Boston, Massachusetts, ranked as the 5th city in the nation with the most frustrated drivers, according to a story published at Forbes.com. That should come as no surprise for anyone who’s tried to commute to Boston and has been caught up in the snarl of the Southeast Expressway, the Mass. Pike, Routes 3 and 128, and now even Route 24 heading north or south.
The results of this “frustration examination” article were based on a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, which examined the 50 largest urban areas and rated them according to 1) average annual hours delayed in commuter traffic, 2) average gasoline prices, and 3) population density.
Increased driver frustration can not only cause higher blood pressure, but it can also logically lead to more aggressive driving, increased auto accidents and even “road rage” incidents. To avoid some of these dangers, officials a the Washington State Patrol suggest tips like allowing plenty of time for your trip, improving the comfort in your vehicle, being polite – even when others around you are not, and avoiding conflict on the roads if at all possible.
In July 2012, one such incident of road rage on Route 495 resulted in a 16 year old girl being shot in the arm by a gunshot from a Honda Accord. According to police, witnesses reported that there’d been some sort of highway dispute between the drivers of the two cars.
While Boston is ranked nationally as the 5th city with the highest level of frustrated drivers, it should come as no surprise that New York City is ranked number 1 given it’s density, population and long commutes. Here’s a list of the top 5 as reported in Forbes:
New York City – annual hours of commuter delay: 59
Chicago – gas cost per national average: 35-40 cents more/gal
San Francisco – annual hours of commuter delay: 61
Los Angeles – population per square mile: 17,179
Boston – commuter delay: 53 hrs/year; gas costs: 3.04
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This week Attorney Carlin Phillips will be traveling up to Toronto to attend the ABA (American Bar Association) annual meeting and take part in a mock trial along with Jury Group. We will be updating out facebook an twitter pages from Toronto and our Dartmouth offices to give you an exciting look into the ABA annual meeting and a mock trial, which Carlin will be participating in.
Here is some history of the ABA compliments of their wikipdia page:
The ABA was founded on August 21, 1878, in Saratoga Springs, New York, by 100 lawyers from 21 states. According to the ABA website,
“The legal profession as we know it today barely existed at that time. Lawyers were generally sole practitioners who trained under a system of apprenticeship. There was no national code of ethics; there was no national organization to serve as a forum for discussion of the increasingly intricate issues involved in legal practice.”
The purpose of the original organization, as set forth in is first constitution, was “the advancement of the science of jurisprudence, the promotion of the administration of justice and a uniformity of legislation throughout the country….”
“Tampa retiree says he lost belongings in foreclosure blunder”
Eric P. of Newcomer, Times Staff Writer reports for the St. Petersburg Times, His article can be found here.
An 82 year old man returns to his home, following a visit to New Mexico, to find a pad lock on his door and all of his belongings missing. Along with the pad lock, sat a sign from a company that is hired to clean out foreclosed homes.
The Tampa Retiree, Benito Santiago Sr., has followed with a lawsuit in Hillsborough Circuit Court against Field Asset Services Inc. and Countrywide Home Loans for damages. He claims that Field Asset Services Inc. took his belongings and locks in the fall of 2009 illegally.
In the St. Petersburg article our own, Carlin Phillips, a wrongful foreclosure and illegal trash-out/lock-out expert, was interviewed.
Phillips says banks fail to properly make sure they have the correct home because they have not adopted the correct policies to ensure accuracy.
In this case, Santiago’s home is not in foreclosure, which would be found in public records, and his son claims they may have mixed up his address with another due to a missing “0” on his mailbox.
Santiago claims that his possessions were worth $100,000, “at least,” but according to Carlin Phillips and his experience with over 100 trash-out and lock-out cases, “we have never seen one piece of property back.”
Bank of America, the current owner of Countrywide, and Field Asset Services have not commented on the matter.
If you would like to speak with Carlin Phillips of Andrew Garcia about an illegal trash-out or lock-out please fill out the contact form on the right or call us at 888-449-5343.
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