You drive this road every day.
You know every turn, every stoplight, every sign. Every day, it’s pretty much the same drive.
Then one day, it’s a different drive. You have a green light, but somebody makes an illegal left turn right in your path. You have time to think, “This is going to happen,” right before the crash.
The next thing you know, you’re talking to a paramedic. The police are on their way. You’ve been injured and need medical attention, but you might also need a lawyer.
In the wake of a car crash, accident lawyers in PA can help in a lot of different ways.
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In a perfect world, child custody negotiations would run smoothly every time. There’d be no need for us to write this blog post, let alone focus on this practice area.
But we live in an imperfect world, one in which the question “Who gets the kids?” often leads to the ugliest chapter in many divorce cases.
However, there are ways you approach child custody matters in a way that can makes the process more comfortable, writes therapist Ugo Uche in Psychology Today.
Uche, who runs the Road 2 Resolutions counseling service in Phoenix, Arizona and lists three rules for child custody negotiations:
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There’s change in the air when it comes to Pennsylvania marijuana laws and drug crimes.
Earlier this month, the state began allowing people with medical marijuana cards to buy marijuana in dry leaf form.
This followed previous legislation that let patients purchase medical marijuana as a pill or ointment. The law doesn’t allow them to smoke marijuana but does permit them to consume it with a vaporizer.
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When Jim and Alice met during their first year in college they never would have thought the words “contested divorce” were anywhere in their future.
They began dating at the end of sophomore year, got engaged after graduation and got married a year later. And things were bliss in the early days, and really good for the next few years.
Then came some years that weren’t so good. They fought. They didn’t communicate. They grew apart. Things fell apart. And when it came time to get divorced, things got unpleasant.
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Do you have a landfill lurching over your backyard? Is your next-door neighbor a nightclub?
If not, you can thank your local zoning laws.
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You’ve just gotten married. Your new spouse has kids from a previous marriage, but at this point, you think of them as your kids too.
Unfortunately, the law has other ideas, at least when it comes to child custody.
Unless you adopt your new stepson or stepdaughter, you have no
legal rights where they’re concerned. Under the law, it’s only biological parents who have these rights, including the freedom to make medical or legal decisions on the child’s behalf.
And if you and your new spouse divorce, issues like custody and visitation become trickier. You two might work out a visitation schedule and have a custody agreement, but they can alter it at any time without your say-so. But this isn’t an issue in situations where a stepparent legally adopts their stepchildren.
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You’re 16 years old. You’ve just gotten your driver’s license. Signaling. Three-point turns. Parallel parking. You’ve proven yourself a master of Pennsylvania teen driving regulations.
Then it comes time to borrow the keys to the family car, and you realize your mom and dad feel a lot less confident than you do.
Jump forward 20-30 years. Now you have teenagers of your own. They’ve just gotten their license. They’re ready to borrow the car. Suddenly, you see why your parents seemed so nervous. No matter how careful they are, you’re going to worry about your kids when they get behind the wheel.
And those fears aren’t unfounded. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania teen drivers are at the greatest risk of being in a motor vehicle accident during their first year of driving, when inexperience causes them to make judgement errors.
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In our last blog post, we wrote about the dangers of texting while driving. But what about motor vehicle accidents that are the result of texting while walking?
It turns out that can be equally as deadly, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The study found that nearly 6,000 pedestrians were accidentally struck and killed in 2017, USA Today reported in February, with experts placing some of the blame on smartphone use on the part of both drivers and walkers.
“It’s downright disturbing,” Richard Retting, one of the authors of the report, told USA Today. “People outside cars are dying at levels we haven’t seen in years.”
It’s a frightening scenario, and one that a pedestrian accident lawyer can help you manage when it happens. But it doesn’t have to happen.
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Andrea Lenk and Alicia Nicholson probably thought Feb. 6, 2016 would unfold like any other day.
But driving through Cumberland County, Pennsylvania that day, they crossed paths in the most horrific way possible: Lenk ran a stop sign and broadsided Nicholson’s car.
Nicholson, 23, died at the scene. Lenk, who was 32 at the time, was charged with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, convicted, and sentenced to 11 months to seven years in prison.
According to police, she had been texting while driving.
Continue reading Phones Down: How to Reduce Distracted Driving
By now you might have read the story of Tasha Lynn Schleicher, whom police have described as “one of the worst DUI offenders in the United States.”
Earlier this month, Schleicher, of Minnesota, was arrested for drunk driving in the town of Riverside, Illinois, ABC News reported.
When police looked into her background, they discovered she had been arrested for DUI six previous times in six different states.
And while six different DUI arrests are pretty extreme, courts don’t look kindly on anyone who commits a DUI offense more than once.
That’s why when it comes to a second-offense DUI, Pennsylvania – and many other states – often impose much harsher penalties than what a first-time offender could expect.
Continue reading What are the Consequences of a Second-Offense DUI in Pennsylvania?