Too Many Trucks on the Road

There are so many big trucks on the road these days, it’s starting to feel like more than a hassle, it’s starting to feel like a threat. I often feel suffocated by the number of trucks around me. Although they’re supposed to stay in the far left lane, it’s now a common occurrence for me to find a truck to my left, a truck to my right, and a truck in front or behind me. It’s claustrophobic, and something needs to be done about it.

I’m sympathetic to the argument that we need trucks. We have to get things shipped somehow, and this is a country that decided to ship by truck instead of by train (which helps free up the roads in other countries). Perhaps we really can’t do anything about the number of trucks, but we should do something about how they drive.

Why is it, for instance, you never see the police pulling over trucks for clogging all the lanes? They pull over cars all the time for speeding or driving inappropriately. Why not trucks? A few extra tickets cutting into the income of truckers, and they may be more willing to stay where they are meant to stay on the road.

Another option might be more cameras on the road. If the police won’t ticket bad truck drivers, why can’t cameras do so automatically? If the cameras are hidden, all the better, then truckers won’t know which parts of the road to be safe on, and they’ll be forced to assume they always have to be on their best behavior.

A final possibility, and really, the most likely, is more automation in trucking. The future is driverless trucks that follow along almost like trains without drivers to get impatient and try to force their way over a lane or two just to go a mile or so faster. Once this technology comes in, we’ll all be much safer, but how long will we have to wait?

Apparently, you should react in this order: seek medical care, contact police, save your documents, don’t sign anything, and contact a lawyer.

I assume they have purposefully left off the real first steps, which are: curse loudly, scream at the driver who caused the wreck, take lots of photos and post them online, call your parents and cry for a while.

It would be nice if I didn’t have to think about all these issues now, but I just don’t see the roads getting any better in the near term. Though it would be a great help, the police aren’t going to start pulling truckers over, and no one is going to pay for those cameras. So, until the trucks drive themselves, we’ll have to all be prepared for the worst.

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Wrongful Death in the Event of a Catastrophic Accident: Who Should be Held Liable

Catastrophes have left many individuals dead and a lot more severely injured. These tragic occurrences have changed the lives of so many families which have lost a loved one, but, most especially, of surviving victims. Catastrophes can happen anytime and anywhere; these can damaging properties that can cost up to millions of dollars, as well as claim thousands of lives.

Most often than not, catastrophes are results of human error or man’s negligent acts and careless behavior. Consider events, such as the sinking of the Titanic, which took the lives of more than 1,500 passengers; the 1989 Exxon Valdez accident, which resulted to 10.8 million gallons of oil being spilled into the waters of Prince William Sound; the Piper Alpha Oil Rig fire in 1988, which claimed the lives of 167 workers and caused damages amounting to $3.4 billion – these are just three of the almost endless list of tragic accidents, which also include as fires, methane hydrate eruptions, and suddenly collapsing scaffoldings, tower crane, roofs, stadiums or houses. More than damage to property, though, which can easily be replaced with enough funding, is the most painful effect of catastrophes: wrongful death.

Wrongful death is a legal claim made by the beneficiaries or survivors of a person who has died due to the fault of another person or party. This is claim for damages that includes loss of earnings that the deceased could continued earning had he/she did not die, incurred medical cost prior to the injured person’s death, and, loss of consortium (or removal of the benefits of a relationship, including sexual, because of the injuries or death caused by a negligent party).

While it may be easy to assign blame to another person in case of an accident, proving that person’s liability is never an easy task. The family of a deceased victim may choose to file suit against the accused liable party, prove his/her liability and file for claim in the process – all on their own or, they can choose to be represented by a seasoned personal injury or wrongful death lawyer who may be able to help them achieve all these.

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Juvenile Assault in New York

It is fatally easy for a juvenile to be charged for simple assault because children and teenagers do not have the maturity or experience to exercise restraint when in the grip of overwhelming emotion such as anger or frustration. Teenagers are also always pushing the envelope in situations they find themselves in, and are eager to prove themselves to their peers, and that usually takes the form of threats and physical contact.

Simple assault does not typically require that the defendant had actually struck, touched, or injured another person; it is enough that the defendant had threatened physical violence and that the complainant had reason to believe that he or she was in imminent danger of actual harm. In New York, a convincing verbal or non-verbal threat i.e. wielding a weapon in a threatening manner is enough for a charge of simple assault to be made against a juvenile defendant.

The juvenile court system in New York typically applies to defendants under 16 years of age, although there are groups advocating that 16 and 17-year-old offenders also be treated as juveniles. Presently, these offenders are automatically tried as adults.

If convicted of a criminal charge that will result in a criminal record for an adult offender, the juvenile is deemed to be adjudicated, which is not at all the same thing. Adjudication means that while defendants will still be punished, they are not considered criminals because they have not been convicted, and may not even be subjected to a jury trial. The focus is more on rehabilitation rather than punishment. In other words, juveniles are handled more lightly in New York than adults.

However, this is not always the case. It will depend on the circumstances and the severity of harm to the plaintiff. In some cases, juvenile defendants (usually for repeat offenders or for serious crimes) are tried as adults, in which case the criminal sanctions that are meted out to adults will also apply. In most cases, a simple assault is a misdemeanor which may require time in prison, community service, probation, restitution, and program enrollment and completion.

If your child has been charged with simple assault as a juvenile, it is advisable to retain the services of a competent criminal defense lawyer if only to ensure that he or she is not “sent up” to adult court. Even if the charges appear to be simple enough, it is better not to take chances with your child’s future.

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The Mann Act

Once used to persecute those who engage in the business of white slavery and trafficking, the Mann Act was first amended in 1978 to tackle the problems of child pornography, although these amendments were only given to certain provisions of the Act. Earlier versions of the Mann Act were too vague and particular crimes were not planned out clearly. In 1986, another amendment was made to the entire Act, making it gender-neutral when it comes to sexual exploitation victims. The most important amendment was made on the debauchery and other immoral acts, rephrased to “any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offence”.

The Mann Act is among the many types of internet sex crimes that Federal authorities are strongly going after. Majority of internet sex crimes bear the mandatory minimum sentence even on the first offence. This could mean grim punishments even to those who are not actually guilty of such crimes.

Generally aimed for the protection of all sexes and particularly minors, violating the Mann Act is considered a federal offense. Those who are caught committing this type of offence are charged with felony with imprisonment at the federal prison. For a person to be charged against the Mann Act, the communication or deal does not need to be a constant: breaking the Mann Act occurs when a person crosses interstate or foreign lines with the intent on engaging in unlawful sexual activity.

Many people dispute against the Mann Act, but it has been a great tool for punishing sexual predators and other illegal sexual activities where the federal government can’t act against. Those who violate the Mann Act can be indicted in different grounds. Finding a strong defense attorney when you have been charged with violating the Mann Act may be necessary to assure you your rights are properly protected.

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