Posts by Elenor

Dallas DUIs

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in DUI/DWI | 0 comments

The United States is a much larger country that many foreigners realize, and Texas is even larger than most other American citizens realize. In fact, it is a common adage that “everything is bigger in Texas”, but unfortunately this is also true of deaths due to drunk driving. Within Texas, the city most afflicted with these deaths is Dallas, a huge, sprawling metropolitan area where it is essentially necessary to own a car. In fact, Dallas sits at the top of the list as the city with the most drunk-driving deaths in the nation.

According to an article in D Magazine, a periodical primarily dedicated to arts and entertainment in Austin, there are a variety of reasons why Dallas is the drunk driving capital of the country. The first is that the city was built specifically for drivers. The article cites an LSU study in which all of the cities in the top 10 for alcohol related traffic deaths are in either the sun belt or the rust belt, where the main mode of transportation is by personal vehicle. The second reason the article addresses is that up until 2010, Dallas was a patchwork of wet and dry areas, forcing those who wanted to consume alcohol to drive to a different area of town to get their fix. The problem has not been rectified, however, because Texas continues to be the state with the highest number of drunk driving deaths year after year. The article also notes that an increase in the number of highways does double duty of reducing local population and increasing the amount people drive, so they advocate for denser, more compact cities.

Considering that all of the highways have already been built, it would not seem wise to let all of that valuable infrastructure go to waste. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is incredibly large, and consolidating space in a world with continuing population increases seems nearly impossible. While the article in the D Magazine advocates for such extreme measures as to remove TxDoT entirely, I think that having TxDoT focus more on reliable public transportation could be a step in the right direction. Ridesharing companies that can be hailed on a cellphone are also gaining in popularity, and easing regulations for these companies may also lower the drunk driving rate (although this comes with its own set of complications, most notably the Uber and Lyft controversy in Austin).

Drinking and driving ruins many lives, and one mistake could cost you your future. Most DUIs and other alcohol related incidents fall under criminal law, requiring a decent criminal defense lawyer, and by extension, a significant amount of money, to even have a chance at living a normal life without a criminal record. There are many ways that this problem can be addressed, and in my opinion, it starts with increasing the efficacy of alternate forms of transportation and pulling away from a culture of binge drinking. The ever-increasing punishments for those who drive drunk have not done much to quell the number of accidents, so we must focus on changing the entire environment.

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Causes of Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Truck Accidents | 0 comments

18-wheelers and semi-trucks pose a threat to other drivers on the road because of how much more skill and attention these vehicles require than standard vehicles. Their size alone is intimidating; it causes blind spots directly in front and behind them as well as up and down the length where the side-view mirrors cannot help.

Though they are more dangerous and have the potential to be more lethal, companies depend on 18-wheelers and semi-trucks to deliver goods and products in a timely fashion. Therefore, it is up to them to train all their drivers properly to ensure their safety. In fact, there is a mandate by the federal government restricting hours of service to deter drivers from staying awake while they are clearly too tired to keep working.

Although this rule is in place, truck drivers may often ignore it to complete the shipment because of incentives companies have. A fatigued driver is a deadly driver, driving while fatigued can lead to:

  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • Improper turns and technique
  • Increased distractibility
  • Improper use of signals

Any one of the four reasons listed above is extremely hazardous in a standard car, but add 20 times the weight, a tired driver, and potentially harmful cargo, and there is a sure catastrophe waiting to happen.

The Texas semi-truck accident lawyers at Williams Kherkher have several years of experience in these specific types of lawsuits and have just as much research on the causes of accidents to go along. Tired driving is reckless driving, and it is inexcusable. The lawyers at Williams Kherkher fight for the compensation for the medical expenses, damage, and pain and suffering the victims of these senseless accidents deserve.

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Divorce: Emotional Responses You Should Avoid

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Divorce, Marriage | 0 comments

Divorce is already legally complicated. According to the website, it may involve various legal issues, including child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of properties. You don’t want to complicate things more because of your emotional responses. Below are some of the emotional responses you should avoid during a divorce.

Seeking revenge

Many divorce cases are filed because of hard feelings between the spouses, such as those that arise from domestic violence and cheating. Because of the negative emotions, some tend to seek revenge during the divorce proceedings, and this usually means that they will try to get as much from the divorce as possible, even though it is not warranted.

This may backfire to the revenge seeker, because it may make the divorce longer, more complicated, and more expensive.

Settling immediately

Sometimes, spouses are just so angry that they don’t want to get involved in a long legal process with their ex-partners. These people have the tendency to make the process easier by accepting everything that is hurled toward them. They accept the terms of the separation even if the terms are biased and don’t cater to his or her full interest.

Yes, divorce can be a hassle if there are arguments, but sometimes, these arguments are really needed so you can get what you rightfully deserve.

Involving your kids

Family courts want to minimize the participation of the children in the divorce process, though sometimes they may be required to speak up, especially during child custody and support proceedings. You should be responsible enough to know that you are not the only one suffering from intense emotions in the separation. Your kids, especially if they are still in their development years, can also be negatively affected.

You should let them do what they are doing, such as studying and participating in recreational activities like sports. If you involve them too much in the divorce, they may even feel that they are part of the reason why you and your spouse are planning to go their separate ways.

