Motorcycles can be a thrilling addition to your life. Jokes about middle-life crises aside, riding a motorcycle as an occasional hobby can be transformative to the way you see yourself, your abilities, and your priorities. But as you know, these vehicles are not without their dangers.

In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports every year that over four thousand Americans die in motorcycle accidents. Some years, that fatality number rises to over five thousand tragic deaths. Kentucky law firms like Hare Wynn are seeing one unfortunate case after another of motorcycle accident deaths and injuries.

The tendency for riders to speed or drive over the speed limit, the visibility issues stemming from the smaller size of most bikes, and a biking culture that does not prioritize safety are all in part responsible for this devastating phenomenon.

But your fate is not sealed because you have decided to ride or drive a motorcycle. There are actionable steps you can take to prevent motorcycle accidents and stay safer on the road:

Speed Limit

I will admit it: driving in a motorcycle, speeding through lanes, and generally riding to enjoy the activity can be really fun — in a simulator or video game. Not in real life.

There is a culture of danger associated with riding and driving motorcycles that is simply unacceptable. Even now, when you read that sentence is was likely you assumed I was condoning unsafe activity! Sure, driving dangerously can provide an endorphin rush. But at what cost to yourself and others? One of the first pieces of information to internalize as a person seeks to drive motorcycles safely is the reminder that the speed limit is a maximum, not a minimum.

If you are a beginner rider and uncomfortable with high speeds, stick to routes that allow you to be comfortable with the speed. But veteran riders and newbies alike ought to remember that as a smaller vehicle with very little structural protection, motorcycle riders need to follow speed limits and not engage in risky behavior for the sake of a thrill.

Helmet

Wear a helmet. Doing so is simple and has few drawbacks. If you are concerned with the price of a helmet, consider that if you do not wear a helmet and are involved in a collision, the surgeries to heal your extensive injuries will be far costlier than a motorcycle helmet.

And if you are concerned with the “look” or aesthetics of riding a motorcycle and needing to wear a helmet, you should feel comfortable with the possibility that you might die in a motorcycle accident from disastrous head injuries. If that were to occur, the way you look will not have mattered at all.

Signaling

“Signal often and signal early” is the phrase to internalize when analyzing the way you are indicating your turns and merges on the road. Motorcycles are smaller and have visibility problems, especially with inattentive or older drivers. As a result, it falls on motorcycle riders’ shoulders to make sure that they are doing all that they can to increase visibility and make sure their vehicle is seen on the road.


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Divorce is tough. So is negotiating child custody. So is dealing with paternity, grandparents’ rights, and child support. All of these issues are difficult not just because the law is complex. There are also a lot of very powerful emotions involved, including a distinct lack of patience and forgiveness for those who have caused harm to us. These issues can also be embarrassing. They can make us feel ashamed and vulnerable. That makes it all the harder to accept that we will probably need the help of a lawyer. There’s too much on the line to try to handle these cases on our own, but that means we have to invite someone into our private pain and struggles.

It’s that difficulty that makes it so much more important to trust the right lawyer. And trusting the right lawyer often means going to a family law firm. Why a family law firm? The answer is perhaps a little obvious: because they understand family. They don’t just have the experience of dealing with other people’s family crises: they deal with them in their own lives and in their own work.

With a family law firm, you often feel like you’re working with another person’s family. That provides a sense of comfort, and it can make it easier to open up and share the full story behind your case. A family law firm also makes it feel like you are a priority. Consider the Adams Law Firm in Houston, Texas. They make a point of saying upfront that they provide “personalized and tailored representation.”

That commitment makes sense at least in part because the Adams Law Firm isn’t run by a single lawyer or by a huge team of lawyers but by two brothers who have their own families, their own family stories, and their own struggles to draw upon to understand your difficulties and make you feel comfortable and well-served.

At the same time, family law firms are often deeply community-based. They’re long-time servants of a single location, which helps provide an extra level of motivation to help you get your family legal difficulties taken care of in the least stressful, least revealing, and most successful way possible. Take Adams Law Firm, again, where the two brothers who founded the firm are the seventh generation to live in Texas and have lived in the Houston area most of their lives.

When it comes to family affairs, there’s nothing worse than having your painful, personal business talked about. With a family law firm, you are far more likely to work with a lawyer who understands that feeling, honors it as well as the law allows, and then goes on to fight harder for you.

If you live in an area with a family law firm that practices family law, I hope you’ll consider working with that firm over others. I think you’ll discover you have a far better experience, no matter your legal needs.


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My Ideal Dream Home

I’m saving up to buy a new house, and designing my dream home has become a new hobby for me. My wife and I are hoping to move out of our apartment soon, and in the meantime, I’ve taken the liberty to indulge in my wildest home design fantasies. There are plenty of homes around the United States that come with many more features than I could ever imagine. I won’t be able to afford those homes anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use my imagination to create the ideal dwelling.

For starters, I want a beautiful lawn with lots of trees, exotic plants, and a healthy, natural vibe. I found a useful website about landscaping that discusses some of the things you need to contemplate. I didn’t even think to consider how landscaping the yard might influence my decision on what type of grass I might plant. My house wouldn’t get a lot of sunshine because of the large trees in the yard, so I’ll need to landscape using a grass that can withstand a lot of shade.

