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Killeen, Texas, Personal Injury Blog

Focusing on the 'best interests of the child' in the courts

All parents love their children. And all parents only want what is best for their children. It is not uncommon though, that during the course of a divorce, opinions may vary on what is considered the best interests of the children. It is not uncommon for each parent to truly believe that they deserve child custody of their child or children, and that by caring for their children, they are protecting the best interests of the child or children.

The courts understand this as well, whether they are in or near Killeen, Texas, or anywhere across the United States. Their primary objective is to protect the best interests of the child as well. They will look at each case objectively, and will consider several factors to determine what is best for the child.

Social Security Disability covers an array of conditions

For decades, the United States Social Security Administration has been helping disabled Americans through two programs designed to provide financial relief for those who are unable to work. The Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, program takes a portion of payroll taxes for the program, allowing for those who paid into the program to obtain monthly payments if they qualify. The Supplemental Security Income, or SSI program is for lower income-earning Americans who have not paid into the SDDI program.

In order to qualify for either program, one must prove that they have a debilitating condition that is preventing them from maintaining gainful employment. They must also prove that the condition is expected to last at least a year or ultimately end in death.

Penalties for DWI with a child passenger

In Texas, penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) increase if there is a passenger under the age of 15 in the car. This ramps up the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. Parents often take their children with them to family barbecues or dinner with friends where they consume alcohol before driving back home.

This behavior constitutes a DWI with a child passenger and opens the door for harsher punishments. Continue reading for a closer look at Texas DWI laws and enhanced punishments.

Why a prenuptial agreement might be right for you

We all know the last thing a couple on the verge of marriage wants to talk about is the possibility of divorce. Yet for nearly half of all married couples throughout the United States, including those from Killeen, Texas and the surrounding area, the unfortunate reality is that half of all marriages ultimately end in divorce. It is important to recognize this because the process of a divorce, as we all have heard could be painful.

There are some instances when a divorce is completely mutual, and both sides have developed a relationship where they can work through their differences and recognize that working together, even in a divorce, can be mutually beneficial. But those situations are often rare. More often than not a divorce has both sides with emotions running high. During these times, people often do not think rationally, and may use negative emotions such as spite to try to "stick it" to the other spouse.

3 important facts about boating under the influence

Do you know about the dangers of boating under the influence, or BUI? If not, you will now. Operation Dry Water, a campaign launched by the United States Coast Guard, is partnering with local law enforcement to raise awareness about the risks of BUI from June 30 to July 2. With warm weather and boating season in full gear, it is crucial for you to know about the dangers of consuming alcohol while operating a boat

Regardless if you are on your boat near or offshore, alcohol will impair your judgement, vision, coordination and balance. Do not put yourself, passengers or other boaters at risk. Below are important facts about BUI you should know.

What is an 'ignition interlock device' in Texas DUI

Th past three decades or so have seen the rise of an awareness with regard to the dangers of drinking and driving. Beginning in the 1980s, both official agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations have been creating public service campaigns warning about drunk drivers, and urging changes in the law. With this pressure have come tougher sentencing guidelines and a decrease in the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) needed to convict someone of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Recently, there has also been a movement to add certain other penalties to the legal regime under which those convicted of DUI can be sentenced.

In Texas, one of these other potential penalties is the restriction of a driver convicted of DUI to driving only a vehicle that has been fitted with an ignition interlock device. These devices are attached to the electric ignition system of the vehicle, and prevents it from starting unless the prospective driver blows into a tube connected to the device. This allows the device to monitor the BAC of the driver through a breath analysis. If the driver has been drinking, the device will not allow the vehicle to start.

Legal help to get compensation for injuries in crash

A crash affects not only those who were involved in the accident but also their family members--a car accident can leave accident victims and their loved ones reeling in its aftermath as they try to come to terms with either losing a loved one or seeing a family member suffer through their injuries. The process can be frustrating-as you are trying to come to terms with what happened, insurance companies start hounding you, offering settlements and hospitals come knocking for payment on the bills.

When the unexpected becomes your reality, you need help on your side. Lawyers at our firm can offer that help. With years of experience in protecting their client's interests, we work hard to ensure they get the compensation they deserve. We listen to our client's side and provide a personalized and individualized service.

Multiple dead in fatal multi-vehicle car crash

When a sudden car accident claims the life of a loved one, family members often feel devastated not only by their loss but by the senselessness of the act-they do not understand what happened and why the driver who caused the accident was not more careful in avoiding the crash. The daughter of a couple who died in a fatal multi-vehicle car accident in Texas recently voiced the same sentiment, just asking to understand what happened.

According to the authorities, four people died and six others were seriously injured in a car accident recently. According to investigators, the main vehicle was heading north on the road when it slowed down for an unknown reason. A pickup truck behind it rear-ended the main vehicle, setting off the chain of events that would devastate many families.

Industry's push for heavier trucks could compromise safety

Certain segments of the trucking industry are pushing for new legislation that would allow heavier commercial trucks to take to the nation's roadways. However, some safety advocates fear this would place other motorists in considerable danger.

Per Newsweek, previous efforts to increase the weight of semi-trucks allowed on interstate highways from 80,000 to 91,000 pounds failed. However, those in support of the increase, among them beverage retailers and others with financial interests in the trucking industry, vowed to try again. Opponents warn that increasing the weight load could lead to considerably more accidents in an industry that already sees more than its fair share.

What is a disability under SSD?

Even though individuals across the country pride themselves on working hard at their jobs to support their families and retain their independence, there are certain medical conditions that can prevent them from working at their full potential. Whether it is due to a workplace accident or some other condition, it can end up affecting the Texas resident's ability to provide for their family and support them monetarily. Federal programs, in the form of Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income, can help fill the gap.

Administered by the Social Security Administration, SSD benefits are available to those who are 'insured'-who have worked long enough and paid taxes to qualify for receiving these benefits. Only people who have a disability and can meet the medical standards can qualify for benefits.

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