The Benefits of Using Hardscape in Your Design

By on 2-15-2016 in Employment Law

Not all properties have to have the well-trimmed yards, perfectly manicured shrubs and trees, and beautiful flower-lined sidewalks. Landscapes can also include hardscape fixtures to add an element of elegance to your outdoor space. Hardscapes refers to landscaping fixtures made out of concrete, brick, stone, or wood.

It is important to know that hardscapes are all about the quality of the material used and Ware landscaping services use top quality materials combined with expert experience. Installing hardscapes can be complicated and requires specific knowledge and tools to ensure that the hardscape turns out beautifully. We offer a wide variety of unique services to give your home the hardscape features that you have always wanted. Hardscapes provide the following benefits:

Low Maintenance– A major benefit of using hardscapes on your property is that they are low-maintenance. Unlike a yard with a garden and trees, hardscapes do not need to be watered every day or mowed. They require less general maintenance than a traditional landscape with yards and shrubbery. Once installed on your property, you will not have to perform very much maintenance upkeep.

Safety– Hardscapes can provide protection against natural forces like erosion. By installing a retaining wall, you are less likely to see erosion while keeping moisture in your soil. Hardscape fixtures are also a great way to correct a slope that has already suffered from erosion.

Privacy– Whether you have neighbors right next door, a road nearby, or even neighbors in the distance, privacy is important if you are looking to spend time outdoors at your home. Hardscapes such as a gazebo, rock feature, or a wall will turn your outdoor space into more of an oasis. We can install fences, unique walls, and other dividers to give your space a beautiful and elegant sense of privacy.

Entertainment– Hardscapes provide a beautiful and sophisticated space for you to entertain guest. From gazebos to patios we can install an outdoor space catered to your desire. We can also install fire pits and outdoor kitchens to really ramp up your hosting abilities.

Hardscapes are designed to effortlessly combine your home with the outdoors. Features made out of stone, concrete, or wood can really give your landscape the polished and sophisticated look while still connecting you with the outdoors. At Ware landscaping services, we understand how much specialization and skill must go into designing and creating a unique hardscape for your home. We offer specialized service to meet the need of all of our clients whether that is regular yard maintenance of the installation of intricate hardscapes. Our popular hardscape services include renovated driveways, walkways, fire pits, patios, fences, walls and other dividers, trellises, built-in garden or lawn furniture, arbors, gazebos, ramadas, and pergolas. If you are interested in upgrading your property with a hardscape feature, call us today or fill out a free quote form!

Is it healthier to live by the ocean?

By on 2-15-2016 in Employment Law

Almost everyone has the dream of living by the ocean. While much of America actually lives hundreds or thousands of miles from the coasts, that dream of the ocean breeze, the smell of sea salt, the sand between their toes, and fresh seafood draws most people’s dreams even if not their actual persons.

But, are there any health benefits to living by the ocean?

It seems that there are some, although research is still new in this area. This may be surprising since doctors have been prescribing trips to the ocean or seaside for centuries to help with the health of the sickly. Pick up any 19th-century novel, and you are likely to find at least one character that is off to or recently back from such a trip due to some ailment or another.

Still, it seems those doctors were on to something. First of all, there’s been some studies that suggest the ocean is valuable to our psychological health. People place more value on being at the seaside than they do at any other general location (say, a city or in the countryside), and that may mean that the ocean, at very least, makes us feel healthier, and the psychosomatic benefits should not be underestimated of that.

At the same time, a study in England found that those who lived by the sea were healthier than their inland compatriots. Other researchers tracked people’s movements and found a slight increase in healthiness for those who moved closer to the ocean.

All of this does suggest a pattern of at least better mental health by the ocean, but it is still limited. It’s not clear, for instance, whether the benefit increases over time, whether it is a single, permanent fix, or whether the change is temporary. Exactly how long a person should spend by the sea is not known.

Also unknown is whether the benefits are entirely psychological or if there are other benefits to be had by the sea. Is the diet better, on the whole, in seaside towns? Does the ocean air have some benefit for lungs? Such things remain to be studied.

There is also no comprehensive comparison of exactly how much benefit should be weighed against the risks of the ocean. Oceans, obviously, exposed people to more storms and more risk of flooding. Are such issues more likely to lead to a person having accidents and ill-health or do the benefits outweigh these concerns?

A final question would consider all the general problems in life everywhere and see if there is an improvement in general in oceanside areas. Do they have less, say, medical malpractice problems? And would this reduction, should it exist, be due to the climate or the level of affluence of the area?

 

As you can see, there are far more questions than answers at this point, but so far, the consensus seems to be that being by the ocean does offer some benefit to your health. Feel free to use that excuse next time you need a vacation.

How You Can Prevent Motorcycle Accidents

By on 2-15-2016 in Employment Law

Owning and maintaining a motorcycle can be an incredibly rewarding and money saving experience. Spending less money upfront and less money on gas over the life of your vehicle combined with the freeing feeling of the open road can make a motorcycle a more attractive option than a traditional car. However, the biggest trade-off is that motorcycles do not come with nearly the number of safety features. As motorcycle accidents can be some of the most life-threatening, it is important to take a look at why more and more are happening each year.

