Hit the Brake Before You Hit ‘Send’

As technology continues to evolve in order to meet the demands of humans it is imperative that it evolves alongside ethical guidelines that ensure it will be used to assist humans rather than injure them. Distracted driving is a huge cause for accidents around the world every single day. Due to highly active schedules and lack of self-control these devices are currently doing more to harm our species than they are to provide efficient computing and communication services. If cell phones are going to continue to be an extension of our physical bodies then it is the responsibility of manufacturers, on both sides, to collaborate with the intention of providing safe utilizations of phone technology in cars.

Many cars now come with fancy gadgets and glowing displays of different technological functions. The auto industry is doing everything it can to make sure that their new models are compatible with the most popular devices available to consumers. Certain companies have gone as far as to work directly with tech giants like Apple with the vision of creating a car entertainment system that acts an extension for the iPhone. According to the National Safety Council, there is a newfound concern in the way we gather crash data for accidents involving cell phone use. Their findings suggest that we do not have an accurate pool of data for cell phone related crashes because authorities and drivers are not reporting when a cell phone was used and caused the accident. This means we can not accurately make conclusions involving these cases. Without accurate crash data, there is no hope of prevention for the future. Typically auto accidents that are classified as being caused by distracted driving are followed up by possible legal action. Victims who suffered from serious injury and were left with a surplus of medical expenses or other inconveniences usually have the right to seek proper compensation for their ailments. Cell phone use will continue to be a menace to society unless it is dealt with properly in a manner that is sensical for all sides.

Whatever the causes may be in a distracted driving accident it is imperative that the victim always follow procedures with law enforcement and have a documented visit to the hospital to decrease the likelihood of lasting injury. In cases where the victim did not go to a doctor, there were increased chances of severe internal injuries and lack of credibility in a court case due to the absence of a medical professional’s opinion that would stand in court against the defense.

In summary, driving on the roads of the world can be a dangerous bargain with one’s own life or the lives of others on the road at the same time. In the event that you experience the trauma of a severe auto accident, it is greatly advised that you seek proper medical attention to prevent the onset of hidden injury. Together, as a global community, we must work together to accurately record crash data involving cell phones so that we can leave a safer future for coming generations


Offshore Accidents

In mid March of this year, Trump opened “all available” areas in the Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling. Following Trump’s public statement, The Department of the Interior explained that it plans to lease all unused federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling. In fact, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the Department’s five-year leasing plan includes 73 million acres off the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

This plan, intended to “make the United States energy independent,” marks a vast departure from the nation’s energy strategy under the Obama administration. During both of Obama’s terms, the U.S. government refrained from leasing most of the Arctic Ocean and all of the Atlantic Ocean. Though the Obama administration heavily considered offshore drilling in those areas, it ultimately folded to pressure exerted by various environmental activists.

In a recent statement, Secretary Ryan Zinke asserted that “the Gulf is a vital part of [the government’s] strategy to spur economic opportunities for industry, states, and local communities, to create jobs and home-grown energy and to reduce [the nation’s] dependence on foreign oil.” Indeed, the Gulf of Mexico has heavily contributed to the nation’s economy in the past: Exxon alone has invested over $20 billion in Gulf Coast states to boost its petrochemical refining operations since it first entered the region in 2013. At present, Exxon’s investments sustain more than 45,000 construction and manufacturing jobs with salaries ranging from $75,000-$125,000. However, as the offshore accident attorneys at Williams Kherkher point out, these jobs are often high liability in nature since they require long hours and the handling of heavy machinery.


The Physical and Psychological Effects of Rape on Victims

When you think about the most heinous crimes, one of the first things that come to your mind is rape. It is also a very controversial offense, because it is sexual in nature and often involves force. But do you know that rape is not just the only sexual offense? The website has enumerated the other kinds of sexual offenses, and they are all equally devastating.
But no matter the sexual offense you have experienced, it will have physical and psychological effects on you, including the following.


