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By Anthony Crider (Charlottesville "Unite the Right" Rally)

By Anthony Crider (Charlottesville “Unite the Right” Rally)

Following the events of Charlottesville, and the ongoing necessity of the Black Lives Matter movement, many people feel scared to so much as make eye contact with the wrong people. It might be even worse in public when, spurred by President Trump’s inaction over Charlottesville, promoters of hate speech feel more justified and protected. Fortunately, even with the alleged backing of the most powerful office, this hate speech is still far from legal.

According to Equalityhumanrights.com, “Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s: disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity. Hate crimes and hate incidents can hurt people and leave them feeling confused and frightened.” Incidents of hate crime can include verbal abuse, physical assault, domestic abuse, harassment and damage to property. Since President Trump’s inauguration, the number of hate groups specifically targeting Muslims in the US has nearly tripled in the past year with Islamophobic hate crime soared, according to an article in The Independent earlier this year. The number of hate groups in general had started to rise back in 2016 during Trump’s election campaign, and this year it has risen from 892 to 917.

Despite the bleakness of the situation, the average citizen is not helpless to prevent hate crime. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 permits federal prosecution of anyone who “willingly injures, intimidates or interferes with another person, or attempts to do so, by force because of the other person’s race, color, religion or national origin”. In the US, 45 states and the District of Columbia have statutes criminalizing various types of “bias-motivated violence or intimidation”, better known as hate crimes. Whether they are victims, or witnesses of hate crime, citizens have a right and a duty to report the crime. The Southern Poverty Law Centre is one company that uses litigation, education and other forms of advocacy to fight against hate and bigotry in the United States. They monitor hate groups throughout the United States, and expose their activities to the public, the media, and law enforcement. Even individual citizens are fighting hate within the United States.

Within days of Trump winning the US election, a worldwide protest was organised for the day following his inauguration. Teresa Shook, from Hawaii, created a Facebook event and invited friends to march on Washington to protest some of the policies Trump had already promised to implement regarding women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights. The event gained so much popularity that it turned into a worldwide march on January 21 2017.

Although the headlines and new policies aren’t favorable to minorities or people in vulnerable positions, the population at large seems to be arming themselves with the real facts about immigration, religion, human rights, and current events. Overwhelmingly, people refuse to be lied to by those in office, and they have decided to unite with their fellow human beings.

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Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer To Sue For Pain And Suffering In A Car Accident?

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There are very specific damages that you can sue for when it comes to a car accident. Most accident claims are handled through negotiation between insurance companies before they reach the trial phase. If you are involved in a minor car accident, you might be able to recover your damages without the need to hire a Baltimore car accident attorney. However, there are limitations. If you are involved in a more serious accident, it might behove you to hire an attorney to make sure that you are recovering for all you are entitled to.

Pain and suffering

When it comes to car accidents, pain and suffering are defined as any physical or mental distress that you encountered as a consequence of the accident. Pain and suffering damages are determined by the amount of suffering that a person has to endure, and thus are subjective. In most states, pain and suffering damages fall under “noneconomic damages” or “general damages.” This refers to any damages that are intangible and instances where a dollar amount is difficult to discern. Economic damages are those damages that are straightforward, like medical bills and loss of wages. Pain and suffering awards aren’t as easy to put a price on.

When you should escalate the claim and hire an attorney

It is always a good idea to consult an attorney if you are in a car accident. Sometimes injuries are immediately apparent – like broken bones –  but there are also times when the symptoms of an injury won’t surface until well into the future. To make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries and pain and suffering, having someone evaluate your case is always an excellent idea. Your choice of whether or not to hire an attorney should be based on:

The seriousness of your injury

If you were in a minor accident, an insurance company will typically be able to offer you a fair settlement to cover your medical expenses and any property damage. If you are in a more serious accident, however, there may be consequences that might not show right away, or damages that an insurance company might not want to pay. If you have suffered severe pain, or your injury is long-term, it is always a good idea to have an attorney to ensure that your medical costs, and any other monetary damages for the future, will be covered.

How much evidence you have

If you don’t have a good record of your pain and suffering, or the facts revolving around the case (such as eyewitness testimony) aren’t clear, then it is a good idea to have an attorney cover you. The insurance carrier will not have your best interests in mind. They will seek to minimize their costs, which means denying you the recovery you deserve if you don’t have sufficient evidence to prove your case superficially.

At fault

If there is a question about who is at fault in a car accident, then it is always a good idea to get an attorney involved. There are times when determining who is at fault in an accident might not be as simple as you think. Sometimes drivers will counter sue and allege that they aren’t at fault. You never want to leave yourself vulnerable.

