The Cost of a DUI

The legal costs of driving under the influence is a hefty figure. But there’s more than just the legal fees that should probably be taken in to consideration. Baumgartner Law Firm, experts in all things legal, tells us whats up.

Legal fees for a DUI can rack up a figure upwards of $17,000. This includes court fees, legal fees, classes, insurance, and court appearances. But there’s more to think about than just the legal fees.

In order to surpass the legal limit of .08, it takes a few drinks. This can be two 1.5 ounce shots, a five ounce glass of wine, or a twelve ounce beer. There’s other factors that contribute to blood alcohol levels like food consumed beforehand or during, bodyweight and medication. Any amount of blood alcohol level under is 21 is illegal, and it’s .08 for those over 21. The infographic also lists .04 commercial, but it’s unclear exactly what that means.

Blood alcohol level affects driving in a few ways. First, you have poor muscle coordination which isn’t good for operating a car. Secondly, you have impaired judgement which can lead you to making crappy decisions about when to pull out or if you’ll make a light or not. Speed control is nonexistent due to your poor judgement and muscle coordination. Whoops, my foot is all the way down on the accelerator? Didn’t notice… Drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher also have reduced information processing, which means that it’s harder to take in information around you and process it for reactions.

There’s plenty more to read about. See the intangible costs in the infographic below.


Dog Bite Statistics

Dog bites are a lot more common than you might think. According to Graves McLain, 4.7 million people were bitten by dogs just last year. It’s incredible to think that so many people are attacked by family pets each year. Sadly, children are the victims of most dog bites.

One in every six dog bites requires medical care. Fortunately, this means that of all the reported dog bites, most aren’t that serious. However 30 people were fatal victims of dog attacks.

Only .3% of people file a dog bite injury claim. And 78% of all dog bites occur on the owner’s property, which begs the question, “What was the dog owner doing? Why did he let his dog bite someone? Or was the dog victim trespassing?” Interestingly, 64% of all dog attacks were made by pitbulls even though they only make up 6% of the dog population. This shows how aggressive pitbulls are.

In 2013, the cost of a dog bite claim went up by $5,000. From 2002-2012, the average cost was $26,000 and in 2013, it increased to $31,000. Insurance companies pay out $1 billion per year in dog attack claims. Homeowner insurance covers dog bite attacks.

Most dog bites are from family dogs (58%) and 82% of the victims are kids. Most biting dogs are male (92%) and 25% of dog attacks were performed by chained dogs.

Interested? See more in the infographic below.



13 Worst States To Be A Burglar

While there is no state that rewards you for burglarizing a home, there are definitely some states where it’s a lot worse to be caught. This infographic from SimpliSafe takes a look at the 13 states that are toughest on burglars. These states include:

  • Virginia
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • Montana
  • District of Columbia
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana
  • Pennsylvania
  • Oklahoma
  • Florida
  • Tennessee
  • Illinois
  • Maine

In the above thirteen states, the average minimum sentence is 2.5 years; a year and a half more than the average for the rest of the country. Comparatively, the maximum in these states tends to be much more as well. South Carolina and Virginia allow for a life sentence. Alabama is a close second as they have the ability to hand down a 100 year sentence. On the opposite end of the spectrum (and still on this list) is Illinois which will give a maximum of 25 years. Illinois is followed closely by Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Kentucky – all of which have a 30 year maximum.

It’s not just jail time that burglars have to fear in these states – 92% of these 13 states have “shoot first” laws. Laws such as “Stand Your Ground Law” and “Castle Doctrine” in these states allow home owners to use deadly force when threatened without any requirement to retreat.

That’s not all though; some states have extra punishments for burglars, read the infographic to find out all about why crime doesn’t pay in these 13 states.

How Likely Are You to Get Burgled?

Car alarms, home alarms, guard dogs, firearms… all are in place to protect our stuff. Grandma’s jewelry, the expensive painting, the car, tools, the flatscreen LED TV, the xBox, Playstation and sound system are our precious possessions, the things we own, love, accumulate and would be devastated if anyone took it from us.

Burglaries are in fact very common. Many people know the violated feeling of having their stuff taken from them. Simplisafe has released a resource depicting the burglary rates per state.

Michigan seems closest to the United States average with 0.4% less likely to be burgled. This means that per 100,000 people, there are 664 burglaries. In Michigan, burglaries have decreased by 5.4% while the national average has decreased by 8% since 2000.

New York seems to be the safest place for your stuff, since people living in NY are 50.6% less likely to be robbed than the national average. This translates to 330 burglaries per 100,000 households. Futhermore, burglaries have decreased by 28.8% since 2000.

Whatever you do, don’t go to New Mexico. At a burglary rate of 1,025 per 100,000, you are 53.7% more likely to be robbed. Can you believe it’s decreased by 12.6% since 2000?

In the last 24 hours, $11,178, 315 worth of stuff has been stolen from US homes. This translates to 224 firearms, 106 vehicles, 352 vehicle parts (i.e. your tires), 2,681 electronics, 10 pets (who steals your dog? that’s just wrong) and 2,425 personal objects.

See how safe your stuff is by visiting the infographic.

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What is Your Injury Worth?

Have insurance? Thats great, but you will probably still have to pay some money, and it could be more than your home is worth! Find out how much medical compensation you will receive from an infographic released by ProvidedFor, a medical insurance provider.

Brain damage warrants £200,000 from your provider. Do you think that will be enough? A fractured nose will fetch £9,000 while a cheek fracture brings about £8000. If you lose your sight and hearing, insurers typically pay out £250,000 while blindness alone pays £130,000. Each year, over one million people attend the hospital following a head injury.

If you lose both arms, you may receive £150,000 while if you lose both hands, you can receive £100,000. Compare that to if you lose your reproductive organs. Females can be paid around £85,000 while males can receive £75,000. Interesting how losing your arms or hands, which brings about incredible changes in your life, most likely requiring 24 hour care isn’t all that far from losing your ability to have children, which aside from that devastating loss doesn’t bring about as significant of a life change.

See more in the infographic below.


Biggest Heists and Robberies

Thinking about robbing a bank? You might want to reconsider after reading the infographic released by Texas Defense Law. Detailing some of the largest robberies of all time, the media analyzes whether or not the crime “paid.” The results might surprise you.

In the United States, the robbery took place at an armored facility and the theives stole $18.9 million. Caught after giving away cash with the facility’s original cash straps, the leader spent 24 years in prison. Compare that to the largest bank robbery in history, ex-dictator Saddam Hussein stole almost one billion from the Central Bank of Iraq. You may remember how that ended; he was hanged by the Iraqi Interim Government.

Not all robberies concern cash. Two art thieves made away with 13 paintings from famous artists such as Degas, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Valued at $300 million, the paintings were never recovered and a $5 million reward still stands for the thieves that managed to get away. Contrast that with the Italian robber that nabbed the Mona Lisa in 1911. He served over one year in prison.

See the infographic below along with other statistics such as the longest sentence and the longest time served.

Biggest Heists

Most Expensive Legal Battles in History

We’ve all heard how going to court can be really expensive, but what happens if we take that to the extreme. This infographic from Croftons Injury Claims is what we get – the infographic looks at the most expensive legal battles in the history of the English court. According to the infographic, the most expensive litigation was Berezovsky vs Abramovich. This litigation cost Berezovsky £100M and Abramovich £40M for a total litigation cost of £140M. Next up is Liquidators of BCCI vs Bank of England which had a £113M total litigation cost. In third place is the Tajik Aluminium Company vs the Former Aluminium Traders which had a total litigation cost of £99M. The infographic also looks at most expensive lawsuit settlements. In first place is a settlement of $206 Billion between the United States and the Tobacco Industry in 1998. Second place is Investors vs Enron which had a settlement  of $7.2 Billion. The third section of this infographic is Most Expensive Divorces – According to the infographic, when Rupert and Anna Murdoch split after 32 years, the settlement was $1.7 Billion.

Most Expensive Legal Battles

United States Robbery and Burglary Statistics and Facts

We all watch the news and see movies that highlight robberies and break ins, but how bad is it? What are the facts about burglaries and robberies in the United States? Since we know you’ve just been dying to know, you can rest easy. This infographic from My Protection Link is here to answer your questions. To get straight to the point, a burglary happens every 14.4 seconds in the United states. Think of it this way, while watching TV, during your average commercial break, 8 houses have been burgled! In one hour there are 250 burglaries in the United States but only 62.5 in the UK and 22.72 in Canada (granted these countries have a significantly smaller population than the US). This comes out to more than $4.78 Billion in total losses. To put that in perspective, this is more than the individual profits of Band of America, AT&T, Target, Boeing, Verizon, Best Buy, Comcast, or The Home Depot. Interestingly, the south has the highest burglary rates wile the north east has the lowest burglary rates.

Want more stats about burglaries in the United States, finish reading the infographic below.

United States Burglary Facts Statistics

10 Deadliest Counties for Illinois Drivers

This infographic from Salvi, Schostok, & Prtichard P.C. Law Offices contains information on driving fatalities for the state of Illinois. According to the infographic, Cook County lead the state of Illinois in the number of fatalities, but Hardin County had they highest percentage of deaths as a percentage of the population. Further, the infographic claims that motorcycles were the deadliest mode of transportation according to their statistics. According to this infographic, the top 10 deadly counties in the state of Illinois for drivers (based on the fatality percentage of counties total population) are:

  • Hardin
  • Pope
  • Gallatin
  • Cumberland
  • Iroquis
  • Jersey
  • Clay
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Randolph

This infographic also reports on the deadliest modes of transport (the rate of death per 1000 Accidents) – According to the data in the infographic the deadliest ways to get around are:

  1. Motorcycle (over 150 cc)
  2. Motorcycle (under 150 cc)
  3. Pickup Truck
  4. Truck-Tractor With Semi Trailer
  5. Passenger Car
  6. Van

The good news out of all of this is that fatalities per year due to improper seat belt use has declined significantly since 2001, from 1,414 deaths in 2001 to 918 deaths in 2011.

Deadliest Counties for Illinois Drivers

The Truth About 100% Compensation

Looking for the facts on 100% compensation? You’re in the right place. This infographic from has the facts on 100% compensation for you. According to the infographic, if you are owed money as the result of an injury, as of April 1st 2013, you will unfortunately no longer be able to keep much of what you’re owed. This infographic has a case study about a man who was hurt when he fell over at work. According to the infographic, the client now has to pay 25% of his earnings to his solicitor. And those are the facts.

100 Compensation