New Piece: I’m trying out drama

Posted by on Oct 7, 2017 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

“We live on the rough side of town. Everyone knows that when we heard loud music or sirens, we are supposed to duck for cover and stay there for at least five minutes after the noise has stopped. Last week, however, I could not help myself from standing up the moment immediately after I heard the guns stop.

“The police must have been conducting a raid one of our neighboring half dozen or so alleged drug houses, where people make and distribute drugs. Part of the reason that the cops seemingly never when the war on drugs is that they always try and conduct these raids loud and fast, with an emphasis on the former, which gives these alleged criminals enough time to either run away or flush enough drugs down the toilet, which downgrades any possible charges to a misdemeanor, instead of a felony, which leads to hard time.

“Anyway, the police arrive, and the scene quickly turns into cops versus alleged cons gun fight style shoot ‘em up situation. Bullets are flying everywhere.

“Unfortunately, this was the day, a Friday, that my family was all arriving for my new little brother’s baptism weekend.

“When the shooting began, everyone ducked for cover. However, not everyone was so lucky. In the end, all of the alleged criminals were gunned down, two cops died, and I lost my mother and my new baby brother. My mom had been holding my brother. It wasn’t that she didn’t get behind or under something fast enough. It was that a bullet, which would later be revealed to have been fired by an officer of the law, ricocheted off the wall, went through my brother, and into her.

“In the days since, I’ve been told that I should take comfort in the fact that my mother and brother were apparently dead before their bodies even hit the ground. Whether they are just telling me this to make me feel better or if it is actually the truth remains unclear. However, I just know that my mother and brother are gone forever. And, I have no idea how my dad and I are going to pick up the pieces without them.

“The police officer, who swears to not have shot my mother and brother, but whose gun matches the bullet that killed them has been placed on administrative leave. He probably won’t be fired because he didn’t mean to do it. But, I would still like for him to get fired because it would make me feel better.

“Several lawyers have reached out to my family hoping that we will want to sue the city for what they have taken away from us, which we are planning to do after the funeral arrangements have been made.”

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Ding! Ding!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

As roadways continue to fill up more pedestrians are donning their cyclist’s bells and flashing lights to hit the bike lane and avoid congested traffic. While there are efforts are noble many of these cyclists are not properly educated about proper road procedures that apply to them. Adequate instruction must be given if we are to fully utilize bike lanes to their highest potential. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted studies to analyze the figures of bicycle accidents and their affected demographics in the United States. If cyclists are beginning to take to the streets in larger numbers than ever before we will have to adapt to their presence and respect their place on the road.

Bicyclists are the only truly eco-friendly travelers and for that fact alone they deserve a safe space amongst traffic lanes. While our cities have become riddled with large amounts of cars, large trucks, and other equipment that throws off awful emissions to our fragile atmosphere it is important that bicycling becomes more common so that we can decrease our emissions rate. This will involve renovation of sidewalks, an extension of unsafe bike lanes, and large scale educational efforts. As the number of people on bikes goes up so we are seeing an increase in the amount of bicycle and auto collision related deaths. In the recent year 2015, figures for these deaths had increased 12.2% from the previous year according to the NHTSA. Any bicycle related death is a wrongful injury scenario and warrants the look of a Chicago wrongful death attorney because in nearly all cases they could have been avoided had the driver or biker been more alert and better trained for what to do in situations like this. It is time for action and innovation to take place in efforts of saving the lives of pedestrians everywhere. The NHTSA also estimated that in that same year there were roughly 45,000 bicycle-related injuries and death. This is costing nearly four billion dollars in medical costs and reparations every year. We can not continue to waste resources in this manner. Instead, it would be sensible to allocate these funds for proper education and other forms of prevention.

In our cities of today, due to the over population growth and high costs associated with owning a car, biking is continuing to gain popularity. Inexperienced riders pose a threat to other cyclists, cars, and most importantly themselves. In the studies mentioned above, 88% of the people killed were males, who were mostly younger than twenty-five years old. Fortunately, it seems that even with the possibility of being hit by cars biking is still safer, statistically, than driving and other forms of transportation.

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