Monday, March 1, 2010

Car Accident Advice And Guide


Have you or someone you know suffered a car accident. At some point in time in almost everyone's life they will have to deal with a car accident. Hopefully the car accident is not serious and no major loss is suffered. Unfortunately, there are serious car accidents and major losses are at issue. Whether the car accident is major or just a minor incident, certain matters need to be considered and documented to protect an injured party's rights.

At the time of the car accident a person is dazed and obviously not thinking straight. However,decisions made at this critical moment can determine the outcome of major damage issues in the future. It would be a good idea for everyone to keep a checklist in their glove compartment in the event an unfortunate car accident occurs. Once the emergency calls have been made what should a car accident victim do during these critical moments. As you are sitting there and waiting on the medical teams and police, what comments are critical and what information is going to be pertinent in the future.

The natural concern is to be concerned about the physical well-being of everyone involved in the car accident and that is very important. However, if you have suffered a injury, remember everything you say or do could affect your ability to recover a fair settlement or judgment in the future. Think before you speak and remember that everything you say will be become relevant many times over in the future. If you are a person who wants to appear noble and downplay your injuries, and if a major injury manifest itself later, your statements and actions at the scene of the accident will be critical if you later assert a claim for significant injuries as a result of the car accident. Keep in mind that after an accident your adrenalin is pumping and you may not have a true understanding of your injuries until hours or maybe days after the accident.

If you are in a car accident critical things need to be documented at every car accident scene. If possible be sure to get the name, address, place of employment and several phone numbers of all witnesses. Write down the witnesses account of the accident and have them date and sign the written account. Your statement at the scene of the car accident will have to be made to a police officer and/or a medical attendant. Remember that these statements are all recorded in writing and later at trial or when the other party's insurance carrier or the defense lawyer reviews those statements, you will be reminded of what you said many times over. And your statements could be damaging. If the statements about the car accident and your injuries are detrimental to your claim, and it is found that you have contradicted yourself at some point in time, it will damage the credibility of your claim in the future..

Keep in mind. The official or medical personnel transcribing your statement can make mistakes. With this in mind make sure that the transcribers (police, doctors,insurance adjusters, etc) are writing done exactly what you say. As stated, if negative or contradictory statements have been recorded, they will be used against you at a later date.

During your recovery period keep a daily diary. Record in detail your trips to the doctor, a visit by a relative or friend to help clean your house, how you really felt on those really bad days,etc. A personal diary is very powerful evidence if the matter goes to trial. Above are a few things to keep in mind if you unfortunately are injured in a car accident. And lastly, do not forget to contact your insurance carrier, even if you are not at fault, and your adjuster can give direction, as can your lawyer. And regardless, your carrier needs to know about the car accident.

As a personal injury lawyer for 25 years I could never change statements my client documented way before trial. If the statements were consistent, reliable and properly documented, my client's case was much easier to present. Hopefully, this article offers some direction if you or someone you know has suffered an unwanted and possibly life changing car accident.D. Burlison,JD

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From a local virgin island travel guide..Hello...I can hear the gentle
surf on Trunk Bay Beach Virgin Islands and I feel the gentle winds
through the palm trees on this typical caribbean winter day on the
Virgin I lay on my blanket lunching on left over
lobster..with a cheap bottle of rum and a bottle of orange juice..the
sand is divine and the view second to none..the night before I went to a
local beach bar and listened to a cool local jazz band..Tomorrow I will
board a ferry to the British Virgin Islands..Virgin Gorda..and spend the
day exploring the magnificent boulders and beaches at the "Baths"...I'll
return to St. John and nestle into my quaint condo..I rented at a
bargain price with a great view and plan my next day's trip in my rented
jeep to one of the many local beaches and attractions..It's fun to
travel like a local..Yes, I've traveled the Virgin Islands for
twenty-five years ...and I practiced law and lived there in
2007/2008...And traveled like a local....If you are planning a trip to
the Virgin Islands..get with me and let me help guide your
trip..whatever your plans..a luxury resort, a quaint condo with a view
or a chartered sailboat. Travel ask a local ..I'll be glad to be your
local Virgin Islands travel guide and make your trip one of the best you
ever had..Have a great day and may God bless..Smooth sailing....

