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The determination to deter distracted driving

Decades have passed since drunk driving stops usually resulted in the police officer following the impaired driver home to “sleep it off.” Yet, as accidents causing injury and death grew and received more media attention, awareness of the deadly dangers of impaired operation increased as well. State lawmakers found themselves forced to revisit existing statutes to deter future acts of driving a vehicle while under the influence.

Countering A Cutting-Edge Form Of Impairment

Who is responsible for e-scooter injuries?

E-scooters are making their way across America. Unfortunately, they are causing numerous injuries along their way.

Currently, nearly 100 cities in the United States have some form of e-scooter. The most popular brands, Bird and Lime, have also expanded to other nations, including Israel and France. Generally, these rides cost less than two dollars per ride and appeal to many millennials and commuters on a budget. Unfortunately, it has not been clear who is liable when riders sustain an injury.

Are teenagers addicted to distracted driving?

Every time you hear about a distracted driving accident, you shake your head, unable to believe that someone would prioritize sending a text message or going on social media over another person's life. How could they possibly think that their instant communication was more important than driving safely? In the decades you've spent behind the wheel, you have never seen anything more frightening than young drivers who won't take their eyes of off their cellphones.

Feeling perplexed about this is natural for older drivers, who did not grow up with this type of technology and who do not use it nearly as often. It's much different for teens, though, and some people believe the true issue here is that they are completely addicted to technology.

Will new restrictions on debt collectors ease debtors' stress?

Financial problems permeate all aspects of debtors’ lives. Twenty-five million Americans who have debts in collections are already dealing with the stress and uncertainty that comes with not being able to make ends meet. Mailboxes fill with past-due notices and phones ring continuously with debt collectors aggressively pursuing past-due or delinquent balances.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is trying to fast-track new rules that would place limits on third-party debt collectors who are under contract to pursue old debt or those who purchase delinquent accounts for pennies on the dollar.

Uber's massive miscalculation

Independent contractors are business owners in their own right. Fueled by a healthy “gig economy,” they enjoy the freedom, flexibility and unlimited revenue potential that comes with entrepreneurship. With that albeit risky upside, the downside involves little, if any of the rights usually afforded to hourly and salaried employees.

Thankfully for Uber drivers, strength is in the numbers.

The restraint in providing restraint

It is a problem that is hiding in plain sight.

Choosing to travel via train or bus presents risks of serious injuries, yet restraints and the requirements to use them are lacking. Safety standards governing automobiles and airplanes mandate the use of seat belts. Personal motor vehicles provide the added protection of airbags for both drivers and passengers.

When Business Owners Divorce, Who Gets Paid?

If money was a person, how would you describe your relationship? Is friendly, or marked with tension and anxiety? In family law, we deal with that connection constantly, as we discuss alimony, child support, equitable distribution of assets and debts. Every family has its own method of managing assets, debts, expenses. When spouses divorce, it frequently comes to light that they had dramatically different ideas about money. Money might have caused strife, even if there was plenty to go around. Discussions about dividing assets and debts, and making appropriate arrangements for the support of the whole family, forces husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, to consider how they have acquired, spent and saved their money, and how they think they should be entitled to spend or save it in the future.

Educating each client about economic rights and responsibilities in a family law case takes time and careful attention to personal financial details. When one party owns a business, the details matter a great deal because it is not always simple to determine the value of that business, or the full economic benefit that the family unit obtained from the business income. When family wealth passes between generations, perhaps both spouses do not have the same claims to those funds when dividing marital assets.

Would more lives have been saved if 55 survived?

As an oil crisis gripped the United States in the early seventies, leaders in the nation’s capital were looking for answers to a growing energy problem. Proposed solutions included a ban on ornamental lighting on cars and Sunday gas sales. Discussions began to hone in on lowering the national speed limit. Initial talks focused on the 40 to 55 miles per hour range.

In 1973, the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act became the law of the land and launched the National Maximum Speed Law, establishing a uniform speed limit of 55 miles per hour. To ensure that all states complied, federal funding for highway repair became a condition to states implementing the new speed limit. Any state refusing would be denied financial support to maintain their roads.

What if someone doesn't hold up their end of the contract?

When you are in business, there are likely multiple people you contract with on a regular basis.  Whether your contracts constitute a vendor or supplier agreement, involve an arrangement with independent contractors or serve as non-disclosure agreements, your contracts serve to protect you and your concepts through the terms you establish.

However, in some cases, someone could violate an agreement by failing to adhere to the designated terms.  And although a potential breach of contract may be minimal or unintentional, it could devastate your company.  But do you know  how to handle a contract dispute?

Are skyrocketing medical costs discouraging medical care?

While politicians in Washington, D.C. tussle over the state of health care and what form insurance coverage should take, their constituents nationwide continue to be blindsided by medical debts.

The United States has a corner on that market when it comes to Herculean medical costs. Citizens of other developed countries do not experience the stress of ongoing or sudden medical bills. Medical debt is a common and catastrophic denominator in bankruptcy filings.

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