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Your rights when misconduct or neglect at the wheel cost a life

Driving is such an ingrained part of modern American life that people don't always treat the task with the respect it deserves. Given that many Americans spend an hour or more at the wheel on any particular day, people tend to tune out the risk involved.

That decision to treat driving as a casual act can lead to complacency and people making very questionable decisions about what safety precautions they take on the road. Unfortunately, overconfident drivers who don't stop to think about the risks involved could decide to send a text message to a friend or get behind the wheel after a few drinks.

The procedures that police must follow during and after arrest

When an arrest is made by police, something drastic is happening: The person being arrested is having their fundamental right to freedom taken away. This is why an arrest can never be done without following the correct procedures. While the person being is arrested is having their right to freedom taken away, this does not mean that they do not maintain other rights.

If you or a loved one has recently been arrested and you believe that the procedure went against their legal rights, it is important that you take the time to understand the law. By doing so, you'll be in a better position to take informed legal action.

What is the law on heroin in Arkansas?

Federal laws determine which drugs are illegal to a large extent, but state laws have the power to determine how illegal drug use is prosecuted. Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is illegal in all states. Arkansas prohibits the trafficking, sale and even the possession of heroin. This means that if heroin is found in your home or your car, you could be prosecuted even if you have never used it.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) prioritizes prosecuting those who are involved in trafficking and selling heroin, and these crimes are treated extremely seriously. If you have been found in the possession of heroin, however, you should not assume that you will face only minor consequences. You must take swift action to defend yourself, because if you do not you may face jail time.

Evaluating damages after a car accident

Car accidents can have far-reaching implications for your life. Not only can you become seriously injured in a car accident, but you can also suffer financially. This is because it's likely that you will incur medical bills, and you may also have to repair your vehicle. Suffering emotionally is also common after being involved in an accident.

Therefore, it is important that you don't overlook the compensation that you may be entitled to. By making sure that fault for the car accident has been correctly attributed, you will have the best possible chance of claiming the damages that you deserve. The following are some of the considerations you should make when evaluating damages.

Understanding what your Miranda rights mean

All those who have been accused of a crime have certain rights. Unfortunately, many defendants are not aware of their rights, and, therefore, they sometimes suffer unfair consequences.

It's important to fully understand your rights as a defendant because it could mean the difference between a guilty or not guilty verdict. You may have heard of Miranda rights, but you might not be completely sure of what they entail for you. 

When are children a cause of distracted driving?

Distracted driving is a serious problem that is becoming increasingly worse with our dependence on hand-held technology such as smartphones. However, one commonly overlooked cause of distracted driving is having children in the car with you.

Parents of children are naturally inclined to address the wants and needs of their children immediately. But when parents are behind the wheel, the most important thing for all involved is that they concentrate on driving safely. If you were recently involved in an accident with another driver who had children in the car, you may be wondering whether this caused the other driver to engage in distracted driving. The following are some of the most common ways that children can cause a driver to become distracted that you should consider.

Driving safely should be our No. 1 focus

As a nation, we spend a lot of time thinking about various ways to stay safe. Every time you hear about a product recall or a food recall, it's to protect the consumer. Every year, when they tell you to get a flu shot, it's to keep you out of the hospital. Every product you buy has a warning label on it, telling you how to use it safely and what not to do.

These are not bad things. We should stay conscious of safety in all possible ways. But one thing it seems people often overlook is driving safely. You can make the argument that it should be the No. 1 focus, but people usually don't think about it much during that morning commute.

How does phone use affect driving safety?

We all know that we should not use our phones when driving. But not everybody understands exactly how mobile phone use affects our ability to drive safely. It is for this reason that many choose to ignore the rules in place that ban phone use behind the wheel.

If you regularly use your phone behind the wheel or if you have recently been accused of distracted driving, you must gain a full understanding of how phone use behind the wheel affects safety. By doing so, you will be able to act with more competence when it comes to defending yourself against an accusation of distracted driving or making an accusation against another driver.

Understanding possible cognitive distractions when driving

There are many types of distractions when driving. Some of these distractions are obvious. For example, taking a selfie is a huge distraction from the task of driving, and it is easily observable by others. However, other distractions can be equally disruptive to safety when driving but can be very difficult to observe or prove. These types of distractions usually fall under the category of cognitive distractions.

A cognitive distraction is a term to describe any form of mental distraction. A cognitive distraction could occur in combination with another distraction. For example, turning around to the back seat to attend to your children would lead to a visual distraction, since you cannot see the road, as well as a cognitive distraction, since you are thinking about the needs of your children rather than on operating the vehicle. Some examples of cognitive distraction in isolation can be equally as dangerous. The following are some of the possible types of cognitive distractions that can occur when driving.

Settlement offers for child injuries are often far too low

As a parent who wants what is best for their child, you already know that motor vehicles are one of the biggest risks for children in our modern world. Injuries related to motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of preventable fatality in the United States for children of all ages, as well as a major risk for serious injury.

Being extra cautious when your children are in the vehicle with you and making sure they are in the right kind of safety restraints can do a lot to improve your family's safety. Still, even the best parent can't completely mitigate environmental risk factors.

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