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Why are motorcycles dangerous?

Though it is a well-established fact that motorcycles are dangerous, it’s less often discussed why this is the case.

According to the U.S. government, motorcycles are 26 times more likely to end up in deadly crashes than cars.

Part of the reason for this is obvious. There is simply less protection around a motorcyclist than around someone riding in a car. While cars are designed with airbags and have steel walls on all sides, motorcycles have no such useful protections. In fact, the need to keep motorcycles light has likely led to even less protection being available than their might be.

Another obvious point is that many motorcyclists don’t wear helmets, Without helmets the head is completely exposed, meaning there’s much more opportunity for serious head injuries, which are the leading causes of death for motorcyclists.

Other points, however, are less obvious. For instance, many accidents occur because drivers of bigger vehicles are not aware of motorcyclists. Because motorcycles are quick and small, they often seem to sneak up on drivers of larger vehicles. For this reason, changing lanes, turning left, and sudden stops are all major threats for motorcyclists, where they may only lead to small collisions or nothing at all when it comes to other cars.

Another point has to do with controlling the vehicle. While cars are very heavy, motorcycles are by design quite light. That means a sudden turn is less likely to flip a car than a motorcycle since so much weight holds a car down and nothing really is keeping the motorcycle from flying off.

Finally, related to one of the points above, cars have had decades in which add-ons have been designed to improve the safety of those within the vehicle. Because motorcycles are so stripped down so they are little more than their engine, their seat, and their wheels, those additional safety measures have never been added to bikes.

All of that leads to the overall point that motorcycles are indeed quite a bit more dangerous to ride than cars are to drive. Many accidents that involve motorcycles are in fact not the fault of the biker, but that does not mean the biker doesn’t take the majority of the physical damage.

Anyone considering taking up motorcycling is encouraged to consider all of the above points and to reevaluate the decision. While motorcycles certainly do have some positive qualities and there is much to recommend them on a hypothetical level, the risks are extremely high.

If the decision is made to take up motorcycling anyone, new riders are encouraged to practice safe riding and to take as many precautions as possible, including, particularly, wearing a helmet and keeping speeds at a reasonable level. Doing these two things increase your safety immensely, though, of course, still nowhere near the level of safety found in the average car.

Fast Facts: Dental Implants

If you have lost a tooth or several teeth because of an accident, poor oral hygiene, or a medical condition, you may think that it is over for your oral health. But frankly, it is not. There are alternatives out there, such as dental implants.

There are three main types of implants – the root implant, plate form implant, and the subperiosteal implant, and the implant for you may depend on many factors, like the condition of your jaw. But they have one goal in mind – restoring your mouth.

Dental implants act like natural teeth. That is perhaps the most important fact about implants. They function like normal teeth, without the risk of tooth decay and other oral problems. Also, like normal teeth, they prevent the complications that may arise from having a gap between your jaw.

Dental implants prevent bone loss. Speaking of the gap between your jaw in the event of missing a tooth, it can lead to the loss of bone density and jaw strength, because the jaw is designed to accommodate teeth. Implants prevent those things from happening, but you cannot say the same for other alternatives like dentures.

Dental implants are more comfortable than dentures. Another alternative for missing teeth is dentures, but they are disadvantageous when compared to dental implants. Aside from not preventing bone loss and jaw weakness, dentures are also not comfortable, as you may need to remove them from time to time, especially when cleaning them. Implants, on the other hand, do not need to be removed, as they act like natural teeth.

Dental implants do not affect your eating habits. Another disadvantage of dentures is that they may make it difficult to eat certain foods, so those who have dentures have the tendency to avoid certain dishes. But with dental implants, you will not need to adjust your eating habits. In fact, you may have more food variety because implants are not going to decay like normal teeth, especially if you visit your dentist regularly for maintenance.

Dental implants stay in place. The good thing about dental implants is that they are attached to the jawbone, and when healed, they are effectively integrated to the bone. This means that they stay in place, again, like natural teeth. You will never worry about them being misplaced, like how dentures can be even by just talking or eating. 

