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How to Pick the Right Hair Color

How to Pick the Right Hair Color

Jul 13

You may want to change the color of your hair for many reasons, like when you want a new look or when there is a special occasion, such as a wedding. You may think that choosing the right hair color is complicated, but it shouldn’t be.

Find colors you like

One of the most obvious ways to pick the right hair color is to choose colors you like, because you can never go wrong with them. You can also look at pictures online and imagine how specific colors will look like onto you.

Plan your new look

After determining the colors you like for your hair, you can search for hairstyles online to see how these hairstyles can match your desired colors. It is also a good idea to look for celebrities who have these styles and colors so they will be easier to imagine onto yourself.

Imagine this look onto yourself

Sometimes, merely liking a color and a hairstyle is not enough. The combination should also look good on you. You can determine this by looking at your features, such as the shape of your face, the color of your eyes, and the tone of your skin.

Consider its feasibility

After finding the color and hairstyle you like and will probably look good to you as well, you can start thinking about its practicality and convenience. Do you have the time to go to the salon to create such a specific look? Does the style look too outrageous that you will be uncomfortable? Does it look like it needs a lot of maintenance?

Recheck your plans in the salon

Be doubtful of your color and style even when you are already in the salon. You can look at the hair samples to see if the color and style really suits you in an unbiased way. It is also a good idea to consider the suggestions of the stylists. In fact, there are salons who even accept consultations, such as the Therapy Hair Salon.

Be confident of your new look

After everything is said and done, end the day and be confident of your new look. No matter how good it looks on you, it will never achieve its optimal form until you learn how to appreciate it and be confident about it.

Why Your Business Needs a Mobile App

Why Your Business Needs a Mobile App

Jul 12

Being competitive is an important factor in staying in business. Your company can remain competitive if you hire the right people, make your company attractive to both applicants and clients, and provide the best customer experience possible. But one of the most underrated techniques to stay competitive is the use of technology.

When the words technology and business come up, you often think about websites. Of course, a website is an efficient way to stay competitive, but there is another medium that can boost your competitiveness – mobile applications.

Expanding your market

Almost everybody has a smartphone, so having a mobile app means that you can reach practically everybody. If you expand your reach through mobile apps, you are making your business known to the world and increasing your chances of getting more customers.

Making your business more accessible

Client or customer experience is an important aspect of competitiveness, and what other way can you improve it by making your products and services available through their mobile phones? You can utilize mobile apps to explain your products and services, set up prices, determine availability, and other information that potential customers may want to know.

Enhancing engagement with potential clients

Accessibility also improves the way you communicate with your potential customers. You can look at Big Momma Apps as an example. They create mobile apps for law firms to help potential clients regarding consultations, legal expenses, and relevant information about the law firms’ practice areas. Accessibility paired with convenience is the secret recipe for a successful product and service.

Easing payment methods and other transactions

With the help of technology, it is getting easier and easier to pay online for products and services. If you want to stay competitive, you should have the same mindset of making payments and other transactions as easy and fast as possible. You can design your mobile apps to accept payment methods for the products and services of your company.

Criminal Offenses on Federal Property

Criminal Offenses on Federal Property

Jul 11

Driving a car can easily become an unpleasant task to some drivers due to pokey or slow-moving pedestrians or the sudden presence of a volume of pedestrians, parking cars, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, city buses and taxicabs, detours, road constructions and long traffic signals.

Losing patience because of slow-moving traffic is what often causes a number of drivers to drive and maneuver their vehicles recklessly, just to get ahead of everyone else. Reckless driving does not only happen on busy streets or main thoroughfares, though, but even inside parking lots. In fact, in some states, the following acts are considered reckless driving:

  • road-racing
  • driving beyond 80 mph;
  • driving at least 20 mph more beyond the posted speed limit;
  • overtaking a school bus;
  • overtaking an ambulance or an emergency vehicle;
  • failing to use signal lights for proper traffic signals;
  • improper maneuvering or driving above speed limit in parking areas; and,
  • overtaking another vehicle in a one lane road.

