More young people wearing seat belts and dying less in car accidents

Fewer young people in Florida and in the Jacksonville area are dying in car accidents. Fewer young people in Florida are dying in car accidents because more of them are wearing their seat belts. Over the last four years the use of seat belts among young drivers and passengers in Florida has increased. As one 20-year-old driver puts it, “It’s just automatic to me.”

The new trend among teenage and young 20-something drivers and passengers is to buckle up. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, there has been a 50 percent decline in the number of highway fatalities for drivers ages 16 to 21 over the last four years in the counties of Duval, St. Johns and Clay. In 2007 there were 65, 16-to-21-year-olds that died in car accidents in the First Coast. Last year there were only 35 car accident deaths within the same age group. Twenty-seven of those 35 were not wearing a seat belt.

Across the state of Florida seat belt use has risen to its highest level where 87.4 percent of Florida drivers and passengers used seat belts in 2010. The other percentage that choose to forego seat belts last year is unnecessarily putting themselves at risk. One of the easiest things to do to reduce death or serious injury in a car accident is to buckle up.

While there are no estimates as to the number of young people that wear seat belts, the information on deadly car accidents suggests more are making the choice. The Police Chief of the University of Florida believes that 90 percent of the university’s student population wears seat belts. That information is good because teenagers and folks in their early 20s are thought to be the most likely to not wear seat belts and be in an accident.

If any driver or passenger still wonders about the choice, wearing a seat belt in Florida is mandatory, and those who choose to not wear a seat belt in Jacksonville should be prepared for a $114 ticket.

 

 

CDC releases report on brain injuries and teenagers

A brain injury can significantly impact a person’s life. When it comes to children and teenagers, a brain injury could affect cognitive development. Many studies have recently focused on the concerns surrounding high-impact sports and brain injuries. And while these studies look specifically at the affects of brain injuries on students, the results can apply to brain injuries in general.

Brain injury studies look at how brain injuries occur, what can be done to prevent this type of injury, and how brain injury victims can recover. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control reported on the results of a study that looked at traumatic brain injury cases in high school students.

The CDC has reported that hospitals are seeing an increase in the number of traumatic brain injury cases that mostly involve boys playing football. Among high school children, boys are at higher risk to suffer a brain injury than are girls in the same age group.

According to the CDC, brain injuries experienced by children under age 19 involved in sports has increased by more than 60 percent in the past decade. Of those injuries, a majority were sustained by males. The overall number of traumatic brain injuries across the nation has also risen in the past 10 years.

Research shows that children are also at risk of suffering a head injury in certain situations, such as while on a bike or playing on a playground. As children age, the more aggressive physical activities can increase the risk of injury as well.

Whether head trauma is the result of sports or an accident, it is still imperative to seek medical help. Brain injuries can lead to long-term disabilities. If the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, the victim and his or her family should also discuss the situation with someone who can help them seek compensation for the injury with the help of a delray beach personal injury lawyer. Medical treatment can cost thousands of dollars; compensation can help minimize the financial impact.

 

 

‘Gray divorce’ growing increasingly common among Ohio seniors

Five or six decades ago, a marriage was seen as a means to an end, a way to fulfill traditional roles. If a husband and wife performed those roles well, the marriage was considered to be a success. But then the 1970s hit, bringing with it a shift toward more personal fulfillment and happiness in life and marriage. As a result, the divorce rate began to rise as both men and women realized that they wanted more out of life than their current marriage could provide.

Although the divorce rate has stabilized in recent years, there is one interesting trend that has surprised some family law attorneys and analysts: the increase in divorce filings made by people in their 50s, 60s and beyond. Studies show that the divorce rate for people over the age of 50 has doubled in the last 20 years, and sociologists expect the trend to continue in the coming years.

There are many reasons for the increase in ‘gray divorce.’ First, people are healthier, living longer, and looking and feeling younger. As a result, the shift to an ’empty nest’ household no longer means that they are nearing the end of their lives. On the contrary, after the last child leaves home, spouses are looking around and realizing that they do not want to spend the next 20 or years with this person, in this marriage.

In addition, the increase may also be attributed to a shift in social norms. Women are increasingly financially independent, and divorce on the whole is more socially accepted, giving spouses of both genders the freedom to leave an unhappy marriage.

 

 

Should motorcycle helmets be mandatory?

