The engine fell out

How long can a car be off the lot before you lose the right to blame the seller or the car company?

This is a bit of an urgent question because I’ve got a bit of a problem: the engine fell out of my car last night. Well, not the engine, not the whole engine. I don’t know cars, really, but something fell out on the highway and the car started chugging, and it hasn’t wanted to start ever since.

Right now, the car has about 8,000 miles on it. I bought it when it had less than 2,000 at a car lot, which was only two months ago. I know, 6,000 miles is a lot to put on a car in two months, but I needed the car at that moment to go on a groovy little trip around the country. I only just got back, and now the car’s kaput just when I need it for work, so I can pay for that massive trip I took.

A little more background: I did get the oil changed once already, and I was assured everything in the car was new when I bought it.

The thing is, though, now I’ve had it two months and been out of state, I don’t know if I can demand my money back or demand someone fix it. I’ve checked to see if my kind of car has any recall notices, but no such luck as yet. I was hoping I’d find something about engines falling out late at night when I went searching, but all I found was issues with the clutch if your car happens to have a clutch, which mine doesn’t.

Oh well.

So far, I’ve discovered that I can get money back for mechanical defects, which is good news, because I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ve got, but bad news because I don’t know exactly how to prove the mechanical defect wasn’t my fault.

I’m going in circles here, but that’s only because I’m pretty upset, and I’m dog tired after being up all night. I ended up having to get my car towed, and instead of towing it to a repair shop, I towed it back to my apartment, which means I’ve got to get it towed again. The whole thing stinks, and I’m beginning to think, even as I write this article, that I don’t have much hope of getting compensated for all this.

I should have known the price was too good to be true when I bought it. A car with only 2,000 miles and I got it for less than ten grand. I wish I could just shrug my shoulders and say I’ve learned my lesson and I’ll do better next time, but I really don’t know how I’ll commute to work now. And if I can’t get to work, I can’t pay on the car, or pay rent, or pay for food. It’s a mess. My whole life is a mess now.

Bummer does not begin to describe it.

What to know if you’ve suffered an injury on an oil rig

Oil rigs can be dangerous places of work and, unfortunately, some workers will suffer injuries during their shifts. An experienced oil rig accidents attorney can describe, in detail, some of the circumstances that might result in injury: inclement weather, long shifts, heavy machinery, equipment failure, fires and explosions, failure to follow safety protocols, careless or reckless behavior by workers, and poor communication on the rig. If your injury was sustained under any of these or related circumstances, you might be eligible for legal representation and compensation. It is often difficult to determine whether or not to pursue legal action, especially if you fear retaliation from your employer. Accordingly, this article is intended to provide some insight regarding the legal implications of oil rig injuries and help you decide on your recourse.

Immediately following an oil rig injury, you should be sure to seek medical care. Usually, large oil companies have a company doctor that they will encourage workers to visit following a workplace injury. It is important to remember that you always retain the right to seek medical attention from any provider that you choose. You are under no obligation to anyone, including your insurance, to see the company’s recommended doctor. Furthermore, doing so might be unwise, especially if you plan to take legal action against the oil company. Once your injuries are fully addressed, you should take time to research your options and contact a lawyer to determine your eligibility for representation.

If your injury occurred on an ocean oil rig, your situation might be different and require more legal specialization. Due to location of oil reserves, many offshore oil rigs are operated in international waters and, consequently, are not subject to the exact same laws that are relevant to land rigs. Injuries sustained while offshore are usually filed in state or federal court under the Jones Act or Merchant Marine Act of 1920. If you were injured while working on one of these ocean rigs, you are still afforded legal rights and privileges under these laws, but your situation might be different and you should contact a specialized maritime lawyer to determine your eligibility for legal representation.

Oil rigs employ many different parties to be successful. Consequently, there are many potentially liable parties in any oil rig accident. If you have been injured while working on an oil rig, it is possible that the financial responsibility of said injury be placed on the oil company, contractors, machine and equipment manufacturers or other related parties that contributed to the conditions that caused the accident. For this reason, you should contact a competent lawyer to make a case for the financial liability of your accident.

If your loved one was killed in an oil rig accident, you may be eligible for compensation. The Death on the High Seas Act provides a course of legal action for the families of those who are killed while working in international waters. For more information regarding oil rig injuries, please contact a relevant lawyer.

The Benefits of Choosing Uncontested Divorce

There are generally two kinds of divorce – contested and uncontested. A contested divorce occurs when the spouses have disagreements on legal issues, such as the amount of alimony, how properties and debts are divided, and who is going to get child custody. An uncontested divorce occurs when the spouses agree on all legal terms.

According to the website of this Raleigh divorce lawyer, uncontested divorce makes up the majority of divorce cases in the United States. When you think about it, that is quite understandable, considering that uncontested divorce is obviously more advantageous compared to contested divorce.

The legal process is faster

Since the spouses are agreeing on the legal aspects of the separation, there is not much to argue about. This means that the legal process will be less prone to error and will be accomplished faster. Contested divorce is all about contention, so the process may take longer, especially if nobody is going to give in or intentionally take the shorter end of the stick. No matter how much time you have in your hands, a faster legal process is always more attractive.

The legal expenses are significantly lower

Courts and divorce attorneys are not free, so it can easily be argued that a faster legal process can translate to less legal expenses. In fact, due to the simplicity of uncontested divorce, there are instances where spouses don’t even get attorneys to represent them, and that could further cut down the cost of the divorce.

