December 2010 Archives

December 22, 2010

Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips & Ideas

Christmas Shopping.jpgFor those of you like me who still have some, or all, or your Christmas shopping to do, here are a few tips and ideas that should help you 'git er done' before jolly Ole St. Nick takes to the air.

First, last minute shopping requires a certain mindset or philosophy: understand going in that you are likely to encounter crowds and potentially long lines. If you accept this from the beginning and anticipate it, you are less likely to become frustrated and upset. If you find yourself stuck in a long line, rather than digging out your smart phone and sending a text message, try striking up a friendly conversation with someone standing near you. This will help pass the time, and you might actually make a new friend. If you're uptight, meditate before you go out into the crowds, and then, once there, remember to breathe.

If you don't know what to buy, try putting together a homemade gift basket. You can buy a simple basket at any major department store and then fill it with all kinds of small gifts and treats! Fancy coffees, imported chocolates, earrings, DVDs and lots of other fun gifts can be used to fill up your gift basket.

If you're low on cash, how about giving the gift of yourself! Such gifts are both personal and easy to execute on a deadline. Take a few minutes and create some colorful "coupons" for services you can provide in the weeks after the holiday season. Some good ideas include coupons for an amazing multi-course meal, yard work services, pet-care services, romantic massages, car repairs, painting and other handyman services around the house.

Finally, if you are shopping in the final days leading up to Christmas, the crowds can get quite large, but if you do your shopping during the daytime, the crowds will be smaller than at night. If you are heading out into the big crowds, be sure to leave unnecessary credit cards and cash at home, as pick-pockets can prey on busy last minute shoppers. Happy shopping and Merry Christmas from Davis Law Group!


December 13, 2010

How To Avoid A Truck Accident In Asheville

truck accident avoid.jpgWith over 5,000 people dying in truck crashes each year on our nation's highways, it is important for every driver to understand all of the ways to avoid being involved in such a collision.

1. Stay Out Of The Truck's Blind Spots - If you are sharing the road with a commercial motor vehicle such as a tractor-trailer, either trail behind the truck at a safe distance or pass it quickly. Do not ride along beside the truck! Most crashes between cars and trucks occur when a truck changes lanes and collides with a passenger vehicle. Don't get caught in the blind spot.

2. Leave Yourself An Escape Zone - When passing a tractor-trailer, you should always plan on the truck coming over on you in your lane. If you plan for such an emergency, then you will be prepared in the event it happens and have a plan for what to do. The most important thing to plan for is where to move your car. For example, if you are passing a large truck on an interstate highway, do not attempt to pass while you are crossing a bridge. Why? Because there is no where to move your vehicle in the event a truck comes over into your lane. Instead, wait until you have an open stretch of highway with a wide shoulder before you start your passing maneuver.

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December 8, 2010

Chewing Tobacco Lawsuit Nets $5 Million In 1st Ever Settlement

Big Tobacco recently paid $5 Million to settle a wrongful death claim to the Estate of Bobby Hill. A resident of Canton, North Carolina, Hill died from mouth cancer in 2003 at the young age of 42. He had been dipping since age 13. Altria makes and sells Skoal and Copenhagen. This is the first settlement of its kind in the smokeless tobacco arena.

Many familiar with the cigarette litigation say that this settlement will cause plaintiff's lawyers to start filing more cases against the smokeless tobacco giant. Hill dipped tobacco made and sold by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co -- which Altria acquired in 2009. The deal was struck before the acquisition. A spokesperson for Altria says this was a special situation, honoring the prior deal, and the tobacco giant does not plan to settle any other pending cases.

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