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When Thinking of Filing for Divorce, it may be Wise to Seek Sound Legal Counsel

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Divorce | 0 comments

Unlike in the past when divorce was settled only in court, divorcing couples today have options on how to end their union and settle all divorce-related issues. Unlike a court-litigated divorce (or contested divorce), these other options or alternative processes make divorce and all related issues faster to settle, besides being cheaper and amicable. The different ways of ending a marital union include:

  • Contested Divorce. Also known as court-litigated. This is the traditional process of divorce. It is settled in a family court, open to the public and can drag on for months or years depending on the number of divorce-related issues that need to be settled, such as custody of child/children, payment (and amount) of child support and/or spousal support, and division of properties, assets and debts.
  • It adversarial in nature, thus, people who sit in court witness how divorcing spouses, through their lawyers, discredit one another. Aside from a judge-settled divorce process, a contested divorce is more likely to turn spouses bitter towards one another, as well as make them feel devastated and deprived.
  • Uncontested Divorce. Besides arriving at a settlement without having to go to trial, this divorce procedure is quicker and cheaper compared to contested divorce. Uncontested divorce is a private process. It does not mean agreeing outrightly about the issues related to divorce, however, if there are disagreements regarding certain issues, then negotiations are made. The main issue about this type of divorce is, despite the disagreements and the need to negotiate, the spouses remain to be in control and are sure to get through everything.
  • Mediated Divorce or Divorce Mediation. This is also a private, out-of-court legal procedure that allows spouses to settle all divorce-related issues by themselves. A mediator, who is a neutral third party chosen by the spouses themselves, sits with them to help them reach an agreement. This mediator is not allowed to decide on the issues at hand since decisions are made by the spouses. Part of what he or she does is to make sure that the spouses are able to talk and argue openly, but in a way that will not destroy the amicable process. Though each spouse may or may not be represented by an attorney, who can help them understand the legal matters related to divorce and know if the agreement arrived at is reasonable and worth signing, compared to contested divorce, this process is still much cheaper and faster to settle.
  • Collaborative Divorce. In this divorce process, both spouses have their respective lawyers who will work cooperatively with them in settling the divorce case. This process requires both spouses to disclose all important information that will affect the divorce and all related issues – this is for fair negotiations, of course. In the event that this process does not work, each spouse will have to hire new attorneys who will take their case to the court.

Filling out a divorce form is necessary for those petitioning for divorce. Now, on one area of this form is a question that asks why divorce is being filed. States differ with regard to the basic requirement in filing for divorce. In 17 states ( California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin), where the “no-fault” divorce law is observed, citing any action by his/her partner, even infidelity, is immaterial.

The other 33 states, however, are known as “fault” states since these require that those who file for divorce identify the specific ground/s upon which the divorce is being sought (despite observing the “fault” divorce law, these 33 states now also recognize the “no fault” law, thus a spouse may file for divorce by citing simply the ground of irreconcilable differences).

The law firm Marshall & Taylor PLLC mentions in its website how choosing to end a marriage can be a difficult decision to make; however, there are times when it just is the best option for you and your partner’s situation. Furthermore, the firm also says that regardless of what form of divorce you pursue, there will likely be a number of complicated legal matters that you will need to work out; this is what makes having an experienced divorce attorney critical. However, before finally choosing someone to represent you legally, it is equally important that he or she is someone you can count on and trust; someone who will help settle you case as fast as possible rather than find ways to prolong it in order to make money out of your case.

As explained in the website of the law firm, Kirker Davis, LLP, divorce can have profound consequences with the potential for long-lasting effects on a person’s finances and property. Thus, if you are considering divorce, it may be in your best interest to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer, who may be able to provide you with sound legal counsel on your ideal course of action.

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Cosmetic Procedures Most Availed of in the U.S.

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A survey conducted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) shows that cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2012 totaled to more than 10 million, registering, at least, a 3% increase from 2011. This is the major reason why a good number of medical practitioners have shifted, and continue to shift, to Cosmetic Surgery, a new field to which millions of clients and patients are now being attracted to.

Cosmetic surgery is a special medical discipline that helps to enhance one’s looks, correct physical defects or reconstruct a damaged area of the skin through medical or surgical procedures. It can rejuvenate burned skin, remove wrinkles, re-shape the nose or augment one’s breasts.

In 2012, the top cosmetic surgical procedure sought by clients was breast augmentation; it was performed on more than 330,600 women. The other top four cosmetic surgical procedures were liposuction, abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck, which is intended to make the abdomen firmer), eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, and rhinoplasty, which is the type of surgery performed to re-shape the nose.

The much greater number of cosmetic procedures, however, was recorded under non-surgical, which registered above 8 million. The top five procedures performed in this field include:

  • Botulinum toxin type A (including Dysport and Botox), the procedure wherein botulinum, a neurotoxin, is injected into a person for the purpose of weakening or paralyzing the muscle that causes wrinkle development;
  • Hyaluronic acid (including restylane /perlane, juvederm and hylaform), which are soft tissue fillers that treat facial aging and wrinkles;
  • Laser hair removal, which destroys hair follicles using pulses of laser light to remove unwanted hair;
  • Microdermabrasion, a treatment that removes acne scars, age spots and crow’s feet (wrinkles that develop at the outer corner of the eyes); and,
  • Chemical peel, also known as derma peeling or chemexfoliation, smoothens and rejuvenates the skin (on the hands, neck and face) which has been damaged because of acne or sun exposure.

Cosmetic procedures are complex procedures that require exceptional skills, years of medical training and certification and/or recognition from the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. No certificate of attendance to these brief activities or weekend or short-term training will make a medical practitioner an expert in cosmetic procedures. Businesses offering cosmetic procedures should post the qualifications of their staff in their establishments or, better still, online, where possible customers can view them readily.

According to the Bergman & Folkers Plastic Surgery, cosmetic procedures have advanced by leaps and bounds over the last twenty years, and there are a growing number of solutions to most, if not all, of the cosmetic challenges facing you. Through very safe procedures performed by skillful and certified surgeons, you can achieve life-altering effects for your body, face, and skin.

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