Although the federal government issues “advisory” motor vehicle safety laws, the majority of regulation of highway safety is left up to the individual states. As a result, there is a wide variety of such laws throughout the country. One example of this is motorcycle helmet laws. In Texas, motorcyclists under the age of 21 are required to wear helmets at all times. Some states require helmets on all riders, regardless of age or circumstance, while others let motorcyclists decide whether to wear helmets.

Motorcycle advocacy group the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, or ABATE, believes that the latter is the appropriate method of regulating motorcycle helmets – that motorcyclists should be given the freedom to determine whether and when they wear helmets.

“Mandatory helmet laws do nothing to prevent accidents,” the ABATE website states. “The decision on when to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle should remain with each responsible adult rider.”

However, government safety officials and motorcycle accident lawyers do not agree. According to Jim Hedlund of the Governors Highway Safety Association, a helmet that meets federal helmet standards reduces the chance of rider death in a motorcycle accident by more than 40 percent.

The latter viewpoint may have gained some support last weekend, when a group of 550 motorcyclists took to the road in New York to protest that state’s mandatory helmet laws in a ride that takes place every July 4 in the state.

The event took a tragic turn when a 55-year-old participant suddenly hit his brakes, causing his motorcycle to fishtail. He was thrown over the handlebars and hit his head on the pavement, and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. According to a New York state trooper, the motorcyclist would likely have survived the crash if he had been wearing a helmet when he hit the ground.

What do you think? Should motorcycle helmets be mandatory?

 

 

Lawsuit for Lost Baby

Nothing can compensate a parent for the loss of a child. A case outside of Oregon shows that juries can be sensitive to the pain and suffering caused by a doctor’s mistake.
The young mother says she was about 24 weeks pregnant when she started bleeding. Earlier in the pregnancy, her doctor had used a cerclage to keep her cervix closed. On this day, the doctor gave her the worst news of all: Her baby probably wouldn’t make it.
As she cried, she didn’t notice anything. But then she coughed, and she realized the baby was on its way, and it was breech.
The parties disagreed on what happened next. During the trial of her two physicians, the nurses who attended her that day and the hospital, the plaintiff told the jury that she rang for nurses, but no one came. When the doctor arrived, no one shielded her view as they tended to the baby.
The doctors pulled on the baby, but nothing went well. During the delivery, the baby’s head was severed.
The plaintiff said the doctor did not remove the cerclage; the shoelace-like instrument wrapped around the baby’s neck, strangling and then decapitating him.
The defendants responded that the cerclage was removed and that the scenario as described by the plaintiff was physically impossible. They also maintained that the plaintiff was just 21-weeks pregnant. Because no one could have anticipated the situation, no one thought to shield the mother’s view, they continued. Draping is no longer routine in deliveries.
Nonetheless, the plaintiff has suffered panic attacks, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder since that day. The impact on her life has been enormous, she said. She even abandoned a career working with children as a result of the incident.
The $1.4 million was far short of the $18 million she asked for, but the money “will help her for the rest of her life,” said her malpractice attorney.

Wisconsin Seat Belt Usage Hits New High

A new survey has revealed that Wisconsinites are using their seat belts more than ever before. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, 79 percent (4 out of five motorists and passengers) currently use their safety belts while driving. This is a six percent increase from last year’s survey numbers. Authorities believe this new trend will help reduce the number of fatal injuries sustained in Naples car accident lawyers in the state.

Despite this increased improvement in safety belt usage, state officials and authorities are not yet ready to celebrate these findings. While this year’s numbers are the highest ever in the state, Wisconsin still lags behind its neighboring states and the national average. The current national average of seat belt use is 84 percent.

Reasonable Debt Collection Practices Act

The Law Heart in Florida delivers assistance and appropriate representation to Florida buyers working with debt debt collectors. We realize during tough fiscal moments some of the persons that are most accountable and people or / are coping with layoffs high-credit card interest rates and consequently become behind on payments due. Although striving to have finances so as, are coping with scavenger debt collectors who would like their income TODAY!

Because you have rights also take a strong breathing! If your bill collector calls you about demands transaction and delinquent debt, make sure you protect your privileges. Thirdparty debt collections agencies, along with, their debt collection attorney are ruled from the Reasonable Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPC) and also this work protects you, the buyer.

Most of the time, loan companies don’t follow the guidelines set up to safeguard consumer rights against debt collection methods that are illegal. Unlawful debt-collection ways include but not restricted to misrepresentation of agency (saying they are the initial banker when infact they are not), disappointment to offer documentation and paperwork to confirm you own your debt when questioned, and abusive and harassing phone calls demanding fee. When a thirdparty collections company doesn’t follow by these guidelines, they might be prone to you for problems cause by their unlawful strategies.

