Top Tips for Defensive Driving

November 6th, 2015

Here at the law office of Alfred McDonald, we see the victim of accidents on a daily basis. We see the unfortunate toll accidents take on their victims. We work tirelessly to protect the rights of accident victims. We wish we could prevent accidents all together. In an effort to help keep the streets of Tucson safe, we offer a few easy to adopt defensive driving techniques.

Keeping an Eye Out

This is one of the best ways to stay safe out on the road. It might come off as commons sense. Of course you are going to be keeping an eye out while you are driving. We are asking you to keep an eye way, way out.  Pay attention to what is happening far out ahead of you, even miles ahead. As humans, we can only react to things so quickly. If you see problems coming ahead of time, you can be prepared deal with them. Look for accidents, traffic, and construction, anything out of the ordinary.

Have an Escape Plan

This is one of the most important tenants of defensive driving. Always have a way out. Make sure you are not boxed in by other cars out on the high way. You can always anticipate what is going to happen on the road, but you can put yourself in the best position possible if something bad does happen. Give yourself a lane to merge into, room to stop, or space to perform an evasive maneuver. You never know when someone else’s tire is going to blow out, or when someone ahead of you hits a patch of ice and loses control. With an escape plan, you can be ready when the unexpected happens.

Watch Your Speed

All of these techniques play off one another. Speeding not only puts you at higher risk for being involved in an accident, it also increases the severity of the accident if it does occur. The faster you are going, the less time you have to perform a defensive maneuver. The faster you are going, the harder it is to control your vehicle. By driving the speed limit, you make things safer for you and everyone else out on the road.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

October 2nd, 2015

Riding a motorcycle is one of the most enjoyable, exhilarating, and freeing experiences on the planet. It is an incredible way to enjoy the beauty of our great nation. Unfortunately, riding a motorcycle can also be dangerous. A rider can be the most skilled driver on the road, but they cannot account for everyone else. By following a few riding tips, everyone can end up a little safer out there on the road.

Wear Protective Gear

This is the most important tip we can give you. It is of absolute importance that you wear the proper riding gear. This starts with a helmet. Helmets save lives, there is no debating it. Find one that you find comfortable, and that fits your riding style, and never leave home without it. Wearing long sleeves is good, but ideally should have a reinforced jacket and pants. Road rashes is extremely painful, and could even be light threatening. Wearing over-the-ankle footwear is the best way to protect yourself from a broken or twisted ankle in the event of an accident.

Drive Defensively

The best way to stay safe, is to avoid accidents all together! Studies have shown that in accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, the driver of the car is at fault over 60 percent of the time. You cannot control other drivers on the road. You can only control yourself. Keep an eye out for other cars and always clearly signal your intentions. Do not make rash or abrupt maneuvers. Watch for road hazardous and avoid driving at excessive speeds. You want to give yourself a chance to react if something bad does happen out on the road.

We want everyone to stay as safe as they can. These tips are just a start. Wear the proper gear, and drive defensively. Enjoy your time out on the road as well. We know we will!

Tips On Handling Annoying Debt Collector Calls

September 6th, 2015

In recent years debt collector calls have become a major problem for consumers. In fact, annoying and repetitive debt collector calls can actually affect one’s quality of life and cause considerable emotional distress. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of dealing with this type of annoying call is to understand that there are Federal rules and laws in place designed to protect consumers. Notably the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is one such example.

Third-Party Interlopers

The FDCPA or Fair Debt Collection Practices Act affords consumers certain rights and protections that are worth noting. For example, the act specifically states that debt collectors may not make calls to a private residential home or place of business prior to 8 AM or after the evening hour of 9 PM. Most importantly, when debt collectors also known as third-party interlopers violate the FDCPA they can be held liable. In certain circumstances consumers can actually be awarded compensatory damages when debt collectors violate the law.

Many Protections That It Affords

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act also affords consumers the opportunity to contest a debt. This is important because it stops a debt collector in their tracks and places the burden of proof on the collecting agency. Anyone dealing with annoying or troublesome calls of this nature should become thoroughly familiar with this Federal act and the many protections that it affords. In most instances those collecting debts count on the high probability that a consumer is ignorant of the FDCPA. Consumers who properly inform themselves will find that they have many options and many protections when it comes to aggressive and unscrupulous debt collectors.

The Excellent Resources Available

Finally, consumers should always consider hiring a dedicated bankruptcy attorney when bankruptcy becomes a viable option as a way to deal with overwhelming debt. In today’s tumultuous world where debt is ubiquitous it is essential for consumers to take full advantage of all resources and tools at their disposal. A focused bankruptcy attorney and the advantages made available by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act are just too key examples of the excellent resources available to consumers today. Staying proactive when it comes to handling debt collectors can be easier and far more manageable when one understands these basic truths. Contact the McDonald’s Law Offices today for Phoenix bankruptcy representation.

Tips To Avoiding Drinking And Driving Incidents

August 5th, 2015

Statistics have shown that an inordinate amount of accidents, injuries and deaths occur each year due to drinking and driving. The good news is that being a responsible driver is easier that most might imagine. For example, the age-old recommendation of choosing a designated driver is just as valid today as it was decades ago. Simply decide well in advance who will be doing the driving and stick to the plan.

