The 85 children evacuated from Lake St. Martin need to head back to class, the province says.
The 85 children evacuated from Lake St. Martin need to head back to class, the province says.
Miami car accidents occur in the city every day, and unfortunately some of these collisions have a long-term or even life-long impact on victims. In some cases, Miami traffic accidents can cause permanent injuries or severe financial distress for those who sustain serious burn injuries, brain injuries, and other serious injuries in the crash. According to experts, there are several things you can do after a Miami accident to protect yourself:
1) Do the right thing immediately after the accident. Stay at the scene of the accident, call for emergency help for anyone who needs it, and get the contact information for every driver involved and for any witnesses at the scene. If you have a phone camera, take photos of the scene and the damage as well. Call authorities if the accident is significant or if anyone is hurt.
2) Know that you have a choice about towing and mechanics. If police arrive at the scene, they may recommend a tow service if your car is too damaged to drive. To reduce costs, however, you do have the right to choose your own service. As well, while your insurance company may recommend a mechanic, you also have the right to take your car in to any qualified mechanic you wish.
3) Get medical care – just in case. If you have whiplash or any injuries that do not manifest themselves right away, it is best to start documenting and to start getting medical treatment right away.
4) Call a qualified Miami personal injury attorney first. This should be one of the first calls you make. Many victims call their insurance carrier first, but calling an attorney ensures that your attorney can start gathering evidence in your case right away. Calling a good attorney first also ensures that you have someone to work on your behalf, negotiating with your insurance carrier and reading over documents before you sign them. As well, keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations if you do decide to pursue a legal claim following a Miami drunk driving accident or car accident. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the sooner you can file your claim and the more chance your attorney has of gathering important information to support your case.
5) Keep as many records as possible. The more information you have on paper, the better. Taking photos of your injuries, keeping a journal of your injuries, and costs and keeping careful records of anything is invaluable in case you decide to file a claim. Even if you decide not to pursue legal action, proof of your injuries and your case may be required by your insurance company, so keep records – and don’t toss them out when you get better. You may need them years after the fact.
6) Assemble a team you trust and follow their directions to the letter. If you have been injured, find a terrific Miami car accident attorney and an excellent doctor. Follow their instructions carefully and follow up with these professionals regularly. Both these professionals can help you heal from your injuries and can help you face a brighter future – but only if you cooperate.
7) Be very, very honest. Exaggerating injuries or being dishonest about existing conditions can be very harmful. Due to the risk of insurance fraud, insurance carriers frequently hire private detectives to investigate claims. Since Florida and Miami lead the nation in fraudulent car insurance claims, claims from the state may be met with special scrutiny.
For many motorists in Miami, car accidents are just not a daily consideration. Many motorists assume that as long as they drive safely, their risk of being in a car accident is quite low. Unfortunately, each day, Miami truck accidents and car accidents occur to even good drivers. Statistics show that the longer a motorist is on the road, the greater their chances of being in a car accident. Since Miami is a large city with a large volume of traffic, unfortunately, the risk of Miami car accidents and traffic accidents is that much larger.
One problem is that many motorists drive far less safely than they believe. Driving while under the influence or driving while distracted can lead to a car accident – no matter how strong a driver you think you are. It is important for motorists in all cities, especially large cities like Miami, to ensure that they are driving as safely as possible. This means shutting off all mobile devices before getting behind the wheel. It can also mean occasionally taking refresher courses or getting driving skills reevaluated as necessary to ensure that you are still doing everything you can behind the wheel in order to stay safe.
Unfortunately, even being an extremely safe driver does not guarantee that you will never be in a Miami car accident. Even if you drive safely, other motorists may take risks that result in a car accident. Even if you do not drink, for example, other motorists may make poor decisions that lead to Miami drunk driving accidents that affect your vehicle as well. Learning to drive defensively is one way to ensure that you can respond quickly to avoid a collision. However, even defensive driving and excellent driving skills will not prevent all accidents.
In addition, Miami has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the cities with the highest rate of staged car accidents. Insurance fraud is unfortunately on the rise in Miami, and this means that criminals choose to get innocent motorists involved in car accidents by rear ending them, by breaking suddenly, and by engaging in other reckless behavior in order to make false insurance claims. Unfortunately, if you’re targeted by an insurance fraudster, you could still sustain a serious car accident and serious injuries.
