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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.

Car crashes can be avoided: You deserve compensation

Car crashes happen everywhere. From rural roads where few people travel to busy interstates, nowhere is safe from the risk of a crash.

There were 34,247 fatal crashes in the United States in 2017. In total, 37,133 people were killed in those crashes. If that doesn't seem like many people or crashes, remember that these fatal crashes may also have resulted in injuries to others. Hundreds of thousands of people are injured in crashes each year.

Online estate plans are not such a bargain

There is no crime in wanting to save money wherever you can. It may be your habit to purchase generic brands of household goods, change your own car oil and do as many home repairs on your own as you can. You certainly recognize, however, when a repair or upgrade requires professional attention. There may also be certain products you would not trust in the generic form.

One time when you may be making a mistake to rely on a do-it-yourself, generic product is when it comes to estate planning. While it is true that the internet offers options for you to complete your will on your own for a low, low price, you may find out too late that you get what you pay for.

Learn more about a problem driver restriction

After multiple DWIs, and sometimes after only the first, you might be identified as a "problem driver" and face problem driver restrictions. If that's the case, there are some things you should know about the way you'll be able to drive in the future.

If you have a problem driver restriction, then there are going to be some times when you cannot drive. Below are the restrictions that you will face.

Facing a DWI: Here's what to think about with a breath test

If you want the best chance of defending your DWI case, you need to know if taking your breath test or avoiding it is the right choice. In the majority of cases, taking the test is the best option, since failing to do so results in an immediate one-year loss of your license.

However, there are cases when you might want to avoid taking a breath test. Although rare, if you are sure that you're over the aggravated DWI limit, then it may be in your best interests to avoid taking the breath test. All the test will do is verify that you're over the aggravated DUI limit, which makes your penalties harsher.

Hurt due to someone else's inattention? Get compensated

New York has a lot to offer, and in areas like Mahopac, people enjoy spending their time with friends and relatives, exploring the area and having get-togethers. In many cases, people leave their homes on a daily basis, driving to work, school or events.

Sadly, people are often put in harm's way when they leave home because some drivers aren't as careful as they should be. From the teen who is learning to drive and forgets to check their mirrors to the busy business professional checking emails while driving, there are many dangers on the roads.

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