It is important to note that not all rape cases involve force. Sometimes, victims just give in to the sexual demands of their suspects because of intimidation or manipulation. But when force is involved, the victim may suffer the following physical effects:

  • Bruising, particularly in body parts that are often restrained, like the wrists and ankles
  • Fractures, such as in the head, arms, legs, and hips
  • There are other physical effects, and the rape instance doesn’t necessarily have to involve force for them to arise:
  • Bleeding or soreness, especially in the vaginal or anal areas
  • Difficult and painful walking, sitting, and standing
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Urinary tract infections


One of the most common psychological responses to rape is post-traumatic stress disorder. This occurs when a rape victim is re-experiencing the traumatic event in the form of anxiety attacks whenever they encounter something relating to the traumatic event, flashbacks, and nightmares.
Another common response is depression, which may arise from the following symptoms:

  • Disinterest in social activities
  • Intense embarrassment
  • Isolation
  • Lack of self-worth
  • Suicidal tendency
  • Over or undereating, sleeping, and working

It is even worse if the victim is underage. He or she is still in development years, and the traumatic experience of rape may influence development. Below are some of the effects:

  • Distrust of others
  • Going back to outgrown habits, like bedwetting
  • Increased irritability
  • Poor academic performance
  • Poor social skills

The Liability of Manufacturers of Unsafe or Harmful Drugs

Different state and federal groups and agencies help and assist each other in the task of ensuring the safety and well-being of all American citizens in the area of health care. These groups and agencies include:

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which sees to the safety and effectivity of drugs before approving their use in treating patients;
  • The Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA), which is a branch of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and which is tasked to appraise reports on errors involving generic, over-the-counter, prescription and other types of drugs
  • The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) which help ensure safety against medication errors, as well as minimize the risk of these; and,
  • State medical boards, which ensure that doctors and all those concerned with medical care meet the minimum standards required to be considered competent enough in treating patients;

In spite of these organizations’ efforts and the standard of safety that pharmaceutical companies are required to observe, so many types of drugs still continue to cause adverse effects which cause more serious harm in patients instead of the cure they need and seek.

It could be due to the lack of proper tests that ought to extensively and fully determine the effectivity of a certain drug, as well as its safety to whoever it may be prescribed to. Many drugs in the past have been issued a black box warning by the FDA (this is the most serious warning the FDA can issue) or have been recalled by their respective manufacturer due to the serious harm or death that these have been linked to. And, following these serious harm to patients are the thousands of lawsuits, which have cost many pharmaceutical firms millions of dollars in settlement claims.

McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm believes that failure to ensure the total safety of a drug is a serious negligent act that can result to severe personal injuries. Under the law, victims of personal injuries have the legal right to receive from liable parties, or companies, compensation to whatever present and future damages they will suffer due to injuries caused by unsafe or harmful drugs.


Strategies to Prevent Drunk Driving

Alcohol can have a variety of effects on a driver. It can affect the driver’s hand-eye-foot coordination, reaction time, and comprehension skills, which are all important aspects in the act of driving. If a driver’s physical and mental capabilities are compromised, he or she is not the only one in danger of traffic accidents and injuries, but also the other unsuspecting motorists around.

For this reason, driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal. Getting arrested for driving drunk has consequences, such as fines that can reach thousands of dollars, suspension of license, and even jail time. Still, many people drive while intoxicated, as if they do not fear the consequences.

DUI Laws
One way to prevent drunk driving is by having laws against it and ensuring their proper implementation. There are legal blood alcohol content levels that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Typically, the threshold is at 0.08%. Those who have a BAC at 0.08% or higher may be arrested for drunk driving.

DUI can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. How an offense can be determined to be a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the jurisdiction. But generally, the offense is elevated to a felony when a person has been injured.

Sobriety Checkpoints
Sobriety checkpoints are strategic locations where law officers stop vehicles and check whether their drivers are impaired in any way. By having sobriety checkpoints, there is more reason for drivers to avoid drunk driving, because arrest becomes a more and more viable consequence.

Fines and Penalties
Fines and penalties vary, depending on the jurisdiction. Most of the time, the severity of fines and penalties depends on how many times the driver has committed the offense and how bad the offense is, taking into consideration the BAC level, injury, property damage, and other important factors.

Fines can reach hundreds or thousands of dollars. Penalties may include license suspension or revocation reaching up to 10 years. There are instances where the revocation is even permanent. Jail time is also not out of the question.

Ignition Interlocks
Ignition interlocks are devices that are put into the offender’s car to measure his or her blood alcohol content through breath. If the BAC reaches a certain threshold, the vehicle won’t start. Usually, the threshold is at 0.02%.

The hassles of ignition interlocks can prevent repeated offenses, and the idea that ignition interlocks exist is also a good way to deter drivers from driving while intoxicated.