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When you make a brain injury claim, consider all the expenses

If you were involved in a serious car crash, you could have any number of injuries to attend to. From broken bones to brain injuries, you could be dealing with devastating wounds that could affect you for many years to come.

As someone with a new brain injury, it's a good time to talk about how your injury may affect your personal injury case. Your brain injury may be different from anyone else's, which is why you should not take a settlement offer without discussing your case with your medical team and attorney. Settling too soon could end up leaving you without enough money to cover necessary medical care in the future, which is the last thing that should happen to you.

Defending yourself after a probation violation

If you are currently on probation, it's likely you were able to avoid additional time in jail by agreeing to comply with the terms of your probation. However, probation can be difficult because the terms are likely to require that you do not engage in certain activities, refrain from contacting certain people, avoid certain places and pass all drug tests.

While you were probably determined to abide by the terms of your probation at the outset, a temporary moment of weakness may have gotten the better of you. Alternatively, it might be that you accidentally violated the terms of your probation. If you are worried about the consequences of a probation violation, it's important that you take the time to understand how the law will apply to your situation. The following is an overview of what happens after probation is allegedly violated, and how you can go about defending yourself.

Head-on crashes are devastating but can be avoidable

Of all the kinds of automobile collisions that can take place, one of the most dangerous is a head-on crash. When you think about how a head-on crash takes place, you can imagine both vehicles traveling at speed hitting one another. The force in an impact like this is much stronger than the force in a crash where both vehicles are traveling at the same speed.

A frontal crash like this is more likely to result in serious harm or fatalities than other kinds. One reason for this is because the individuals inside the vehicles are more likely to be stopped abruptly.

Do not accidentally violate parole

When you get out on parole, they are going to give you a list of things that you are not allowed to do. If you do them anyway, you violate the terms of your parole and you can get arrested again.

In some cases, these issues can be fairly obvious and you may never violate your parole accidentally. Say you got arrested on drug charges. You cannot use or sell illegal drugs without violating the terms of the parole, and they will take you back to prison when caught. Since this activity is already illegal, though, that should be clear to you from the beginning.

How Pennsylvania police spot a drunk driver

Anyone can get a DUI. In many cases, it's not a pattern of behavior. It's just one night when someone had a little too much to drink. That single mistake can lead to charges that will cost them an incredible amount of money and that can haunt them for years.

After all, you have to look at more than just the initial fines. What do you need to pay in court fees? Do you miss time at work after an arrest? Could you lose your job? Does losing your license mean you can't work or can't get a new job? Do you have to pay more for car insurance? The expense of a DUI can go far beyond the first fines you see.

Cellphone use isn't the main road distraction

Distracted driving takes many different forms, but, if you ask the general public what it means, they'll probably point to cellphones. A lot of press over the last few years has gone into the issue of texting and driving, using social media while driving, and the like.

Cellphone use is dangerous. It is an issue. You want to avoid it every time you drive. Never assume it's safe.

How much does a Pennsylvania DUI affect auto insurance rates?

Chances are, once you get a conviction for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania on your driving record, you hope to start putting your past behind you as soon as possible. For several reasons, though, you may find putting your conviction in your past particularly difficult. You may, too, find that the financial repercussions associated with your crime continue to haunt you long after your day in court.

As you may be well aware, a drunk driving conviction can cost you a substantial amount of money when all is said and done. This typically holds true regardless of whether you are a first-time offender or a repeat one. You can expect to have to pay fines that can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to as much as $10,000, depending on circumstances. Also, you may have to pay to install and maintain an ignition interlock device on your vehicle if you have driven while drunk in the past.

Making a good start on estate planning

Perhaps you and your spouse are awaiting the birth of your first child, or maybe you are approaching retirement. Whatever your circumstances, it dawns on you that you have not even made a will.

This is a good time to begin thinking about such matters. What are the best tools to have when you are starting to build your estate plan?

Property division in a Pennsylvania divorce

When getting a divorce, one of the questions you may have is what will happen to your property. You may worry about losing valuable assets or not getting as much as you deserve.

While the process is complex and unique to each couple's circumstances, there are general rules that regulate property division in Pennsylvania. Knowing what they are can give you an idea of what to expect.

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