Why You Should Ride a Bike to Work

Adapting to riding a bike to work has been a really smart decision. I’m now to a point where I ride my bike to work and to run errands — unless they require trunk space like shopping for groceries. I am feeling better and healthier because of this new active lifestyle. And I can’t complain about the effects of biking on my leg muscles!

The reason I have switched is not about these things, though. I am riding my bike more because of the environment and traffic. I know that my car contributes to pollution and makes the air quality in my city worse. I just feel so bad about it!

Another, more selfish goal, was to cut down on my commute time. Crazily enough, riding my bike to work actually gets me to work more quickly than driving. I am not a particularly fast cyclist, but the traffic in the morning is so bad that a bike is a quicker mode of transportation.

There are some downsides, however. I cannot listen to music or the radio as I normally did when driving to work in the mornings and after work, driving home. Some cyclists listen to music through headphones, but it is extremely dangerous. Not being able to hear other cyclists behind you, or cars approaching on all sides, makes riding a bike a risky activity.

But even without headphones, riding a bike can still be riskier than driving a car. I did some research on the prevalence and conditions of bike accidents and The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee website was super helpful. According to the site, there are thousands of collisions involving bicycles every year. A lot of them are caused by inattention or disregard for cyclists, and that’s because it is still far more common to drive. If someone doesn’t regularly ride a bicycle, it can be easy to forget to share the road or be on the lookout for cyclists.

Distracted driving is a big culprit, but it is not fair to pretend like cyclists are only ever the victim. Sometimes, erratic cycling or poor turn hand signal indications can lead to cyclists being hit or side-swiped in a road. Intersection accidents are also places where confusion and chaos can lead to collisions between cars and bikes.

The true danger of cycling accidents, however, stems from cyclists who don’t wear helmets. Always wear one! It’s a hassle as I bike to work, to know that my hair is getting messed up right before walking into the office. But my life is worth it and I will do what’s necessary to live a healthy life.

It is recommended that you seek legal representation if you get into a bike accident because insurance companies are inclined to blame cyclists for not riding carefully, even when it is clearly the driver’s fault. I’ve been safe so far, but I know I’ll turn to a firm like the Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee if I ever need to fight for fair compensation after an accident.

Don’t Fight a Dentsville DUI On Your Own

I know a lot of folks in Dentsville, and I’ve heard a number of times in casual conversation that a DUI is not that big a deal, that it’s just a thing to shrug off and get over. To be clear, none of these people have ever had a DUI, but that is their perception.

So, I want to push back against that. Firstly, I want to say that a DUI is always serious and you have to take it seriously. And secondly, I want to say that part of taking it seriously is getting a lawyer to defend you against the charge.

A DUI is a big deal. If you don’t think so, just consider the potential costs of one: a lost license, a big fine, and sometimes even jail time. Those are the kinds of consequences that can really make it hard to keep your life on track. Not everyone has the money available to pay those big fines out of pocket. That may require going into debt, making serious financial sacrifices, and taking long-term knocks on your credit. And that’s just the fines. Getting your license suspended could cost you your job, and it could make it hard to get another job. And we’re still not even talking about prison.

So, basically, this is a big deal. And you don’t want to risk getting a worse punishment than you have to by trying to defend yourself. Truslow & Truslow Attorneys at Law point out the reasons you really want to get a lawyer once you’ve been charged with a DUI.

A lawyer can make sure you don’t say the wrong thing or make a crucial mistake that could lead to a far worse sentence. They can make sure you don’t miss crucial dates or make foolish misstatements that could get you into further trouble.

At the same time, your lawyer will be able to tell you just what kind of trouble you’re in and the best way out of it. There isn’t just one DUI charge, there’s actually a lot of them, and they have different consequences. Knowing what you’re looking at in terms of punishment and how to approach it is vital.

Most importantly, though, they’ll be able to look at the evidence of your case and be able to put forward a strong legal defense. That defense may even lead to the charges getting dismissed. If you are handling your own defense, there’s little chance you’ll end up with that result.

To keep it short, then, what I’d like my friends in Dentsville to recognize is: it’s always best not to put yourself in a position where this is ever an issue. If it does become an issue, though, please get a lawyer. I don’t want to see any of my friends ruining their lives because they thought they could argue their way out of a DUI. Just get a lawyer to do your arguing for you.

Don’t let the police take advantage of you

These days, it’s impossible to know whether you can trust the cops. While this point often descends into a political and racial issue, the truth is, no one can be positive their rights will be protected. This does not mean all cops are bad, or even most cops. It means mistakes can be made (and yes, sometimes, bad choices as well) by those who may have the power to decide the entire course of your life. So, you need to be aware of what the cops have the right to do, and what they don’t.

