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Why you should reconsider pleading guilty to theft charges

Theft charges can cover a multitude of crimes, from shoplifting to embezzlement. It is obvious why you should fight serious charges, such as for white-collar crimes, but do not underestimate the importance of fighting something seemingly minor, such as petty theft.

You may be considering pleading guilty in order to end the matter quickly, but see if you have other options first to avoid the consequences of a theft conviction.

Types of damages in car accident-related claims

When you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, the effects can touch almost every part of your life. You face the enormous costs of your medical care, and you will likely lose income from the time you are unable to return to work. Beyond those costs, you will also face pain and suffering and other symptoms of your injury. It's relatively straightforward to assign a dollar figure to the cost of your medical bills and lost wages, but harder to figure out how to place a monetary value on your pain.

Indiana recognizes two kinds of damages in personal injury claims: economic (also known as "special") and non-economic (also known as "general") damages. Objectively verifiable expenses such as medical bills and lost wages are considered economic damages. Non-economic damages can include pain, physical suffering and effects such as depression or insomnia that result from the injury.

No-fault divorce

Many people who are considering going through a divorce imagine they will have to argue their case in court. Some of these people may want the chance to go on the stand and tell their side of the story to a courtroom. Others may dread the idea of airing their dirty laundry, so to speak, in front of strangers.

In fact, most issues in Indiana divorces today are settled out of court through an agreement between the parties, and people seeking a divorce never have to make any accusation against their ex-spouse.

Motorcyclist killed when car driver violates right of way

Every good motorcyclist understands the risks they face, and exercises caution when on the road. They watch the road ahead of them, signal their turns, wear helmets and take other actions to protect themselves. Unfortunately, there's only so much a motorcyclist can do to protect against other vehicles on the road.

Recently in Indiana, an 18-year-old man died in a motorcycle-car collision. According to police, the man was riding eastbound through an intersection in Anderson, Indiana, when a car driver traveling westbound unexpectedly made a left turn, driving directly into the motorcyclist's path. Police said the car driver did not see the motorcyclist.

Decades of crash data show trends, both good and bad

For decades, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has kept extensive records of accidents involving commercial vehicles, such as large trucks and buses. By compiling annual statistics about these accidents, the FMCSA reveals trends that can give us a better sense of the safety of U.S. roadways.

The FMSCA recently published the statistics for 2017, and compiled them into charts going back to 1975. Looking at the beginning of the chart, we see there were 4,032 fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses reported in 1975, leading to 4,816 total fatalities. Nearly 40 years later, in 2017, the numbers had increased to 4,455 fatal crashes and 5,005 fatalities.

Can the injured file suit if they were partly at fault?

After a negligent driver injures someone else in a car accident, Indiana law provides that the injured can hold the negligent driver liable for their damages. This is the legal foundation of many personal injury claims based on car accidents. However, negligence and liability are not always straightforward. In some cases, a court can find that more than one driver acted negligently. Does this mean no one can recover compensation?

Not necessarily. Indiana law addresses these more complex cases with a legal theory known as contributory negligence.

3 tips for a successful parenting agreement

When parents divorce in Evansville, their obligations to each other are over. Their parental duties remain intact and proper communication and collaboration are necessary to ensure their children receive the care and support they deserve. Couples often spend most of their time fighting over the split of assets during the divorce process. It is not uncommon for them to find themselves at odds over how to continue parenting their kids once the ink is dry on their decree. 

To help alleviate the challenges of co-parenting, the courts encourage parents to create a parenting agreement that outlines their parental expectations and responsibilities. Parenting plans help to prevent conflict and ensure the well-being and protection of the kids. The courts typically approve agreements that involve the best interests of the children, though parents do have some discretion. When creating parenting plans, parents should take the following factors into consideration. 

Help for domestic violence charges and accusations

Domestic violence can be a sensitive issue impacting families and communities and, as a result, there are many resources available to help family members and other parties involved in domestic violence situations and circumstances. One type of resource available to those impacted by domestic assault includes legal resources that may be available to parties involved in domestic assault situations.

One type of legal resource that is available includes legal resources for individuals facing domestic assault accusations, allegations and criminal charges. The consequences of domestic violence charges can be significant and immediate. They can include restrictions against returning home; on the accused individual's ability to see their children; a prohibition against keeping firearms; and the inability to contact in any manner the individual who has made the accusations against them. Other requirements may be placed on the accused individual as well.

Taking action after a motorcycle accident

With warm weather now sticking around in Indiana and other states across the nation, more motorcyclists can be observed on the roadways. While this means more bikers out enjoying the outdoors and open road, it also means more chances for motorcycle accidents. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other motorists failing to see these smaller vehicles traveling by them.

When a motorist fails to check blind spots, yield to an oncoming motorcyclist or fails to leave enough room between their vehicle and the motorcyclist, there is an increased chance and risk for a collision. The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be gruesome, resulting in some of the most severe accident injuries.

How serious is the issue of truck driver fatigue?

Trucking is an important component our nation's economy, allowing manufacturers of goods in Indiana to send their wares across the nation for sale. However, trucking is a business and, as such, businesses will attempt to make as big a profit as possible. This means that trucking companies may provide financial incentives to truckers who make quick deliveries. Unfortunately, this can also lead to truck driver fatigue.

Drowsy driving is always dangerous, but when a trucker operating an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer falls asleep behind the wheel and causes a commercial vehicle accident the damages can be striking. After all, a standard 3,000-pound automobile does not have the laws of physics on its side when it is struck by a fully-loaded semi-truck. And, truck driver fatigue can play a significant role in the trucker's ability to operate their vehicle safely.

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