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Was the trucker who hit you impaired by a legal drug?

Under the law, legal and illegal drugs are viewed very differently. One example that illustrates this is that while it is always illegal to be in possession of even small amounts of heroin, taking prescription drugs that are opiate-derivatives, like morphine or Oxycontin, is permitted as long as the user has a valid prescription from his or her doctor for the medication.

But when the individual with the prescription is a commercial motor vehicle operator, the issue becomes much murkier. There's a good reason for that.

The lighter side of litigation

All facets of the law are generally very serious and often, mind-numbingly dull as well. Occasionally, however, there will be a burst of levity, as noted in some of these actual insurance claims that were filed after accidents.

  • Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and struck a tree I haven't got.
  • I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.
  • I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment.
  • I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought.
  • The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.
  • The accident was caused by me waving to the man I hit last week.

Some pedestrians seem to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again.
  • The pedestrian had no idea which direction to run, so I ran over him.
  • I saw the slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car.

Consult your attorney before accepting plea bargains

If you are facing criminal charges in a Kentucky court, at some point in the adjudication process, you will likely be presented with the opportunity to negotiate a plea bargain. The big question is whether or not you should take a plea at all.

It's helpful to keep in mind that plea bargains form the basis of approximately 90 percent of the total of all criminal cases in the United States. Without these useful arrangements, the American criminal justice system would be crushed under the sheer volume of all of the cases.

Before you drink and drive, learn how alcohol affects the body

It is illegal to drive anywhere in the U.S. with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or more in your system. Alcohol is a factor in about one-third of all car crash fatalities, but people still drink and drive.

You may think it is perfectly fine to drive after having a couple of beers, but before you get behind the wheel, here are some facts to consider about how your system is reacting to that alcohol.

Do you know some of the common causes of truck accidents?

Getting into an accident with a big rig can have devastating consequences for unlucky motorists because of the truck's large size and weight. But have you ever considered what are the causes of these accidents?

Sometimes, it's as simple as an equipment failure, e.g., brakes, that can lead to catastrophes on the highways. If the truck driver or the one responsible for maintenance of the fleet fails to perform routine maintenance on the truck and its components, they could face liability for any deaths or injuries that result.

Have you made any of these divorce mistakes?

Men going through a Kentucky divorce can sometimes feel as if they wound up with the short end of the stick. Despite these more enlightened times, some family court judges still appear to favor the mother over the father in custody battles.

But all too often, men walk out of court with less than they had hoped for because they couldn't get out of their own way. Below are five mistakes to avoid when divorcing.

Watch out for jackknifed trucks on Kentucky roads

Winter is a particularly dangerous season for driving. One hazard truckers face during periods of inclement weather is jackknifing. A jackknifed truck is out of the control of its driver, which makes it potentially deadly to passenger vehicles in the vicinity.

It helps to understand the phenomenon.Jackknifing occurs when the cab of a semitruck and its trailer get out of sync. When it happens, typically the two segments wind up appearing like a folding knife in a "V" or "L" position.

An insider's look at the adoptive process

Many couples — and some singles — who long to be parents but can't, for whatever reason, choose to adopt. However, it's important to understand that the road to adoption can be a rocky one.

The home study alone can be agonizing, as you become acutely aware that, yes, you are being judged. Your marriage, your lifestyle, your finances and even the cleanliness of your home is scrutinized. Fearing that you will fall short of some invisible mark is common.

A medical report is essential after you are in a car crash

A car accident can happen in a flash and cause major injuries. However, depending on the circumstances, you might feel nothing more than jangled nerves.

Do not be complacent. Even if you walk away from the accident feeling perfectly fine, it is essential for you to see a doctor right away.

Super Bowl safety campaign targets drunk driving

On Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Super Bowl LII kicks off in Minneapolis between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Football fans all over the country will gather at bars and Super Bowl parties cheering on the teams, watching the halftime show and laughing at the commercials.

In many cases, they will also be drinking. According to the Food&Wine website, those who plan to drink will spend an average of $44 on alcoholic beverages on Super Bowl Sunday. That's enough to put anyone over the limit for driving.

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