For all these reasons, it is important for all Miami motorists to be prepared for car accidents at all times. This means that you should have adequate insurance coverage, and you should have an emergency kit in your car. Your emergency kit should contain a disposable camera for taking photos of the scene, a pen and paper for taking down insurance information and contact information from the other driver, and a first aid kit that allows you to treat any minor wounds on site. Reviewing what you need to do if you are in a Miami car accident is also a smart move, and ensures that you are ready if the worst happens.
Rear-end collisions usually occur when a vehicle is tailgating or when one driver brakes suddenly. Moderate speed Florida rear-end crashes can result in whiplash. Higher speeds can result in herniation, brain injuries, and other serious injuries. This type of car accident can be jarring and upsetting. It can also lead to serious Florida brain injuries, broken bones, and other serious injuries. In cases where there are items, such as groceries, in a vehicle, these objects can become airborne during a Florida car accident and can cause serious injuries, even at lower speeds. Even though some rear end Florida car accidents are nothing more than fender benders, serious injuries and even fatalities do occur with this type of car accident.
The trunk space of a car can help protect passengers from impact. Those most likely to be injured in this type of crash are the passengers in the rear of a van, as the rear crumple zone in a van tends to be small. In fact, any passenger vehicle with reduced trunk space can be more problematic with a rear end collision. In some cases, victims who have sustained injures in rear end collisions are injured because there is a flaw with the design of the car, which causes additional injuries despite there being a cushion of trunk space. If you believe that your Florida car accident injuries were caused by this type of defect, you will need to work with a qualified Florida product liability attorney to help investigate the true cause of your injuries.
Unfortunately, rear end car accidents are more likely to injure people sitting in the rear of the vehicle, as that is where most of the impact occurs. Tragically, it is often children who are sitting in the rear seat of the vehicle. For this reason, it is very important to ensure that any children in your car are always restrained with age-appropriate safety restraints. Without these restraints, children can be flung about the interior of the car, causing serious and permanent injury.
The driver of the car that rear-ends a vehicle is usually considered to be at fault. Usually, authorities believe that the driver did not pay due attention or did not leave adequate room to stop safely. However, is dangerous to assume that the hitting car is always at fault. Some Florida staged car accidents, for example, occur when a car brakes suddenly or drives recklessly, causing other cars to rear end it. If you have been in the rear end collision, it is important not to take blame or agree with an assessment of the situation until a thorough investigation of the accident can be completed. If you are accused of a rear end accident but believe that you were not at fault, you may need to work with a qualified Florida attorney to determine true liability in the accident.
1. LULAC fought discrimination against Latinos mainly through
A) lobbying efforts.
B) demonstrations and other protests.
C) the court system.
D) newspapers and other mass media.
2. “I began to realize what other minority people had discovered: That the only answer—the only hope—was in organizing. More of us had to become citizens. We had to register to vote. And people like me had to develop the skills it would take to organize, to educate, to help empower the Chicano people.”—César Chávez
Based on the quote above, how did César Chávez propose to fight against the discrimination against Latinos in American society?
A) By filing lawsuits
B) By starting letter writing campaigns
C) By holding voter registration drives
D) By protesting against discrimination
3. How did La Raza Unida and the United Farm Workers differ in their goals?
A) The United Farm Workers did not seek greater economic opportunities for Latino Americans, while La Raza Unida supported better job opportunities for Latinos.
B) La Raza Unida worked to mobilize Latino voters, while the United Farm Workers advocated for union recognition and better worker wages and benefits.
C) La Raza Unida did not seek greater economic opportunities while the United Farm Workers advocated for vocational training programs for Latino Americans.
D) The United Farm Workers fought for greater educational opportunities for Latino Americans while La Raza Unida organized boycotts to push for civil rights.
4. What did the political party La Raza Unida do to advocate for Latino civil rights?
A) It supported programs to bring more Latino workers to the United States.
B) It called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing the civil rights of Latino Americans.
C) It supported legislation ending segregation in public places for Latino Americans in the American Southwest.
D) It worked to get voters to elect people who would call for job-training programs and more access to financial resources.
5. To push for better wages and benefits for farm workers, César Chávez organized a successful
A) march on Washington.
B) sit-down strike.
C) advertising and publicity campaign.
D) national boycott on grapes.
6. Who was the GI Forum founded to protect?
A) African American veterans
B) Women veterans
C) Mexican-American veterans
D) Veterans of Pacific Battles
7. What did LULAC support while fighting discrimination against Latino Americans?
A) Voting rights for Latino American citizens
B) Assimilation into American society
C) A fair wage for Latino farm workers
D) A separate but equal school system for Latino American students
8. In 1966, César Chávez and Dolores Huerta did which of the following to fight for Latino civil rights?
A) They merged their organizations to form the United Farm Workers.
