Breaking Up is Hard To Do

When I decided to move away from the Washington DC area, I wrote down a short list of places that I wanted to consider for my new home. I tried to keep an open mind to the job opportunities and focused on the quality of life that I was looking for at the time.

There have been several opportunities for me to move to Arizona and I do love it there. But if you are familiar with the current housing crisis, you know that the Phoenix area is in the top 5 of our country’s worst markets. The foreclosure rate in Phoenix is horrendous, and I realized that the market was way out of control when I went out there for job interviews.

Any time you have high unemployment and a large number of home foreclosures you have several other things happen. The crime rate goes up and the divorce rate goes up. The amount of stress on a relationship during this economic downturn is often the straw that breaks the camel’s back, as they say.

How to Prepare for an Estate Sale

Preparing for an estate sale can seem like an overwhelming task. Most people have no experience in such matters and don’t know where to start. If you have an estate to liquidate, look for a company that is specializing in on-site sales. They will come to the home, price the items you wish to sell and advertise for you. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for an estate sale.

Decide What to Sell

This will probably be the hardest thing to do. The family will need to remove anything that is not to be sold. Don’t worry about what is valuable and what isn’t. Something that is not valuable to you may be just what someone is looking for to finish out a collection.

Don’t Throw Anything Away

When in doubt, leave the item there. The company running the estate sale will price everything and will have the expertise to decide what trash is and what treasure is. They are also aware of the market in your area and what items may be perfect for selling. Even old postcards and toys may be saleable.

Don’t Clean Any Items

Sometimes cleaning can damage an item that may be valuable. It is best to let the company managing your estate sale to clean and prepare all the items for sale.

Analysing Road Traffic Accident Statistics

Analysing Road Traffic Accident Statistics
Analysing Road Traffic Accident Statistics

It will come as no great surprise to you that cyclists are at greater risk of injury on the road, than almost any other category of road user (except perhaps motorcycles). If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, and you are looking for a solicitor to assist you in pursuing a personal injury claim, look no further than the Free Legal Advice Centre, whose video-based information site is a great resource for people who are seeking all kinds of legal advice.

Some statistics

In 2013, the most recent full year for which statistics are available, there were 252,913 reported road accidents of all severities. There may, in fact, have been more accidents – but this is the number of accidents which the Department of Transport can verifiably include in their data.

Of this 252,913, 185,769 (73.45%) involved cars; 19,538 (7.73%) involved motorcycles; and 20,049 (7.93%) involved pedal cycles. The remainder involved buses, coaches, vans, light and heavy goods vehicles, and cases in which the vehicle type was not reported.

As you can see, cyclists are slightly more likely to be involved in an accident than motorcyclist, but much less likely than occupants of a car. However, when you look at the number of accidents compared to the rate of accidents per billion vehicle miles you get a slightly different picture. Analysing the statistics this way allows you to take into consideration the number of cars on the road, in comparison with cycles, and the number of journeys undertaken by both.

  •  Number of car accidents (of all severities) per billion vehicle miles: 774
  •  Number of motorcycle accidents per billion vehicle miles: 7,264
  • Number of cycle accidents per billion vehicle miles: 6,407

We can see from this breakdown that motorcycles and pedal cycles are far more likely to become involved in an accident than cars.

But what of the dangers to each respective vehicle user?

  •  Number of fatal car accidents per billion vehicle miles: 7.5
  • Number of fatal motorcycle accidents per billion vehicle miles: 132
  • Number of fatal cycle accidents per billion vehicle miles: 39

From this analysis we can see that the chances of being fatally injured in a car accident is relatively low; in a cycling accident is somewhat higher; and in a motorcycle accident substantially higher.

Breaking down the data

There are many other ways of breaking the data down, and this can be useful in targeting safety campaigns. For example, the age group most at risk (in terms of highest numbers) of being involved in a car accident, are those aged 40-49. This is true for both male and female drivers; however, this number could be inflated by the fact that men and women of this age bracket are more likely to own cars than younger or older people, and that they are possibly more likely to drive longer distances.

By breaking down the data like this we can, for example, target particular driving campaigns at this age group of drivers.

Shop around for best Insurance prices

Reggie was telling me that he was going to call don allred insurance of burlington nc to ask them if they can get him a better deal on his car insurance. He had heard from several people that often an independent agent can get a better price on policies than one that is a dedicated agent to just one company. I can remember several years ago I got car insurance from an independent agent because it was the best deal where I lived at the time. I think it is always good to shop around and get different prices.

Check the Facts and Prevent Solicitor Complaints

Every time someone hires a solicitor there is a certain level of service expected. The client reasonably assumes that the solicitor is well trained and able to carry out the services that they are being hired to do. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Solicitor negligence can lead to solicitor complaints. It is important to do some research before you hire just any solicitor.

These are some important skills to look for in a solicitor:

Strong communication skills, both written and oral

Your solicitor represents you and so it is important that they should be able to communicate effectively, whether it be with a judge, jury, another solicitor or third party.

A keen eye for details and attention to accuracy

Details can mean the difference between success and failure in a case. Overlooking details can be very costly. It is always the best course of action to get it right the first time around

Analytical and focused

The ability to look at a lot of information and gather from it, the most important facts and data that can be helpful to your case is vital. Insurers and third parties in lawsuits will try to bury or hide facts in tons of information.

Able to explain technical legal matters in a simple way

It is important that you understand the process and all the details of your case. Your lawyer should avoid using confusing legal jargon. They should be able to communicate with you in a way that you can understand even the most technical legal matters.

Assertive and confident

Judges, juries, insurers and the public in general react positively to confidence. An air of confidence and success inspires confidence and a certain level of trust that the solicitor is knowledgeable and trustworthy.


You should feel that your solicitor has put in place all the security measures needed to protect and guarantee your most personal and intimate or financial detailed information. So it will remain private and confidential.

Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines

It is critical that a solicitor has the ability to remain calm and focused even under extreme pressure and when facing tight deadlines. Time is a very important consideration in law, delays can be very costly. Missed deadlines, late or overdue payments can result in expensive penalties.

Skilled in handling financial information, figures and numbers

Depending on the area of law, the ability to manipulate and comprehend numerical data is key. Tax, financial, business and matters pertaining to property law often involve numbers.


Empathy is a trait that is often overlooked. It is a very important skill to have in a a solicitor. It is easier to work with a solicitor that understands your case and your circumstances and is able to effectively communicate this. A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer who seems distant and uncaring unwittingly gives the appearance of being cold and distant. They do not seem to be motivated by anything other than their fee.

If you have a solicitor complaint, visit SOS Claims.