 

Reckless driving, which is a serious traffic violation in the U.S., is defined in U.S. laws as a display of wanton disregard for road safety and road safety rules. “Wanton disregard,” is described as awareness of the possible risk or harm that one can cause personally and the deliberate act of ignoring such risk or harm.

Reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor (if resulting to injury or death, it can be elevated to class 1 misdemeanor or felony, depending on the laws of a state). The punishments usually associated with it are imprisonment and/or fine, suspension or revocation of driver’s license, cancellation of parole, possible deportation and a misdemeanor criminal record.

If the offense, however, is committed in Federal territories, such as those located in the state of Virginia, like the George Washington Parkway, military bases, Quantico area, Pentagon area, and other Northern Virginia Federal government facilities, then the penalties will surely be much harsher. The penalties can include a fine that can amount to $5,000.00, up to 6 months imprisonment, suspension of driver’s license and driving privileges, and points on one’s driver’s license.

Reckless driving in federal territories is not the only offense considered as a federal crime. As explained by Truslow & Truslow, Attorneys at Law, “Generally, crimes are investigated and prosecuted according to the jurisdiction they take place in. As such, most illegal acts are prosecuted on a state or municipal level. However, crimes that take place on federal property automatically become a case for federal courts, even if they would have been state-prosecuted had the crimes not taken place on federal grounds. For example, federal crimes are not only composed of serious illegal acts like drug charges or financial fraud, but they also include crimes such as robbery, theft of government equipment, possession or sale of government property, and criminal trespass. As long as the crime took place on federal property, it can be tried by federal courts and—in some cases—may be prosecuted on both a state and federal level.

Penalties for federal crimes tend to be harsher than those prosecuted on the state level, often including mandatory minimum sentences and, sometimes, negative publicity that can affect the outcome of your case. Additionally, the rules for trials in federal court are different from those of state courts. This means individuals charged with crimes on federal property will need a lawyer who is knowledgeable of these differences. If you have been charged with a criminal offense on federal property, consulting with a well-versed federal court defense attorney that can defend your case may be one of the most important decisions you make.”

Actions to Take in the Event of a Car Accident

Actions to Take in the Event of a Car Accident

Jul 10

Millions of families have lost fathers, mothers and other family members due to the acts of irresponsible, reckless and negligent drivers who drink and drive but are too proud to acknowledge that they will not be able to operate their vehicle safely. Though less sober, some are drowned in the thought that they can make it safely to their destination, while others are consumed with the thought that they own the road and that it is rather the duty of all others to look after their own safety by avoiding them or getting out of their way so as not to get hurt.

The costly consequences of drunk driving can include damaged properties, severe injuries, trauma and death. Though all drivers want to be safe on the road and suppose that all other drivers should observer traffic and other road safety rules, many confess to violating at least a couple of rules occasionally, but believing that what they do is not at all dangerous.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that alcohol-impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving and reckless driving – the top four contributing factors to car crashes.

There is no acceptable explanation to driving while intoxicated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not prohibit drivers from drinking anytime they want and as much as they want; what these agencies prohibit is driving afterwards.  This is because a person who is drunk is impaired, and impairment is the primary reason why drunk driving is prohibited. It makes a person less sober, and makes his/her reflexes slower. Besides this, impairment also affects a person’s judgment, perception, coordination, reaction time and general ability to focus on the road.

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in the U.S. is 0.08%; this can result from consuming  4 – 5 regular bottles beer in an hour. This means that anyone who will be caught driving with this BAC level (or higher) can be charged with alcohol-impaired driving or DUI/DWI, driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated.

Because of the obstinacy of millions of drivers, however, drunk driving remains to be a major problem. In 2008 alone, 13,838 alcohol-related fatal crashes were reported to the NHTSA; since then, the number of deaths due to this irresponsible road behavior has never gone down to 10,200.

A victim of drunk-driving suffers not only physical injuries and trauma resulting from his/her life-threatening experience. It is very likely that his/her family also suffers financial hardship due to his/her costly medical treatment. Situations become worse if the injury leads to disability as this will mean wages lost and higher cost of medical care.

