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Crash prevention technology useless at its job

Better technology has improved vehicle quality significantly over the past several years. Likely equipped on your car are features that enhance fuel economy or battery life, creating a more powerful, reliable motor vehicle. Many passenger vehicles also have rear cameras to minimize risks when reversing. However, some of the biggest technological advances have to do with safety on the road.

Crash warning technology should alert Virginia drivers to possible collisions and pull them away from potentially distracting behaviors. Despite prolific use of this new technology, the results are far from a drastic increase in safety.

How to avoid making the school year one long fight

In classrooms across Virginia, the school routine is in full swing. Your children may be making new friends, learning new things and getting comfortable with their schedules. You probably wish the same was true for the comfort level at home. If your family is still adjusting to a recent divorce, you are likely facing common issues that escalate into disputes between you and your former spouse.

Perhaps you have already been back in court to resolve some child custody disagreement. Communication breakdown is frequently at the center of these disputes, and perhaps that was the impetus for your divorce. However, for the sake of the children, family counselors recommend learning effective ways to communicate with your ex through the school year.

Weighing options for long distance parenting after divorce

There's typically no steadfast rule regarding where you choose to live after divorce, unless extenuating circumstances prompt the court to issue such an order. Many Virginia residents who divorce choose to live within driving distance of their former spouses if they have children together. This type of arrangement simplifies the shared custody and/or visitation process. Most parents want to cooperate and act within the best interests of their children; choosing to reside in an area that allows children easy access to both parents is a good idea for those who wish to avoid problems.

Divorce itself is evidence that unexpected (or even anticipated) changes often occur in life. The same goes for life after divorce. You might have an opportunity to accept a better-paying job but it might mean you'd have to move across the country or to some other distant place. You might simply decide that living close to your former spouse isn't what you thought it would be and you need a bit more distance between your two homes.

Your full recovery after a construction site accident

If you work on a Virginia construction site, you know that you face certain risks and hazards every time you show up for work. Despite the fact that construction is a type of job that comes with certain inherent risks, you still have rights. You are entitled to a reasonably safe work environment, and in the event that you are injured, you have the right to a full and fair recovery.

Who is liable for my truck accident injuries?

Due to the large size and weight of semi trucks, accidents involving these vehicles can cause significant damage and serious injuries. If you suffered serious or catastrophic injuries in a truck accident, you may feel unsure of how you will ever get your life back on track and fully recover from the harrowing incident. While it is normal to feel this way, you do not have to face the aftermath alone.

With qualified legal guidance, you may be able to hold those responsible accountable for your pain and suffering. It is important to work with a Virginia lawyer who can identify the liable parties and seek the amount of compensation you need for a full and fair recovery.

Don't blink! Taking a quick nap may land you in jail

It's a famous case in Virginia: Sarafin vs. Commonwealth. A man was in his car, in his driveway, intoxicated and listening to music. A neighbor called in a noise complaint. An officer responded and found the man asleep in his car. The man was tried and convicted of DUI. The court of appeals upheld the conviction.

How can that happen? He wasn't even driving.

The courts hold a very encompassing view of DUI. Specifically, if someone is found to be in "in control of the vehicle" and that person is intoxicated, he may be charged with driving under the influence.

How to divorce in Virginia

From cheating and substance abuse problems to cultural differences and simply growing apart; people throughout Virginia choose to get divorced for all sorts of reasons. While divorce is exceedingly common, for individuals who haven't been through one, the actual divorce process is often somewhat of a mystery.

If you are contemplating filing or suspect that a spouse is planning to file for divorce, it's important to learn about the divorce process and how an attorney can advocate on your behalf through every step and stage.

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