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Knocked unconscious? You could still fully recover

One of the main questions people who suffer severe concussions or who are taking care of people with concussions ask is if they are going to recover. There is no guarantee that anyone will fully recover from any kind of brain injury, but when being knocked unconscious is part of the process, then the likelihood of recovery could be reduced.

Being knocked unconscious shows that you've suffered a moderate or severe injury right away. There could be internal bleeding, swelling or other issues that require brain surgery or other medical treatments.

Is a DWI actually a serious offense?

When you think about a charge for driving while intoxicated, what do you think? Do you think that it's not serious or that it's just fees or fines that you'll pay? Do you think it's common or a simple charge that is much like a speeding ticket?

A DWI is a little more serious than that. While traffic offenses might result in nothing more than fines for most people, a DWI can result in jail time, the loss of your license and other penalties.

These 4 kinds of defenses could help fight a DUI

Though there are many ways that an attorney can help you fight a DWI charge, it's important that the right technique is used in your defense. Depending on the reason for the traffic stop and the factors that played a role in the DWI, certain defense options may be better than others.

There are four primary DWI defenses to consider. They include:

  • Showing that the accused was not driving at the time of the traffic stop or that they were not under the influence
  • Arrest defenses, which may argue that an arrest was not completed within the confines of the law
  • Officer testimony defenses, which challenge the officer's observations
  • Blood alcohol concentration defenses, which challenge the results of Breathalyzer tests or other samples

Vehicle safety features often disabled by drivers

When many New York residents were children, they may have thought that flying cars would exist by the time they reached adulthood. Though flying cars are still out of reach in 2020, the idea of having self-driving vehicles seems to be getting closer to becoming a reality. While this advancement may intrigue you, you may not feel confident in the safety level of such vehicles.

These days, most newer vehicle models have at least a few technological features meant to improve safety while driving. Automatic braking, blind spot warnings and much more could help drivers avoid collisions. Of course, that would mean that drivers would have to know how to use them and pay attention to any warnings those devices send out.

It's time to talk about estate planning with your aging parents

When your parents are getting older, you might be wondering about their end-of-life plans. You know some of their wishes, like what happens if they fall ill or have to go to a nursing home, but no one has outright spoken about their estate plans or other specifics.

It's a good idea to sit your parents down to talk to them about this, especially if you believe that you may be appointed as their financial power of attorney. A power of attorney is a document that appoints someone to make financial decisions on behalf of an ill or impaired person who cannot make their own decisions. This is particularly important as older people age, especially if there is a risk of dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related illnesses. You should talk to your parents about their wishes and who they want making sensitive decisions when they can no longer do so.

These are 3 things you shouldn't do after a car crash

Imagine getting into a car crash. You're sitting at the scene with a vehicle that may or may not run, and there is damage all around you. You may be injured, and others may be dealing with their own medical emergencies.

In situations like this, it's easy to make mistakes. Before you do, remember these three things that you should never do if you've been involved in a crash.

A DWI will impact you, but how depends on your defense

When you were stopped and asked if you had been drinking, you were surprised. You hadn't been, so you were honest and told the officer that you didn't drink before driving.

Unfortunately, despite a clean Breathalyzer test, you didn't pass the field sobriety tests. The officer was convinced that you were taking drugs or medications that impaired you, so you ended up being placed under arrest and were taken into the station.

Building your estate plan requires several important documents

You're getting older, and you've decided that it's time to put together an estate plan. You know that you need a will, but is there anything else that you should have?

The short and sweet answer is, "yes." There are many different legal protections that you can set up in your estate plan. Here are a few essential parts of the average estate plan.

Are you at risk of succumbing to road rage?

Many people in New York and elsewhere have short tempers. You may be one of those people, and even though you try your best to keep your temper in check, certain things just seem to set you off. In particular, if you are on the road and another driver seems to be driving too slow or otherwise affecting your commute in a negative way, you may easily become aggravated.

You may not necessarily consider yourself an aggressive driver, but you could fall into that category without realizing it. Unfortunately, if others could see your driving behavior as reckless or aggressive, you could end up in trouble with law enforcement.

Is whiplash a dangerous injury, and is an exam necessary?

You knew that you were hurt after you were involved in a crash, because you immediately had a headache and pains you couldn't explain. After a trip to the hospital, you found out that you had severe whiplash from the head-on crash you'd been in.

Whiplash-associated disorders, also known as WAD, can develop if you suffer from whiplash in a crash. This is a cervical spinal region injury. When your head whips forward and back following a sudden shop, your neck is hyperextended. Then, it recoils. Your brain may impact the inside of your skull, even if you don't hit your head, and you could have significant spinal injuries.

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