Construction Site Accidents and Lawsuits

45608064 - image of an accident on a road constructionConstruction sites are important to help our country’s infrastructure evolve and remain safe, but they can also be incredibly dangerous. When mistakes occur and innocent people are hurt or killed, a lawsuit is the most common outcome. These stories prove just how complicated legal matters can become after such accidents.

Westport Concrete Accident

69-year-old Herbert Grant was working at a construction site in Westport, Connecticut when he was struck by a boom extending off the front of a concrete truck. The strike proved fatal, and Grant lost his life immediately. He had been working on the site as an independent contractor to supervise concrete pouring. It is expected that a lawsuit will ensue as Grant’s closest of kin sue the construction company for negligence and wrongful death. Continue reading

What is the Future of Social Security?

34468000 - social security and retirement incomeSocial security is in trouble, but that fact doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves during this wacky and unpredictable presidential election. The Social Security’s trustees reported in June that the program’s funds will be depleted before 2035, when today’s 49-year-olds become eligible for full benefits. That leaves millions of Americans with huge question marks in their futures.

The State of Social Security

More than 60 million citizens around the country utilize social security retirement or disability benefits, costing $900 billion per year. Floridians account for about 4 million of those citizens, which equals about one in five state residents collecting $60 billion each year. Of course, with the nation’s growing population, these numbers will only go up. Continue reading

The Growing Need for Motorcycle Safety in Florida

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Motorcyclists have a passion for riding, but they unfortunately face a host of dangers when heading out on the open road. Men and women who ride motorcycles must share the road with car, van, and truck drivers who don’t always see them or have the courtesy to safely share the road with them. On the other hand, motorcyclists need to remain responsible enough to always wear protective gear and ride in sync with other vehicles. The need for respect between motorists and motorcyclists was recently emphasized after the tragic death of a motorcyclist in Tacoma, Washington. Continue reading

When it Comes to Motorcycle Safety, Florida Has Some Work to Do

motorcycle-1With its warm and sunny weather, Florida is the perfect spot for motorcycle enthusiasts to hop on their bikes and enjoy a ride. However, the statistics regarding motorcycle accidents in Florida are alarming. Motorcycle riders account for 7 percent of the state’s motor population, but they are involved in 19 percent of fatal accidents. Unfortunately, this data has led Florida to be named the most deadly state for motorcyclists in America.

Why are motorcycle riders so at risk in Florida, and what can be done to stop the danger? The responsibility lies on the shoulders of bikers and car drivers alike. For their part, motorcycle riders need to wear helmets and protective clothing and drive in a way that does not place them in danger of being hit by a car. The aspects of motorcycles that make them so exhilarating, like being open to the air and lightning fast, also make motorcycle accidents so violent. A bit of caution will go a long way in saving a life. Continue reading

US Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Florida and Beyond

US Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Florida and Beyond

10747296 - couple riding a motorcycleSummer weather is back in all its glory, and you’re no doubt feeling the temptation to hop on your motorcycle and cruise around in the beautiful weather. Whether you’re staying in Florida or flying across state boundaries, make sure you’re aware of the helmet laws in your local area. No need to let a traffic citation or dangerous accident ruin your drive.

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Motorcycle Insurance: The Importance of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Motorcycle Insurance: The Importance of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

45385144 - motorcycle insurance design, vector illustration eps10 graphicTransportation has come a long way since the days of the horse and wagon, and while that progress has come with many perks, it has also increased the risks to those on the roadways. Regardless of how careful you are on your motorcycle, it only takes one negligent driver to cause a crash that could leave you with devastating injuries. So what happens if that driver is uninsured or underinsured? You are left with all of the injuries and no way to obtain financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, unless your own insurance will cover it.

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Conduct a Motorcycle Safety Check after Every Ride

Conduct a Motorcycle Safety Check After Every Ride

37846976 - asian man doing motorcycle maintenance in his gardenWhen you’re waiting at the airport to load a jetliner and head across the country, you expect the plane to receive comprehensive safety checks before it takes hundreds of passengers soaring through the air. There’s no reason that your motorcycle shouldn’t be subjected to similar tests and checks before each ride. While it’s true that motorcycles are now masterfully designed to remain reliable and safe, it’s dangerous to always assume that your bike is safe enough to be on the road.

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Best Practices for Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain

Best Practices for Riding Your Motorcycle in the Rain

22691739 - two man wearing raincoat riding motorcycleRain might be comforting when you’re inside curled under a blanket, but when it starts to pour in the middle of your Sunday motorcycle ride, things can get messy. Don’t worry, thoughwith the right precautions, you can ride safely in the rain. You just might get a little wet in the process.

Maintain Your Visibility

As any biker knows, visibility is the first thing to become compromised when the rain begins. It’s hard enough to see through the rain in a car with windshield wipers, making it even more of a struggle on a motorcycle. If you aren’t already using a windscreen and visor that are treated to wick away water, you should buy one of the number of aftermarket products available to maximize visibility in the rain. Once you’ve treated everything to repel fog and rain, you’ll be able to see as clearly as possible through the stormy weather. Continue reading

Motorcycle Safety: How to Ride with a Passenger

Motorcycle Safety: How to Ride with a Passenger

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As a motorcycle rider, you enjoy long rides by yourself to lose your stress in the strong winds and relax as you zoom by miles and miles of beautiful scenery. This “biker’s zen” is very appealing, but so is sharing that ride with someone you care about. Riding a motorcycle with a passenger can be a neat way to share the experience of biking with a friend, family member, or spouse, but careful safety considerations need to be made in order to avoid an accident. Continue reading

Can Customizing Your Motorcycle Be Dangerous?

Can Customizing Your Motorcycle Be Dangerous?

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If you ride a motorcycle, then you probably take great pride in your bike’s appearance. When you talk to your friends about going home to “take care of your baby,” they know you’re talking about your motorcycle, right? So the big question is, can customizing your below motorcycle actually cause more danger for you as you ride?

About Motorcycle Customization

When you customize your motorcycle, you are changing its stylistic and/or structural traits so that it no longer looks like a standard mass-produced bike. You may want to customize your bike in order to reflect your personality and help your motorcycle make more of a statement. A new seat or set of wheels, strip lights, heated grips, and a unique exhaust pipe are all examples of motorcycle customizations. Continue reading