B) They formed the political party La Raza Unida.
C) They organized a march on Washington to advocate for Latino civil rights.
D) They worked together for the passage of the Bilingual Education Act.
9. Which of the following organizations was NOT organized to promote civil rights for Latino groups?
A) Americans of Mexican Heritage
C) United Farm Workers
D) American GI Forum
10. Latinos argued successfully for the addition of what in public education?
1) C the court system
2) C By holding voter registration drives
3) B La Raza Unida worked to mobilize Latino voters, while the United Farm Workers advocated….
4) D It worked to get voters to elect people who would call for job-training programs and more access to financial resources.
5) D national boycott on grapes.
6) C Mexican-American veterans
7) B Assimilation into American society
A They merged their organizations to form the United Farm Workers
9) A Americans of Mexican Heritage
10) A Bilingualism
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, but this is also a great month to talk to your teens about the other dangers of driving. It’s a great time to discuss:
1) Drinking and driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32 people in the US die every day due to drunk driving. Don’t let your teen become one of the statistics of Florida drunk driving accidents. Have an agreement with your teen that
2) Drugs and driving. Many people think of impaired driving as drunk driving, but many drugs (including illegal drugs as well as medications and even over-the-counter products) can cause car accidents because they can cause sleepiness or impairment. Talk to your child about natural supplements, over the counter medications, and illegal drugs. Make sure your teen knows about dangers.
3) Distracted driving. Thanks to awareness campaigns, your teen likely knows about the dangers of texting or talking while driving – but does that mean they put away their mobile device when they drive? This is the month to talk about that and to ensure your teens pull over to the side of the road before making a call.
4) Passengers. Mobile devices are not the only distractions on the road. Loud passengers, loud music, and other distractions in the car can have lethal consequences. Create a list of potential distractions with your teen and then help him or her come up with solutions that address each distraction.
5) Stunts and risks. Teens sometimes think that the risks and stunts they see on TV look cool, and may not appreciate the effects of those risks. Show them photos of accidents caused by stunts and discuss the effects of such decisions.
6) Speeding. Speeding reduces your teen’s control of the car, which, combined with the relatively less experience your teen has behind the wheel, can result in a crash. Worse, higher-speed accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries and fatalities.
7) Car safety. While Florida car accidents are a major risk for your teen driver, they are not the only risk. Make sure that you discuss issues such as parking and getting to the car safely at night, car maintenance, car break downs, and more.
Florida car accidents related to snow and winter weather are rare. However, if you are driving to snowier states soon, here are some winter-driving issues to consider
1) Ice flying off of trucks and other cars. Snow and ice flying off of cars and trucks can easily cover your windshield, or even impact your vehicle, causing you to become momentarily blinded or even to lose control of the car. When driving in winter or wet conditions, stay well back from trucks, since they will churn up a lot of snow and rain which can hurt your visibility and can easily lead to a Florida truck accident. As well, make sure that your windshield wipers are in good condition and can handle snow. If you park outside and your car is covered in snow and ice, scrape that off (especially off the roof) before driving – snow from your roof can easily slide on your windshield as you drive, blocking your view.
2) Obstructions of snow and ice. Snow and ice piled high on roadways can scrape the bottom of your car and even damage it. You can also lose control of your vehicle driving over this obstruction and cause an accident. If you see a large pile of snow in the street, drive around it carefully.
3) Huge snow banks. Snow banks block visibility, making it hard for traffic to see you when you come out of a side street or driveway. If your view is blocked by a snow bank, flash your headlights so that other drivers can see you coming and edge out slowly until you can see oncoming traffic before pulling out into traffic.
4) Reduced street parking spots. In most cities, drivers are required to park within a foot of the curb. When curbs become covered in snow and snow spills into the street, it can be hard to determine where a parking spot actually is. This can be an especial problem with street parking, where drivers need to leave enough space for emergency vehicles and other cars to get through. If you park in a spot where you are blocking plows or emergency vehicles, you will be ticketed, so that it is often safer to park further away or to pay for a parking spot indoors when streets get really snowy and you can’t get a parking spot that does not block traffic. When parking, make sure there is at least a 12-foot pass for emergency vehicles to get through.
5) Insurance woes. Keep in mind that your insurance company may expect you to pay a surcharge if you cause an accident, even if the cause of an accident was poor visibility due to a snow bank or poor parking due to a snowy parking spot. In most states, there are no exceptions for accidents caused by winter weather and surcharges are automatic, meaning that weather-related accidents can end up costing you extra, even if Jack Frost is really to blame. However, you can appeal the surcharge if the accident was caused by bad weather.