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SOCIAL GRACES ON THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.....From a local travel guide..If
you travel the Virgin Islands.. one important tip..It is very important
to always approach an island local with a friendly "Good Morning" or "
Good Afternoon". I cannot over emphasize this local courtesy. It's an
insult to the locals if you forget to do this. The locals expect this
and may not even recognize you if you forget to do this simple
introduction .. The locals are great people, but remember that we are
just visitors and  guest to the local's

TRAVEL ON THE VIRGIN ISLAND..... Assuming you want to explore the
islands of the virgin islands like a local, and if you go there you
honestly need to spend some time going to the many beautiful beaches,
quaint restaurants on the beach, historic sites, etc and spend time just
enjoying the island experience. So if you are going to explore you have
several travel choices. You can rent a car/jeep (a car is fine), take
the local taxi services, or take the little known local shuttle, the
"Safari". If I stay over a week, I will usually rent a car at least a
couple of days. It will cost $50- $65 a day. Rent from a local mom and
pop shop. Their cars are fine, they deliver, they are cheaper and they
will negotiate. You can rent a local taxi, it's not cheap. For two
people to travel from one end of the island to the other it will cost
$20-one way. If you stay in close proximity to the major east/west
highways on St Thomas , you can take the local shuttle, the "Safari".
It's a reliable open air shuttle bus the locals use and cost just one
dollar to go from one end of the island to the other. A new bus arrives
at many sites along the route about every ten minutes. It's safe,
interesting and amazingly fast and you can say I traveled like a local..

trip to the Virgin Islands you need to decide which island to establish
as your local base..Having spent considerable time on all three islands,
I can say with experience that each island has its own personality. St
Thomas has duty free shopping,with the best shops in the world to buy
jewels, electronics, liquor, clothes, etc...St John..What island in the
world has an undisturbed national park covering two-thirds of the
island. St Croix has everything the other two offer plus great golf
courses..And depending on what type of island experience you are looking
for each has something different to offer and a local travel guide can
help...WATER ISLAND...You will notice I mentioned Water Island...It is a
lovely small island that only locals know much about..I have vacationed
there and it is a private oasis just a short boat ride from St Thomas.
It has a couple of quaint tropical beaches and its almost like having an
island to yourself.. There are no luxury resorts, but a number of luxury
private homes and a few guest houses. It is close but very private, as
you can only get there on a small ferry.. Water Island is a great
escape for a celebrity wanting privacy, private but still close to
everything the other islands have to offer.....     

accommodations on the Virgin Islands are available for any travel plan.
All three of the main islands have five star resorts, pricey but with
all the amenities.  There are small modest hotels with most amenities
and much cheaper. There are guest houses with few amenities, but very
nice and very reasonable in price. Local workers on the islands often
rent a room in a guest house on a long term basis. Many people,
especially a large group of people, rent a luxury condo or a private
home. If you want extreme privacy rent a condo or home, and explore,
shop and go to the beach in your rented jeep. I enjoy renting a condo
or private home, and save a considerable amount over the cost a five
star resort and plan on cooking in my private kitchen and relaxing in a
very nice condo with a great view... and you can rent a jeep and go to a
different beach every day of your trip..

VIRGIN ISLAND BEACHES....All the islands have beautiful tropical beaches
and I will only address a few, as there are many. St Thomas has the
famous and lovely Magens Bay. If you do not have a rental car the taxi
fair to Magens Bay from most locations can be expensive, but it is a
lovely beach with a nice beach bar/cafe. The locals find their way to
Lindberg Beach a short distant from the airport and it has two nice
beach cafes connected to two modest hotels. The surf is gentle and you
can get there by riding the Safari..If you enjoy snorkeling and spending
a lot of time on the beach. I recommend St John..Even the locals on St
Thomas go to St John on the weekends. St John has many wonderful beaches
within the national park. The most notable being Trunk Bay, with its
snorkeling trail. (Actually, the best snorkeling on Trunk Bay is at the
far western end of the beach next to shore). If you go to Trunk Bay go
early before the cruise ships arrive and enjoy the beach by yourself.
Once crowded by the cruisers pack up and head back to town and set up on
the locals favorite local beach, Hawks Nest..Bring you own cooler to
Hawks Nest, as there are no concessions, but it is beautiful, close to
Cruz Bay and much more private..Just east of Hawks Nest is a small
beach, Oppienhimer Beach, where you will find the best snorkeling on the
island in shallow waters off shore..If you drop me an email I will pass
on the name and location of a small cay where the snorkeling is
unbelievable and it also has a small sandy beach..You will probably be
the only one on this small cay...Again, any beach is a good choice and I
have only named a few..Just follow a local and you can't go wrong.

BUT REMEMBER...Locals can offer advice that will make your trip the best you
ever find a local travel guide..and have the best vacation you ever had.

