Car accidents are quite common nowadays. There are many factors that can contribute to these crashes but more often than not it is the result of another driver's negligence. These accidents can be quite fatal leading to personal injury or sometimes even death. With around 135 million cars on the roads in the United States, statistics reveal that 40 percent of all accidents involved alcohol. According to statistics from Statistic Brain, there were 30.057 fatal car crashes and around 80 people are killed on the road daily. 

Car accidents are usually associated with serious consequences. Aside from injury or death to the persons involved in the crash, it can also make it difficult to recover from the trauma of the accident, as revealed by the website of the Chicago car accident lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC. In addition, you will also be burdened by a huge debt. So what are the causes of automobile accidents? Read on and find out for yourself. 

1. Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents. A driver who is distracted will usually take his eyes from the raod. A study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 8 out of 10 automobile accidents and 65 percent of near-accidents stemmed from some form of driver distraction. 

2. Speeding

Speeding involves drivers who ignore the speed limit and exceed above the limit. The NHTSA estimates cost of speeding-related crashes at approximately $28 billion yearly. 90 percent of licensed drivers speed at some point in their driving career while 75 percent of drivers admit that they commit speeding regularly. Driving at top speed can lessen reaction time that you need to prevent crashing. 

3. Drunk Driving

We  have seen it in advertisements and we have been constantly reminded not to drink and drive at the same time. When a person is drunk, he suffers from impaired senses and can bring about decreased muscle coordination and slower reaction times. Drunk driving can be a serious offense and one can suffer jail time if proven guilty. All 50 states follow the legal limit for Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 

4. Reckless Driving

It is easy to recognize a reckless driver when they are in the highway. You can see them driving in top speed, changing lanes quickly, or tailgating. Reckless driving often involves several traffic violations. 

5. Rain

The problem with rain is that most drivers do not have am idea on how to drive in the rain. This can make the road slippery, decrease visibility, and others. It is hard to estimate the road  in the midst of a rainy conditions. 

These are just five of the common causes of car accidents. Hopefully, this article can help you become a safe driver and have high regard for the people around you. 

What makes a plumber great?

So, you are washing the dishes after dinner when suddenly, you dropped your wedding ring down the drain. Or maybe, your pipes are too leaky that they are taking a heavy toll on your utility bills. You want the best plumbing service that can get you covered, and you want it as soon as possible. You know that a plumber is worth your call when he has the following:

A good website or social media page (with good recommendation)

Google’s sophisticated algorithms make it possible for you to filter search results based on their importance. When a plumber is highly visible in the Internet, it means that his site knows what it is talking about. Apart from that, you may also want to consider getting a plumber with good recommendations and plenty of ‘likes.’ Getting good endorsements means he is in the business of satisfying his clients with his excellent workmanship.


Getting leads is one thing; responding to them is another. A good plumber responds immediately to queries by returning phone calls or replying through email. Although this could be very difficult to some, a good plumber knows how to streamline contractor – customer relationship to make every transaction as seamless as possible. According to the website for the CRM solutions from FollowUp Power, CRMs can help plumbers identify and exclude redundant business processes that could slow down the sales process.


You know that a plumber is credible if he is licensed in his line of business, if he has liability insurance and workers compensation, and if he is bonded. However, credibility should go beyond these pieces of paper. Look for his experience, too. A licensed, insured plumber of 15 years may provide you better service than a plumber who’s also insured and licensed, but only got a year of experience.

Good price

Finally, you know that a plumber is good if he offers his services at a reasonable price. Also, a good plumber is forthright about his prices, and so you don’t have to worry about any hidden charges.



Traffic accidents continue to plague the roads and highways of America. The United States Census Bureau has noted that an average of 10.6 million vehicular crashes was reported each year during 2005 until 2009. One of the reasons cited for the accidents that occurred in this time was reckless driving.

Across all 50 states, reckless driving is generally defined as incidents when a driver is showing a “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons and properties”. A driver who becomes careless or commits a thoughtless mistake while behind the wheel may be found guilty of reckless driving. The website of the Law Offices of Yvonne Fraser provides concrete examples of such incidents. According to the personal injury law firm, reckless driving can include texting or talking on the phone while driving, serving between lanes, speeding through red lights, ignoring speed limits, and tailgating. All these violations can endanger the lives of the driver in question and anyone else sharing the road.

