Showing posts with label drive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drive. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Accidents can happen everyday due to simple occurrences or negligence of other people. For example, the more people drive on the roads, the more likely it is that auto accidents will occur. Slips and falls and premise liability court cases happen because of someone's negligence. So, because accidents occur everyday, injuries are more likely to happen often.

If you've been injured in a slip and fall, premise injury, injured on someone else's property, or you've been injured in an assault, try to choose an attorney that specifically works or specializes in these areas. They have the most experience and background in the area and will help you win your case.

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Choosing an attorney that will represent your case to the fullest will be first and foremost once you have been in an accident and find yourself unable to get the money you deserve. A reputable and knowledgeable attorney will handle all the responsibility involved in an auto accident case. You won't have to worry about all the things that can happen with the guilty party and the insurance companies because your attorney will be in charge of those things.

Most of the time when someone is injured due to another's negligence, the matter is solved through the insurance company. The requirement in most states for drivers to have some sort of car liability insurance in case of an accident. Thus, finding legal services becomes a very important decision for some people. Selecting the best legal service can be done by going through Rocket Lawyer. If you've been in a car accident, try selecting a lawyer who specializes or whose background is in trying and winning car accident cases.

Consultation

Finding the best Lawyers can be done using a variety of online services. It does not have to be a complicated thing if you do your diligent search and do it the right way. Once you have found a few attorneys, call them to schedule a consultation. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation. During the consultation, the attorney will provide you with information about how they can help you with your case. During the consultation, make sure you ask the attorney questions too. Get to know the attorney. Find out their background, experience and knowledge.

Recommendations

There are a number of online resources that can help you find the best attorney like Rocket Lawyer legal services. Just because you've visited the attorney's office and it looks like everything is the way it is suppose to look, doesn't mean it is. Before you sign the contract, contact the bar associations' website in your state to find out information on a particular attorney. The bar association will list if an attorney is in good standing, has been suspended, or is inactive.

The site will also list any disciplinary actions or complaints against the attorney. On the bar association's website, it should list the lawyers' practice and ID number as well. You can also check the state's attorney board of ethics to find out if there are any disciplinary actions, complaints, or violations associated with the lawyer. You can also visit other sites that list licensed lawyers throughout the country.

Dorothy Oliver has written hundreds of articles on a variety of topics for more than seven years. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for more than 15 years. She loves to travel and write. For more information about how to contact an attorney when you've been injured.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The government is planning to increase speeding fines by more than 66 per cent from £60 to £100. At a time when many people in the UK are experiencing financial hardship, the proposal has puzzled many motoring experts.

Excessive Speed
Speed is one of the main causes of injury on roads throughout Britain. Claims for whiplash compensation often result from accidents in which motorists have driven too closely to others at excessive speeds and government officials are keen to reduce the impact of compensation claims on the UK economy. Curbing speed, it is thought, should help to reduce accident rates.

Deterrent or Disingenuous?
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke estimates that raising fines for speeding motorists will generate an additional £30 million every year. The money, he argues, could be used to compensate crime victims. However, a victim's surcharge of £15 is already levied on offenders who are fined in court and there has been no suggestion that the surcharge will be altered to accommodate the proposed £40 rise in speeding fines. Critics, therefore, have condemned the government for planning to introduce another so-called stealth tax when motorists are already suffering from the effects of higher insurance premiums.

The increase might appear to be a veiled attempt to raise cash by a cash-strapped government, but will it also serve as a deterrent for speeding motorists? The simple answer is maybe. Nobody can predict how drivers will respond to the threat of a £100 speeding fine. Would law-breaking motorists suddenly change their driving habits if fines increase by £40? Is a £60 ticket not a sufficient deterrent? If not, would £100 be more effective? Why not £150 or £200? Why not £500? Though a line must be drawn somewhere, the principal objective of deterring dangerous driving perhaps ought not to assigned an arbitrary value.