An article in the website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., says, “Accidents happen every day, and they often cause no harm. However, there are many occasions when accidents inflict serious injuries to those involved. These injuries lead to longstanding complications with medical costs, litigation, disputes with insurance companies, and many other difficulties that victims must handle, even if the accident was not their fault in the first place. Concurrently, many at-fault parties may not believe that they must pay compensation for their actions despite legal requirements to do so. These situations occur far too frequently and if a victim does not have strong legal representation at their side, they may never receive the compensation they need to recover.”

According to the law firm Williams Kherkher, ‘Car accidents are terrifying and often overwhelming ordeals, and in many instances, victims of a car accidents find themselves confused about what they should do in the moments, days, and weeks following their collision. Because of this, the said law firm has put together a quick guide outlining the steps that car accident victims should follow to get the help they need.

  1. Get Evaluated by a Doctor
  1. Document the Evidence as Extensively as Possible
  1. File an Insurance Claim
  1. Get Your Car Fixed, if You Can
  1. Take Legal Action if Necessary – If you are unable to get the financial compensation you feel you are entitled to from your insurance claim, or if you are thinking about taking further action against the party responsible for your car accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side to make sure that your legal needs are protected. At Williams Kherkher, our experienced attorneys have been helping people just like you for more than 30 years, and we know what it takes to effectively represent car accident victims in Houston.

By taking the appropriate steps after a car accident, accident victims can significantly increase their chances of making a full recovery from their injuries, securing the financial   assistance they need, and protecting themselves from any adverse legal action.

All Types of Workers, whether on Land or on the Sea are Entitled to Receive Compensation due to Work-related Injuries

All Types of Workers, whether on Land or on the Sea are Entitled to Receive Compensation due to Work-related Injuries

Jul 09

For all those whose work is their main source of livelihood, any type of work-related injury or occupational disease that will incapacitate them will definitely result to crippling financial consequences that can worsen their life situation as well as that of his/her family. The problem with injury is, just when wages have been cut due to inability to report to work, the staggering medical bills come in. This is what makes many injured workers forgo medical care; however, forgoing medical treatment can result to longer recovery period, extending, likewise, the days of inability to return to work.

Workers’ Compensation Benefit Program, which was passed into law starting in 1908 proved to be a major help for workers who figured in accidents while performing their job or who developed any disease due to daily exposure to, or contact with, hazardous substances in the workplace. This state-mandated benefit, which is in the form of an insurance program, was established to provide sure and immediate wage replacement and medical benefits; it was also designed to cover disability, vocational rehabilitation and death.

The many fraudulent claims in the past, however, have led to strict evaluation of claims applications, resulting to denied claims even if the mistakes were simply technical in nature, such as a missing signature or a missed box.

According to the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, in the state of New Jersey, for instance, “a resident is entitled to receive benefits under the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act. If you are eligible, you may receive benefits for:

  • Medical – medical expenses and future health care costs are covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance;
  • Temporary disability – typically you may receive 70 percent of the wages or salary you were earning before your injury, up to a limit set by New Jersey statute; and/or,
  • Permanent disability – benefits for permanent injuries are based on a formula for determining the percentage of your disabilities

 

By availing of Workers’ Compensation benefits, though, an injured worker would be relinquishing his/her right to file a tort suit against his/her employer to further seek compensation. This is because Workers’ Comp was established as a trade-off: receive the benefits, but give up your right to sue your employer. However, an injured worker may rather decide not to avail of the benefits for the right to pursue legal action against his/her employer. This is the path taken by those who are confident that they can prove that the accident was intended by their employer, that the employer does not carry Workers’ Comp or, that the injury is too severe or leads to death, so that the amount of benefits offered does not fully cover the damages suffered.

As further explained by the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, “If you were injured by an individual or entity other than your employer while performing the duties of your job, you may be able to obtain additional compensation through a third-party claim.”

