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Understanding Kentucky drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges can have a lasting impact on the lives of accused individuals in Kentucky, resulting in a criminal record and other potential penalties and consequences. In Kentucky it is illegal to operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle under certain circumstances that accused individuals should be familiar with.

In Kentucky, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or another substance. It is illegal in Kentucky to drive with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or above and the legal blood alcohol limit varies by the age of the driver. In addition to understanding drunk driving charges, it is also important for accused individuals to understand that they should have a criminal defense strategy to respond to the charges they are facing to protect themselves from the significant penalties associated with drunk driving charges.

You may not remember your car crash

Every time you drive or ride in a car, you have some risk of sustaining a serious injury in an automobile collision. If you want to pursue compensation for your injuries and property damage, you likely need to remember how the crash unfolded. Unfortunately, because of a variety of factors, you may not be able to recall what happened. 

Your brain and body have some mechanisms for dealing with stressful situations. While extra adrenaline may help keep you safe, it may also make remembering your accident difficult. Even worse, if you sustain a brain injury, you may never remember your collision. If you are in a car crash, here are three types of memory loss you may experience: 

Distracted driving basics in Kentucky and why it is so dangerous

Distracted driving is dangerous and can cause serious harm on the roadways. It is important for drivers to be familiar with what distracted driving includes so they can avoid it and for victims to be familiar with what they can do to protect themselves when they have been harmed by a careless distracted driver.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that most car accidents driver distraction is the leading cause of the car accident. During 2014 in Kentucky, there were a total of 53,500 car accidents caused by distracted driving that resulted in 14,000 injuries to car accident victims and 169 fatalities. A personal injury claim for damages or wrongful death claim can help injured car accident victims and surviving family members of loved ones killed by a distracted driver.

What is the timeline for a divorce?

Couples who have made the decision to divorce can benefit from understanding what the divorce process looks like and what to expect from it. It is likely that divorcing couples have a variety of important questions they need answers to related to the divorce process and it should be a priority for them to get answers to those questions.

Understanding the divorce process can help ease some of the anxieties and concerns divorcing spouses may commonly face when they have decided to divorce. The divorce process typically begins when one of the spouses files a divorce petition which includes how they would like property division, child support and child custody to be handled. The divorce petition, or complaint, must then be filed and served on the other spouse.

How the family law process helps parents with child custody

Child custody decisions are one of the most important types of decisions the family law system makes. The process of making child custody determinations is guided by what is in the best interests of the child and it is important for divorcing parents and parents concerned about child custody to understand that the family law system provides a variety of resources to help them through their child custody process and concerns.

Whenever child custody decisions can be made with as little acrimony as possible, it is best for the children and the family overall. Family law resources work to help facilitate that outcome. Child custody decisions are made based on what is in the best interests of the child. The court takes a look at the child's relationship to their school a community; the wishes of the child; and if there is any child abuse or neglect involved when evaluating factors that influence child custody determinations.

The importance of preparing a defense to a DUI charge

Getting a Kentucky DUI can be a frightening experience that can result in serious penalties and consequences for the accused individual. As a result, it is essential for individuals accused of DUI to be familiar with the different options they can use to defend against drunk driving charges.

Drunk driving defenses help accused individuals take on the accusations, allegations and charges they are facing. There are different criminal defense options for accused individuals to consider but it is also important to keep in mind that accused individuals always have criminal defense rights that protect them from unlawful traffic stops, unlawful searches and seizures and afford them other important rights and protections as well.

Teen driver-involved crashes spike during “100 Deadliest Days”

Each year when school lets out for the summer, you can expect to see an influx of teenage drivers on Kentucky’s roadways. You can also plan on seeing a notable increase in the number of teen driver-involved crashes taking place across the state. Teenagers typically lack the driving experience that older drivers have, which can make them more prone to causing car wrecks. Many teenagers also take unnecessary risks while driving, making them even more of a potential danger to others.

Per AAA, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has become such a dangerous time to be on the road that it has become known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.” Just how dangerous is it to share the road with teenage drivers during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days, and is there anything you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones?

How wrongful death actions can help

This blog recently discussed what happens if a teenager is killed in a car accident. It is helpful to take a closer look at wrongful death legal protections that apply when a loved one has been killed in an accident.

Wrongful death actions can provide for surviving families members of loved ones who are wrongfully, and usually unexpectedly, killed in an accident because of the negligence of another person. These legal protections can ensure that the family receives the help they need with the financial and emotional damages they have suffered. While compensation can certainly never replace the loss of a loved one, it can help the family with the unexpected financial and emotional strain associated with the abrupt loss of a loved one.

Navigating the divorce process

The divorce process may initially seem daunting but as long as divorcing spouses understand it, and what to expect, it should be able to help them navigate their divorce once they have made the challenging decision to divorce. The divorce process begins when one of the spouses files a petition for divorce or a complaint.

Once the petition for divorce has been filed, the filing spouse must serve the complaint on the other spouse. It is important to be aware that there are typically residency requirements associated with filing for divorce that the divorcing spouses, and the spouse filing for divorce, should be familiar with. Once the other spouse has been served with the divorce petition, they will have a certain period of time to provide an answer to the petition or to respond.

Help with soft tissue injuries following a car accident

Unfortunately, a wide range of injuries may be suffered in a car accident, including soft tissue injuries that can worsen over time. As a result, it is essential for car accident victims to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of soft tissue injuries and to understand the personal injury resources available to help victims through a difficult time.

Injuries to the soft areas of the body, including ligaments, tendons and muscles, are referred to as soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries can include sprains, contusions and strains. They can cause the victim to suffer soreness, swelling, bruising and stiffness. These types of injuries result from violent collisions when the victim's body suffers a jolt, such as in a car accident. Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of injuries suffered in a car accident.

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  • United States District Court Western District Of Kentucky
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