Social Security

First-Time Offenders Cause Most Drunk Driving Deaths, Injuries

Many of us have an image of a typical drunk driver. A hard-core partier. An alcoholic. A person who has been arrested for drunk driving in the past but won’t change. But the drunk drivers who cause the most deaths and injuries aren’t repeat offenders. They’re people who have never been convicted of drunk driving before. This startling statistic accompanied Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s release of a report in February describing the status of drunk driving laws in all 50 states. Nationwide, two-thirds [...]

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Underage, Binge Drinking Creates Danger for Spring Breakers

As thousands of college students head to Florida to celebrate spring break, a tragic accident in Panama City reminds us that the annual festivities pose real dangers when students drink and get behind the wheel. In the Panama City accident, an 18-year-old is accused of driving drunk on the evening of March 9 and hitting a scoot car head-on. The scoot car’s 22-year-old driver was thrown from the vehicle and killed, and the 18-year-old is now facing manslaughter charges. Both [...]

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Five Things You Should Know About Social Security Disability Hearings

If your application for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied, and a reconsideration of your claim has also been denied, the next step in the appeals process is to schedule a hearing. While the hearing process can seem daunting, it offers you your first chance to speak to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in person about your claim. Whether you are deciding whether you want to pursue a hearing or have already scheduled one, here are five things you should know: 1. You can request an [...]

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Have you had too much to drink?

you drink alcohol? If you do drink alcohol, will you know when you have had too much? We’ll answer those questions at the end of this article. First, we want you to consider the following: Drinking Alcohol & Crash Risks Statistics indicate that a driver who has consumed even a slight amount of alcohol faces a heightened crash risk in Florida. The state had the third-highest total of traffic crash fatalities involving alcohol use (driver with blood alcohol content, or BAC, of .08 or [...]

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What If Drunk Driving Disappeared?

It’s an interesting question: If drunk driving did not exist in Florida and across the country in 2014, how much would we save in terms of human lives and economic costs? To answer this question, we first looked alcohol-impaired driving statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) over a five-year period covering 2008 to 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available – see the NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Fact Sheets). According to the NHTSA, during that period [...]

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Allowance Rates Decrease for Social Security Disability Benefits

It is becoming more difficult for an applicant to obtain Social Security Disability benefits if the applicant’s case goes before an administrative law judge, according to the non-profit, non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The ALJ allowance rate fell from 63 percent in 2008 and 2009 to 45 percent in 2014, according to a recent report. In 2014, the rate of gaining approval for benefits from an ALJ dropped for the fifth straight year. This news underscores the importance of having your case [...]

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