David Blackwell - July 2020

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day By Making Your Own Sweet Treat!

What You Need to Know About Navigating the Aftermath of a Tractor-Trailer Accident

Whether you’re a fan of mint chocolate chip or just plain vanilla, nothing cools you down on a hot summer day quite like ice cream. It’s only fitting then that National Ice Cream Day lands on July 19 — right in the middle of the hottest month in the U.S. Ice cream’s history stretches as far back as 500 B.C. when Middle Eastern royalty combined sweet flavors with ice for a cool treat. Ice cream made its way to North America in the 1700s, and it remained a dessert for the wealthy and famous for years. George Washington even spent $200 on ice cream throughout the summer of 1790. (That would be $5,611.20 in today’s dollars!)

Thankfully, these days you don’t have to be rich to enjoy ice cream. In fact, you can even save money by making it yourself! Celebrate National Ice Cream Day by creating this everyday treat using these tips. MAKE IT HOW YOU WANT IT. You can flavor your ice cream however you’d like, but there are a few basic ingredients that are necessary for most batches: milk, sugar, gelatin, and eggs. Dairy-based products like milk are the most common foundation for ice cream. Sugar adds the sweet, scrumptious flavor we all love, and gelatin aids in thickening the mixture. The eggs happen to be one of the most important ingredients because they give ice cream its classic texture while reducing the rate at which it melts. This ensures your ice cream remains in near “mint” condition as you enjoy it. Healthy Alternatives: Use bananas or almond milk for dairy-free ice cream. For vegan ice cream, use agar powder instead of gelatin and eggs. For those looking to avoid sugar, honey is a naturally sweet substitute. GET TO WORK! You’ll need to heat your ingredients on the stove prior to churning and cooling your ice cream. An ice-cream churner is the easiest way to create a perfectly smooth texture, but if you’re looking for an activity to wear out the kids, then have them shake their own ice cream! Simply place all your ingredients in a small baggie, close it up, and place that baggie in a larger one with ice cubes. Shake firmly for at least 15 minutes for homemade creamy goodness.

It doesn’t seem like there would be much of a difference between getting in an auto wreck with another car and getting in one with a tractor-trailer. One way or another, your vehicle will likely be damaged, and there’s a good chance you’ll be injured in either case. However, collisions with tractor-trailers can be much more lethal than other auto wrecks, and sorting through the aftermath of the accident can prove to be much trickier as well. In a typical auto collision, you’ll most likely just have to work with the other driver, or drivers, involved in the accident. However, in a tractor- trailer accident, there’s a chance you’ll have to contend with a motor carrier — a large trucking company determined to protect its financial interests, no matter the cost. That’s because they know they might be at fault and financially obligated to you if you were injured in a wreck with one of their vehicles. To stand up to them in court, you’ll need an experienced trucking accident attorney on your side. Determining the cause of the accident and liability are two other factors that can make deciphering the aftermath of a tractor-trailer accident difficult. The four primary causes of tractor-trailer accidents in Lancaster are improperly loaded freight, inadequate inspections, a lack of maintenance, and driver fatigue. Depending on which factors led to the accident, the motor carrier or the driver may be at fault. At first glance, it’s never easy to tell. That’s why it will work to your advantage to have David Blackwell Law in your corner. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer and you’re having trouble getting the compensation for your injuries you deserve, call David Blackwell Law at 803-285-0225. We’ll help you get this sorted out.

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