The front of my dream house will have two enormous statues of lions and a horseshoe driveway. I want lots of windows facing the north and south, so I can leave the blinds open all the time without too much sun. My bedroom windows should face the east. I love waking up naturally to sunshine, and it helps me get the day started on a good note. The apartment I’m currently staying in only has one window in the bedroom, and I feel like I’m living in a cave! A word to the wise: never live in an apartment that only has windows facing the north or south.

Another essential feature in my dream house is the kitchen. My wife and I love to cook, and we are always showing off by making amazing meals. I want to have a gas stove that has at least six burners, a high-quality ventilation hood, and two ovens. I’ve found the secret to baking is not overloading the oven with too much food. If there are too many dishes in the oven, the moisture levels will be off, and the food doesn’t turn out as good.

I’d like to have a deep sink with a partition down the middle, made of stainless steel of course. My current sink is white porcelain, and I have to clean it regularly to remove tiny scratches on the surface. It’s a minor issue, but it still bothers me. I plan on having stainless steel for all of my kitchen appliances.

The last thing my dream home needs is a dedicated space that I can call my own. I enjoy reading and playing guitar, and it would be nice to have a creative space where I can escape inside my own home. It might take me a long time to be in a financial position to afford all of these things, but that’s why I’m saving early. One day, I hope to have a house like this that my wife and I can call our own.


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The future of oil is extremely uncertain right now. I don’t mean in general. Oil will continue to power the world for decades, but how much will it cost to do so?

There’s a great deal of uncertainty on that point. Simply look at a few recent headlines:

Reuters reported a rise to $58 a barrel after the Keystone Pipeline spill.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia may permanently cut back on oil thanks to its new de facto ruler, leaving prices high.

However, prices may also drop if Russia refuses to continue with OPEC’s temporary production cut from earlier in the year. Russia is the world’s top producer and exporter of oil.

What does all this mean? It means uncertainty, which is bad for business.

Oil is always a bit uncertain. With so many international players involved, it can be hard to project long term. With a vast global network of countries who produce oil, conflicts are bound to arise between competing interests.

For instance, Venezuela may want production cuts in order to turn a modest profit in a time when it really needs it, but Moscow is content with the amount coming in from greater production (especially since it has such a large network of clients in nearby Europe). Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, is looking to make a slow but steady transition away from oil, and America remains eager to avoid importing any oil from abroad and thus refuses to heed the calls of other countries one way or the other.

All of that makes oil fluctuate quite significantly even in the best of times, and the future may not be the best of times. Anyone who ever watches the news knows the world is growing more unstable and countries are growing more belligerent towards each other. As Saudi Arabia rattles a saber at Qatar and Iran, oil is the obvious business stuck in the middle. Russia’s disagreements with the West and desire to build stronger ties with China means its interests are no longer quite so broad and international, and so it is less likely to be able to be compelled to agree with other nations’ needs.

And when oil becomes that unstable, due to such belligerence, businesses will struggle to keep up. Consider the transportation industry, which relies heavily on oil prices remaining low. Should they fluctuate vastly and quickly, it’ll be hard for business to budget for fuel costs. As TBS Factoring points out, fuel is the number one cost for independent trucking agencies. Being unable to budget for the number one cost of business is sure to cause massive problems going forward.

Unfortunately, as OPEC loses standing and countries continually pursue their singular national interests, there’s little anyone can do to avoid this problem in the coming years.


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There is a new study that finds that younger Americans aren’t just getting colon-cancer diagnoses earlier. They are dying of colorectal cancer at a slightly higher rate than in the past decades. No one knows why or can guess what lifestyle or what environmental/genetic factors may be the case. Should I be concerned? What do we know about colorectal cancer and what measures can we do to prevent it?

According to The Seattle Times, a new study has found that colorectal cancer has been affecting many younger Americans, but no one knows why. Rebecca Siegel, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society and lead author of this study, comments, “This is real.” She published this research letter in The Journal of the American Medical Associated (JAMA). “It is a small increase, and it is a trend that emerged only in the past decade. I don’t think it’s a blip. The burden of disease is shifting toward younger people.” The study finds that even though the risk of dying from colon and rectal cancer has been declining overall, the death rates among adults from age 20 to 54 slightly increased. It went up to 4.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014 from 3.9 per 100,000 in 2004. Dr. Thomas Weber, a member of the steering committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, comments, “This is not merely a phenomenon of picking up more small cancers. There is something else going on that is truly important.” No doctor or researcher knows what lifestyle or environmental factors are driving the rise in these cases. Cancers in the past recent years have been tied to HPV. Obesity is another viewpoint. A diet that is high in processed meats and lack of physical activity are both tied to increased risk, but research is looking at other causes. One study found that prolonged use of antibiotics during adulthood was associated with a greater risk of developing precancerous polyps. This is because antibiotics can alter the makeup of the gut microbiome. Scientists are trying to see if colorectal cancer emerging in younger adults are different than older people. Can these be detected and treated with the same tools? There is evidence that young people are more likely to have precancerous polyps that are harder to see and remove because of their location in the colon. These findings are important to the research and discovery of a treatment for finding reliable ways to detect colorectal cancer in young people. Most groups recommend routine screening at age 50, if not earlier.  The warning signs of colorectal cancer include rectal bleeding, bloody stools, unexplained weight loss, fatigue and digestive complaints, or irregular bathroom behavior. Anemia is also another sign in men.

It is important to eat a good diet with low amounts of red meat and to get exercise five times a week. Gastroenterologists in the Long Island area also recommend frequent check-ups with a doctor or specialist. This research and study allows doctors to recognize this trend and try to fight this risk.


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