Defending A DUI Charge

Follow this simple strategy and make sure that the person designated does not drink and you may avert an accident. In the absence of a designated driver simply call a taxi. Most would agree that the cost of defending a DUI charge far outweighs the cost of a taxicab ride. As an added note, a taxi is an excellent alternative in the case where a designated driver ends up drinking. Along with a taxi, public transportation such as a bus will suffice as a way to stay safe.

Impacted By Drunk-Driving

Also worth considering is the best way to handle a friend or family member who has been drinking. While an individual may get angry, especially if they have been drinking to excess, hiding their keys is a proven strategy that works. They will likely thank you in the morning for being proactive in preventing an accident or an arrest. The number of people in the country who have been impacted by drunk-driving incidents is alarming. However, it is easy to avoid becoming the next statistic as is outlined here. Making wise decisions can save lives and even save careers.

This Is A Proven Strategy

Finally, when having a party it is a good idea to offer guests non-alcoholic beverages such as soda and juice. There are even some non-alcoholic wines and sparkling wines that are a great alternative to alcoholic drinks. Party planners can also plan to serve generous amounts of food. This is a proven strategy for reducing the absorption rate of alcohol. A full stomach can reduce the negative effects of alcohol. As an added note, party planners can lessen the effects of alcohol by not serving drinks at the end of the evening. Your guests will thank you for keeping their best interests in mind. Contact The Law Office of Alfred McDonald, PC for a Tucson DUI lawyer who gets results.

 

 

Describing Lady Justice

July 16th, 2015

Lustitia or Justitia is the Roman goddess of justice. Her Greek twin is called Themis (Θέμις) whose name literally means divine law. Both figures serve as allegories for the moral force of the justice system. It should surprise no one to learn that America’s culture ascends from the Greeks and Romans and lady justice is no exception.

Θέμις

Themis is depicted as a tall proud woman holding a scale in her left hand and a sword in her right. Her sword represents the divine punishment of the law to promote civil peace or pax romana. Her sword is double sided of course, symbolizing the equal retribution of reason and justice for the plaintiff and defendant. Her scale also symbolizes the balancing act of the court which measures the strength and weaknesses of the defense and plaintiffs arguments.

Blind Justice

Sometime around the 15th century a change for the better occurred. Lady Justice was depicted wearing a blind fold. Legendary sculpture Hans Gieng foresaw John Rawl’s veil of ignorance five hundred years before his legendary work, A Theory of Justice. Gieng blindfolded Themis in order to create an ideal symbol of justice that could not see color, age, race, wealth, status, public image, and ect.

Modern Themis

Lady Justice is depicted with a blind fold in American courtrooms. Everything else remains the same. This generally holds true when dealing with the difference between the American justice system and the Ancient justice system. The Greeks and Latins did not look beyond race, color, age, or social status. Justice was really only accessible for the equestrian order. But, we seek a better tomorrow and brighter today, and thus, in order for justice to be justice it must be blind.

Pacific Coast Highway

July 30th, 2010

July 1, 2010 through July 13, 2010

            The plan was to take our scooters from border to border. Terry Cash and I had planned to hit the San Diego/Tijuana border in the South and travel all the way up the coast to Port Angeles, Washington/Victoria, Canada. We left Tucson, Arizona at 5:40 a.m. on July 1, 2010. Terry was 40 minutes late but we were on vacation-so no harm, no foul. We made Gila Bend, Arizona with no problems. Our first meal was breakfast at the Space Age Restaurant with the flying saucer top.


            After the brief respite, we turned out wheels back towards the southern interstate. We stopped at Dateland, Arizona for a bathroom break. Since we hardly ever stop there, I got one of their famous date milkshakes. It is very rich, sweet and chunky. Between the two of us, we could not finish it. Just too much good stuff I guess. Then we were off again. The weather reports indicated that the temperature in Yuma was going to be 114. Yeah! So into the inferno we rode. We stopped in Yuma just long enough to fill our gas tanks and stock up on water for the desert crossing. I wet my shirt in a spigot and enjoyed the ride out of Yuma and into the sand dunes outside of town. Terry chose not to involve himself with the wetting of his clothes.


On the way out of Yuma, we crossed the trestle bridge that Billy the Kid and Captain America crossed in the opening credits of “Easy Rider.” All I could think of was, “Yeah, that’s right, we bad.” Anyways, after leaving Yuma, we entered into our second State of the trip, California. Thereafter, we stopped at the international border crossing at Los Algodones, Mexico in order to get a close up picture of the border in case we could not get one at the Tijuana crossing. Every 15 feet was a sign that prohibited parking, but we were on a mission. So we stopped the bikes, jumped off, and hastily snapped a couple of photos before we were could be reprimanded. As an aside, a couple of weeks after we got back from this trip, I was reading a news article and discovered that it is illegal to take pictures of border crossing stations. Whoopsies.


