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How can you help your claim after a crash?

Motor vehicle accidents impact people every day across New York and throughout the country. The reality is that humans make mistakes, and with so many people on the roads, there are bound to be accidents.

Accidents take all shapes and forms, from single-vehicle crashes to large pile-up collisions that impact dozens of people. Regardless of the kind of crash you're in, what you should do next remains the same. Your responsibility is to take care of yourself and to watch out for your best interests.

License suspension no longer mandatory for drug crime convictions

Any type of criminal accusation could cause serious issues for the accused person. Of course, some repercussions may seem unwarranted for the given circumstances. For instance, you may be among the many individuals who believe that consequences to your driver's license -- such as suspension or revocation -- should not occur if the crime did not involve driving.

As you likely already know, laws are constantly under examination, and proposals to change certain laws come up on a fairly regular basis. Because of these potential changes, it is important to stay on top of outcomes that could affect you and your legal case.

Why you should protect your digital footprint after death

One thing that people need to start accounting for in their estate plans is the protection of their digital accounts and assets. Take, for example, the number of people who have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media pages. These accounts can be left open after a person's death, closed or converted into legacy accounts, which can be used to mourn, celebrate and remember a person after they've passed away.

If you are someone who has social media accounts like these, it's your responsibility to decide how you want to handle your social media accounts after death. In your estate plan, you can provide passwords and usernames to help others access your accounts to do with them as you designate.

What can you do to avoid a crash with tourists?

Traffic accidents are common throughout New York, and with the summer here, it means that more tourists will be piling into the state. While tourism is a great way to bring more money into the local economy, it can also be a huge hassle for the people who live there all year.

Part of the reason that tourism is negative is that it impacts the roads. While the locals might be used to getting to work in 10 minutes every day and taking their favorite routes, those could suddenly be filled up with cars traveling to destinations throughout the state.

Woman faces charges after killing 29-year-old cyclist in DWI

Driving when intoxicated can quickly cause problems for you. If you cause a crash, you could be charged for harming or killing another person on top of being intoxicated and reckless. Even worse, if you have passengers or children in your vehicle, you could face penalties that are much more significant, going as far as to threaten your ability to keep custody of your child in the most severe cases.

Take, for example, this case should be a warning not to drink and drive. According to the news report, the female driver had her 4-year-old child in the vehicle while she was intoxicated. She was driving at around 10:30 p.m. when she struck a 29-year-old man who was traveling on an e-bike. The 22-year-old woman then drove her vehicle onto the curb and hit a building.

Rear-end crashes can be avoided with the right tips

Rear-end collisions are among the most preventable. By slowing down and keeping your distance, most people are able to avoid crashes by virtue of having enough time to stop.

Unfortunately, it's not always that easy for the person in front. Someone who is tailgating you or riding too close to your bumper may hit you, even if you try to speed up and give yourself more space. If you have to put your brakes on quickly, the likelihood is that they won't have time to stop.

Adequately funding your child's special needs trust

When your child with special needs came into your life, everything changed. You certainly knew struggles and heartaches like never before, but you may also have experienced the kinds of joy many other parents take for granted. You may spend most of your days thinking about ways to protect and care for your child.

As the years pass, those challenges become more important. Unfortunately, as your child grows older, so do you. You know you will not always be around to provide that care and protection, so it is critical to learn about your options for continuing your support into your child's future. Adding a special needs trust to your estate plan is the first step, but you must also consider how to adequately fund that trust.

Get the right protection during your criminal case

No matter what you've done wrong, you always deserve to be treated fairly. If you stole something, there's the argument that you should be able to return it. If you speed, you should be able to face a fair penalty for a reckless, but common, act.

The justice system is built on fairness, but all too often, it's not. Someone who commits the same crime as another may have a lighter sentence than the original offender or vice-versa, which truly isn't fair at all. Sometimes, race is at the core of those penalties. Other times, gender influences the judge. However, everyone is supposed to be treated fairly in court, and that's why it's important not to go to trial without your attorney.

Your DWI could affect others, even without an accident

There are many ways that a DWI can change the way your future looks. You might lose your job or have difficulties getting there on time. People around you may develop a negative opinion of you. Financially, you could be stressed by the pressure of paying for the DWI's fines and fees while also trying to keep or find a new job.

There are some ways that DWIs can impact you that people often overlook. That's the way it can impact your family dynamic. For example, you probably know that your spouse or partner will be mad if you get a DWI, but is that the only thing your DWI will affect? If you have kids, they may suffer as a result of tighter finances in the home, and even if not, your spouse might have to help you pay what you owe as a result of your actions.

A defense attorney protects your best interests

If you're accused of a criminal act, one of the things you should do is make sure you have a strong defense in place. From the moment you're arrested, there is the potential for you to face an unfair bias and unfair treatment.

Your attorney's job is to make sure you're treated fairly and receive the respect you deserve. As you know, you are innocent until proven guilty in court, so you should be treated appropriately.

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