Bicycle Safety Tips – For Drivers

It is obvious that bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Their protections are limited to gears like helmets and pads. The facts that they are small and hard to see also don’t help in their vulnerability. It can be argued that bicyclists should be the ones who are more careful, so they don’t put themselves in a situation where a bicycle accident can occur.

But it is also fair to say that car drivers should also make an effort. After all, they are controlling large pieces of metal that can easily injure someone, especially if that someone also has the right on the road, like a bicyclist. Also, according to the website of these Tucson personal injury lawyers, negligent drivers who have caused bicycle accidents may be held accountable. So, even if a person has no morals, he should still make an effort to avoid bicycle accidents just because of the legal consequences.

Below are simple tips for drivers so they can avoid getting involved in an accident with a bicycle.

Follow traffic rules

The most basic safety tip, for drivers and other motorists, is to follow traffic rules. They are there to ensure that no collisions happen and that everybody is safe in a space where accidents can be fatal. If you follow traffic rules, you are already halfway there to a bicycle accident free life.

Mind your lane

Make sure that your car is properly inside the lane, because even just a sidemirror that occupies the bike lane is enough to trigger an accident. It becomes worse if you are traveling at a relatively high speed.

Drive slow in dark areas

Bicyclists are particularly hard to see in dark areas, and that is why they often have reflective clothing and bike lights. Still, there are times where these things are not enough to make them visible enough, resulting into vehicles hitting bicyclists. If you are in a poorly-lit area, drive with caution, because sometimes, you will never know when a bicycle or pedestrian is there.

Look before you turn

It should be a habit of all drivers to make a signal in a considerable distance and look before a turn, so the others around them can adjust accordingly. If a driver fails to do this, the turning maneuver can result into a collision with a bicycle traveling the same direction or the adjacent road. The same thing can be said for overtaking and pulling out aggressively.

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis

According to Valley Stream gastroenterologist Dr. Bradley Reiders, ulcerative colitis is “an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the most common types of inflammatory bowel disease, while ulcerative colitis affects only the colon and rectum. Crohn’s can affect any part of the digestive tract.

Ulcerative colitis affects only the large intestine, causing inflammation and sores (ulcers) in its lining. Though most of those diagnosed with this disease are aged below 30 years old, it can affect people of any age.

Except for the stating the possibility that this disease might be due to the reaction of the immune system to normal bacteria in the digestive tract, medical experts are actually uncertain as to what really causes ulcerative colitis. It is very likely though that you will get it if someone else in your family has it.

The main symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:

  • Belly pain or cramps;
  • Diarrhea; and,
  • Bleeding from the rectum

Symptoms in others can include fever, not feeling hungry, weight loss; in severe cases, a person can have diarrhea 10 to 20 times a day.

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis can come and go. Some may experience a remission for months or years and then they will have a flare-up. About 5 to 10 out of a hundred individuals with ulcerative colitis, though, have symptoms all the time.

Treatment for ulcerative colitis depends on how mild or severe the disease is. Mild symptoms may only require over-the-counter medicines for diarrhea. Others, however, may require prescription medicines to stop or reduce symptoms and prevent flare-ups.

A severe case of this disease, which cannot be remedied by medicine, may require surgery, which will remove the colon. Removing the colon cures ulcerative colitis. It also prevents colon cancer.


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Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recall

Companies are legally required to make sure that their products are safe. If they fail to commit to this responsibility and this failure has resulted into injury or death, they may be held liable. An example of this is the Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder and how it is currently being recalled by Zimmer Biomet.

The Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder is a surgically implanted device used to restore shoulder and arm functions and relieve pain. This is typically acquired by people who suffer from a deficiency or tearing in the rotator cuff.

Reason for Recall
The Food and Drug Administration has designated a Class I Recall on the shoulder replacement. Class I Recall is highest form of recall. It is issued to products that are capable of injuring or killing. The device is being recalled because its fracture rate is higher compared to what is in its label, and there are a lot of reports regarding the failure of the device, particularly fracturing.