According to this article from Ottawa Citizen in August 2014, motorcycle accidents were on the rise and were projected to hit a 7-year high in Ontario alone. This article aims to dispel some common myths about motorcycle accidents that are still relevant today in 2017. Out of 175 fatal accidents that occurred over a 7 year period prior to 2014, drivers other than the bikers were partly responsible in over half of them, and in 50 of them, the bikers were driving perfectly properly at the time of their accident. In addition, most believe that motorcycle accidents happen because drivers are young and inexperienced, but it turns out that only 16 deaths out of the 175 were bikers under the age of 25, and more than half were bikers over the age of 45. Out of these 175 deaths, road conditions were barely a factor at all, with 158 fatalities occurring on dry roads. According to the charts given in the article, the vast majority of the fatalities were male bikers, but in general, there is a higher proportion of male drivers. Because these statistics show that the biker is not to blame for many of these accidents, police officers in Ontario are urging bikers to wear more noticeable clothing and are hoping to work with the public to ensure cyclists are kept safe, since they recognize motorcyclists in general as a safe group of drivers who understand the risks.

This article is important because it dispels many myths about motorcycle accidents. Many people believe that riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous and that bikers drive recklessly, but with proper training and safety gear, the chance of causing an accident is almost comparable to that of a regular car. Bikers are small, fast, and difficult to spot, so other drivers need to make sure they are completely free of distractions and that they are looking out for them. Thankfully, firms like Mazin & Associates PC, motorcycle accident lawyers in Toronto, exist to protect bikers when they are in an accident that is caused by another driver, as is the case more often than one might think. 

There will always be those who get behind the wheel of a car or the handlebars of a bike and make reckless decisions, but many accidents that happen are just that: accidents. Learning to be more aware of your surroundings when driving will help protect the most vulnerable group of drivers and help the biker community continue doing what they love.

Traffic Accidents in Work Zones

By on 2-15-2016 in Employment Law

We’ve all seen the warning signs on public roads and highways in Houston and across Texas, warning us to slow down in work zones where construction, road repairs, and other public initiatives are being implemented. Unfortunately, not every driver heeds these warnings, and accidents occur every single day on the busy roads of our great state. Whether it is the ubiquity of work zones (especially in Houston which has seen explosive growth in and around the city in the past decade) or whether people are simply not paying attention, work-zone accidents can have a devastating effect on the driver involved, other drivers on the road, and workers who are on the scene.

According to recent statistics for 2016 by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there was a total of 25, 814 crashes on and off the highway system in work zones specifically. These numbers are staggering, especially considering the amount of signage that is required by law for construction companies to place on and before a construction site. While a certain number of these crashes either did not report any injuries or were non-injury crashes, a tragic number of them did report either serious injuries or deaths. A total of 749 “incapacitating injuries” were reported, while another 181 people were killed. These numbers are clearly too high for a state that prides itself on neighborly courtesy and care, and it is incredible to think how many of these accidents could have been avoided if the driver or drivers involved had behaved in a cautious and responsible manner.

That’s where public safety initiatives have to step in, to teach individuals of the importance of cautious, courteous driving. Many crashes can be directly attributed to the failure to observe the speed limit, intoxicated driving, distractions behind the wheel (like texting or use of in-car devices), or other reckless or negligent actions. If individuals had paid more attention to their actions and had committed to keeping others safe while behind the wheel, these issues would not occur.

In the event of an injury in a work zone, there is little that can be done once the accident has occurred. Car accident attorneys in Houston like the ones we found in a basic Google search (we found this firm, Williams Kherkher), often have a record of success in helping individuals who have been hurt in an accident take legal action.

It is important for state officials to place a stronger focus on preventing these types of accidents from occurring. While many people drive past work zones each day (and often multiple times per day) it is often easy to ignore the warnings and fail to heed the safe practices that can keep yourself and others safe on the road. What’s more, many people do not realize that they must reduce their speed in zones that often have barricades and may not have accessible shoulder-space to avoid collisions that can result in serious injuries or death to the occupants involved.

The Role of Maintenance in Slip and Fall Accidents

By on 2-15-2016 in Employment Law

There are many ways for a person to slip, fall violently into the ground, and injure himself. But they have one thing in common – someone has been negligent, and most of the time, it is not the victim.

Property owners are legally obligated to make their properties safe from slip and fall accident hazards. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been hurt in slip and fall accidents because of negligent property owners may be able to take these property owners to court.

But how does a slip and fall accident happen exactly? There is always a catalyst that triggers the slipping. The slipping leads to a violent fall, and if it is violent enough, it may even result into injury. A slip and fall accident can happen either inside or outside the property, and below are the most common causes:

·       Inside

o   Defective escalators, elevators, or stairs

o   Slippery substances that are unattended, such as pipe leaks and spilled drinks

o   Slippery substances that warrant warning signs, such as floor waxes

o   Worn carpets, rugs, and other textiles

·       Outside

o   Buildup of ice, snow, or water

o   Debris and trash

o   Poor lighting

o   Uneven floors, such as those with cracks and potholes

If you will notice, all these causes are preventable, and in one way or another, all of them are maintenance issues. Facilities like escalators should regularly be inspected. Slippery substances should be cleaned or at least barriered. Worn items should be replaced. The property’s exterior should also be regularly cleaned to avoid buildup of ice, snow, water, and even debris like leaves and rocks. It should also be maintained to avoid pavement defects like cracks and potholes. Last but not least, it should also have adequate lighting to avoid visibility issues that may cause slip and fall accidents.

This is where the property owner’s negligence come into mind. Because the property owner has failed to maintain his premises, and this failure has resulted into a slipping and falling accident and injury, he can be taken to court because of premises liability, under slip and fall accidents.