Manic Driving

Tragedy takes a hold in San Antonio, Texas, where a man suffering from a severe crisis committed multiple traffic violations including the purposeful ramming of multiple cars. The driver, suffering from a mental health crisis, was involved in a primary accident, and fled the scene only to wreak more havoc on nearby cars and property. Mental health is a serious threat to our growing world, and situations like this are what can occur when proper care is not given or available. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released statistics that give insight to the widespread epidemic of poor mental health in a document titled Behavioral Health Barometer: Texas, 2014. The SAMHSA and I are mutual in that both parties make the case for the importance of adequate mental health care and the dangers possible when such care is not available.

In the San Antonio accident, it is obvious the driver was suffering from a serious crisis. Individuals with severe mental health issues deserve effective care, but unfortunately, due to high costs of care, many patients do not receive adequate attention. In this particular instance, a severe manic episode caused the driver to damage an excess of ten vehicles and injure five adults and seven children in the process. According to the Behavioral Health Barometer, “in Texas, about 637,000 adults (3.5% of all adults) per year in 2009-2013*” suffer from severe mental issues. This figure is notably high when faced with the fact that percentage for the whole United States is averaged at 3.9%. With mental health becoming a growing concern, events such as the tragedy in San Antonio serve as reminders of what remains to be done for our community members. When left unchecked and untreated mental health has the capability to cause extreme catastrophe. The driver, even after wrecking his truck into a mobile home, resisted arrest and become violent with first responders. The mind, in such fragile states, can consume a person’s ability to reason and implement their self-control. The victims from his rampage mostly sustained reasonable injuries, with the exception of two adults and two children who were all rushed to a nearby hospital for a serious injury.

Massive tragedies like this with multiple cases involved can not become a trend in our growing world. It is our mutual responsibility to work together in creating a better system that can provide the necessary care for these individuals. A country where nearly two-thirds of the population do not receive care for mental illness can not expect to avoid incidents like the one seen in San Antonio.

To summarize, the lack of accessible treatment for people who suffer from mental illness leaves the rest of the population in danger of other serious incidents. More studies must be conducted to provide a credible pool of data to further support for accessible care. In a perfect world, we as a species could cure the ailments of the mind, but in this reality, we can still protect each other regardless of sanity level.

A Contract Clause that Frees Tour Companies or Cruise Lines from Legal Responsibility in the Event of an Accident does not Take Away an Injured Passenger’s Rights to File a Civil Lawsuit to Seek Compensation

Since the 1980s the cruising industry has raised the standard in the cruising business, building bigger cruise ships (with passenger capacities ranging from 3000+ to 6000+) and equipping ships with everything that should make every voyage safe and perfectly enjoyable. Thus, besides the adequately equipped clinics for safety and emergency concerns, for the “fun” side of the travel, there are pool and ping pong tables, mine golf courses, basketball courts, gyms, spas, beauty salons, bars, night clubs, casinos, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, rock-climbing walls, bumper cars, skating rinks, zip lines, jogging tracks, waterslides, a planetarium, aqua parks, cinemas, and (seriously) an endless list of others.

Not limiting the excitement onboard, cruise lines have also started introducing shore excursions. Shore excursions are the latest additions to a cruise experience. These major money-making activities for cruise lines are now conducted in almost every port of call, giving passengers enough time to experience a country’s or a city’s life and culture through sightseeing tours, wildlife and wilderness tours, visits to museums and inland dining for a taste of the city’s best cuisine. Besides these passengers can also enjoy parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, rain forest hiking, ziplining, rock-climbing, and many others. Though a source of fun and excitement to many, these activities have also caused a number of passengers serious injuries that call for claims lawsuits.

Besides injuries during tours, some cruise line passengers sustain injuries due to other causes, such as tender boat accidents, dock accidents, malfunctioning or defective equipment, motor vehicle accidents, which can happen while the passengers are on a car or tour bus en route to the place they will visit, and lack of security.

