Know the Limits of Speeding

These days, wherever there’s people, there’s going to be traffic. Cities have become so large, the world so interconnected, that owning a car (or at least utilizing some form of public transportation) is almost necessary. With vehicles, people can travel to and interact places they would never have been able to otherwise. The scope of our lives of expanded. The reason cities the size of New York, Los Angeles, London are able to exist and act as a single entity is only because of the access, so many of their residents have to fast forms of transit. But of course, despite all of its advantages, this creates problems. Large, extremely fast machines operated by creatures prone to human error will never be completely safe. So governments have all created regulations to help improve safety and reduce accidents. And the most prominent of these, found in almost every place where people drive (some areas of Germany excepted), is the speed limit.

We all love to hate speed limits. Almost no person I’ve ever met follows them completely. All of us believe that we know better than some silly streets signs when it comes to our own driving abilities and safety. For many people, that’s true. For many others, it isn’t. Since there’s no way of knowing which is which, these laws must apply to them. Though they can seem frustrating, the World Health Organization has identified them as one of the most effective legislation possible for reducing road accidents. They also found that it helps reduce the environmental damage caused by automobiles, and helps create roads more friendly to non-car modes of transportation.

A massive amount of research goes into determining possible speed limits. It isn’t as simple as choosing a number and slapping up a sign. In 2014, New York City, after having a consistent speed limit for almost 50 years, upgraded theirs. Previously it had been 3 miles per hour city-wide. The new law lowered it to 5. New York is a city where some of the densest, most difficult traffic in the country- just ask anyone who’s tried to drive or even walk a few blocks there. When you combine millions of people, heavy pedestrian traffic, a love for jaywalking, and a general “everyone get out of my way” attitude, what you’ll find is a recipe for traffic casualties. Indeed, in 2013, 291 people were killed in traffic accidents, the majority of them while walking. It may not seem like much in a city with millions of people, but that was just 40 short of the number of murders committed in the same amount of time. And during that year, close to 900 pedestrians were hit and injured by vehicles.

Lowering the speed limit can result in many problems, according to these Chicago personal injury lawyers. Going over the speed limit can lead to drivers losing control, and cause problems when other drivers are going different speeds. Though it may seem frustrating, going the speed limit is essential, both for the safety of yourself and those around you.

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Current Cases of Asbestos Exposure

With the widespread information campaign about the dangers of asbestos, and the stringent laws against the use of the compound in any but the most specific circumstances in the US, it seems strange that not one but two companies are being charged sanctioned for exposing their employees to asbestos exposure.

Many of the older buildings in the US are built with materials that contain asbestos, and some companies have specialized in the demolition of such buildings with emphasis on the proper removal and disposal of these materials. This was what the Department of Labor and Industries contracted Partners Construction Inc. and Asbestos Construction Management Inc. for when they were tasked one after the other to demolish a residential building in Seattle.

Investigations into job were prompted when an employee revealed that a considerable quantity of asbestos remained on the property after the first company Partners Construction claimed that the job had been completed. Asbestos Construction Management then took over after Partners Construction was decertified, but it turns out that there was a close family link between the two companies, and is currently in the process of decertification.

Employees alleged that both companies had exposed them to asbestos in the demolition process, and the agency is charging them for willfully and knowingly violating 19 safety and health regulations. Fines of nearly $380,000 may be levied against the two companies.

Prolonged and significant asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, a form of cancer, or asbestosis, but the symptoms usually takes years to manifest after exposure. Because the causative link is well-established with asbestos, it is enough for a plaintiff in a personal injury claim to show that there was significant exposure within the relevant period to prove liability.

If you believe that your medical condition was caused by negligent toxic exposure, you may have a claim against the responsible party. However, you should take action as soon as you confirm your medical condition as the statute of limitations starts from the time of discovery in most states.

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