cyclists on the roadOn a list of the twenty-five most common causes of death, bicycling takes spot #17, with the odds of dying at 1 in 4,147 if you regularly ride a bicycle. The odds of dying in a car accident are much higher, at 1 in 272.

These statistics don’t, however really address whether bicyclists are the more dangerous drivers, or whether those who drive cars are the more dangerous drivers. The answer to that question lies largely in your perspective.

If you are a bicyclist who feels like you are forever dodging the much bigger hunks of metal, steel and glass, you are likely to believe motorists are much more dangerous on the roadways.

busy shopping mall with shoppersMany people see the crime of shoplifting as a very minor one, with few repercussions or penalties. In fact, if you are convicted of shoplifting in the state of Mississippi, you could face serious consequences, even finding yourself behind bars. In other words, your life, both present and future, can be altered in ways you may not have imagined when you shoplift an item. As many as ten million people have been caught shoplifting over the past five years—while about a quarter of those were teens or children, the vast majority were adults.

When you consider the most common shoplifted items include baby formula and meat, it seems as though many shoplifters may truly be taking items they did not pay for out of financial need. Most people who are caught shoplifting really had no intention of committing a crime when they entered the store. Some people shoplift out of financial need, others on impulse, and still others honestly meant to pay for the item—it was truly an accident when they walked out of the store with the unpaid item. Whatever the reasons behind the shoplifting incident, you need a Mississippi attorney who can work hard on your behalf to minimize the potential consequences.

What Constitutes Shoplifting in the State of Mississippi?

marijiuanaAlthough medical marijuana is legal in twenty-four states, recreational marijuana is legal in four states and the state of Mississippi has decriminalized some aspects of marijuana possession, but you could still end up behind bars for possession of marijuana, in some instances.

In Mississippi, if you are found with 30 grams or less of marijuana in your possession, and it is your first offense, you face nothing more serious than a fine of $250. In order to only receive the fine, you must show a valid ID, and sign a pledge to appear in court. Follow the rules, and you will not be arrested.

Beyond this laid back approach to a first offense of possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, the penalties become much more serious, including:

man on his phoneIf you are the “typical” American, you likely pay thousands in insurance premiums every year.

Car insurance, home insurance, health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, insurance for your business, umbrella insurance…the list goes on and on. Since, thankfully, the majority of policy holders will never have to deal with a significant loss, our experience dealing with an insurance company is limited.

This means an unfamiliarity with the “delay and deny” tactics used by many insurance companies as well as the use of complicated, incomprehensible policy language to deny legitimate claims.

teen driving a car whilst texting

Parents who have teenagers in the home are well aware that their teen’s cell phone is almost like an extra body part—if it is not in their hand, they are likely looking for it. While this may be mildly annoying to parents, once a teen starts driving, the stakes are much higher.

Unfortunately, it can be a real challenge to ensure your teen’s phone stays as far away from the car’s steering wheel as possible.

Parents with teens also know that getting them to really listen can be a real challenge as well. Below are some practical tips to help convince your teen that texting and driving do not mix.

medicine tablets

Risperidone, commonly known as Risperdal, is an antipsychotic drug which can be prescribed by your doctor. It is a strong drug that affects the chemicals in your brain.

There are possible side effects of taking this medication (like enlarged breast tissue, known as gynecomastia). Taking a higher dosage than your doctor prescribed can increase the chances of you having a reaction or side effects to Risperidone.

What is Risperidone used for?

police inspecting damaged vehicle

According to a USA analysis (based on NHTSA data) the number of fatal hit and run crashes has been on the rise since 2009.

As an example, in 2009, there were 1,274 fatal hit and run crashes, while in 2011, that number rose to 1,449.  Nearly one in five pedestrian fatalities are caused by hit and run drivers. This rise in hit and run accidents begs the question of why someone involved in an auto accident would flee the scene.

It seems to defy common sense, yet, unfortunately, many people are choosing self-preservation over personal responsibility. The factors which contribute to a hit and run are primarily the number of unlicensed or uninsured drivers as well as those who were under the influence at the time of the accident and want to avoid potential criminal and civil penalties.

man in wheelchair beside walking womanIn serious car accidents, some victims may suffer extreme cervical injury. Damage to your cervical spine can have a major effect on your way of life.

You may need 24-hour care, or you may not be able to work anymore. If you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you’re suffering the consequences, there are options available to help you.

There are important steps you need to follow when you have a cervical spinal injury after being involved in a car crash.

car accident in streetWhen you’ve been in an accident, what do you do next?

This is a common question for people who’ve been involved in an accident. After all, you never imagined you would ever be involved in any kind of accident. But it’s important to proceed carefully.

If you hope to make a compensation claim for any damages, you could unintentionally reduce your amount of compensation by doing or saying the wrong thing.

Jackson Mississippi state capitolUnlike robbery charges, burglary charges are typically associated with the unlawful entry and criminal intent involving a structure when there are no victims present.

A structure can be a house, business, commercial property or even an automobile. Because there is not typically a person or victim present in this scenario, burglaries are almost always non-violent.

These charges can even be associated with crimes involving trespassing or going unlawfully onto somebody’s property with the intent to commit a crime. Burglary doesn’t always include theft either.