The outcome of a reckless driving accident will depends on how severe the crash had been. Minor accidents can result in little or no injury, although some damage to property is to be expected. Larger collisions are sure to be devastating, leaving the drivers and passengers involved in the accident with serious injuries. Injuries that commonly result from reckless driving accidents include fractures, lacerations, internal bleeding and trauma, whiplash and other back and neck injuries, as well as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

Reckless driving accidents are just among the many types of traffic incidents that contribute to the alarming statistics regarding the safety of American roads and highways. These particular accidents are known to cause a variety of outcomes. While some victims are lucky enough to walk away from crashes with minor injuries, most are left to face devastating consequences. For those in such a situation, consulting with a qualified legal professional is the first step to receiving the compensation you deserve.

In March of 2015, San Diego became the latest city to file a lawsuit against Monsanto for the pollution of the city and surrounding areas. Extensive evidence of PCBs and other harmful contaminants were found in the Bay area. They primarily showed up in bay sediments and the meat of lobsters, fish, and other marine species. The concern for the city of San Diego stems further than the health of its citizens and the environment. The tourist industry could be severely damaged if travelers perceive San Diego as a more dangerous or unclean area to visit, thus engendering possible serious financial repercussions.

San Diego filed the lawsuit claiming that Monsanto created a public nuisance by producing PCBs. This claim is different than the majority of cases filed against Monsanto. Other cities, such as Anniston, Alabama, have historically claimed protection under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 that was created to decontaminate the most polluted areas of the U.S. Public nuisance claims against corporations causing pollution do not have a high success rate. However, the fact that Monsanto was the sole manufacturer of PCBs for commercial purposes after World War II creates a solid foundation for San Diego’s claim.

Although Monsanto stopped the manufacturing of PCBs in 1977, the stable and persistent molecular structure of PCBs allows for there still to be thousands of tons of the chemical still in the environment. Furthermore, PCBs bioaccumulate, meaning that if a fish contaminated with PCBs was consumed by a person, that person would be more contaminated than the fish. The PCBs are not soluble in fat and therefore concentrate over time, increasing the likelihood of causing cancer or other serious health problems.

If San Diego is successful in their lawsuit against Monsanto, the company may be held responsible for the damages that Monsanto PCBs caused in other locations. The expense, of which, would be substantial as environmental cleanup measures are generally long, costly processes.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in every 33 babies are born with a birth defect every year in America. Based on their estimations, cases involving cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common. Trends point out that there are about 7,088 cases of these orofacial defects annually. Why is there a widespread occurrence of these specific birth defects? What causes a baby to be born with a cleft lip or cleft palate?


Birth defects result from complications that arise while a baby is in utero. With cleft lip and cleft palate, these complications happen as facial development is taking place. In particular, they happen when the tissues making up the lip and palate fail to fuse together properly. Babies born with a cleft lip can also have a cleft palate. Sometimes, a cleft palate patient can have only a small portion of their palates open.


Research led by the CDC found several possible factors that cause these orofacial defects. In these scenarios, the defects are commonly caused by changes in genes during fetal development. These changes are typically caused by environmental factors and dietary issues. Specifically, the CDC found that there is a strong correlation between smoking and cases of orofacial cleft. They also concluded that women with diabetes are more likely to give birth to children with a cleft lip or cleft palate than those without diabetes.


CDC’s research findings also pointed to the use of certain medications as a possible cause for cleft lip and cleft palate. In particular, they pointed to medicine for epilepsy used during the first trimester of pregnancy. A separate study conducted by College of Family Physicians of Canada found that the anti-nausea drug Zofran might also contribute in birth defects like orofacial clefts. In fact, Zofran attorneys of William Kherkher note on their website that they are currently investigating cases that establish links between the drug and cases of cleft lip and cleft palate.


