The wavelength is larger, which makes the light naturally less intense. I have red lights on my dashboard, and they seem to work for me. It’s pretty interesting how something like the color of light can make a difference on your eyes and help you sleep.

Large Machinery Comes With Large Risks

By on 9-02-2017 in Accidents and Injuries

Working in a refinery is not the safest of jobs. Working with heavy machinery, fragile chemicals, and intense working conditions, there is a large risk for serious injury. Thankfully, there are rules and regulations set in place to prevent a large amount of injury. However, even with these laws in place, there is still a chance for risk, so it is important to remember that you have the ability to take action against the company you work for.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is implemented to make sure companies are doing their best to ensure employee safety. More commonly known as OSHA, this document of rules and regulations keeps the workplace standardized and controlled. OSHA provides a long list of training requirements for its workers, because “no person should ever have to be injured, become ill, or die for a paycheck.”

OSHA is broken down into five different sections, General Industry, Maritime, Construction, Agriculture, and Federal Employee Programs. This document also has an “Injury and Illness Prevention Program” in order to stop injuries before they happen, rather than dealing with them after.

OSHA has a long list of educational information provided for the employees that are subjected to it. With many ways to access this information, online or in commercial printing, this information should be read by employees, and addressed by employers. On top of ways to read this information on your own, there are “OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.”

This document also gives directions for emergency action plans, to ensure their workers know what to do in case of an emergency. Employees must learn everything there is to know about the machinery they work with, and how it will respond to different environmental factors. The act of wearing proper safety equipment is also talked about in this document, along with the proper handling and storage of equipment.

With all these regulations and safety monitors set in place, accidents can still happen. Even if the accidents seem like your fault, the company can still be at fault. Williams Kherkher makes a good point when they say, “with heavy machinery, hazardous materials, and constant motion around them, it is no wonder that so many workers are seriously injured on the job.” This line of work is quite dangerous so it is important to know the next steps you can take after you’ve been injured on the job.

The first thing to do is act quickly. In order to get the best possible chance at winning your case, you have to document your injuries, how they occurred, and to take note of these things fast. Getting a lawyer is very important. Dealing with recovery is hard enough without having to worry about legal jargon, that is what lawyers are there for. Hiring a lawyer can get you the compensation you deserve for your work-related serious injury. Even if your work has prepared you well, there is still a possibility you can win, so don’t be afraid to fight.

Iowa’s Drunk Driving Epidemic

By on 8-21-2017 in Personal Injury

Drunk driving is a problem which plagues the entirety of the United States. In 2015, over 10,o00 people were killed in drunk driving accidents, making up one-third of all deaths on the road. Despite these shocking numbers, many people find that the punishment for driving drunk is too lenient. Although most drivers involved in fatal drunk driving accidents face jail time, many do not serve their entire sentence. The Des Moines Register assessed this problem in an April 2017 article about the inappropriate punishment for Iowa’s drunk drivers.

Many families across Iowa are frustrated with the legal system, as they believe that they do not treat drunk driving as a serious issue. They indicate that this is made clear through situations as Miranda Lalla’s who, after killing a woman in a drunk driving accident was sentenced to 25 years in prison, only served two years of this sentence. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, this is a common occurrence, as, over the past six years, 47 inmates convicted of vehicular homicide served only one-fourth of their maximum sentence. Vehicular homicide is considered a class B felony and, for any other felony of this type, inmates are not released until up to 15 years into their sentence. However, on average, inmates convicted of vehicular homicide serve only six years of their full sentence. Iowa citizens fear that this indicates a serious lack of concern about drunk driving, as the legal system is demonstrating to the community as a whole that the consequences for drunk driving are not nearly as severe as many other crimes. The Iowa Peace Officers Association has spent the last several years attempting to make drunk driving laws stricter and keep those accused of driving drunk, off the roads. Unfortunately, these changes have not been put into effect.

The struggle that Iowa is facing regarding drunk driving laws is unfortunately not uncommon. Across the United States, first-time and repeat drunk driving offenders rarely serve more than a quarter of their full sentence. This lax treatment of drunk driving gives many people an excuse to continue participating in this extremely dangerous behaviors. Although as a nation we are becoming more aware of the dangers of drunk driving, this knowledge it not enough to prevent some individuals from continuing to put themselves and others at serious risk. Stricter punishments, such as increased jail time, extensive fines, and license revocation, must be used to discourage those engaging in this reckless behavior.

Although the punishments for drunk driving may be too lenient, victims can still take action to protect their rights after an accident. Many individuals who have suffered from a drunk driving accident choose to pursue a lawsuit against the driver, in order to receive compensation for their losses. With the help of an Iowa personal injury attorney, these individuals can get the money they need to pay medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages. This compensation can help diminish one of the many burdens caused by a devastating drunk driving accident.