Inadequate security, specifically, has caused some passengers to be physically or sexually assaulted while on land. Many have also lost some of their valuables, due to theft, because the cruise line and/or the tour company did not provide enough security, which would ensure passenger safety.

It is explained in the website of the law firm Louis A. Vucci, PA, that though shore excursion agreement contracts contain a clause that frees tour companies or cruise lines from legal responsibility in the event of an accident, this does not take away an injured passenger’s rights to file a civil lawsuit to seek compensation for the pain and suffering the injury has caused.

Some Alarming Facts about Nursing Homes in the U.S.

After having investigated two reported cases of nursing home abuse committed at the Merry Heart Senior Care Services facility, certified nursing assistant Corazon D. Mangona was found guilty of four counts of physical abuse which specifically involved hair pulling and nipple pinching on one patient, and hand slapping and mouth squeezing on another patient; she was arrested on August 25, 2015.

Nursing home facility employees getting convicted and arrested due to physical and/or other forms of abuse is no longer uncommon news. A study conducted by a staff from the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee shows that, from January 1999 to January 2001, about 9,000 instances of abuse were committed in 5,283 nursing home facilities. Besides the physical, financial, emotional, verbal and, sexual (which is the most degrading of all) abuses, however, majority of nursing homes were also guilty of acts of neglect. These act included, but are not limited to: failure to provide needed medical care and attention, failure to keep beds (of residents) and common facilities sanitary and hygienic, acts that resulted to dehydration and/or malnutrition, and non-treatment of bedsores. These abuses and acts of neglect are almost regularly committed in facilities where there is not enough number of staff or where staff members lack the training on proper care of residents and, alarmingly, the website says that more than 90% of nursing homes are currently understaffed.

Nursing home understaffing is sometimes intentionally done by some facility owners for increased profit. At other times, it is due to the difficulty in finding or retaining enough properly trained nurses. More alarming than the understaffed issue, however, are the statistical information on nursing homes that are posted in the website of Masters in Health Care. According to the site:

  • 257,872 complaints involving nursing homes were made in 2007. These complaints were related to staffing, facilities and quality of care;
  • Due to lack of staff, a nurse’s aid can have as many as 15 residents/patients assigned to him/her. Sometimes, nurse’s aid to patients ratio can go as high as 1:30;
  • At least one convicted criminal is employed in 92% of all nursing homes in the U.S.: and,
  • About 20% of all cases of abuses ever get reported.

Though many acts of abuses are committed by nursing home staff members themselves, other liable parties include doctors, co-residents and visiting family members or other relatives.

Physical abuse is a common type of abuse committed in nursing homes. Its immediate effects include bruises, welts, cuts, lacerations, bone fractures and dislocations, head or back injuries,internal injuries, internal bleeding, and chronic pain.

Not only are nursing home residents and patients dependent on facility staff for food, bathing, medication, and grooming; they are also defenseless when hurt and easy to scare so that they just keep the acts of abuses to themselves. As pointed out by a nursing home abuse lawyer from the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., exposing anyone of these vulnerable residents and patients to deplorable conditions can easily result in serious injuries, illnesses, emotional trauma, and even death.

Any type of abuse, especially against elders, is inexcusable. Caring family members should know that they can take legal action against the perpetrator of the abusive acts to make them realize that their unlawful acts will never be overlooked or go unpunished.

Information on SR-22 That You Need To Know

If you find your driver’s license getting suspended or revoked, chances are your state may require you to purchase SR-22 in order to retain your driving privileges. Aside from license revocation, there are other reasons you will be asked to get SR-22. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, most DMV offices will require certification that a high risk driver has insurance coverage.