If you want to recover for your pain and suffering, it is always imperative to get an attorney involved. Since pain and suffering need to be calculated and are subjective rather than objective, you will need someone to help you prove your case and to get the amount you deserve. Some lawyers will use the “multiplier” method. This calculates pain and suffering by using the amount of medical expenses you have. Others may use different values to determine a reasonable price. Again, since the insurance carrier isn’t on your side, you will want to have someone who is.

If you are in an auto accident, there are times when you can settle without having representation. But before you sign anything, it is always an excellent idea to consult a lawyer who specializes in auto accidents to make sure that you aren’t left vulnerable and that you receive fair compensation for your damages.

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Caught in the Crosswalk: Pedestrian Accidents and What To Do

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When an accident happens, you’re under a lot of stress, pressure and urgency all at the same time. This can make it really difficult to think clearly, yet most of the time we can kind of remember the main points. Get the other drivers details, contact the police and so on. What happens when there is no other driver or vehicle though? What if the collision was with a pedestrian?

With an estimated 70,000+ pedestrian injuries occurring in the United States alone each year, it’s a real occurrence for many people already. Most of us don’t have any real idea on what to do if we hit a pedestrian. Here’s some advice with that in mind.

The Pedestrian Comes First

Start off by immediately checking on the pedestrian. Ensure that the person is safe and call for medical attention if needed. If you have first aid skills, use them only when necessary. It’s best to leave as much as possible to the professionals, especially so there’s no question about whether your actions might have made the situation worse or been unwarranted.

If required, you should also get any injured personnel out of the road. Also make sure everybody is as safe and as comfortable as possible.

Make Your Calls

Contact an ambulance if required and also call the police. You are required to file an accident report with them in case of a vehicle-pedestrian collision. The police will be able to help with the rest of the process and can have a calming presence. They can also gather witness statements and co-ordinate whatever else may be needed.

This is also a good time to alert your legal representatives. If you don’t already have an accident specialist in mind, try something like Accident and Injury Law Group’s legal services. Having experienced experts on your side can make a big difference in any potential cases and with the process before that.

You will also need to contact your insurer and inform them of the situation. The insurance company may also be able to offer you advice on how to proceed. Keep in mind that if the insurer recommends hiring specific people, the final decision still remains with you.

Detail Exchanges

If the collision was minor and the pedestrian is coherent, exchange details. Remember to keep it brief, you may be talking to somebody who is very disoriented. If the pedestrian is not coherent or conscious, then you should usually leave your details with the police. They will contact you later on with further information and act as a liaison if required.

Remember to be Careful What You Say & Document What You Can

Remember even the DMV recommends not implying guilt after an accident. The usual accident rules apply, so don’t apologize for anything in case it’s misinterpreted. Also try to take pictures of anything that might be relevant, and make detailed notes on the specifics of the accident whilst your memory is fresh.

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Why is vintage trendy?

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Vintage clothes are trendy, it’s an undeniable fact. They are at least 20 years old, and they arouse the interest of fashion lovers in an a truly spectacular way. There are different kinds of vintage clothing. On one hand, there are pieces which were made around 20 years ago. And on the other hand, there are new pieces which are inspired by clothes from past times and have a retro look. The Vintage Collection is a great example of how vintage clothing remains as a trend. Pieces that look antique but that are actually new and appealing.

One of the hits of vintage clothing is that many wardrobes from the past have been recovered. Pieces found in cellars and storerooms of thousands of houses which have been worn only once and now seem to be forgotten. All of these pieces can be worn again as if we were talking about brand-new clothing. It’s a new life for old clothes that make us create amazing outfits nowadays.

Recovering old pieces

Recovering old pieces to get that vintage look as a trend, and not only because of what we previously said. It allows us bring back forgotten pieces, but it also enables us to check out our mother’s closet, and even our grandma’s in order to revive breathtaking dresses.

In other words, by taking a look at those wardrobes which were left behind some time ago, we are going to be able to get ideal clothing to wear at different times. These wardrobes store not only summer, but winter clothing as well, so we are certainly going to find something vintage and stunning for any time of the year.

Get pieces at wonderful prices

One of the biggest advantages, which is key of getting a vintage look, is that vintage clothing can also be found at competitive prices. As they are mostly pieces that have been already worn we can find them at amazing prices. Despite being second-hand clothing, we need to keep in mind that these clothes pass an exhaustive inspection process to guarantee each piece has the optimum conditions to be worn.

Additionally, we have to consider that vintage clothes are also part of new collections with new pieces based on designs and looks of other times. But we are not only talking only about new pieces, we are also talking about old pieces from the past that have never been worn and can be worn for the first time as if they were brand new. These new second-hand pieces are found in wardrobes, and in many cases they are taken to specialized stores that collect brand-new real-vintage pieces because there are many people in this world who buy clothes and haven’t worn them not even once.

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