Contested and Uncontested Divorce

By on 6-13-2017 in Divorces

Divorce is almost always an emotional experience, because of the separation itself and how it can affect not just yourself, but also your spouse and children. Also, according to the website of these Fort Worth divorce lawyers, divorce can be a complicated legal process. So, aside from the emotions, you also have to handle the legalities involved in divorce.

The first step to effectively handle these legalities is to have a background on divorce and its two general kinds – contested and uncontested.

Contested Divorce

The divorce is called contested if the spouses involved have a disagreement regarding the terms of the separation. Usually, the disagreements are in the financial aspect, such as child support, spousal support, and division of properties, or in the personal aspect, such as child custody.

These aspects have equivalent laws surrounding them, so most of the time, contested divorce require attorneys to help the spouses navigate the law to their advantage.

Also, because of the argumentative nature of contested divorce, it is often emotional and personal, so there is a lot of room for hate. This can result into more hard feelings between the spouses, not to mention that it can prolong the divorce process.

Because of attorney fees and long divorce processes, contested divorce is often more expensive, but at least the parties are able to effectively compromise.

Uncontested Divorce

The divorce is called uncontested if the spouses have very few or no disagreements at all. Because there is no need to fully navigate laws regarding common dispute areas, it is possible to pull off this kind of divorce even without a lawyer.

Because of the lack of disagreements, the divorce process also has less room for legal errors and is accomplished faster. This, of course, translates to less expenses because there will be little to no attorney fees and minimal court fees.

But like contested divorce, uncontested divorce is not perfect. Those who choose this kind of divorce are likely to give in to biases, because they do not want to go through the complications of contesting the terms of the separation, so they just give in to the demands of their spouses.

Does my small business need a lawyer?

By on 2-15-2017 in Business Law

Small businesses continue to be the lifeblood of the American economy as we recover from the 2008 recession. The importance of small businesses cannot be understated. In the first three fiscal quarters of 2014, reports the Small Business Association, small businesses added 1.4 million new jobs, 39% of which were from very small businesses (with fewer than 50 people).

In the early stages of entrepreneurship, the chaos of managing your business can be overwhelming. Hiring, paying bills, and building a customer base take time and energy, and can often leave no time for complicated legal procedure. According to Austin business lawyers at Slater Pugh, Ltd. LLP, for medium and large sized businesses there are a range of legal issues which must occasionally be dealt with to ensure the ongoing success of the company. While you cannot avoid seeking legal advice forever, there are several tasks you can complete yourself to get your business on its feet. For example, creating a legal partnership agreement or limited liability corporation agreement can be done with the assistance of online legal resources and is essential to a successful business.

In addition, finances frequently seem too tight to afford a business lawyer. Investopedia outlines several generic costs that small business owners face. These include research expenses, borrowing costs, advertising and promotion, employee expenses, and technological expenses. With all these expenses, legal bills can become an afterthought.

Getting a lawyer for your small business is ultimately a preventative measure. You may not need them immediately, but they can help prepare you for the moment when you are dealing with a breach of contract or customer lawsuit. Do not be caught off guard; utilize legal services before it is too late for your business.

Fighting Charges Related to Controlled Substances

By on 10-13-2016 in Drug Crimes

According to the website of Horst Law, a conviction on any charges related to a controlled substance will have the potential to affect just about every aspect of your life. Bearing that in mind, you will need to do everything you can to defend yourself as you work your way through the coming legal process. In any event, it is important to remember you right to remain silent.

Defending Against Your Charges

As frightening as the possible consequences of a conviction can be, you need to remember that you have not been convicted of anything yet and that you will still have the opportunity to defend yourself against your charges. You may be facing accusations of something like:

  • Marijuana Possession
  • Cocaine Possession
  • Heroin Possession
  • Methamphetamine Possession
  • Controlled Substance/Drug Possession
  • Controlled Substance/Drug Sales
  • Controlled Substance/Drug Manufacturing / Delivery
  • Controlled Substance/Drug Traffic / Distribution
  • Controlled Substance/Drug Paraphernalia
  • Controlled Substance/Drug Importation

Whatever the particulars of your charges happen to be, you should be aware that the penalties for drug charges are lopsidedly stiff and overly harsh across the board.

Because of the nature of punishments for drug crimes, if you have been charged with any criminal offense associated with a controlled substance, you will need to do everything you can to defend yourself against the possible consequences of a conviction. Your future depends on your actions. These are serious charges with life-changing consequences, so it’s imperative that you fight them with as much vigor as possible.

