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Tips to help you cope with a catastrophic injury

A catastrophic injury, such as a spinal cord injury or brain injury, is difficult to deal with. Not only do you have to deal with the medical issues involved, you also have to deal with the lifestyle changes such traumas bring.

One of the things that you need to do is to take a few minutes to come up with a plan for dealing with all of these changes. Consider these points if you are dealing with a catastrophic injury.

Do you know how to spot a drunk driver on the road?

As a responsible driver, you know that you should never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Even if you think you're sober enough to drive, you realize that it's better to be safe than sorry.

Unfortunately, there are other people who don't take this approach. Rather than exercise an extreme amount of caution, they hit the road after having a few drinks. Subsequently, they increase the likelihood of causing a motor vehicle accident.

How divorcing fathers can benefit from a parenting agreement

Are you a father going through the divorce process? Do you have concerns about what the future will hold with respect to spending time with your child? Do you want to put an end to this before it becomes too serious?

It is only natural to have some concerns, as you may have heard the stories about how courts favor women during the divorce process.

Divorce and property division for retirees

Are you and your spouse retired? Have you decided to move forward with divorce? Although this is a big step to take later in life, it may be the best alternative. .

After a certain age, child custody and child support are not likely to be major issues in divorce. That being said, you are still likely to have a variety of questions, many of which are related to property division.

Fourth Amendment rights

Search and seizure laws were put in place to help protect citizens' rights against unlawful acts. It is important to know these rights and to be aware when unlawful searches have taken place. Law officers often have to make judgment calls, but it is important that they do not take away any of your rights.

The Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment is the U.S. citizens' right against unreasonable searches and seizures or issued warrants without probable cause. However, there are some exceptions to this law.

Whose job is it to stop distracted driving?

Distracted driving is a major problem and doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. In 2014, distracted drivers killed 3,179 people and injured 431,000. It's not a secret that distracted driving is very dangerous, and yet for many, knowing the risks of driving while texting, talking on the phone, adjusting music or using a navigation system just isn't enough to keep them from doing it.

If individual drivers can't control themselves, it may be up to technology to do it for them. Whether tech manufacturers decide to put their resources behind such endeavors is another question

Poll Of High-Income Countries Reports U.S. Has Poorest Drivers

Tremendous efforts were made during the 20th Century to reduce injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. During the 1960s, the federal government mandated greater safety changes to automobiles and roadways. Seat belts were put into vehicles, improved night illumination and barriers to divide highways were erected. The cars and roads became safer by design and the percentage of crash fatalities declined even as Americans drove more miles each year. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers formed in 1980 and helped spur significant drunk driving legislation and increased enforcement nationwide.

However, despite all the proactive steps Americans have made, the United States suffers the highest percentage of motor vehicle crash deaths when compared to other high-income countries. There is simply more to do.

Brain Injuries Can Do Strange Things

For every step science takes toward understanding how the human brain works, it seems as though new mysteries are revealed. A recent article in the Washington Post tells the story of an Italian man who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and awoke to become a very happy Frenchman. He is now filled with happiness and spends his days speaking a fast, inaccurate version of French. He watches French movies and eats French food.

Don't Call It A Car Accident

Car accidents. Car wrecks. Car collisions. Car crashes. No matter what you call them, they happen all too often. Fatalities and injuries suffered on the road are on the rise in Texas and nationwide. But does the terminology make a difference?

According to a recent article in the New York Times, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other traffic safety advocates say that it does. Many are arguing for an elimination of the term "car accident," saying that it implies that nobody was at fault. The term "trivializes the single most common cause of traffic incidents: human error."

3 essential co-parenting tips for divorced parents

When it comes to matters of divorce, issues involving the children are often top of mind. Parents worry not only child custody and visitation schedules, but they also want to know their children are going to be OK as they transition through the divorce.

What is amazing to many divorced parents -- who have come out on the other side -- is how well children can adjust. Not only do children from divorced families go on to thrive emotionally and academically, these same kids can continue to live well-adjusted lives, having meaningful relationships with both of their parents. However, this is not something that typically just automatically happens. Rather, parents need to work together -- even if they are no longer legally together -- to do what is right for their children.

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