How to Spot an Ambulance Chaser

car accidentIs ambulance chasing going on in your neighborhood? Is it illegal? What exactly is ambulance chasing? Do the cops make money? We’ll look at those questions as we expose just how easy it is to spot a chaser today. The first thing to note is, no one calls it ambulance chasing any more. It’s just chasing. And it’s very easy to see if it’s going on near you.

Before you go chasing a chaser, so to speak, you will need two things: A police scanner, and a car. That, and some time.

However, keep in mind, chasers are a strange lot, so you might not want to get too close as you peruse the streets looking for them- especially if you are carrying a video camera.
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Some Fights I had in Audy Home Chicago

AudyHomeAudy home in Chicago is where juveniles are sent while they await court. If sentenced, they go to any one of several other juvenile penitentiaries.

Although I was a bad kid and locked up in Audy Home on five occasions, I never did any actual time. I usually got out when I went to court. They gave juveniles a lot of breaks in those days, and I was the recipient of many.
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Chicago Drivers Always Keep a Weapon Close at Hand

roadrage6When I was about fifteen or sixteen, I learned to carry a weapon at all times while driving in Chicago. My dad came to visit us in those days. I hadn’t seen him in two years, so I was pretty excited when he pulled up in his 1963 Riviera. He had with him his new, young wife, who was closer to my age than his, but that’s another story. I got into his car to go for a Chicago Pizza, which he had been bragging about since he met her. Before he took off, he showed us a small baseball bat he kept right by his side, and explained to his California girl that everyone in Chicago has to carry a weapon in their car because everyone fights over everything- road rage, accidents, everything, and anything. And they will jump out to fight you with a weapon too, so your only hope is to have one as well.
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Drowsy Driving: We the People, Lacking Sleep

driver fatigueFive years ago, Emmy Morales’ life changed forever when she and her husband were victims of reckless driving. In the morning hours, when many commuters are driving to work, Morales and her husband were rear-ended by a drowsy driver. The impact of the crash killed her husband and left Morales so severely injured that she was unable to attend her husband’s funeral. The preventable accident left an everlasting emotional, financial and physical impact on Morales’ life, making her an advocate against drowsing driving. While her pledge to educate others about the dangers of drowsy driving cannot bring her husband back, nor fill the ever-present missing piece in her life, she hopes that her story will inspire others to think twice before driving while sleep deprived. Continue reading Drowsy Driving: We the People, Lacking Sleep

Road Safety Etiquette

driving etiquetteOur roadways are filled with hurried, commuting drivers running late for work or to an appointment. Tailgating, aggressive driving, speeding, and failure to be courteous on the road are all aspects of bad road etiquette. Bad road etiquette leads to unsafe drivers and unsafe drivers are ultimately the cause of many preventable car accidents. Becoming a more conscientious driver will show fellow motorists that you understand and respect road safety etiquette.
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The Toughest Guy I Ever Met in My Life: True Story: the Real-Life Road House

Beautiful Ring Girl 1Growing up on the North-side of Chicago, I knew many men who had a lot of fights. In all my job-hopping (over 100 different jobs) I met a lot of outspoken, potato sack slingers who would stand up to anything, and win. My two uncles were probably the toughest guys in the neighborhood. I worked for well-connected ambulance chasers who always had a lot of trouble going on, from fist-fights to property damage, even sabotage.
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Restaurant Rage: Teen Goes Nuts on Cashier- True Story

angry boy atatueThis is a true story. I totally lost my temper one day at a Woolworth restaurant counter, threw my drink at the cashier and threatened the security guard too. I was about fifteen years-old, so this was in 1975.
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How to Spot Road Rage & Avoid it (Statistics)

Road RageGoing back as little as thirty years in American news history, road rage appeared in news reports less than a handful of times; the term ‘road rage’ wasn’t even created until the late 80s. Road rage is the act of being aggressive or irate while operating a vehicle. By the late 90s, over 4,000 stories of road rage received media coverage yearly. Today, over 13,000 cases of road rage are reported every year, that doesn’t even begin to account for the number of people who decided not to report an incident. Continue reading How to Spot Road Rage & Avoid it (Statistics)

Breathalyzer Do’s and Don’ts: How DUI Test’s Work

Drunk guy doing a mock sobriety testWe all know that driving drunk is not a smart thing to do. In fact, most people that have been known to drive drunk will admit to the foolishness of the act themselves when they are sober. However, alcohol tends to cloud judgment and people who would normally not do foolish things tend to act in an irresponsible manner. This, unfortunately, includes drunk driving. Continue reading Breathalyzer Do’s and Don’ts: How DUI Test’s Work

My Dad Broke Into a Cemetery and Stole a Lug Wrench!

cemetery crossIn 1969, when I was about nine years-old, we packed up the ’64 Chevy station-wagon, left Chicago and moved to San Francisco, California. On the way there, somewhere in the middle of Nebraska, we had a flat tire. We had no lug wrench, and no way to get the tire off. There was nothing around there at all- except for cornfields, and a cemetery. It was amazing to see how my dad solved the problem. Continue reading My Dad Broke Into a Cemetery and Stole a Lug Wrench!

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