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Taking measures to increase your safety as a pedestrian

Every motor vehicle accident has the potential to end in disaster, perhaps especially those that involve pedestrians. With a significant reduction in protection among other modes of travel, if you choose to travel via the sidewalk, you might have some concerns about your safety.

With increases in safety measures, such as marked crosswalks and walk signals at traffic lights, you might feel as though the odds of an accident may be relatively low. However, all it takes is one negligent act or decision on the part of a driver to seriously endanger the health of a pedestrian, and traffic laws may unfortunately do little to stop this from happening.

Method to check for Chapter 7 eligibility

Before people in Louisiana or elsewhere can pursue bankruptcy filings, they have to know for which type they qualify. There a big difference between the two bankruptcy options used for personal debt relief. With Chapter 13, one still has to repay creditors. A Chapter 7, however, can completely clear certain debts. No court is going to allow you to have your debts discharged if you really do have the income to pay back creditors.

Consumers commonly use Chapter 7 bankruptcy when they truly lack the funds to pay back creditors, but it is not available to everyone. There is a method you can use to find out if you are eligible for this debt relief option. It is a simple test called a means test.

Are you a biker? Protect yourself and your interests.

Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation in New Orleans. Those who enjoy the freedom of the open road and the fuel efficiency that these vehicles have to offer may also face a higher risk of being involved in an accident. Motorcycle crashes often cause serious injuries, even death, but there are steps that you can take to shield yourself from unnecessary harm.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy may provide almost instant debt relief

Life often has unexpected twists and turns, and they are not always for the better. If job loss, divorce or illness caused you financial instability, you might have resorted to the use of credit cards to keep up with day-to-day costs of living. These situations have a way of pulling one deeper into a spiral of debt. Fortunately, Chapter 7 bankruptcy offers a fresh financial start.

Although you may want to consider other debt relief options, you may find that Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the quickest way to get rid of most debts while receiving protection against debt collectors. However, you may have to sacrifice some nonexempt property that will be sold at auction to pay your creditors. In exchange, the bankruptcy court will discharge unsecured debts, such as credit card debt and medical debt.