Activities that may Lead to a Drug Crime

By on 6-13-2016 in Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

Any drug-related activity, including manufacture, marketing, distribution, possession or use of illegal drugs and drug-related equipment, is considered a major offense in the U.S., is punished with a jail term and huge fines, and is sure to imprint a mark which will negatively affect one’s life for many years to come.

Being charged or convicted of a criminal offense, especially one that is related to illegal drugs can ruin one’s career and entail lots of limits and inconveniences, including difficulty in finding a decent place to live in, failing to qualify for financial aid for college, restrictions on international travel, difficulty in obtaining a professional license, and getting unfavorable results on issues of child custody and visitation rights.

One specific kind of drug that has been prohibited in the US is cocaine, the second most widely used illegal drug in the U.S. (the first is marijuana or cannabis). Cocaine has been classified by the US Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as a Schedule II drug, a type of drug that has a high potential for abuse; doctors, however, may administer it to patients for certain medical reasons. (The CSA, which is Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, is a federal drug policy that was signed into law by the US Congress in 1970; this policy aims to regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, distribution and use of different substances.)

A website called Brent Horst Attorney At Law says that a person can also get arrested and charged with a drug crime if he or she:

  • is found in possession of a drug without a prescription;
  • gives his or her prescription drugs to someone else and this other person is harmed due to a bad reaction of the drug;
  • is found guilty of drug trafficking, which is characterized by the selling a of pills to someone else;
  • forges or alters a prescription or steals blank prescription forms; and,
  • drives under the influence of a prescription or illegal drug.

Substance abuse or drug-related crimes can have a long-term effect in any one’s life. A criminal charge as serious as one that involves drugs necessitates a very tough defense which may help save a person’s future from getting ruined. A person who has been charged but entrusts his or her court defense to an unexperienced criminal defense lawyer may very well close his door to a promising future. With a drug charge, it is either behind bars or a fulfilling life. A seasoned criminal defense lawyer may be able to help in making possible the latter.

Workplace Injury and Employer Liability

By on 2-14-2016 in Accidents and Injuries, Employment

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, worker’s compensation is one of the many benefits that each employed worker has, and they can avail of such benefit in the event of a workplace accident. It is given regardless of who caused the accident, and it will help provide for lost wages and medical expenses brought about by the accident. The accident does not have to occur within the workplace, either; worker’s compensation will include workers who got involved in an accident outside of the workplace as long as they are under their working hours and when they are doing their job.

It is important, though, that each company may have their own regulations regarding job-related injuries and how they define negligence and disregard of workplace safety rules. Almost all states require employers to get worker’s compensation for all their workers that are classified as employees, except for some employed workers who are not included according to the worker’s compensation requirements of the state such as seasonal workers, independent contractors, domestic workers, railroad workers, and many others. If you have filed for a workers’ compensation benefit, you don’t have legal right to sue your employer for personal injury since worker’s compensation also works as protection to the company.

Depending on the type of work you do and your relationship with the employer, you may have other alternatives to workers’ compensation especially for those who are not covered with workers’ compensation. Going online, you can have a free consultation and review of your claim from a lawyer, therefore your options are not really limited. Workers compensation may be a no-fault system, but intentional harm on the side of the employer can be grounds for lawsuits. it not only covers for physical harm but also emotional and mental distress that the employer can cause to the worker.

Immigration Law

By on 8-09-2015 in Immigration Laws

Immigrating can be an extremely complex and life changing decision. This is a process that has many legal implications and can be difficult to navigate if one chooses to pursue it on their own. It is highly advisable then, to seek legal representation or consultation during this process, to navigate the many complications that can arise.

According to the website of the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, common areas in which complications can arise in the immigration process are: Green Cards,  Employment Immigration, Visas and Immigration Status, and Family Immigration. Visas can be very helpful in saving a client time and unnecessary difficulties. If a stay in a country is intended to be temporary in any way, there are many options of Visas that can simplify the lengthy immigration process. A green card is in many cases the first step to achieving United States citizenship. It can be a great avenue to pursue when beginning he immigration process. There can be many different circumstances under which one might pursue a green card or visa. One of the most common is for employment purposes. Another is to gain proximity to close family members. The deferred action program “allows individuals in specific circumstances to remain in the country even if their status as immigrants doesn’t meet current legal requirements.” This can be a complicated process and legal representation is recommended in these cases as well. Whatever the circumstances of ones immigration or pursuit of citizenship, and can be a very complicated process.

While immigration can be an incredibly lengthy, complicated, and somewhat frustrating process, there are ways to make it less stressful. With proper legal representation this process can go as smoothly as possible, and be less of an ordeal for you and your family. It is important that if immigration is something you are considering, consult an experienced legal professional first.