Car Insurance Roundup, March 21, 2016


6 Things That Happen When You Get Your First Car As An Adult | Bustle

Shortly before I turned 22, my dad surprised with me an early college graduation present: A new car. As someone who had spent the previous three years relying on Boston’s subway system, I thought that I would never need a car in my life so long as I lived in cities with solid public transportation. But as soon as the paperwork was finalized and that black Honda Civic officially belonged to me, I realized that owning a car would change my life, opening up my world to an almost endless number of possibilities I hadn’t even considered before. Plus, I would eventually move to Los Angeles, and even though public transportation does exist here, any Angeleno will tell you that having a car in this city is basically a necessity. 


“Crash for Cash” Keeps Car Accident Claims on the Rise – NewsWatchngr

One reputed car insurance company reported that there is one single reason why there is a continuous rise of car accident claims and this is “crash for cash”.  This is a common scam happening nowadays where a person will deliberately cause a minor car crash to occur so he can claim for a personal injury claim. The reason will be allegedly whiplash.

The modus operandi of some drivers is to unexpectedly break at the front of an innocent driver. This results to a crash of the drivers and passengers into the car’s rear. And because whiplash can be very hard to identify, scammers often end up going home with an easy pay-out after complaining of whiplash. 


Not ready for a baby? Egg freezing an option – Houston Chronicle

Carol Plasencia knows she wants to have babies. Two, at least.

Just not right now.

Plasencia works as an inventory manager for a safety company. She is months from finishing a bilingual education degree and says she wants to spend the next few years focusing on her career.

But she faces constant reminders about her biological clock and how fast it’s ticking. Her fiancé is pressuring her to start a family right after their January wedding. And her niece recently drew her a picture of eggs with sad faces and scrawled “YOUR EGGS ARE DYING!” across the page. “I’m 34. On the brink of 35,” Plasencia says. “The magic number.”

As more American women delay having children – either to avoid the “mommy track” at work or to wait for Mr. Right – they are confronted with a simple fact: Fertility starts to significantly decline around 35.

Some women, like Plasencia, are considering an increasingly popular but costly option to delay having babies – egg freezing. On a recent Tuesday night, Plasencia and a girlfriend went to an “egg freezing party” at a painting studio in the Heights hosted by Houston IVF. 


Akron woman sentenced to two years in fatal car crash in Cuyahoga Falls

A 23-year-old Akron woman will spend the next two years in prison for making the decision to drink and drive that cost the life of her roommate.

Jessica R. Francis received the sentence on March 16 from Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands. Francis will get credit for jail time already served, Rowland said, which is one day. Her driver’s license was also suspended for life.

Francis pleaded guilty Feb. 3 to aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, and OVI, a first-degree misdemeanor, in the July 31, 2015 crash that killed 21-year-old Haley Ashton Hopkins, according to a Summit County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson.

Francis was charged with those offenses according to a press release issued by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department on Aug. 19, the day she was arrested. Investigators determined Francis was the driver of the 2011 Kia Soul that ran off the right side of Canyon Brook Drive, striking a few trees, the release said. Ms. Hopkins was a passenger in the car. Francis’ blood alcohol content was determined to be .222 percent — nearly three times the legal limit, police said. 

Critics say Bradley sheriff’s wife shouldn’t be bail bondsman | Times Free Press

When Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson’s wife, Tenille Watson, went to work as a bail bondsman in February, long-established bondsmen in the county were worried.

When word got around that Sheriff Watson took his wife along to a March 5 sobriety checkpoint in Charleston, Tenn. — and she then wrote the single largest number of bonds from that weekend’s arrests among nine bonding companies — they were furious.

“We’re all unhappy,” said a longtime bondsman who didn’t want to be identified for fear of retaliation. “If she can do that, why can’t we ride with police officers?”

“I’ve got nothing against the sheriff’s wife at all, but it’s a conflict. All the booking agents will toss stuff to the sheriff’s wife as a favor,” said another established bondsman.

Beyond the appearance of favoritism, they say Tenille Watson’s work as a bonding agent raises ethical and legal questions. 


Justice Department letter calls local policies into question | Amarillo Globe-News

Local attorneys said a Department of Justice letter posted Monday gives support to their lawsuit claiming the city of Amarillo’s municipal fines policies are unconstitutional.

The letter outlines seven principles that courts must follow in enforcing municipal fines so they don’t violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

“Even though the DOJ Guidance is not binding, to the extent it reflects their understanding of the law, it is guidance that every judge in Texas should take very seriously,” said Mary Mergler, director of the Criminal Justice Project at Texas Appleseed.

“It remains to be seen whether the DOJ will step up enforcement in other jurisdictions, but the hope in issuing the guidance is that every jurisdiction will come into compliance on their own.” 


£22,000 benefits cheat caught out by Facebook photos avoids jail – Dundee / Local / News / The Courier

Lynette Downie told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) she had separated from lorry driver husband, Alec, in 2008, leaving her a single mother-of-two.

However, the pair later got back together and she was caught out when investigators found pictures of her in fancy dress with her husband on Facebook.

She kept up the lie for four years until finally telling benefits chiefs they had got back together.

Between September 2009 and July 2013 she raked in £22,083.40 from the scam.

Downie dodged a jail term after her lawyer told the court the maximum sentence was six months – and that due to her early plea and delays in bringing the case to court she would only spend weeks in jail if imprisoned.

The court was told as part of the investigation DWP staff looked at the pair’s Facebook page. They found pictures of them together at a Murrayfield rugby match and on a family holiday in Bulgaria during the time they claimed to be separated. 


Volunteer opportunities | Local | Eugene, Oregon

olunteer drivers needed to transport blood to hospitals or testing facility. Requirements: commitment of one shift per week for six months, valid driver’s license, good driving record and minimum car insurance. Age 21 and older. Training provided. Information: Ranya at 503-528-5439 or ranya.khoury@redcross.org. 


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