The South by Southwest Festival is an annual festival that occurs in Austin, Texas. It has been globally renowned to garner the attention of audiences from every nook and cranny of the world and this metropolitan is more than equipped to handle the leagues of people that are expected every single year. There hasn’t been a disappointment yet – and there is no reason for there to be as even in the 19th century, this place was known to be quite the party central… even in the midst of Civil War!

Austin limousineSometimes, there are times when people take things too seriously; but there are some days, some weeks at a time, when it is perfectly okay to indulge yourself a little. And what better way to treat yourself than with every luxury that this festival has to offer? Meet ups and one-on-one meetings with experts in the field – where else are you going to get that kind of opportunity? This 2015, in fact, SXSW will be graced by the presence of famed, notable figures such as Ryan Gosling, Henry Rollins, and so many more! Not only that but there are also so many new talents just waiting to be heard and discovered – some of them might even be you!

There are quite a lot of people during an event like this – what with how attractive it is to so many people just like you. Traffic can get a little bit more than crazy, even to the point of being almost impossible if you aren’t familiar with the area. Limousine service in Austin for SXSW can be something that helps with that.

You are not only guaranteed the service of someone who knows their way around but also the benefit of a comfortable and luxurious experience that you can cherish and remember for all the days of your life!


As early as March 2014 the National Safety Council's website was already able to register about 245,358 car accidents in the US (this points only to accidents wherein the use of a cell phone while driving was involved). The number could definitely be higher since many drivers, according to NSC, never admit to having used their cell phone prior to the accident. (The NSC is nonprofit organization founded in 1913; it was chartered by the U.S. Congress for the purpose of saving lives through the prevention of injuries and deaths at work, in communities, in homes and on the road through leadership, advocacy, education and research. The NSC records all traffic accidents that occur on both public roads and private properties in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia).

Drivers have always been informed about the risk of using their cell phone while behind the wheel. Yet, despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) ads, signs and posters, and educational campaigns (over the years) that tell of its possible dangers, the number of accidents and deaths only continued to rise, making the NHTSA pass the anti-texting-while-driving law. Some states even went further, issuing a ban on the use of all types of text-based communications devices, including computers, which can be used to send email and text messages.

While concentrating much of the effort on preventing accidents due to texting while driving, the NSC comes up with a data which shows that 26% of all car accidents in the year 2012 were due to cell phone use while driving. The surprising thing about it is that only 5% of all cell phone-related crashes happened because the driver was texting; the other 21% occurred while the driver was talking on hands-free or handheld cell phones.

Thus, contrary to the belief that texting while driving was the more dangerous compared to talking on the phone, the NSC informs (and warns) drivers about the greaterdanger presented by the latter, as proven by the data.

Drivers, especially teenagers and young adults who often ignore the reminders and the law and, so, figure more often in accidents due to cell phone use, ought to realize the consequences of their actions. According to the website of Crowe and Mulvey, any personal injury (injury sustained by someone due to their negligence) they may cause others to suffer can result in civil lawsuits that can require them to pay compensatory damages to the victim. Compensatory damages can amount to a great deal of cash for the victim, which is very costly for the person who is responsible for the accident. This is why many car insurance policies include personal injury protection.

The touch screen has become one of the most interesting and practical technological advancements in recent times. It's inventors could probably never have imagined that there would one day be a touchscreen in just about everyone's pocket, but that is the reality we are in. Touch screens are becoming so ubiquitous that some younger people are surprised when they find screens that lack the functionality. Touch screens may be everywhere, but do you know how they work?

There are many ways to make a functional touch screen, but in general, they follow a few simple principles. They all make a measurement at the point of impact and translate that measurement into some command for the attached device. One of the most common types of touch screen is the resistive touch screen. A resistive touch screen is made up of two layers of actual screen divided by a gap, empty space between them. One of the layers has a voltage applied to it while the other has sensors applied to it that can measure if and where they come into contact with a voltage. When one of these screens is touched, the two layers come into contact with one another and the voltage measurement is passed along to a controller where it is turned into a device-appropriate touch input.

Resistive touch screens will accept inputs from just about any object, as long as the touch is forceful enough. However, they have their drawbacks, mainly related to the picture they produce being blurrier than a regular screen. Capacitive touchscreens overcome some of these drawbacks, but are also more expensive than their resistive brethren.

A capacitive touch screen works by measuring changes in the screen's electrical field caused by a person's touch. Your body emits an electrical field large enough to alter the screen's electrostatic field when you touch it, allowing for the device to calculate where the touch is and transform it into an input. This just one of the many technologies working together that enable you to enjoy all those apps (as well as answer calls) on your smartphone.

Facelift, necklift and liposuction are some of the ways performed by cosmetic surgeons to tighten the skin on the face and/or body to make a person look 10 – 15 years younger. Well, obviously, sagging skin and an aging face can drain one’s confidence, especially if these are his/her major sources of confidence.

Aging, however, is inevitable and though unwelcome, it will manifest its effects – through lines and loose skin. But rather than still go through a surgical process, which requires a long procedure, longer healing time, and greater costs, people can now enjoy the benefits of technology, which makes skin tightening procedures a lot faster and deliver a much better result, which is tighter skin for a more youthful and more rejuvenated look. 

Better than other technologies that use radiofrequency, like Thermage, or infrared light, such as Titan, is the Palomar Deep IR laser which is the latest in skin tightening technology. This very modern non-invasive device stimulates collagen through the use of infrared heat. It was specifically designed to perform non-surgical facelifts with better results, no down time, the least pain and which are much more economical than the invasive plastic surgery or other surgical procedures.

Studies conducted have shown that the latest laser systems, including the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), can deliver remarkable precision for greater safety and much better results – elements that are less guaranteed by previous technologies. 

The Palomar Deep IR laser can be used to tighten skin on the face, jowl or neck area, abdomen, and under the arms; anyone who has mild to moderate skin laxity can avail of this laser treatment.

Though a single treatment may already produce some results, the general recommendation is two to three, for the best results. Treatment sessions are usually done 4 to 6 weeks apart of each other.

A Wisconsin-based metabolomics (study of metabolites and its chemical interactions) company has won the contract to screen products and medications for possible health risks for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of its Toxicity Forecaster (ToxCast) initiative. The primary objective of this particular contract is to determine the health effects of certain products, drugs, and chemicals on pregnant women, and their potential to cause birth defects.

Stemina Biomarker Discovery is based in Madison, and will spread the $10.6 million budget over 5 years, testing as many potentially dangerous products as possible in that time using a patented technique combining those used in metabolomics and stem cell research. This mainly involves exposing living cells to the chemicals, drugs or consumer products being tested, and noting any irregularities in the interactions which may indicate the risk of harm to human subjects. Because the screening process uses living cells instead of lab animals, the method is certain to get approval by animal rights activities. And because the process can be used to screen a large quantity of products in a relatively short time, it is believed to be an efficient and cost-effective way to control the distribution of potentially harmful products into the market.

How effective the screening method is remains to be seen, however. As a third party provider, Stemina is presumed to be an objective arbiter of what’s safe or not insofar as the tests can determine. Under its current EPA contract, the emphasis is on preventing birth defects. But in the case of drugs that may have other serious side effects, the tests may be less definitive. As pointed out in an article on the website of law firm Williams Kherkher, prescriptive drugs such as the antipsychotic medication Risperdal have a long list of adverse side effects that may not be discovered until after some time.

If you have suffered preventable harm or injury from the use of dangerous medications, you will want to make the responsible party pay for their negligence. Consult with a product liability lawyer to have your cases assessed.

The life of a professional driver, like any profession, is typically a colorful one, especially those who go on long hauls. Perhaps not all look like actor Greg Evigan or lug around a monkey across states like in the television show BJ and the Bear, but it is not out of the realm of possibility that some of their crime-solving adventures may have happened to truckers at one point or another.

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® notes that in general, driving for work is a long solo performance with no audience. Many long-haul drivers spend a majority of their time alone in their vehicle through long stretches of road without meeting anyone they know. That’s not to say they don’t meet people. Truck stops are open all day and all night to accommodate the odd hours that drivers keep. As a consequence, truckers meet all kinds of people at these stops, and as strangers will do when they know they will probably never see each other again, talk about anything and everything under the sun. This certainly makes life rich and interesting.