It is not terribly uncommon for job-related injuries to have a third party that is also responsible for the injuries. In these circumstances, you can file an additional claim or lawsuit against the other party or company that caused your injuries and/or disabilities, as well as continue your claim against your employer. In these claims, you can also receive monies for pain and suffering and other losses sustained that are not recoverable under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

Also entitled to receive compensation due to work-related injuries are those categorized as seamen; however, their compensation is to be paid not by the Workers’ Compensation Benefit Program, but by the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act.

The Jones Act is a federal statute that protects seamen who get injured on the job, specifically by giving them the right to sue their employer for personal injury or negligence damages. It also requires maritime employers to:

  • Provide seamen with a reasonably safe place to work; and,
  • Use ordinary care, under any circumstances, to keep and maintain the vessel, on which a seaman works, in a reasonably safe condition. Any unsafe condition on a vessel can lead to liability under the Jones Act and, in the event of injury, an injured seaman needs only to prove that his/her employer’s negligence was a contributory factor to the events that resulted to his/her injuries in order for him/her to recover damages against his/her Jones Act-covered employer.

 

As more clearly explained by Jones Act attorneys, “First and foremost, injured workers can collect immediate compensation for what is termed to be their “maintenance and cure,” regardless of who will eventually be held liable for the accident. Compensation for an injured worker’s “maintenance” refers to money that is paid to cover the cost of room and board that would normally have been provided to the injured worker if he or she was still on the job. These funds usually cover necessary household expenses like mortgage and rent payments, utilities, taxes, and other necessary expenses.

The “cure” portion of an injured worker’s compensation refers to the amount that will go toward medical and rehabilitative care until he or she is able to make as complete a medical recovery as possible. Additionally, employers will be expected to cover the cost of their injured employee’s transportation to and from medical facilities, along with the wages that the injured worker would have been paid until his or her voyage was complete.”

Cell Phone Use – the Worst Form of Distracted Driving

Cell Phone Use – the Worst Form of Distracted Driving

Jul 08

Studies show that 90% of the millions of cars accidents in the U.S. every year can blamed on bad road behavior which, basically, is the fault of drivers. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)  and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the most common forms of bad road behavior are impaired driving (impairment may be due to alcohol and use of illegal or prescription drugs), driving beyond the set speed limit, driving too fast for certain road conditions, aggressive driving, reckless driving, and distracted driving with cell  phone use as the number one cause of distraction.

Cell phone use while driving is, thus far, the worst form of driving distraction in the U.S. The National Safety Council (NSC) 2013 records show that 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents that year were due to talking on the phone, while another 341,000 were due to texting while behind the wheel (the NHTSA recorded 5.69 million auto crashes during that same year).

While accidents due to cell phone use have continuously risen over the years, so did the number of those getting injured in crashes. Driving distraction, as defined by the CDC, is any activity that takes away a driver’s attention on driving. There is an endless list of activities that are considered driving distractions, including, but definitely not limited to: conversing with passengers (the more passengers in the car, the greater the distraction), eating, drinking, adjusting a GPS or a car radio, looking at a map, turning the radio’s volume to full blast, reaching for something from the backseat, driving angry, playing with a child, personal grooming, objects outside the car getting the driver’s attention, lighting a cigarette, smoking, using a laptop, and adjusting car’s climate controls.

To enable a driver to veer away from road dangers that can cause an accident without losing control of his/her vehicle he/she will have to focus on driving. In the event of an accident, a driver should know that he/she should accept liability, especially when it comes to compensating the victim he/she has injured.

“Accidents, “according to the law firm Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, “often leave people confused, overwhelmed and with a sense of helplessness. In addition to coping with physical and emotional trauma, you must sort through the financial hardships associated with lost wages and the costs of medical treatment and recovery. You will have questions about whether you have a right of recovery and how to negotiate the legal process. Personal injury lawyers will not only answer your questions, but also develop a focused legal strategy to pursue a recovery. Their knowledge, experience, resources and perseverance will help you achieve results.”

San Antonio car accident attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm point out, “Despite advances in safety technology and a growing awareness of the need to avoid risky behavior behind the wheel, auto accidents remain one of the primary causes of serious injuries and wrongful death in the United States. For many car accident victims, the effects these accidents often have on their lives can be extremely painful, not to mention burdensome. Even minor injuries can require costly medical treatment, while serious injuries, such as head and spinal trauma, can cause permanent physical disability.