However, calling SR-22 as insurance is a misnomer because it is not. It is simply a proof or certificate that you are insured. Such certification will be required with the following scenarios:

  • You have been charged with DUI/DWI
  • You were caught driving without insurance
  • You have accumulated a large number of points on your driving record
  • You were unable to maintain the mandatory insurance coverage required by your state

However, you cannot get the SR-22 certificate on your own. You have to inform your insurance provider that you need one. As a result, the SR-22 can change your insurance risk factor to high. Unfortunately, your current carrier may not file the SR-22 on your behalf because you are a high-risk driver. This means that you will have to get one from a new insurance company.

Here are some points you need to remember when carrying SR-22:

  • You should carry both the SR-22 and insurance policy for a period of three years
  • If your insurance lapses, the law requires your provider to inform the Department of Motor Vehicle in your state. Your license will remain suspended until your insurance has been reinstated
  • Once you fulfilled your SR-22 obligation, your SR-22 status will be removed

Take note that if you commit another violation or get another traffic ticket, your SR-22 may require a longer validity period. However, if you are able to remain without violation or incidents, you may be able to buy car insurance with a traditional rate.

Thousands of Different Products Continue to Cause Harm to Americans

In 2005, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 202,300 injuries and 20 deaths involving children 15 years old and below. These injuries and death are all toy-related.

Instead of decreasing, however, toy-related injuries only increased (and still continues to increase) every year. Thus, in 2011, the number of children who were treated in emergency departments due to a toy-related injury shot up to more than three million.

The most common causes of injuries and deaths among children are falls (from riding toys and non-powered scooters), suffocation, drowning, poisoning, and choking (which frequently happens to children under the age of three). While the ones at the highest risk of being injured are children below the age of five, all children are essentially unsafe if they are not properly supervised by adults. Parents and other adults should, therefore, understand their responsibility in making sure that children are taught how to use toys properly so that injuries, which usually happen to the head, face, eyes, neck and other sensitive parts of the body, may be avoided.

Injuries caused by toys, like bruises, lacerations, fractures, choking and poisoning are usually either immediately obvious or have symptoms that are easily noticeable; some products, however, despite being either equally harmful or more harmful than toys, have effects that become manifest only after some time, when the damage they have caused inside the body is already widespread or injurious enough for the body to still fight it off. These products are the food we eat and these affect not only children, but adults as well. These foods contain additives and genetically-engineered ingredients, which have already been banned in other countries, but continue to be sold and used in the US.

One instance of food poisoning that occurred in 2011 was the listeriosis outbreak. Its effect was immediate, causing infection in 146 people, 30 deaths and 1 miscarriage – all those affected were from 28 different states.

The ingredients, which so many other countries have already banned, include:

  • Artificial food dyes – found in medicines, candies, cakes, soda, sports drinks, macaroni and cheese
  • Fat substitute Olestra – used in French fries, corn chips and fat-free potato chips
  • Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) – found in citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks (bromine is a poisonous chemical that is linked to birth defects, hearing loss, schizophrenia, growth problems and major organ system damage)
  • Potassium bromate (or brominanted flour) – found in flat breads, bagel chips, bread crumbs, rolls and wraps
  • Azodicarbonamide – used in packaged baked goods, boxed pasta mixes, frozen dinners and breads
  • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) – found in dehydrated potatoes, meat, butter, gum, nut mixes and cereal
  • rBGH (bovine growth hormone) and rBST (Bovine somatotropin) – found in milk and dairy products
  • Arsenic – used in animal feed, especially for chickens, turkeys and hogs, to make meat look pinker and fresher
  • Trans fats – used also in French fries, microwave popcorn, crispy crackers and moist bakery muffins. Advertised as a heart-friendly replacement for butter, coconut oil and lard, in reality, however, this cheap but doubly harmful product than saturated fat is the cause of 30,000 to 100,000 untimely heart disease deaths every year.

In the website of Williams Kherkher, the firm explains how, despite the monitoring and threats of product recall issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the restrictions imposed on manufacturing companies to ensure that they create products that are safe for consumers, thousands of products remain to be defective and harmful to their users.

What Counts as Nursing Home Abuse?

