An Eye for an Eye Leaves the Whole World Blind

There are certain ways to get revenge. We all, unfortunately, cannot control the actions of others. We can only control our actions and choose how to respond to others. When someone steals your brother’s dirt bike, is it a lesson learned to run them over with a minivan? That’s what Christopher Bouchard claims in his case. He denies being guilty of killing both men who stole his brother’s bike. The two men were chased by Chris and his brother down the highway until Chris sent them flying from the stolen bike.

According to The NY Post, Bauchard is a 27-year-old man from Long Island New York. He was charged with reckless endangerment, and possibly first-degree murder, for steamrolling over the two men who were responsible for stealing his brother’s motorcycle. His bail was set at $200,000 for a cash bail or $400,000 for a bond for his release. Witnesses commented that they saw the minivan speeding after the men on the highway. In pursuit of the chase, he allegedly hit both of them and sent them flying off of the motorcycle. Brian, Bouchard’s brother whose bike was stolen, was with Christopher when he struck the back of the bike on purpose. The two men, who were pronounced dead at the scene were Keenan King and Anthony Holmes-Garriques. Both were young men who were not yet even 21 years of age. Brian was never arrested, but Christopher is currently being held for reckless endangerment, which is not considered an intentional crime by the law. Bouchard’s motorcycle accident lawyer comments on the defense and protection of Bauchard with the reckless endangerment case. He states, “It’s an absolute, absolute tragedy and there was never any intention to hurt anybody … And I can tell you after speaking with my client there was no intent to hurt anybody.”

Car accidents are always tricky because there is a lot of context and bias that can easily sway the judge’s decision. It is hard to tell if Christopher truly did not mean to kill these two men. It’s possible to extend the defense that he wanted to chase them in order to scare them off of the bike or have them feel guilty for taking the bike. The witnesses did comment that the bike was slowing down and that the minivan did speed up. If this is about the bike, Christopher had to know and expect that there might be damage done to the minivan. However, I think Christopher was trying to protect his brother and make sure that his own form of justice was obtained. The pursuit ended in murder, which complicated the case at hand, but this is also a lesson that we cannot control how people will respond to our actions. The bail amount for Chris is pricey considering that he was committing this chase to protect his property and brother. However, in the end, he took two innocent lives because of an inability to control his emotions. As a society, we all need to learn how to better control our actions in response to the wrongdoing of others. If we can all come together, there will be fewer incidents like the unfortunate one that transpired that day.

What to Do After Hitting a Pedestrian

Accidents may happen at any moment, and they become stressful if those involved don’t know what to do. This is especially true for drivers who have hit pedestrians. They may feel guilty because they are the ones in control of the machines that can inflict force and injury and pedestrians are unprotected because they are not covered with metal.

The combination of panic and guilt can make these drivers do reckless acts. To avoid further complications, it is best to know what to do after hitting a pedestrian.

Take a deep breath and relax
Calm your body and mind, because a situation can be easier to be dealt with if the parties involved are not panicking, as panicking can cloud their judgment.

Stop your car
You should never leave an accident scene, especially if the accident has involved injury or death. You may be charged with hit-and-run if you do so. According to the website of the Flaherty Defense Firm, hit-and-run charges can be defended, but who really wants to go to court? It is best to stay at the scene and avoid charges.

Check for injuries
Check yourself and your passengers for injuries first so you can assess your party’s position in the accident. Once you have done so, you can go out of the vehicle and inspect the victim to know the gravity of injuries, if there are any. Check for other damages as well, such as in your vehicle and in the road.

Perform first aid
Perform CPR or any other first aid measures to victims that rightfully need them. These procedures may not be enough to offset the injuries and complications that they may have sustained, but at least these procedures can prevent further damages.

Call the authorities
Get help from local authorities, particularly from the police and fire departments and medical industry. Do this even if there are no significant injuries to avoid possible charges and just as a safety measure. Cooperate with emergency responders as much as you can.

Exchange information
Parties involved in the accident should exchange information, like name, address, and phone number, to establish a means of communication in case communication is necessary.

Holding intoxicated semi-truck drivers liable in vehicular accidents

Vehicle drivers and motorcycle riders are at high risk of sustaining serious or fatal injuries when they got involved in accidents. However, drivers likely are at higher risk of sustaining injuries when they are struck by huge vehicles like semi-trucks operated by intoxicated drivers.

Due to its large size, semi-trucks are very hard to maneuver on the road and other motorists are at risk when semi-truck drivers are under the influence. It is important for vehicle drivers to know that they have the right to file a claim if they believe that they have been injured by semi-truck drivers who are under the influence of intoxicants. According to Houston lawyer, Ali Mokaram, motorcycle riders often find it impossible to recover from financial problems after being involved in DUI/DWI-related accidents. Additionally, aside from income loss, damages including rehabilitation costs, expensive medical costs, and reduced capability of having a job are often associated to drunk driving accidents.

Victims of semi-truck drunken driving accidents who have decided to file a claim should take note that they need to prove to the court that the person or parties they are suing have committed negligence. They also need to prove that the act of negligence resulted to injuries, financial, and other losses. Oftentimes semi-truck drivers are incapable of settling drunken driving accident compensations; however, accident victims may pursue damage claims if the truck involved in accident is owned by a company. In some situations other business establishments that provide alcoholic beverages can also be held liable given they are responsible for the intoxication of the semi-truck driver involved in an accident. Restaurants serving alcoholic drinks and bars that serve too much alcohol drink to a driver can be penalized in many states under the dram shop law.

A data of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that there are over 10,000 persons were killed in drunken driving accidents in 2012.