The Incredible Flying Bicycle

By on 8-18-2014 in Mobility

The other day I was coming in to work when I saw something inexplicable in the sky. At first I thought it was a skydiver, because of the huge parachute. I thought it odd that someone would be seeking such thrills before eight in the morning, but my mind was prepared to accept that. Then I noticed the bicycle. Then it hit me.

Someone was riding a flying bicycle.

After the initial shock wore off, I unleashed a series of noises that related my astonishment to no one in particular. These were mere gutteral vocalizations of bewilderment.

I looked up what this could have possibly been when I arrived at the office and was happy to find that commercial flying bicycles are available for public purchase. Too bad they cost 10,000 British pounds.

The flying bicycle has a fan that pushes air into the parachute, creating lift. Pushing air around causes the entire contraption to fly. It can be steered, raised, and lowered. It was a wonderful sight. What an incredible invention!

kid on bicycle

Keep reaching for those stars, kiddo!

Safest Cars from Rollovers, NHTSA says

By on 7-20-2014 in Automobile Accidents

If you are thinking of buying a vehicle, it would be a good idea to find out if the car you’re considering is likely to get you killed or seriously injured. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report ranking vehicles according to safety tests for rollovers, and provided some recommendations to increase the safety rating of a vehicle.

Among the vehicles that the NHTSA to be safer than others from rollovers are those produced by Mazda, especially the RX-8 4-door sports car on first and the Mazda3 compact sedan on third. Luxury vehicle maker Acura’s TL sedan ranked second while the new Beetle Convertible by Volkswagen and the Hyundai Tiburon sports coupe garnered 4th and 5th place respectively.

These are all noticeably low-slung cars which is to be expected as sedans are much closer to the ground that other vehicle types, making them much more stable. Predictably, the vehicles that scored the lowest in the NHTSA tests are all sport utility vehicles (SUVs) including 4×2 versions of Ford’s Explorer, Explorer SportTrac and Mercury Mountaineer, General Motor’s Yukon, and Chevrolet’s Tahoe. So if you really want an SUV, it would be better to stick to the all-wheel version of the Chrysler Pacifica which although not precisely an SUV it is close enough for government work.

The report also stated that while sedans gain more stability with more passengers, SUVs become less so. This is a sobering thought, considering the potential for destruction of a passenger-laden SUV. The injuries sustained by victims in rollover accidents are often catastrophic and life-changing. Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® believes that when negligence plays a factor in rollover accidents, the responsible parties should be made to pay for the consequences.

The potential for rollovers is a real danger, especially in SUVs, but passengers who observe safety regulations have a greater chance of surviving it. According to the NHTSA report, about 75% of fatalities in rollover accidents were not restrained. In such cases, the safest cars in the world is no assurance of driver or passenger safety.

Health During Pregnancy

By on 7-09-2014 in Civil Suits

Pregnant women are highly encouraged to follow an extremely healthy diet while carrying their baby to term. Developing fetuses are vulnerable to contracting illnesses from the substances that the mother comes into contact with. Avoiding foods, like unpasteurized milks and cheeses that potentially contain harmful bacteria is a prudent choice for pregnant women. These foods can potentially contain listeriosis bacteria which can seriously harm a fetus.

Smoked meats, hot dogs, deli meats, store-made salads, swordfish, white snapper, large amounts of albacore tuna, medicinal herbs, alfalfa sprouts, radishes, and mung beans can potentially carry listeriosis bacteria and high levels of toxic chemicals. In addition to avoiding harmful foods it’s important for mothers to avoid cosmetics with concentrated or high levels of preservatives.

Other substances that prospective mothers should not ingest include common over-the-counter drugs like aspirin, pepto bismol, dimetapp, theraflu, ibuprofen, aleve, nicorette gum, and sudafed. Sometimes these medicines are acceptable for consumption within the first two trimesters, but a doctor should always be consulted before taking them.

The FDA has created a classification system in order to rank medicines as they pose risk to the development of fetuses. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) like Prozac, Lexapro, and Zoloft are classified under pregnancy category C, which indicated that though animal testing has revealed some birth deformations, there is not enough evidence to suggest  that it affects humans in the same way.