Device failure, such as fracturing, may require corrective surgery, to remove the device and replace it with another. But this is not without consequences, as it may result into injury and infection. On worse circumstances, it may even result into the total loss of function in the shoulder area. In the worst circumstances, it may even result into death.

Possible Damages
A patient who has sustained injury because of the device may have legal options to pursue, such as filing a Zimmer shoulder replacement lawsuit. The injury does not just cause the patient pain and suffering, as it may also cause unnecessary financial burdens, like the costs of corrective surgery and hospital confinement, lost time in the workplace, and possibly, loss of earning capability.

Family members of those who sustained fatal injuries have it worse. Aside from the financial issues associated with death, such as medical and funeral costs, they would also suffer from the pain of losing a loved one.

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What To Do In Case of A Fire?

One of the most common types of accidents in the premises is a fire. There are many factors that can trigger a fire. It can start from a candle left lit or wires short circuiting. Depending on the circumstances, the website of Russo, Russo, & Slania reveals that it is generally the duty of the property owner to ensure a safe environment for their tenants. When you find yourself caught in a fire accident, here are some tips on what to do:

1. Keep calm
First things first, don’t panic. When you panic, you will not be able to think clearly. Just keep calm.

2. Know your way out
You should have an idea of where the exit points are or how you can get out of the room. The idea is to get outside quickly and in the safest possible manner. If one of the exit points is blocked, you should know the location of the others.

3. Evacuate
Before anything else, sound the fire alarm. If you are in a building with several floors, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR. Find the nearest evacuation route. Save anyone who is in danger. Exiting through the door is your first priority but if it is impossible, you can also escape from the windows. If there are collapsible evacuation ladders, use them especially if you are located in the upper floors of the building.

4. Stay Low
If there is smoke, stay low to the ground as you make your way out of the building. The smoke and poisonous air are more potent than the flames. By staying low, you will breathe less smoke. You can crawl under the smoke using your hands and knees.

Property owners can conduct fire drills once in a while. This way, they can help their tenants act quickly during a fire accident. Likewise, they should conduct regular inspections of their properties if there are loose wires or other fire triggers.

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Estate Planning: One Way to Make Sure that Your Family Gets the Maximum Value of their Inheritance

Having a doctor or a psychologist evaluate the mental condition of a person prior to his/her drafting of a Will can prove to be of real importance, especially during the litigation of that person’s Will, Trust or Estate Plan. During litigation, the testator’s mental capacity is often the cause of dispute (testator is the legal term for the person writing the Will) and only the expert opinion of a doctor or psychologist proving the lucidity of the testator’s mind would suffice to quash any supposition that the testator may not have fully known or understood the importance of the Will he/she is drafting.

Estate planning refers to as a plan that a person makes before death. In this plan, this person names those to whom he/she wants to leave behind his/her assets and/or properties and determine when they can have their share.

Estate Planning usually begins with the drafting of a Living Trust or a Will. The testator can put in this Will whatever he/she intends to pass on to his/her spouse, children and any other beneficiary. The Will states specifically which asset or thing of value should go to each beneficiary; it can also require an heir to first accomplish something – a condition for him/her to earn his/her inheritance.

  • More elaborate Wills usually include their respective testator’s chosen:
  • Guardian for his/her minor children;
  • Health-care proxy or the person who shall make medical decisions on his/her behalf in the event that he/she gets incapacitated; and,

Executor or the person who will take charge in the administration of the estate left for distribution. The executor will also need to accomplish the last wishes that the testator specified in his/her Will, as well as settle all of the testator’s unpaid debts. Only after all debts have been paid can the assets, or what remains of these, be distributed to the beneficiaries.

Besides having everyone get what a testator intends to leave them, estate planning also reduces the amount of taxes and does away with court hearings; this means no unnecessary court and other legal costs.

In its website, the Arenson Law Group explains how Estate Planning can help provide the security that a testator’s family will need if something happens to him or her. It will also ensure that properties and assets will be disposed in ways wherein their value would be maximized due to the reduction of taxes and other expenses. And because an estate plan speaks the very mind of the testator, it can help prevent possible rivalry over inheritance among his/her spouse and children.

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