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The Moth Effect — The Frightening Draw Of Emergency Lights For Other Vehicles

Posted by on January 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Moth Effect — The Frightening Draw Of Emergency Lights For Other Vehicles

It happens with surprising and frightening frequency. It is night. And a car has broken down on the shoulder or has pulled over due to poor driving conditions. Its flashers are on to alert other vehicles. In some cases, a police officer may already be on the scene with its lights turned on. Everyone believes they have done what they can to alert other drivers that there is a vehicle stopped on the side of the road. But then a car or — even worse — a semi-truck barrels into the stalled vehicle, injuring, and sometimes killing, those unlucky enough to be on the scene. If you or a loved one has ever been injured in such an accident, you were probably perplexed as to how the other party missed the flashing lights and the fact that you were stopped and not moving.  The Moth Effect Have you ever watched moths dancing around a lamp or even flying into a fire? Even when it proves fatal, moths just seem to be irresistibly drawn to bright lights. Interestingly enough, some experts actually believe that the reason why drivers run into stopped vehicles and police cars that have their lights flashing is because — just like moths — they are attracted to the bright spots in the darkness. In the dark of night or during stormy weather, drivers trying to navigate may fixate on the bright lights and head straight towards them. And in the darkness, a driver may also assume that the stopped vehicle with its lights on is moving at the same speed as he is. Unfortunately, by the time the driver realizes their mistake, they may already be barreling into the stopped vehicle. This phenomenon is known as the moth effect.  As dangerous as the moth effect can be, it’s even worse if a driver’s reaction times are impaired either by drinking or because they are tired. It is also particularly dangerous for police officers as studies have shown that motorists sometimes mistake the flashing red lights of a police car for vehicle taillights. That is one reason why some police departments have begun using blue lights instead of red.    Prevention If you have to pull over at night or during inclement weather, you should: Get off of the road, if at all possible. The shoulder can be a very dangerous spot as other drivers, especially if they’re impaired or distracted, may believe you are in a lane and moving. So if you can, find the nearest exit, and get off of the road entirely.  Pull as far over as possible. If you have no choice and must stop on the side of the road, you should pull as far off on the shoulder as you can.  Put your flashers on. Yes, there is a possibility that a motorist may fall victim to the moth effect, but it is still much safer for you to have your flashers on to warn other drivers that you are stopped on the side of the road. You should also put your interior light on. Do not exit your vehicle or attempt to fix your vehicle if you have pulled over to the shoulder. Getting out of your car could potentially put you in harm’s way.  What to Do if You Are...

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What Type of Probate Help Do You Need?

Posted by on August 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Type of Probate Help Do You Need?

If you have been named as the personal representative, administrator, or the executor of an estate that has to go through probate, you may find yourself in need of a probate attorney. While this is not required by law, it is often a good investment of time and financial resources to ensure that things are done right. The type of help you need will help to dictate the skill set of the attorney you are looking for. While most probate attorneys are trained to handle all aspects of the job, there is a difference between ligation and transactional lawyers. Understanding the probate process and what could go wrong is the first step in ensuring you hire the right person. What Is Involved in Probate? Probate is simply the process of gathering together all of the assets that belong to a deceased person and ensuring that they are distributed as they need to be. If there are liabilities or debt left behind, some of the assets may need to be used to settle that, but what remains will need to be distributed to those that the deceased has designed to be the beneficiaries. The process of probate can range from being relatively simple, which is normally the case in small estates, or in states that have adopted the Uniform Probate Code (UPC), whose primary purpose was to standardize and streamline the process surrounding estate planning and probate. There are sixteen states that have fully adopted this code, although many others have adopted some portions of it.  In your role as a personal representative, you will be expected to first file an application with the court to be named as the administrator, executor, or personal representative of the estate. This may be outlined in the person’s will, or may be expected due to the relationship you have with the deceased, such as that of the spouse, or other immediate family member.  Once your application is approved giving you this official capacity to act on behalf of the estate, your basic duties will involve the following: Notify heirs, beneficiaries, as well as any creditors that the estate is in probate. Publish and keep proof of a written notice in the local newspaper to notify any creditors you may not know about. Create a detailed inventory of the estate’s assets. Keep the estate property safe and secure during the process. Ensure the proper distribution of the property.  If everything goes smoothly, you will then be able to provide a final accounting of the estate to the court, and the estate will be able to be closed. But when things do not go smoothly, or you are dealing with a very large estate, you will probably need the services of a probate attorney. These services can be broken down into two main categories: transactional and litigation services. What Is Involved in Transactional Services? Especially with large estates, or those that involved numerous financial products such as stocks, bonds, or real estate holdings, there can be numerous transactions that must take place prior to the estate being settled. During this process, you will want to ensure that you have the best advice on how to legally proceed. This will keep you in good standing with the IRS, as well as the beneficiaries, and even creditors...

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