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6 tips for avoiding auto accidents

Nobody wants to be involved in an auto accident. It is a scary experience and may result in serious injuries and damage. However, accidents happen. That is why they are called accidents. The good news is you can take control on Texas roadways and do things that can help you to stay safe and avoid being in a car accident.

Here are six tips that can help make you a better driver and keep you safer on the roads.

Understand the medical requirements to receive SSD benefits

When you spend your day working hard at your job so you can remain independent and provide for your family's financial needs, it comes as a shock when an injury or illness renders you unable to work anymore. This is especially true if you then have to rely on others for assistance. In order to lessen the financial blow of losing a job due to a disability, the Social Security Administration administers federal programs that provide financial benefits to qualifying disabled individuals in Texas and nationwide.

In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, the applicant must be disabled in the Social Security Administration's sense of the word. This means the impairment must be medically determinable, and it must be severe. A severe disabling condition is one that is expected to last at least one year and can even result in death. If the condition is expected to improve in less than one year, then the case worker examining the case may deem the disability as non-severe.

Be represented by someone who understands your family law needs

As mentioned in previous posts on this blog, there are many parenting options available for parents in Texas going forward after a divorce. For those who parted amicably, co-parenting is one option. Others may find their relationship has not yet reached that point, and they may find parallel parenting works for them. Even others may be in situations where shared custody is not an option, and they have petitioned for and won sole custody of their children. Regardless of how they are parenting, at the end of the day their aim is to do what is in their child's best interests.

In these situations, it is important to have someone represent your legal interests -- not generic ones imposed by society that dictate that only the mother can have sole custody or that both parents should be involved in rearing children, just because studies say so. Everyone's situation is different, and having legal representation that understands that is crucial.

Common reasons truck accidents happen

Accidents involving commercial trucks can cause a lot of damage. A truck's size and weight, along with potentially hazardous cargo, increase the likelihood of serious injury and even death.

Top causes of crashes include driver error and vehicle malfunction. Other factors can influence the cause and result of the crash, including other drivers, the weather and road conditions. Identifying the responsible parties can prove complicated.

Family law: what if co-parenting isn't right for my family?

Though a couple may have similar ideals when they get married to one another in Texas, over time the couple may drift apart for various reasons and decide that they can no longer continue their relationship. There are a number of family law issues that arise when a couple is going through a divorce, but one of the most difficult aspects is of deciding custody and visitation with regards to children.

Many studies over the past years have demonstrated that children flourish when both parents are involved in their upbringing after a divorce. This is perhaps why co-parenting has been on the rise -- it has shown to reduce conflict levels in the house and raise resilient children. By agreeing to maintain equal or equivalent responsibility for children's upbringing, children have the ability and the right to maintain stable relationship and access to both parents. This positive bond ensures children are psychologically and behaviorally better adjusted.

Motorcycle accident in Texas kills two

When one talks of motorcycle accidents, one of the most common causes of them is when a motorist fails to yield to the motorcyclist. This means that when a driver is making a left-hand turn at an intersection, he probably did not see the motorcyclist and did not accommodate them. This is one very common cause of crashes between motorists and motorcyclists and the result is often deadly -- motorcycles offer very little, if any, protection in the event of a crash.

This is what investigators say may have been the reason behind a tragic motorcycle accident in Texas recently. According to reports, a truck was traveling east on the street and approaching an intersection where the motorcycle was traveling north. According to reports, the 48-year-old truck driver did not yield the right of way and entered in the intersection, striking the motorcyclist. The accident left the two motorcyclists dead -- one was 43-years-old and the other 36-years-old.

Can I plea bargain for drunk driving charges?

Some people in Texas do not think twice before getting behind the wheel after having a drink or two, not realizing that they might have had enough alcohol to render them legally intoxicated. Depending on how long it has been since a person consumed alcohol, how much someone ate while drinking, their size and their tendency to digest alcohol, everyone's system is different and can be affected by alcohol differently. This means it may take more for a tall heavy man to cross the legal limits of intoxication than it would a short thin woman.

This means a miscalculation could blemish someone's record and affect their employment and education opportunities. This is perhaps why many Texas residents facing DUI/DWI charges are willing to negotiate to reduce their charges.

What to expect if you get pulled over after drinking at the lake

The weather is warming up, and you are ready to head out to the lake with your friends. Maybe you are planning to drink alcohol while you are out for the day or weekend. While there is certainly no harm in drinking with your friends–if you are of legal age–you should certainly not drink and drive afterward.

If law enforcement pulls you over after your trip to the lake, you are probably going to feel stressed and worried. Understanding what comes next may help. While every situation is different, here is how DUI stops usually work.

Can I get sole custody of my children after the divorce?

Though there is a presumption of joint physical custody of children after a divorce in Texas, there are certain ways to overcome this presumption so that only one parent has physical custody of the children.

Known as conservatorship in Texas, the concept is the same as how many understand child custody-in a joint managing conservatorship, both parents have rights and duties allocated towards the children and in a sole managing conservatorship, one parent has the right to make important decisions about the child's welfare in most aspects. Where one parent is the sole managing conservator, the other parent becomes the possessory conservator, which allows them visitation with the child.

Why are trucking accidents still prevalent?

Due to their immense sizes and weights, trucks have the potential to cause a lot of damage if involved in a crash. Unfortunately, it seems these collisions are only going to get worse. According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck crashes increased by 2 percent between 2012 and 2013, which is the last year information was available.

From equipment failure to driver error, there are a number of reasons why truck drivers routinely get into collisions. While every situation is different, there will be no real progress until Congress changes current truck driving laws. Congress has dragged its feet with those endeavors in recent years.

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