Posted by Horace on Feb 12, 2016 in Car accidents | 0 comments
Tires are among the most important components of a vehicle. It comes in direct contact with the road, which means a simple tire defect could trigger life-changing car accidents. According to a Rhineland personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, several cases of injurious car-related accidents have been attributed to defectively manufactured tires. But apart from negligent tire manufacturers, drivers who fail to properly maintain their tires could also be driving cars that make U.S. roads dangerous.
A Massachusetts car accident attorney knows how life-changing a car accident is for all the parties involved. That’s why it is very important to always check your tires for safety before hitting the road. Before you exit your driveway, check for PAT:
Many tire-related car crashes have been associated with an overinflated or underinflated tire. When a tire is underinflated, the driver would find it difficult to control the steering wheel, making him and his occupants more vulnerable to road crash. On the other hand, too much pressure inside the tire because of over inflation could generate too much heat, making them more prone to blowouts. Check your car specs for proper tire pressure.
When a car is toed in or out, chances are it will wear of unevenly on either side. This could make your tires more prone to blowouts. Also, a tire that’s poorly aligned could also be more difficult to control, making it more prone to car-related accidents. Regularly check your alignment by visiting your auto mechanic.
The grooves on the surface of your tires act as an irrigation to expel water when driving in wet roads. Without these grooves, your tires may lose traction, causing it to hydroplane and go out of control. A tire with worn-out treads should be replaced immediately. Also, always put the best treaded set of tires at the rear axle for better control.
Posted by Horace on Feb 11, 2016 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments
In recent years, U.S. media has been flaunting high-profile domestic violence cases in which big personalities are involved. Some sports icon, Hollywood actors, and even state and federal politicians have been heavily criticized by various women’s rights group for violating women’s right by committing domestic abuse. While the campaign against domestic abuse is a great leap forward for gender equality and justice against violence, some participants leverage such charges to gain upper hand in promoting their self-interest.
According to the website of Flaherty Defense Firm, there had been cases in which plaintiffs have fabricated incidents of domestic abuse to ensure that they will gain an advantage during proceedings of divorce, legal separation, or child custody. Here are the ways on how a false domestic abuse could affect an accused person:
Affects the person liberty through court orders
A person charged with domestic violence could be issued a restraining order, which can profoundly limit his freedom. A person charged with domestic abuse while in a divorce or legal separation may also be barred from contacting the victim and those close to him, which can definitely affect him emotionally. Finally, a person ordered by the court not to get near his divorcing spouse might be excluded from his place of residence. In some cases, the accused person is excluded from the property even if it is jointly owned by the divorcing couple.
Affects child custody proceedings
During child custody proceedings, the court tries to determine a parent’s capacity to take care of the children. According to the website of the Law Office of Kyle Sampson, a domestic violence charge may limit, sometimes even waive, an accused person’s child custody rights. Visitations may also be limited and restricted.
Affects his civil liberties
In some cases, a person accused of domestic violence might be barred from owning a firearm. Also, a person accused of domestic violence might be required by the court to undergo anger management therapies, which could cost him time and money.
Posted by Horace on Feb 10, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments
Swimming pool could be the best gift that you can give to your kids and your guests this coming summer. There is no better way to enjoy the heat than by spending it with your loved ones in your own swimming pool. However, swimming pools could also be the most dangerous part of your house. In fact, lawyers from the McCutchen Buckley – The Law Firm believes that a large number of premises liability cases have been associated with swimming pool injuries.
As a homeowner who has (or wanting to have) a swimming pool in their own home, it is important to know the degree of duty of care you have with your occupants. According to www.crowemulvey.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/, your duty of care largely depends on how the court would classify the injured occupant:
Invitees are people who have expressly or implicitly invited into your premises, usually for your own benefit. Tenants, invited friends, and contractors rendering services for you are all regarded as invitees. Because premises owners have the highest degree of duty to invitees, you are expected to eliminate all hazards that may trigger a swimming pool incident. Failure to do so could make you liable for all the damages an invitee might incur.
Licensees are those who are not expressly or implicitly invited into your premises, but are otherwise allowed to enter your property. A neighbour who frequents your house could be a licensee. As a pool owner, you have the obligation to warn the licensee about the inherent dangers of your pool, and accidents arising out of your failure to warn of danger could make you liable.
Although according to the law, premises owners usually don’t have any duty of care to those who are not allowed by law to enter someone else’s premise, this could not be the case if the trespasser is a child. Under the attractive nuisance doctrine, your failure to secure an inherently dangerous attraction (in this case, the swimming pool), could make you liable for any injuries a child-trespasser may incur.
Posted by Horace on Feb 9, 2016 in Foreclosure | 0 comments
Deciding to buy your own house could be the biggest choice you can make. Real estate is considered the most expensive high-value asset a person might buy in his entire lifetime. And so choosing to take out a mortgage loan for your house is definitely a huge decision that requires foresight and careful planning. A single mistake could mean a financial disaster. In some cases, it may ultimately lead to foreclosure.
According to the website of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., having your single most valuable property foreclosed can be a traumatic experience. That’s why to avoid being deprived of a place you call home and to avoid damaging your financial standing, it is always wise to seek professional help when facing the threat of foreclosure.
In an article posted in www.honglaw.com/practice-areas/foreclosure-defense/, foreclosure defense attorneys said a foreclosure could be wrong if the creditor failed to disclose pertinent information needed by the debtor in order to come up with an informed decision. A lender who fails to disclose all needed information related to the loan could be in violation of the Truth in Lending Act.
The Truth in Lending Act’s main purpose is to prevent borrowers from predatory practices of some creditors. These practices may cause the borrower to be stuck in an arrangement that would sooner or later make it impossible for him/her to repay the debt. Under this law, creditors are required to disclose its own identity, the amount of loan, and the total payment.
This law also requires them to disclose the loan’s annual percentage rate, and all information related to it, such as variable rates. Borrowers also have the right to know the total number of times s/he needs to make a payment to fully settle the loan. S/he also has the right to know any existing and possible financing charges and other penalties, such as for late payments.