If you’re planning on driving in order to get to a family holiday event, you may well have to leave Florida and enter states where winter driving has a whole new meaning. Although in many cases Florida drivers do not need to worry about the dangers of winter driving – dangers which can include driving snow, snow drifts, and icy roads — once Florida drivers leave the state to visit family for the holidays, they may be in more danger than usual. Since Florida drivers are often unused to winter driving conditions, they may be at a higher risk of accidents when driving in unfamiliar, winter conditions. There are some ways to prevent this, however, if you will be traveling out of state for the holidays:
1) Make sure your car is ready for your destination. You may not need snow tires at home to prevent a Florida pedestrian accident or car accident. However, if you are driving to a state where winter conditions are probable or likely, get winter snow tires. If you are likely to be driving in heavy snow or is rural areas, look for studded tires, which have small spikes which grip icy roads and give you more control of your car.
2) Consider alternate forms of travel. If you have no experience driving in the snow, it may be easier and less expensive to fly, take a train, or take some other form of transportation to your holiday destination. Even letting someone experienced in winter driving can help.
3) Take a course in winter driving. A course in winter driving is likely readily available through a local driver’s education school. The tips you learn can help you prevent a Florida car accident and will prepare you for winter roads in other states as well.
4) Make sure you understand what conditions you will face. Use weather stations and Internet weather information from the government to determine what conditions you are likely to face. Knowing whether you are likely to face icy roads, snows, or hail can help you plan ahead.
5) Stay alert of weather condition changes and keep your plans flexible. If you are driving to a holiday destination in a wintry state, check weather forecasts before your departure. If there is any snow, you will need to slow down, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive safely. If the weather is severe, stay flexible in your plans and find another way of arriving safe. In a snowstorm, it will be much safer to leave your car at home and use a train or plane to get to your destination, especially if you have limited winter driving experience.
Do You Need To Secure A Lawyer When Guilty Of Drunk Driving
No matter what it is called, whether it is a DWI, DUI, OWI, or some other acronym, drunk driving is a serious crime that carries heavy consequences. In many states you could pay thousands of dollars in fines as a result of a drunk driving charge. You could end up in jail, even if you are facing your first drunk driving charge. One consideration you will need to make when facing a drunk driving conviction is whether or not to hire a lawyer. Lawyers are not cheap, so you need to make sure that you really need professional help before hiring one.
There are many reasons to consider hiring a lawyer. First, lawyers will help you understand the legal situation you are facing. Remember, the public defender may not tell you all of your options. A lawyer will be able to provide you with information that could keep you out of jail.
Understanding the consequences you face can be difficult, especially in states with confusing DUI laws. A lawyer will make sure you understand exactly which consequences you face, and how you could avoid some of them. A lawyer will also make sure that you file all of the necessary paperwork on time so that you do not end up losing your license prematurely.
You will face a day in court as a result of a DUI conviction. A lawyer will represent you in the best possible light. Lawyers know what arguments work well to lessen your charges.
So do you need to hire a lawyer? The answer depends on several factors. If you have several DUI convictions on your record, injured someone as a result of your drunk driving, or need to keep your license in order to work your job, you should hire a lawyer. In these situations going without a lawyer is dangerous.
If you are not facing these types of extenuating circumstances, you may choose to go without a lawyer. You may still want one, however, to help you understand your state’s DUI laws. Also, you may want one if your blood alcohol content was quite a bit over the legal limit. In these situations a lawyer is not considered absolutely necessary, so you could consider going without professional representation.
If you still feel unsure about whether or not you could benefit from representation, feel free to contact a lawyer. You will find that many of them provide free consultations for potential new clients. Allow the lawyer to tell you exactly how he can help you, and then make your decision.
What’s wrong with this picture…besides the macho "top gun" stuff?
Local Officers Honored as "Top Guns" for DUI Arrests
York, PA. Oct. 20 – Local law enforcement officers will be honored for taking more than 380 impaired drivers off York roads last year.
The Pennsylvania Driving Under the Influence Association will honor 48 officers statewide with 2010 DUI Top Gun Awards…
"We are taking this opportunity to honor those officers in Pennsylvania who were leaders during 2009 in either making DUI arrests or conducting drug influence evaluations on impaired drivers," C. Stephen Erni, executive director of the Pennsylvania DUI Association, said…
So….why are cops being given awards for making arrests — rather than for arrests resulting in convictions? (For a discussion of the problem, see my earlier post Officers Rewarded for Arrests – Not Convictions.)