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Crashes involving teenage drivers

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, many factors can affect victims, such as the extent of the damage and the severity of injuries that were sustained in the crash. For younger drivers, traffic collisions can upend their lives in various ways. For example, they may lose the ability to play a sport that they are very talented at or they may have a harder time getting to class each day. For parents, as well as teens, understanding some of the risks and always focusing on prevention is key.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has drawn attention to some of the hazards that can result in a motor vehicle accident for teen drivers, especially the consumption of alcohol. Of the drivers who were between 15 and 20, 26 percent who passed away in a crash in 2014 had a blood alcohol content level of 0.01 or greater. Moreover, motorcycle accidents are also dangerous, claiming the lives of 225 people between the ages of 15 and 20 over the course of 2014.

Making divorce less challenging for children

Divorce can be difficult for people from all walks of life and in a variety of situations, whether they have a modest income or significant assets. However, splitting up with a spouse can be especially challenging for couples who have children. If you have found yourself in this position in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, you should try to take steps to make your divorce easier for your children. At Baker Billick, we understand the emotional toll divorce can take on a family.

There are various ways that you can lessen the potential impact your divorce may have on your kids. For example, you may want to try to talk with your children and inform them of the changes while reassuring them. Moreover, by preparing yourself for some of the hurdles that you may encounter, such as a custody dispute or disagreements over child support, you may be able to lessen some of the anxiety and even anger that can come with family law issues. By doing so, your children may have an easier time with the transition.

Domestic violence and child custody might intersect

Children sometimes witness domestic violence episodes between parents. In some cases, the children are involved. When accusations of domestic violence are made, criminal charges and impacts to a child custody case can occur.

It is imperative that parents who are accused of domestic violence and those who are the victims of this abuse understand what kind of impacts it can have on the children who are involved or witnesses. They should also understand how child custody issues might be affected.

Reviewing information on distracted driving

Motor vehicle accidents take place for diverse reasons, from intoxicated drivers to icy roads and speeding. That said, traffic collisions in Mecklenburg and other parts of North Carolina may also happen due to distracted drivers. When someone takes the eyes off of the road while operating a car, truck or any type of vehicle, they increase the chances of a potentially perilous outcome.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has drawn attention to three main types of distracted driving, which include distractions that take drivers’ mental focus off the road, eyes away from the road or hands away from the steering wheel. Over the course of 2013, 424,000 people suffered injuries in distracted driving accidents and more than 3,150 lost their lives in a traffic accident which involved a driver who was distracted.

Unpaid child support and passport applications

When it comes to back child support, many people realize certain consequences, such as wage garnishment and arrest. However, in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, and the entire U.S., parents who fall far enough behind on their child support are affected in other ways as well. For example, they could lose their ability to leave the country for work purposes or personal travel.

According to the Administration for Children and Families, non-custodial parents who owe more than $2,500 in back child support are unable to use their passport or successfully apply for a passport. In fact, even after a parent has satisfied their child support obligations, it will take a certain amount of time before they will have the ability to receive a passport.

Working your way through a custody dispute

If you and your marital partner are thinking about divorce, you may have a lot of concerns. For example, you could have anxiety over the division of marital property or you could be worried about paying or being able to receive spousal support. However, legal issues which involve children, especially child custody, can be particularly difficult to face. At Baker Billick, P.A., we know all too well how stressful these topics can be for parents in Mecklenburg, and all across the state of North Carolina.

There are a number of things you should keep in mind when it comes to child custody, whether you expect to be awarded sole custody or are unsure if you will even be able to visit your child. First of all, parents should do whatever they can to minimize the emotional toll that divorce may have on their children and focus on an outcome that will serve their best interests. When dealing with legal matters, it is essential to be prepared, understand your rights and patiently remain committed to a positive outcome.

Reviewing various car crash causes

Each year, an alarming number of lives are lost and far more people sustain a debilitating injury due to motor vehicle accidents. Regrettably, these crashes will keep claiming lives in the months and years to come and they take place for many reasons. In order to help reduce the likelihood of an accident, drivers should always try to beware of potential dangers on roads in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, and throughout the whole country.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has drawn attention to many of the causes behind motor vehicle crashes. For example, a traffic accident may take place due to something related to the environment, such as fog, wet roads, snow, ice or even inefficient road design. However, wrecks also happen because of driver errors and negligence, such as making a poor decision while driving or getting behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, car crashes occur because of problems with vehicles, including brake issues, tire problems and many other types of things that can go wrong with a car.

More risk for smaller vehicles, more responsibility for truckers

The size and weight of a large truck automatically puts passenger vehicle occupants at a disadvantage in a collision on the North Carolina roadways. This fact is demonstrated by the latest state fatality statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2015, there were 130 deaths in truck-related accidents. Only one of these casualties was a truck occupant.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s commercial driver’s license manual identifies trucker behaviors they must use to keep from putting others’ lives at risk. This includes driving at safe speeds for conditions. Traction is a key element that is often compromised by wet pavement, and a driver who does not slow down may not be able to stop quickly enough in a sudden traffic situation. Taking a curve too fast may also cause tires to go into a skid. In either of these situations, slowing down may be all it takes to prevent a deadly accident.

A lawsuit might be your only option after a TBI

A serious car accident can be a life-changing event, especially if the victim suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI). If a loved one has been involved in a car accident and suffered a TBI, an experienced North Carolina attorney might be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Dealing with the aftermath of a brain injury can be extremely difficult. You may be facing months or years of rehabilitation services and continuous doctor visits and medical procedures. If an insurance company is denying your claim, you may need to pursue legal action in the courtroom. Read further for some basic information on brain injury lawsuits.

What is aggravated DWI?

If you are charged with a DWI, your sentencing may vary greatly depending on the specific factors involved in your case. Your objective as the defendant is to prove mitigating factors, while the prosecution attempts to prove aggravating factors. Mitigating factors offer explanations for your behavior, and they may lower your sentencing if the court accepts their veracity.

Aggravating factors, on the other hand, are situations or behaviors on your part that may require greater punishment. According to the North Carolina Statutes, some grossly aggravating factors include driving under the influence with a physically dependent person or a minor in the vehicle, causing severe harm to another person as a result of your impairment or driving under while impaired after a previous conviction within the past seven years. These may carry even more severe consequences than standard aggravating factors, which include recklessness, exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 miles per hour and irresponsible driving resulting in an accident, among other things. The court may consider additional factors that are unique to your case.

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