There is little room for excessive emotion

All divorces are emotional. But it can be argued that contested divorces involve a lot more emotion compared to uncontested divorces. This is because of the argumentative and adversarial nature of contested divorces. Too much emotion can be a hindrance in the divorce process, like when your anger stops you from giving in to compromise and make the divorce process longer.

Do Not be Another Victim of a Jet Ski Accident

Jet skis, which are very popular personal watercrafts (PWC) were introduced during the late 1960s. Personal watercraft vessels, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, are less than 13 feet long and designed to be operated by one or more person sitting, standing or kneeling on the craft instead of being inside the confines of a hull.

Affordable, easy to use, and with low maintenance costs, the production of jet skis in the United States immediately increased due to the significant rise in the number of water-based enthusiasts, especially those who “fell in love” with their use. This increased use, however, also resulted to a rise in the number of hazards and, besides accidents involving under-trained, underage and undereducated jet skiers, the U.S. Coast Guard also cites inattention, excessive speed, alcohol consumption, reckless operation and violations of the “Rules of the Road” (contributory factors in boating accidents) to be the same factors that contribute to jet ski accidents. Currently, accidents involving jet skis, yachts, kayaks, sailboats, canoes and other recreational boats, are the second largest transportation-related causes of injury in the U.S. (the first is still automobile accidents).

Currently, the more famous jet skis owned by an estimated 1.3 million Americans and used by more than 85 million others are Kawasaki’s Jet Ski and Yamaha Motor Company’s WaveRunner. Kawasaki’s “stand-up” jet ski that is designed for a single operator was introduced in 1973: it had a tray where the operator could kneel or stand). The same manufacturer’s “sit-down” model, which allowed the operator to sit, was introduced in the late 1980s; this model had a seat that was similar to a motorcycle or snowmobile seat.

While each state has its own rules for operating a jet ski, the basic rules only include proving that one is at least 16 years old, attending (even inattentively or yawning through) a very short boilerplate safety lesson, and paying a rent fee of $95 per hour. For jet ski owners, however, enforcing the regulations constitutes a very slim chance.

Because it is smaller in size than a real boat, many mistakenly consider a jet ski more of a dinghy. The fact, however, is that the United States Coast Guard (USCG) considers a jet ski a vessel and, thus, subjects it to very same rules and regulations as a 40-foot power cruiser. Researchers from the University of Florida even found out that accidents involving this vessel registers more serious injuries than other boating mishaps. These injuries include serious trauma to the chest and abdominal areas, closed head injuries, and death.

As clearly stated by personal injury lawyers of the Clawson Staubes Injury Group, jet skis present an excellent opportunity for fun on the water, but serious injury can result when they are operated by someone who fails to exercise good judgment or follow the law and, alarmingly, many do fail to exercise good judgment and follow the law. In the event of a jet ski accident, it would be really wise to have a seasoned boating accident lawyer by your side.

Rollover Accidents: Who Exactly are At Fault?

According to the US Department of Transportation, 2014 was, thus far, the safest year for car (or passenger vehicle) occupants. This pronouncement is based on reports gathered by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Based on FARS’ 2014 report, only 21,022 car passengers died in the overall count of fatal motor vehicle crashes (motor vehicle refers to cars, minivans, large passenger vans, pickup trucks and SUVs) as against the 21,361 in 2013, the 21,906 in 2012, and the 21,413 in 2011 (from 2010 down to 1986, death rate due to car accidents ranged from 22,351 to 34,105).

But rather than be relieved by the thought that strict implementation of road safety rules may finally be paying off, the NHTSA was alarmed anew after the first quarter of 2015 due to an 8.1 percent increase in the number of motor vehicle crashes compared to the first quarter of 2014.

This increase in the rate of fatal car accidents has caused the NHTSA to launch a chain of safety initiatives, such as improving safety through technology innovations and a renewed effort to fight the major causes of car accidents, which include drowsy driving, distracted driving, speeding, and failure to use a car’s safety features, like seat belts and child seats. Besides drivers and other road users (other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians), the NHTSA has also made the responsibility of promoting and ensuring road safety a task of federal, State and local governments, vehicle manufacturers, law enforcers and safety advocates.

The most serious car accident injuries often result from head-on collisions and rollover accidents (with the speed of the vehicles involved in the accident greatly affecting the severity of the injury). A rollover accident, specifically, refers to a vehicle tipping over onto its side or roof. According to the Department of Transportation, this extremely violent type of accident happens more than 280,000 times every year, claiming more than 10,000 lives.

Any type of motor vehicle can rollover; however, the types of vehicles more prone to rolling over are pickup trucks, vans and SUVs which are taller and narrower compared to cars. These vehicles have a higher center of gravity, making these more top-heavy; thus, any sideway force, which is usually developed whenever these vehicles round a curve or during side impact accidents, the center of gravity shifts to one side (of the vehicle), dramatically affecting its balance. Besides making too sharp a turn and side impacts, rollovers may also happen when a vehicle trips on something, like road shoulder or a pothole.

As explained on the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, a rollover accident is basically due to a vehicle’s defective design, namely, its high center of gravity. But since there are situations wherein rollover accidents occur due to another person’s fault, like another driver hitting a vehicle on its side or road engineers failing to repair reported defects on roads, liability towards the injured innocent victim may not just be cast on the vehicle manufacturer, but also on other persons who may have contributed to the accident.