And speaking of rich, long-haul drivers typically make quite good wages, ranging from $35,000 to $55,000 a year. More experienced drivers make more, and since truck drivers are usually paid by the mile, those who are willing to work as long and as much as regulations allow will certainly make more that those who work just 8 hours a day.

However, because professional drivers tend to put a lot of miles under their belt, their insurance rates are usually higher than the ordinary driver. Statistics show that the more frequent and farther a driver travels increases the risks of an accident occurring even if the driver is reasonably careful, so this increases their premiums. Since one has to have insurance coverage to drive, professional or not, it is fortunate that there are insurance companies that are more flexible when it comes to rates.

Driving for work is not for everybody, however, psychologically and physically. As pointed out in the WorkSTEPS, Inc. website, pe-employment screening will weed out individuals who are not fit to be professional drivers, which will help in preventing accidents and minimize workers’ compensation claims. This is a smart thing to do, benefitting employers as well as drivers in the long run. But for those who have a spirit of adventure, enjoy driving, and don’t mind the alone time, driving for work may be the ideal profession.

It is undeniable that caring for old people is no sinecure. Many are often headstrong, exacting, cantankerous, and resentful of being told what to do, how and when. Not all are like that, certainly, but enough to make it a struggle to get through the day. This is the reason why there is a problem with nursing staff turnover in many but the most expensive nursing homes, and why quality of care is sometimes a problem.

Staff shortage and inexperience are two of the major reasons by which nursing home abuse or neglect may occur. There are simply not enough warm bodies to go around to properly care for the number of residents in a typical nursing home, coupled with the fact that the patience of a saint is required to deal with the foibles of the elderly. They present the same challenge as caring for infants, but they are much harder to control, which could result in physical injury or verbal excesses.

But just because they are difficult does not justify any kind of abuse. Healthcare professionals, including those in nursing homes, are held to a higher standard in their duty of care because of the nature of their profession and the amount of training they undergo before they acquire their licenses. The problems they encounter in a nursing home are to be expected, and those who cannot handle it should not be working in one.

The same duty applies in ensuring the care of residents. Proper hygiene, nutrition, medication, and physical assistance must be rendered at all times as many of these residents are incapable of looking after themselves. Nursing home neglect often occurs simply from poor time management or downright laziness on the part of the staff; there is no active malevolence or desire to do harm, but that does not alleviate the negligence. Many nursing home residents already have compromised health, so even a short period of neglect is enough to affect them adversely and permanently.

If you suspect that a family member is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, report it to the proper authorities at once to get an investigation started. At the same time, consult with a personal injury lawyer to protect the rights of your elderly loved one and to explore the legal options.

It is hard to imagine that with the state of modern medicine that a child may still be at risk of birth injuries. But the fact is, an estimated 7 out 1,000 live births result is some type of birth injury. This includes injuries that are relatively minor and resolve on their own with no medical intervention, as well as those that are permanent and severe enough to be debilitating, and which cannot be repaired.

Among the former are some cases of brachial plexus injury, also called Erb’s Palsy, which may occur for a variety of reasons, one of which is obstetric. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that conducts signals to the spinal cord to control shoulder, arm and hand movement. In an obstetric trauma, the newborn may experience injury to the brachial plexus during a difficult birth independent of any medical error, but it may also be due to excessive pressure brought on the shoulder, where the brachial plexus is located, or the incorrect use of birthing instruments. When the injury is minor, the newborn may exhibit some difficulty in moving the affected arm but the nerve damage is repaired within three months of the birth. In other cases, the damage is too severe for natural resolution, and results in permanent disability. In severe cases, the affected arm develops asymmetrically and has limited movement.

When birth injury is to the brain, one of the numerous possible results is cerebral palsy. This is a neuromuscular disorder wherein the affected individual is unable to control certain movements, and may also affect depth perception and cognition, depending on the extent and location of the injury. While the cause is cerebral palsy is largely unknown, there are instances when medical error is clearly indicated such as the failure to respond appropriately to fetal distress during difficult labor, in which case the resulting physical disability can be presumed to be due to physician negligence.

If your child suffered from birth injury due to medical error or negligence, the effects can be significant and long-term for both the injured child and the family.