Motor vehicle accidents are normally associated with auto accidents because they are the most commonly occurring. Auto accidents are among the leading causes of injury in the US. But the fact is boats are also motor vehicles, and boating under the influence of alcohol consumption or BUI also carries stiff penalties.

According to the US Coast Guard’s collation of recreational boating accident statistics in 2002-2003, alcohol consumption is responsible for more than 20% of all boating accident fatalities and injuries but since non-fatal boating accidents are consistently underreported, that percentage may be much higher.

Recently, BUI laws have been made more stringent in some states, most notably Washington where a BUI violation now carries penalties as severe as that for drunk driving or DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs). A fine could be as high as $5,000 and one year in jail, compared to the old BUI laws which merely imposed a fine of $250.

In some states, a BUI conviction carries over to the offender’s state license to drive. This includes Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Utah as of 2007 and Washington as of July 28, 2013. A BUI charge in these states may have serious consequences, especially if the operator has prior DUI convictions. In Oregon, for example, when a combination of BUI and DUI convictions reaches four, it becomes an automatic felony. In Massachusetts, it could mean a suspension of the motor vehicle license.

A BUI charge should not be allowed to reach a conviction as much as possible, especially in the states with stricter laws. A BUI defense lawyer would know how to go about having the charge dismissed or at least mitigated. This is especially important if one or more people were injured as a result. Aside from keeping the driving record clean, a dismissed charge denies a possible personal injury claimant a significant piece of evidence to prove the case.


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Nursing home abuse is probably the worst kind of abuse because it often involves two things: a breach in the duty of care of medical personnel, although abuse may also be perpetrated by a fellow resident, and victims from the most vulnerable sectors of the population. It is bad enough that people in nursing homes are so old, so sick and so incapacitated that they need constant professional supervision; they are also too old, too sick or too incapacitated to defend themselves in the face of abuse.

This is why personal injury cases brought against nursing homes seem so horrific. The victims are helpless; consequently they either do not report it or are not believed. Abusers take advantage of this as well as their position to continue the abuse. Family members and friends should be more vigilant and be on the lookout for telltale signs. According to the website of The Law Office of Williams Kherkher, these abusers can be made to pay on both the state and federal level if the personal injury can be proven.

Unfortunately, personal injury cases are not always easy to prove, especially if the victim is not able or willing to come forward with a complaint. Victims of abuse are frequently fearful of reprisals because they are generally isolated from people who may be able to help them address the problem. A competent personal injury lawyer, according to the law firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® in Racine, should be able to gather the needed evidence to pursue a civil case against the abuser and the nursing home even without help from the victim.

If you suspect that a family member or friend is a victim of nursing home abuse, do not hesitate to consult with a personal injury lawyer to assess the case. The effects of nursing home abuse goes beyond physical injury; it involves emotional distress and psychological trauma as well, which can be much harder to overcome.


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It seems ridiculous, with all the attention on how high the numbers are on car accidents and the value of defensive and responsible driving, to finally earn a place in the statistics by backing into your garage. It is undoubtedly a car accident and is usually covered under property damage insurance, but it is perhaps not something that one can easily admit to or live down.

There are no figures available on the frequency for this type of car accident, so it probably does not happen too often. Several scenarios can lead to this incident, and not all are necessarily a reflection on a person’s driving ability. After all, garage doors are mechanical devices with moving parts that can fail, and most people presume that it will always work as expected. On the other hand, it could just be bad driving.

The good thing about this is that no one is likely to have gotten hurt except possibly for a bruised ego, but the same may not be true for the vehicle. The bad news is that it is likely a garage door repair professional will be needed to fix the damage. Garage doors are heavy, so even just putting back a derailed runner can lead to serious injury if done by an amateur. As mentioned earlier, this should be covered by homeowner’s insurance, so the best move would be not to try doing any repair but to report the damage to the insurance company.

If the damage makes the garage door difficult or impossible to use or poses a security risk, do not wait for the adjuster to inspect it. Take pictures of the damage, and get a garage door repair company to fix it. Make sure to keep job estimates, invoices and receipts to support the insurance claim.


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