Drugs classified under pregnancy category X are extremely harmful to the wellbeing of a forming fetus. Some drugs under category X include Restoril, Leflunomide, and Accutane. Restoril is a drug prescribed to people that suffer from insomnia. Patients with arthritis are sometimes prescribed Leflunomide, while Accutane is a popular drug for people affected by cystic acne. If a woman is prescribed any of these drugs, and is capable of becoming pregnant, a they are often encouraged, or even required to take birth control medication in tandem with these prescriptions.

Answering The Tough Questions: Should I Buy a Yacht?

By on 6-27-2014 in Boating

When deciding to buy a yacht, there are a lot of things that need to be considered first. Yachts are an expensive investment, and buying a yacht would definitely cost a great amount of money. For first time yacht- buyers, it is vital to understand certain thing regarding yacht maintenance and other expenses to ensure that what you will be buying will not become an unexpected drain to your monetary resources.

One of the main things you should think about when buying your first-ever yacht is the initial cost you will have to dish out. Make sure that what you are buying will be well within your financial means and capabilities. Many yachts can depreciate in value over the years and this would greatly affect your finances should you choose to liquidate. This is especially important when buying a second-hand yacht, and rather than being an investment, this equity may just turn out simply as a liability.

Another factor to look into is the safety and functionality of the yacht, rather than simply seeking the beauty that the yacht offers. Many ship-builders have started giving in to marketing trends of customized boats and yachts that many of them have simply become unsafe and not well-built for lasting sea-travel. The environment in which yachts are supposed to be, which is the sea or ocean, can be a harsh environment where sea-salt, snow or ice, rain, sunlight, and other elements can deteriorate the yacht. Know that what is important in a yacht is its quality parts and functionality, the glamour and customization can come next.

What many aspiring-yacht owners and even long-time boat owners neglect to think about when purchasing a yacht is the hidden expenses it comes with. Aside from the cost of ownership, maintaining a yacht can be very expensive. It would require repainting every 5-7 years, refitting of the engine parts and other parts is a necessity, updating of interior designs is also important, docking fees should be paid, and even the simple hiring a captain to handle the boat also costs a lot. It is a very costly thing to keep, and could become a financial burden if you are not prepared for it.

Even the rich yacht-owners can be held back by the responsibility of having a yacht. It is important to understand the expense and work that comes with owning a yacht before actually purchasing one.

What to Do after a Car Accident

By on 6-24-2014 in Automobile Accidents, Civil Suits

Being involved in a car accident would bring about a lot of expenses – from medical bills, to missed work, to future treatments, and many others. When you are a victim of someone else’s negligent driving habits then you have the right to file for a personal injury claim against the other driver. When finding for a personal injury lawyer to help you represent your case, you would need to find someone who knows the state laws regarding these types of cases. Because there are certain differences in laws between states, if you are in Oklahoma it would be better to find an Oklahoma auto accident lawyer to ensure that the person you hire will have a strong understanding regarding the laws and defenses related to your personal injury claim.

Because of financial restrictions, many auto accident victims put off filing a case until after they have the money to pay for their lawyers. This is, however, a bad decision, as delaying a personal injury claim can make it difficult to win the case because there is a statute of limitations as well as evidence that can be misplaced or easily questioned. For personal injury claims, it is imperative to immediately seek treatment and file a claim in order to have it gain stronger chances of getting approved. The issue regarding lawyers’ fees can easily be dealt with because most personal injury lawyers work on a “contingency fee”.

Contingency fee works by allowing the lawyer to work for you until you win the case. When you are awarded the compensation, they will be paid in accordance to a pre-agreed percentage of the award. The contingency fee can depend on the state you are in, but generally they range between 25 percent and 40 percent. A shift in your lawyer’s contingency fee can depend on the stage of your case and the amount of money that will be awarded for your case.

Additionally, there are certain fees and expenses that either you or your lawyer is responsible for, such as court fees and other litigation expenses. They can include the witness fees, expenses for retrieval of police and medical records, court reporter fees, and many others. It is highly advised to clear these up with your car accident lawyer, many misunderstandings and issues can come up when you and your lawyer did not have an agreement. If you are having a problem regarding your lawyer’s contingency fee or if you have something that you don’t understand, talk about it with your lawyer so that they can clearly explain it to you.