For instance, there is such a thing as “illegally obtained evidence.” This is evidence that the police intend to use against you which they have no legal right to use. People have a constitutional right against illegal search and seizure, that means, the police can’t just walk into your house and start searching for something if they don’t have a warrant or probable cause. While police will often try to stretch this second point, you should always contest it.

For instance, let’s say you have some drugs in your home. The police have no right to come in and look for those drugs, even if they suspect you have them. If they have no evidence, and they are unable to convince a judge to give them a warrant, no amount of suspicion gives them the right to enter your home and try to prove their hunch correct.

If the police do this, remember, you have a right to force them to dismiss this evidence against you. Remember the words “illegally obtained evidence.” They can make all the difference between a night in prison and several years.

When it comes to probable cause as well, remember that this does not include hunches. Again, if you have drugs in your home, and no one has called the police, and no one has seen anything, they have no right to enter without a warrant. Many times, cops will try to embellish the truth by saying something along the lines of: they saw you enter your home with a bag that looked like it said “this is drugs” on it. Police get away with these sorts of things all the time because people don’t know they have the right to push back on this point. Don’t let the police lie and trap you.

If you have been put in this position, remember, you have the right to a lawyer, and you should use that right. Lawyers are specialists in dealing with the tricks police play on civilians. If you have a good lawyer or even just a competent one, you have a good chance of forcing the police to play by the right rules.

Remember, this doesn’t mean all police are bad. Knowing your rights makes sure the police know to keep strictly to the laws that are set down for this country. Being tough with the police when you are suspected of a crime is not a sign you disrespect the police, it’s a sign you are taking care of your rights.

Social Events are more Impressive when Held on a Luxurious Floating Venue

Social events such as birthdays, architectural cruises, fundraisers, reunions, College formals, post proms, school outings, church events or promoter ticketed events, whether for 50 or 400 participants, can be more impressive when held on a luxurious floating venue and, with the guaranteed extraordinary experience, you are sure to have perfect attendance.

Chartering a luxurious yacht that will sail on Lake Michigan promises you the majestic Chicago Skyline as your backdrop. Furthermore, if you schedule your social event in late afternoon or evening, then, besides the beautiful sunset, you will also be treated with Chicago’s weekly summer fireworks or may even witness the annual Air and Water Show.

A private luxury yacht comes complete with attentive crew, 5 star catering and complete event facilities. It is also equipped with a full-service galley, as well as a state of the art sound system, offering endless cuisine and entertainment possibilities. An event coordination team on board will also be ready to assist you in customizing every detail to provide everyone with an unforgettable experience.

The Anita Dee yacht events, for instance, like many other charter yachts, guarantee that everything will be customized to meet your specific objectives. This includes the elegant decor and the exquisite cuisine – not one detail will be overlooked.

Your only concern, probably, before you charter a yacht, is make sure that it complies the U.S. Coast Guard’s boating safety guidelines, which say that vessels carrying passengers for-hire must meet more stringent requirements than a vessel used solely for recreational purposes. These requirements are designed to provide an added measure of protection for the public and are mentioned here only as a guideline. It is suggested that any vessel used for passenger service be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard to insure compliance with these and other requirements.

The requirements include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • PFD’s (personal flotation devices) and ring buoys
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Ventilation of engine and/or fuel compartments
  • Heating and Cooking fuels
  • Insurance



What Causes Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux occurs when the acid from your stomach goes up into your esophagus. This may result into heartburn, or that burning sensation that is traveling from your stomach into your throat, or regurgitation, or that bitter taste of acid in your mouth.
But acid reflux can be more serious than you think. If you are suffering from excessive acid reflux, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease. According to the website of GastroCare LI, this disease, also commonly known as GERD, can lead to complications such as cancer.
It can also lead to inconvenient health conditions, such as blackening of stool, bloating, excessive burping or hiccupping, unexplained losing of weight, and vomiting with blood.
What causes acid reflux anyway? One of the main culprits is hiatal hernia, a condition wherein the stomach bulges into the diaphragm through the hiatus, a muscle wall that separates the abdomen and chest.
But it is not always about physical conditions such as hiatal hernia, because sometimes, it is about the person’s habits and lifestyle. Below are just some that can result into acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

  • Bending or lying down after eating
  • Eating too close to bedtime
  • Excessive drinking of substances with alcohol, coffee, and soft drinks
  • Excessive eating of products with chocolate, citrus, garlic, spice, and too much fat
  • Smoking

Of course, acid reflux can be prevented by changing habits and lifestyles as well. Avoid lying down or any kind of positioning that can disrupt the flow of food in your digestive system. This can also include not using tight belts and clothing. Avoid food and drinks that can be deemed unhealthy, not just to prevent acid reflux, but for your overall health.
This means that acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease are preventable, especially if you avoid destructive habits and lifestyles.

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