In light of these and other serious consequences that car accident victims may have to face, it is often possible for those who have been the victims of these types of accidents to take legal action against the party responsible for the accident.”

For a person injured in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, there are legal options available to fight for financial compensation. This compensation cannot erase your physical and emotional suffering, but it can help relieve the financial stress related to an injury. To learn more about these legal options and how a seasoned personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you, this is one website worth visiting: www.habush.com/practice-areas/personal-injury/motor-vehicle-accident/car-accident/

Let’s Face it, Other People don’t always Carry Themselves in a Way that is Mindful of Public Safety . . . Thus . . .

Let’s Face it, Other People don’t always Carry Themselves in a Way that is Mindful of Public Safety . . . Thus . . .

Jul 07

About 2 million or 13 % of the 15 million trucks registered in the U.S. are semi-trailers, also called big rigs or 18-wheelers. Of these 2 million semi-trailers, about half a million get involved in accidents every year, taking nearly 5,000 lives and seriously injuring more than 100,000 others.

These huge vehicles keep businesses operating and the nation’s economy growing. The growing job demand, however, has been a big concern for truck operators who, very often, find themselves faced with the problem of finding qualified truck drivers in order to complete job orders on time.

Despite the major contribution of semi-trucks to the nation’s economy, this does not erase the fact that these vehicles are threats on the road, not only because of their huge size, but also because of the many problems and errors that truck drivers can commit.

As explained by the law firm Ausband & Dumont, “The trucking industry plays a significant role in filling our nation’s transportation and distribution needs, but it comes with a substantial cost. Sharing the road with large trucks and vans can place other drivers at risk of serious injuries if they are involved in a truck accident, as truck accidents often have more serious consequences for accident victims than other types of accidents because of the greater impact that a truck’s enormous size can cause. Unfortunately, many people in Atlanta are forced to deal with the repercussions of a truck accident due to the negligent actions of truck drivers and trucking companies. One good news, though, is that, in many cases, victims of truck accidents are entitled to seek compensation to help them recover some of the costs that their accident may have had. This can help victims of such accidents to get the support they need and get their lives back on track.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continue to pass and implement laws aimed at reducing the yearly statistics of semi-trailer accidents. These laws are not only directed to drivers, who are the ones often blamed simply because they are the ones behind the wheel, but to truck operators to since many of them resort to unacceptable and, often, illegal, means just to keep the money coming in. Known violations of truck operators include, but are not limited to:

  • Hiring of unqualified drivers;
  • Failure to train and further train drivers;
  • Allowing drivers to continue driving despite very recent traffic violations;
  • Failure to properly screen applicants about past driving violations;
  • Forcing drivers to work beyond the mandated maximum number of hours of service;
  • Failure to replace worn out truck parts, especially tires and brakes; and,
  • Failure to conduct regular truck checks and maintenance.

 

Many trucking firms, especially small ones, even resort to re-registering under a different name and management in order to evade charges and liability for past serious traffic violations.

Being well aware of the possible consequences on many different types of injurious errors and accidents, Morristown truck accident attorneys at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, say, “No one expects to suffer a personal injury, but the regrettable truth is that accidents happen every day. Though some incidents are innocuous, many unsuspecting citizens who have had the misfortune of being the victim of another party’s recklessness are forced to deal with the life-altering repercussions of a serious injury. Unfortunately, other people don’t always carry themselves in a way that is mindful of public safety, resulting in countless accidents caused by negligence. Additionally, the struggles of recovery often don’t end when a victim is released from the hospital, making it even more painful when expensive medical bills, missed time from work, lost income, and possible emotional trauma has to be attended to.

Even though an experience like this presents a lot of strife, the burden of your recovery can be lessened by obtaining financial restitution for your injuries. The healing process of innocent victims should not be deterred by financial struggles. This is why there will always be determined legal teams that can fight on your behalf to get you the care you deserve and to bring to bring to justice responsible negligent parties, in the hope of putting a stop to their irresponsible behavior.