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Steps for pedestrians to take after getting hit by a car

Car accidents are bad enough, but getting hit with a vehicle when you are just a pedestrian becomes even more dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 129,000 pedestrians suffered non-fatal injuries after getting hit by a car. That data is for 2015 alone. 

In the event you suffer a serious injury, you need to go to a hospital right away. Hopefully your injuries will not be that severe. Even in these instances, there are still steps to take to ensure the protection of your rights. Anyone hit by a car who seems fine should ultimately follow these steps to protect themselves. 

What happens after a DUI arrest in Pennsylvania?

You probably are very nervous and unsure following your first DUI arrest. You may wonder how it will affect your life and if it is possible to avoid the consequences. It may seem unfair for you to have to face such serious penalties for one stupid mistake you will never make again.

The two things you have control over at this point are hiring a criminal defense attorney and knowing what to expect following your arrest so you can be prepared.

2 non-driving crimes that could get your license suspended

It might be obvious that you could get a license suspension for a DUI offense, but did you know there are multiple non-driving offenses that result in license suspension in Pennsylvania? While fines, jail time and probation are bad enough, not having a driver's license makes it difficult to get to work and simply enjoy your life.

You might not expect to lose your license after an arrest for something completely unrelated to driving. Below is a look at some non-driving crimes that could restrict your driving privileges in Pennsylvania.

What to do if you are unable to make child support payments

Sometimes previously court-ordered child support obligations turn out to be unfeasible. If you are having trouble making child support payments due to losing your job, experiencing a change in income or sustaining a serious injury, you might be desperate to change your child support arrangement.

Thankfully, child support modification is possible. Here are some tips to follow as you begin the process of modifying your obligations.

Pennsylvania's drug offenders need treatment, not jail time

If you have ever struggled with drug addiction, you probably know it takes more than just a strong desire to get clean. Pennsylvania's drug courts are designed not only to give the state's drug offenders an alternative to incarceration, but also to give them the incentive and the tools to kick their habits for good so that they do not end up coming back through the court system.

If you are charged with a drug-related crime, you may want ask about the possibility of having your case handled in drug court. Research has shown that drug courts work. Drug courts have a proven record of success. According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, in addition to helping addict offenders go to prison, drug courts also:

How pedestrians can protect themselves

Pedestrians are at risk every time they tie their shoelaces and venture outside. In fact, about 66,000 got hurt in 2013, and nearly 5,000 died, according to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drivers should do many things to keep pedestrians-and themselves-safe, but if you are on foot, you can help, too. Here's how.

What happens if probation rules are violated?

Probation is an alternative to a prison sentence, usually for misdemeanors or first-time offenses of a crime. It involves regulations, such as reporting to a probation officer, but it allows the person to remain a part of the community and work on rehabilitation.

If one of the regulations of the probation period is violated though, the person may face additional charges. What exactly happens when probation rules are violated?

New Pennsylvania law allows record sealing

A new Pennsylvania law, called Act 5, offers a chance for some people with criminal records to have this information sealed or expunged. This new law is effective as of November 5th of this year. The Philadelphia Bar Association is partnering with other organizations to host a free three-hour clinic for residents who qualify to have their information sealed or expunged.

The goal of the new law is to allow low-income residents the opportunity to pursue housing, education and employment that may not be available as long as they have a criminal record. For these people, having this information removed can dramatically improve their quality of life and reduce the chance of a relapse into criminal behavior. While this is not available to all people and for all charges, it provides help to those who committed minor offenses many years ago.

Federal government recognizes opioid epidemic

States throughout the nation are dealing what many are characterizing as an opioid epidemic. People from all backgrounds are becoming addicted to the drugs, such as heroin and opioid drugs available via prescription. These addictions are leading to an increase in drug deals and overdoses. In the worst cases, users are dying. Residents of the state of Pennsylvania are not immune from this.

Getting to the root of the problem

Recognizing the magnitude of the problem, the federal government recently allotted $53 million to be used to fight the epidemic. Pennsylvania is among 44 states, the District of Columbia and four tribes that were awarded portions of that money by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The money will be used to:

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