If you were to think you’re being stressed by a debt collector or feel they’ve smashed the laws beneath the Fair Debt Collection Methods Regulation in anyway, contact the Florida Consumer Center. Deliver the illegal selection sector strategies and we’re here to safeguard your privileges from scavenger collectors.

Data Recording for Truck Accidents

Data Recording Devices are found in many tractor trailers today. Data retrieved from on board vehicle computers can at times be the only means of ascertaining Ohio accident causation under certain circumstances, ie., when fatalities occur. One case involved a sole survivor, the truck operator, who alleged the deceased driver of the passenger car was at fault. The data recorder in his truck proved otherwise.
What you may not know is that legislation limits the period of time that the data contained in the truck recorder must be saved. We have handled cases where the trucking company has destroyed the data outside the six month period even when they were aware of multiple deaths, and pending litigation.
Do not trust the promises of the insurance company that they will retain all evidence and treat the victim fairly. Their bottom line is to save costs, and the trucking company will not voluntarily produce any information unless forced to.
The trucking company and their insurers will be on the scene of the crash at the same time of the investigating police agencies. They are not in a search for the truth, but are looking for reasons, or defenses, why they should not pay.
Please visit our website and contact our Ohio car accident law firm. We have vast experience in holding the trucking companies and their insurers accountable. We often find violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which played a role in causing the catastrophe.

Heroin Use on The Rise in Central Florida

Once seen as a largely metropolitan problem involving hardcore drug abusers, heroin is increasingly finding its way into small town American and into the hands of younger users.  The controlled substance Heroin is a highly addictive opiate processed from morphine, which is extracted from poppy plants in Asia, Mexico and Columbia.

Heroin is sold in a white or brownish powder, as well as the Mexican “black tar” heroin popular in the western U.S. The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 3.8 million Americans 12 and older admitted to using heroin at least once in their lifetime.

Central Florida Heroin Bust
A recent heroin bust in a suburban area of Central Florida illustrates how heroin has moved from big city backstreets to small town American. In April 2016, members of the Orange County Task Force served a search warrant on the home of an alleged heroin dealer in Orlando. Law enforcement in the area had seen a recent increase in heroin arrests involving young people and the name of one young individual continued to come up.

The alleged dealer was living in his parents’ converted garage with his girlfriend and 2-year-old child. While the home was under surveillance, authorities witnessed up to three drug transactions in one day. During the execution of the warrant, agents found packaging materials, scales, cash and heroin.
Heroin Charges Require a Vigorous Defense
A felony conviction for even simple possession of heroin can have devastating consequences for anyone, but especially for younger people. In addition to fines and potential incarceration, many employers will not hire a convicted felon. Felony convictions for the sale or distribution of heroin can easily result in a prison sentence – even for a first time offender. Distribution cases where a later user of the drug is hurt or overdoses and dies are vigorously prosecuted in federal court. Anyone accused of a criminal offense has rights under the U.S. constitution and those rights must be vigorously defended at every step of the way by an experienced criminal attorney to protect the innocent person and make sure everyone is treated fairly. If you have been charged with a heroin offense, an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney can fight to protect your rights and your future.

Lenient Child Seat Laws

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the state of Florida has some of the nation’s most lenient child-seat laws. These laws put children at risk for serious injury in Florida if a car accident were to occur, according to the agency.

Currently, Florida only requires child safety restraints to be used for children up to the age of three. Under these current laws, the agency argues that thousands of children in Florida between the age of four and eight that are riding in motor vehicles on the state’s roadways are being exposed to an “unnecessary risk” of injury or even death in a car crash. Some of them happen in Pompano Beach, where a Pompano Beach car accident lawyer would be helpful.

Last week, the NTSB cited Florida as one of 21 states, plus two territories, not currently meeting the agency’s 1996 recommendations on child safety restraints. The agency’s recommendation was that all children up to the age of eight, not three, be covered by state’s child safety restraint laws. However, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles does require children ages 4 and 5 to be “secured by either a federally approved child-restraint seat or a safety belt,” and all children under 18 to be buckled up at all times no matter where they are sitting.
NTSB called on the 23 legislatures to pass laws by next year that meet or exceed the NTSB guidelines, as eight states did in 2009. The chairwoman of the NTSB, Deborah A.P. Hersman, commented that “this action is critical if we are serious about keeping our youngest travelers safe on the roadways.”