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Travel The Hidden World Of Belize

Travel to The Hidden World of Belize

Most people have heard of Belize , but most consider Belize to be a small third world country in Central America. And no one would consider Belize to be a major tourist destination for those seeking the ultimate tropical experience. Maybe a closer look at Belize will reveal a hidden gem in the maze of all the various tropical opportunities available.

Most people looking for a tropical experience think first of the Caribbean Islands from the Virgin Islands to Argentina, the Hawaiian islands, the other Pacific islands, or the other more notable islands catered to by the main stream tropical adventurers. The locals of Belize would have you know their tropical paradise is second to none.

If you are looking to enjoy a tropical experience, and want to save quite a bit from the cost that a typical tropical adventure would cost, consider Belize. This is not to say that Belize is a second class destination, but Belize is a location much overlooked. If you travel to Belize you will have a host of travel options and surely you will not be disappointed if you decide to go there, and you may be truly amazed.

Belize is a tropical country situated on the eastern coast of Central America. You will find Belize right below Mexico facing the Caribbean Sea. Belize has the second longest barrier reef in the world. Belize's reef is second only to Australia's Great barrier reef. Belize's amazing barrier reef creates some of the best deep-sea fishing, skin diving and snorkeling in the world. It's mainlands consist of tropical rivers and exotic jungles.

One of the great attractions of Belize is that the local language is English, even though the country is located in Spanish Central America. Once a British Colony, Belize was granted its independence in 1964 from Great Britain. Belize is also relatively close for most Americans, compared to other tropical destinations . Belize is roughly a two hour flight out of Houston, and Belize City is serviced by several major international carriers. Belize is also a relatively short boat ride to southern Mexico and Cancun, Mexico. Many of the locals of Belize actually travel by boat or car to southern Mexico on a regular basis to shop and trade.

Belize has far more territory for the average tourist to cover on a short vacation than what you will find on most tropical islands. The mainland has the capital, Belize City, an international seaport. Belize City is actually about the size of a mid-size city in the United States, with considerable poverty and crime. Belize City doesn't have much to offer for a traveler. Most travelers will have to travel to Belize City first, as Belize City is the entry point to Belize. South of Belize City is the mainland consisting of small tropical villages, and along the eastern caribbean coast you will find quaint coastal villages and gentle beaches. The interior offers the tropical jungles and the pre-historic Mayan ruins, and adventurers can find many caves, tropical rivers, exotic animals and quaint villages to explore throughout the mainland.

For the typical tropical island experience most travelers head directly out of Belize City to one of the cays (small islands) just off Belize's eastern borders in the Caribbean Sea. You can arrive at these small cays by boat or plane. The trip is a one hour boat ride out of Belize City or a twenty minute plane ride on a small plane. These small cays are the base for most travelers coming to Belize to either skin dive or enjoy the great deep sea fishing, as the barrier reef is just within sight of the shores of these small island cays.

The two main cays along the barrier reef are Caye Caulker, a small quaint island with modest accommodations and modest cafes. The main cay that most tourist end up settling is called Ambergris Cay. San Pedro is the main and only town on Ambergris Cay, and actually San Pedro is the biggest part of the island. On Ambergris Cay you can find all range of accommodations, from a small very inexpensive hotel right on the ocean, to luxury resorts and condos, and likewise with restaurants and cafes. Being somewhat different than most tropical islands, most accommodations on the cays are right on the ocean. The beaches are scattered with quaint bars and nice cafes that offer very good food at reasonable prices. There is always a live local band close by every night. Everything is very close and very easy to reach. The locals and tourist actually travel for the most part by golf carts on the sandy narrow roads.

If you set up base in one of the two cays mentioned, you are probably planning on spending some time fishing, snorkeling or skin diving. To go to Belize and not spend some time exploring Belize's maginificent barrier reef would truly be a great opportunity missed.The aquatic life along this reef is amazing and beyond words. In the town of San Pedro you will find a number of charter operations to take you to the barrier reef to skin dive, snorkel or deep sea fish. Depending on your budget, the prices are more than reasonable even for the top class charters and unbelievable low for the lower end charters, who may just pick you up in only a twelve foot boat.

Belize has much to offer to a tropical adventurer. Whether you just want to relax and enjoy the sun and surf, or whether you traveled there to conquer the magnificent barrier reef and catch the big marlin, Belize is inexpensive, the locals speak English and they are friendly. Belize is just a short flight from the mainland, and the life is easy. If you go, just remember to ask a local travel guide first.

D. Burlison,JD, Belize traveler. for free local travel advice ,just go to: