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Help for victims of truck accidents

Truck accidents can result in unexpected, catastrophic and life-changing injuries for truck accident victims and their families. Personal injury legal resources can help victims of truck accidents with the physical, financial and emotional damages, which is why it is worthwhile for victims and their families to be familiar with how a personal injury claim can help them after a truck accident.

Due to the size disparity between commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, and other passenger vehicles they share the roadways with, truck accidents can be the most devastating type of motor vehicle accident. The impact of a truck accident can cause physical, financial and emotional stress. Victims may face crippling injuries and medical bills and the emotional and financial stress that accompanies them while they are unable to work as they recover.

How is child support enforced?

Child support is important to children and their parents which is why it is helpful for them to understand how child support orders are enforced.

There are different mechanisms in place to enforce child support obligations, and help parents seeking to collect child support, but also different family law resources available to parents struggling to pay child support and wishing to modify their child support order.

Understanding the ways to challenge field sobriety tests

When a driver is facing a drunk driving charge, they should understand how to challenge a field sobriety test that is being used against them. It is possible to challenge a field sobriety test for a variety of different reasons.

In some circumstances a DUI charge may be based on a field sobriety test, making it vital to be able to challenge the accuracy and reliability of a field sobriety test when needed. Some studies report that even when a field sobriety test is properly conducted, it may only accurately determine intoxication 81% to 91% of the time. There are generally 3 different types of field sobriety tests including the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk and turn test and the one-leg stand test.

Can we sustain the downward trend in motorcycle fatalities?

According to a report released by a nonprofit organization, fatalities among motorcycle riders decreased slightly in 2017.

Still, in terms of highway deaths overall, motorcycle fatalities are greatly overrepresented. What can we do to ensure a continuing decline in the statistics?

Understanding property division for a smoother divorce

Knowing what to anticipate from the property division process can help divorcing couples reach a property division settlement agreement that is workable for both spouses and best prioritizes their interests. Kentucky is considered an equitable property division state which means that property is divided when couples divorce according to equitable property division rules.

When couples divorce, marital property is generally subject to the property division process. Marital property includes property and assets the couple acquired during the marriage. How property is designated can be complex but important so it is essential to understand. Separate property is another designation for property which is generally not subject to the property division process.

How to challenge a DUI charge

There are a variety of methods for challenging DUI charges which is important for individuals facing DUI charges because of the serious potential penalties and consequences associated with a DUI charge. There can be both criminal penalties and administrative consequences associated with DUI charges which is why accused individuals need to know how to protect themselves.

Individuals who have been accused of drunk driving may have their license suspended, be required to pay a fine, be required to complete community service, be required to attend alcohol counseling and may be sentenced to time in jail. In addition, there are a variety of circumstances that are considered aggravating which may result in in harsher penalties and consequences associated with a DUI charge.

What to expect from the child custody process

Child custody is not a one-size-fits all process which is why the family law system provides resources to help families resolve their child custody concerns in a way that is best for them. That is why families should know how child custody is determined so that parents know what to expect from their process.

Child custody determinations are made based on what is in the best interests of the child. The best interests of the child focuses on what child custody arrangement will foster and encourage the child's overall well-being, happiness, mental health, security and emotional development as they grow. The child's best interest standard is used by the family law court to determine what child custody arrangement is best for the child.

Criminal defense options for accused individuals

Criminal defense options stand between accused individuals and the potential loss of their freedom and future. As a result, it is certainly important for accused individuals to understand their criminal defense rights and options when they are facing the threat of criminal charges.

Part of criminal law includes rights for accused individuals, criminal defense rights and procedures and protections that are put in place to ensure the rights of accused individuals are not violated. One type of criminal defense protection accused individuals enjoy, and are able to exercise when facing criminal charges, includes affirmative defenses. Affirmative defenses refer to defenses that offer an explanation for the actions the accused individual is alleged to have taken.

What are the costs of brain injuries?

Brain injuries are a type of injury that commonly occurs in car accidents. Brain injuries can be costly to treat and can rob victims of the life they used to know. As a result, victims of traumatic brain injuries should know how a personal injury claim can help them with the costs associated with a brain injury.

When a car accident victim has suffered a brain injury, that person may be able to recover compensation from the negligent driver for their physical, financial and emotional damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Depending on the circumstances, victims of brain injuries may also be able to recover damages for lost-earning capacity and future medical care costs.

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  • United States District Court Western District Of Kentucky
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