With summer right around the corner, millions of
Americans are gearing up to head to amusement
parks, carnivals, and theme parks for thrills and
Unfortunately, dangers await them as well. Each year, on average, 10,000 people suffer injuries at parks and five people die, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Because rules on reporting amusement park accidents and injuries vary so much from state to state, and since many injuries go unreported, the true number of accident injuries is hard to determine.
The injuries that are reported range from less serious ones such as bumps, bruises and small cuts to more serious injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, paralysis, and loss of limb. In a recent Texas case, a mother at a Six Flags park in Texas had her finger
severed when the ride attendant closed the safety bar without paying
Overall, some of the main reasons for injuries at parks include:
For more information and a better understanding of at-risk rides, ride conditions or ride behavior, please visit www.rideaccidents.com.
10 Things you need to
know before filing for
When creating your
Teen drivers the
May important dates
Did you know: Sharks
are immune to all
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10 THINGS YOU
When it comes to creating Wills in Texas, consumers have a couple of choices using a legal form or bookstore kit or hiring an attorney. So, why is it in someone's best interests to have their Will written by an experienced attorney instead of purchasing a kit online for $19.95?
Texans should look at their situation to decide which better suits their needs. We are not trying to say that those types of [online or bookstore] Wills are always inappropriate. However, we give the following responses to anyone who asks us that question:
I can give myself a haircut. I don't know what it's going to look like when I get done, but I can get the clippers to my hair if I've got a mind to.
I can give myself an appendectomy because I generally know where it's located, but it's probably going to hurt a whole lot.
Those who decide to create their own wills should be aware of some common mistakes that are often made. Most forms do not appropriately appoint an independent executor nor does it meet all of the statutory requirements Texas provides for making probate easy.
The layperson typically will not provide for contingent beneficiaries. A typical layperson will not provide for children born or adopted after the making of the Will. A layperson never answers the question of what he wants to do with his estate for his remote descendents. For example:
If a person has his/her children as beneficiaries or contingent beneficiaries who would have taken under the Will, but one of the children predeceases the decedent and leaves children, the question becomes, What do I do with the grandchildren? I mean, do I leave them an equal share with my own children who did survive me or do I just leave them out all together and let my surviving children take the entire thing?'
Unfortunately, most of the time, laypersons don't even consider that and just leave out the remote descendents. What happens is that if one of the children predeceases them leaving grandchildren; they just leave their grandchildren out in the cold.
Consult an experienced attorney today to help you with preparing your Will so the probate process can be easy and you don't accidentally leave someone out.
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teen drivers THE DISTURBING FACTS
For most teenagers,
learning to drive and
getting their license
is a rite of passage
they've looked forward
to with excitement and
anticipation for many
years. Sadly, though,
teens and driving can be a
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for
U.S. teens. In 2008, an average of nine teens died every
day from motor vehicle crashes and more than 350,000
were treated at emergency departments for injuries. In
addition, per mile driven, teens from the ages of 16-19
were four times more likely to crash than older drivers.
Despite the troubling statistics, there is hope for preventing teen crashes. Research shows that states with the strictest and most comprehensive
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems have reduced teen fatal crashes
by 38 percent, and injury crashes by 40 percent. GDL
laws delay full licensure and utilize restrictions (such as
limits on nighttime driving or the number of passengers
allowed) to enable teens to get their initial driving
experience under low-risk conditions.
Our firm strongly encourages parents to know, understand, and enforce our state's GDL laws to help keep our teen drivers safe.
|may fun facts:|
Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley (Meaning: Sweetness and Humility)
Astrological Signs: Taurus: April 20 May 20 and Gemini: May 21 June 20
Physical Fitness And Sports Month
National Hamburger Month
National Egg Month
Better Sleep Month
Mother Goose Day
National Pet Week
National Teacher Day
National Nurses Day And Week
Anniversary of The Departure
of Lewis And Clark Across America
Visit Your Relatives Day
Brooklyn Bridge Opening
Buckle Up America! Week
Birthday of Sally Ride
(First Woman in Space)
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did you know:
Sharks are the only animals that never get sick: they are immune
to every known disease including cancer. Their body frames are
not made up of bones they are made of cartilage, the tough,
fibrous tissue that shapes our noses and ears. Instead of scales
shark skins have small tooth-like spikes that are so sharp that
shark skin has long been used as sandpaper. It is thought that
some types of big sharks, including the Great White, change sex
when they reach a certain size: males become females to ensure
survival of their species.
Although sharks are one of the most feared animals, fatal attacks on humans are fairly rare in comparison to many other incidents. Fatal attacks by dogs outnumber sharks ten and more times per year and you are 50 times more likely to be hit by lightning.
A shark attack comparison by PressExposure reads like this:
“The US has a population of 300 million, your odds of being a victim of a shark attack are 1 in 8 million. In comparison, your odds of dying from a fall down the stairs are 1 in 200,000. Your odds of dying from a wasp, bee or hornet sting are 1 in 5.9 million. Your odds of dying from a lightning strike are 1 in 4.3 million. Your odds of drowning in your bathtub are 1 in 800,000. Other causes of death with a higher probability then being attacked by a shark are: dying from an adverse reaction to antibiotics with the odds being 1 in 7 million, being killed by a falling object has odds of 1 in 400,000, being killed by an agricultural machine has odds of 1 in 500,000 and being killed in a motor vehicle accident has odds of 1 in 6,000.”
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