The rest of the way through the desert was like Buster Poindexter’s one hit song, “Hot, Hot, Hot!” Our next stop after the border was Ocotillo Wells, California. We needed to use the bathroom bad. However, just like my trip through here last April, the bathroom was broken. So we found a parked truck and marked our spots. While waiting in the shade, I decided to soak my shirt again. This time Terry didn’t think it was such a bad idea and he followed suit. I’m sure we looked and smelt like a couple of dirty, wet dogs, but it sure made the ride out of the Wells a bit more tolerable.   

Read More

Norwalk Motorcycle Club Yuma Prison Run San Diego, California and Laughlin River Run

June 21st, 2010

April 16, 2010 – April 24, 2010

            Met up with Terry Cash at 6:00 a.m. and then met Bill Shannon at the Quick Mart soon afterwards. From there we took Gates Pass to the Ajo Highway and Bopp Road. As we were crossing the highway, we could smell Craig ‘Asshole’ Miller’s Black and Mild cigars from about fifty yards away. We chatted with Craig for a bit then started out bikes to head out to 49th Annual Yuma Prison Run. Well everyone started their bikes except Terry. See, Terry had had his bike dismantled for at least four months prior doing some much needed maintenance and restoration. He just recently got it back together and has not been able to take it out much prior to the Yuma Run. So instead of “VROOM, VROOM” all we hear is “click, click, click, click.” So Terry grabs some tools and I immediately grab my camera – another embarrassing moment captured for prosperity.


            It does not take Terry long to find the problem and after tightening down the battery cable, we are off. We take the long way to Yuma passing through Three Points, Sells and Ajo so that we can see and smell the freshly blooming wild flowers on the way. Beautiful ride and needless to say, we kill off a lot of bugs using our windshield and faces along the way. No bug is safe when the Old Geezers Patrol is making the rounds. I really enjoy riding with these old guys, cause they got bladders just as small as mine and are never too in a hurry to take a bathroom break.


            Once we reach Gila Bend, we meet up with Mike Leonard. Mike, Billy and Terry make up the country band called “Whiskey Bill and the Can’t Hardly Play Boys.” Unfortunately for Mike, he just had an operation on his foot and can’t drive his Indian Motorcycle. Fortunately for the band, he is hauling all their equipment in his toy hauler. Mike also can’t walk on his bum leg, so he bought a beer cooler/electric wheelchair that he putts around on. So he is never too far from a cold one.

Read More

Trip to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico

December 10th, 2009

October 9, 2009 through October 12, 2009

            I received a text last month from one of my riding buddies. It says “Let’s go to Kino Bay. My treat.” My friend knows someone with a house in Kino we can crash at. I have never been to Kino Bay and the trip involves the scooters, so I am excited to go. We pick a date and meet late morning in Tucson for the ride down there. Once we get to Nogales, Arizona, my friend tells me that the house in Kino Bay fell through. So now I am thinking we are heading into Mexico with limited day light left and we have no idea where we are going or where we will be staying. So I make a call to a friend who has a home in San Carlos and try to arrange a night at his place. He makes a call to the caretaker and leaves a message that I will be calling. So now we are hauling ass to San Carlos to try to make there before nightfall. We failed. In addition, we can never get a hold of the caretaker so we are still without a place to stay.

Read More

2009 Yuma Prison Run

May 6th, 2009

April 17, 2009 – April 19, 2009

 

Although most of the fellas left at the crack of dawn, my best riding buddy, Terry Cash, had to work through lunch so I decided to wait for him. The early group left to reclaim their shaded spots under the trees. The “Tree People” left Tucson down State Highway 86 through Ajo, Arizona and then up to Gila Bend. They got to the Yuma County Fair Grounds around 1:00 p.m.. True to their “Tree People” name, they took their time and enjoyed the wild flowers blooming on the side of the road. Terry and I pulled onto Interstate 10 at 3:01 p.m.. Terry really gassed it up the on ramp and I understood this to mean keep the afterburners on if you intend to keep up! So we humped it down the interstate at about 85 to 90 miles per hour. We stopped at Gila Bend for gas and a drink of water. I noticed that due to the high cross winds and the speed we were doing that my gas tank was nearly bone dry at about 120 miles.

  Read More

First Entry

December 3rd, 2008

Left the house this morning at 6:15 a.m. for a breakfast ride with the Legion Riders out of Post 59. About fifteen minutes away from home, I realized I severely underestimated just how cold it was outside. This is not the first time I have been caught on the back of my scooter freezing my butt off. As my fingers and face began to go from feeling cold to being in pain, I noticed that I was driving faster and faster in the hopes of getting to the destination and warmth quicker. It reminded me of all the times I rode in this weather. You drive on knowing that each mile you travel, will bring a small increase in the temperature. Your body seeks out the sunlight and tenses up as you pass through the shade. You continue to ride until you hit your next stop. You take off your mask and gloves and you feel like someone hit you in the face with a shovel full of snow. You warm yourself up with a hot beverage and then you are back on your bike and into the cold. This cycle continues until at last you stop and decide its time to roll up your jacket and store it on your bike. Now you ride down the road with the warm sun on your face. Your body opens up to the heat and your bones start to thaw. Today was one of those days.

Read More