Abuse is no laughing matter as anyone could tell you but there is a very distinct image that comes to mind when abuse is mentioned. There’s the black eyes, the split lips, and the bruises all over – these are the most prominent and obvious signs of abuse. Though these are very important issues that need to be tackled with sensitivity, it is dangerous to think that only physical abuse can count as abuse.

Take, for example, the situations that constitute as nursing home abuse.

As a rule, nursing homes are expected to perform and deliver their services with a certain standard of care. If they fall below these standards, those in their care may be able to file for legal action on the grounds of nursing home abuse. Neglect, for one thing, is something that counts as abuse as these elderly folk are in the home in the first place in order to receive care that they themselves (or their surviving kin) are not able to deliver for one reason or another.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, physical and even sexual abuse is possible within grounds of nursing home abuse as there have been cases where these situations are more than just hypothetical but are actually very, very real. Unlike children or adults in abusive situations, the elderly are arguably the most vulnerable people in the population since they are in their last stages of life, are not in a position to fight back as well as they might have been able to, and should be granted to live the rest of their lives in peace. It is then possible that the elderly admitted into the care of an abusive nursing home may not even know that they are in an abusive situation.

It is then recommended to keep a wary eye at the home wherein you may be admitting a loved one. If you suspect abuse going on within the grounds, it is advisable to contact legal help immediately.

Are There Benefits to Bankruptcy?

Are you struggling with a bad credit history? Made a few financial mistakes in your youth before you understood what financial responsibility meant?

As the cliché says, the first step into solving a problem is to realize that there is one in the first place.

A lot of people who find themselves ashamed to be at the wrong side of the credit war and refuse to admit it; they’ll refuse to answer calls from unknown numbers, they’ll skirt around the issue until they think it goes away, and they’ll wait and wait until it really is too late and the next thing you know, you’re spending the rest of your life in debt.

Nobody wants to live a life like that and so when you realize that you are in a bad place, financially, it may be beneficial for you to consider the pros of certain moves such as filing for bankruptcy. A lot of people are intimidated or frightened by the prospect of filing of bankruptcy because of how society and media has pinned the word as something like a last, horrible resort.

It is a common misconception to think that bankruptcy is synonymous with failure. Some people who have filed for bankruptcy find that their credit history became better than ever after admitting that bankruptcy was the most advisable move for their given financial situation.

It is a personal decision and there are different variables to consider. Some bankruptcy chapters, for example, are only available to people who are in particular circumstances (i.e. people are required to fulfill the means test in order to see if they are eligible for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy). If it is advisable for your given situation, filing for bankruptcy could be the best way to a fresh start in your credit history that you hadn’t thought possible.

Consult with a bankruptcy lawyer and consider your options and see if bankruptcy is the path for you!

Why Does Content Writing Matter?

You could have the most visually stunning website with a remarkable business strategy. You could know of all the latest trends in the branding and marketing sector. You could invest so much into making sure that your business is at the top of the industry’s game. You could have all of that and more but still lack clients and never develop an identity or a mark in the corporate coliseum; the reason why could boil down to one thing: your content is non-existent or, worse, terrible.

It can be easy to undermine content as something that is more like a spare accessory that can just be picked up from wherever until you figure out the importance of the role that content writing plays in the overall success of your business. According to the website of the online content writers at Kinetic Word, it is the content by which you are ranked in search engines and are thereby found by potential business partners and customers.

Something can be visually pleasing but aesthetics can only last for so long – it is the content by which your clients can get hooked. It is through content that your business and potential clientele build and establish a relationship. A lot of businesses make the mistake of thinking that content writing is something that can be taken for granted and deemed easy because hey, anyone can string together a few words and make a few sentences, right? But it takes a learned, experienced writer who has been in this particular field of the writing industry to understand how to generate content that is beneficial to both the business and the customers in a way that both parties can understand.

Anyone can write, certainly, but it takes a certain amount of skill, practice, and dedication in order to know how to write well and how to write consistently well over a period of time.

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