Perhaps fines should not increase at all. It could also be argued that increasing fines to better support the victims of crime is futile. If more money were spent on policing the roads, installing speed cameras and improving road signage, would road traffic accidents not fall in proportion? Would fewer victims not require less support, thereby reducing their burden on the public purse? Claims for compensation have become an issue in the UK, so would it not be more prudent to propose ways in which the number of road accidents can be reduced rather than focus on fining offenders more?

Road Safety
Regardless of whether the proposed increase would serve as a deterrent or stealth tax, its reach would extend far beyond speeding motorists. In a bid to improve road safety, the rise in fines would also apply to motorists who fail to wear seatbelts and those who use mobile phones while driving. Drivers who ignore traffic signals and pedestrian crossings would also be affected by the increased penalty.

On this basis, it would be unreasonable to argue that higher fines are unfair, but on the issue of speeding the theory is less clear. Reported casualties among road users in Britain have been on the decline for a number of years. Speeding is still a serious problem in the UK, but traffic-calming measures, cameras and speed-awareness campaigns have already encouraged drivers to slow down. It remains to be seen whether higher fines would achieve the same.

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By Sophie Banat

Friday, July 27, 2012

This 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX for the weekend, and I was surprised by how little I missed our long-term 2011 Impreza WRX STI version. This car provides almost all of the fun, without many of the drawbacks of the hard-core model.

The WRX is down 40 hp from its big brother, but in between 3,000 rpm and 5,000 rpm you'll hardly notice. It makes the same sounds as the STI and rips off the line with the same aplomb. Unfortunately, fuel mileage didn't seem to improve; my two fill ups averaged about 19 mpg.

I did like the feel of an old-school five-speed manual in the hatchback, instead of the six in our sedan. The cogs could be held for a bit longer, and there are no extra steps to get into reverse. Like the STI, the driver doesn't need to shift out of top gear to pass on the expressway. Also, the shifter felt robust in the hand. There wasn't a lot of flexing from any of the linkage parts.

The steering and suspension are both softer than the STI. I put a good amount of miles on the car over the weekend, and not having to dodge every road imperfection was a blessing. I didn't realize how stiff our long-term car actually was until I jumped in this one.

Ninety percent of the time, having a softer suspension and easier steering are a good thing. But those few times when you do want the razor sharpness of the STI you'll miss it. Luckily for me, spirited driving wasn't needed on Saturday or Sunday.

I still like the sedan body better than this hatch. I like the big wing on the four-door, something I wouldn't trade for the extra space of the hatch. I might be alone in that. I also love this gunmetal color much better than the WR blue.

So, the upgraded STI gets you more power, upgraded brakes and the driver-controlled center differential. If you're looking for a track car, that's the one to have. But if you want a car that's good everywhere, except when being pushed to 10/10ths, the WRX will do. And being $8,000 less expensive doesn't hurt, either.

This is a pure, fun-to-drive hatch with excellent dynamics, a nice engine and a middling interior. Enthusiasts will appreciate the five-speed, which is easy, simple and enjoyable to operate. Downshifting is fun, and launches as one works through the lower gears are energetic. The engine is responsive, and this manual allows the driver to wring the most out of this Subie for spirited driving.

I like the look of the hatch. It's tasteful, functional and something a lot of Americans could actually find useful in their everyday lives. The interior is below standard, however, with chintzy plastics all over the doors and dash. The easy-to-read and sporty dials and athletic, upright seats, however, are solid redeeming qualities. My issue is that this cabin makes a sporty-driving and -appearing car feel cheapy, which for this price comes close to sandbagging the value proposition.

Behind the wheel, however, this thing does make one want to drive, and drive fast. The steering is light but pleasing, the chassis is sporty enough, and the all-wheel drive and the well-mannered body make this hatch more than up for the tasks for daily driving mixed in with some verve.

2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-door
Base Price: $26,345
As-Tested Price: $26,841
Drivetrain: 2.5-liter turbocharged H4; AWD, five-speed manual
Output: 265 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 244 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,208 lb
Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 21/20.2 mpg
Options: XM satellite radio kit ($427); all-weather floor mats ($69)
For more information: Check out the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-door at shopautoweek.com.

By: Jake Lingeman