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Is drowsy driving truly as dangerous as drunk driving?

Many people understand why drunk driving is prohibited and view that behavior as dangerous. Sleep deprivation causes some of the same impairments as alcohol consumption. Yet, many people who avoid driving drunk, continue to drive when drowsy.

Feeling tired may seem normal in a society that seems to be always busy. However, drowsy driving puts you, your passengers and others on the road at risk of severe injuries or death.

How is child support determined?

Child support can be a significant concern for divorcing parents which is why they should understand the child support process in Maryland. Knowing how child support is calculated can help both paying and recipient parents resolve their child support concerns and ensure the child is properly cared for.

All children in Maryland have the right to receive support from their parents and be financially cared for by their parents. Child support is intended for the support of the child and is calculated in Maryland based on child support guidelines. Parents are free to develop their own child support agreement as long as it is close to what state guidelines would provide for but the family law system is also available to help them develop a child support agreement if they are unable to do so for themselves.

What do you need to know about car accident injuries?

No one plans on being in a car accident, ever. No one could ever be completely prepared for all the serious consequences that come with it. There is no good way to get ready for a car accident because they are always unexpected. However, a general knowledge of car crashes and the potential damage they can cause may be one way people can brace themselves for the impact.

It is not a secret that car accidents can cause severe injuries. In fact, over two million people are injured in car crashes every year in the United States. What are some common injuries suffered in car accidents?

Criminal defense protections against drug charges

The fact is that Maryland residents accused of committing drug crimes can face a variety of drug charges and the potentially stiff penalties and consequences that go with them. A strong criminal defense in response to drug charges is always a good idea to help possibly offset the charges, penalties and consequences the accused individual is facing as a result.

A strong criminal defense strategy can be based on a variety of factors. The best criminal defense response to criminal charges, including drug charges, is based on the unique situation and circumstances of the accused individual. Generally, a criminal defense will evaluate the facts as alleged by police and the conduct of police as well when developing a criminal defense strategy. It is of utmost importance for individuals accused of committing a crime to be aware that they have criminal defense rights and to know how to assert them.

Prenups may have added value for those entering second marriages

A prenuptial agreement is a contract you and your future spouse enter before marriage detailing terms regarding property rights. A prenup can protect your non-marital property and help the possible future divorce process go more smoothly, but it also has the potential to strengthen your marriage.

A prenup can be especially important to have if you are entering your second marriage. At this stage in your life, you may have significant assets that you want to protect, such as a house, a vacation property and a retirement fund. You may also have children from a previous marriage that you want to be able to financially assist, or you may even have already experienced a nasty divorce, which you would like to avoid experiencing again.

Ways to keep motorcyles safe this motorcycle season

With Maryland motorcycle season headed towards full swing, it is important for everyone to take the safety of motorcyclists on the roadways seriously. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable on the roadways and are 5 times more likely to be injured and 29 times more likely to be killed in a car or motorcycle accident than those in passenger vehicles.

There are important steps drivers can take to help ensure the safety of motorcycle riders this motorcycle season, which begin with being alert and remaining attentive to motorcyclists on the roadways. Drivers should never driver while distracted or impaired. In many motorcycle accident circumstances, the motorcycle's right of way was interfered with or the motorcycle rider was cut off that resulted in the accident.

Is your commute more dangerous than it needs to be?

Having a long commute can take its toll on you. You may feel frustrated sitting in traffic thinking about all of the other things you could be doing, and to make up for lost time, you may try to multitask. You might eat breakfast on the way to work, so you can sleep in a little later. You might make that important phone call while driving, so you can have more time with your kids when you get home. While the temptation to multitask is understandable, your multitasking can risk your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Driving distractions can be anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the steering wheel or mind off the task of driving. Behaviors like these are so risky because they can increase the time it takes you to respond appropriately to situations you encounter on the road. Over 3,000 people in the United States were killed by distracted driving in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Determining child custody in Maryland

Child custody is a significant concern for many parents facing a divorce, including parents divorcing in Maryland. Family law resources are available in every state to help guide divorcing parents through their child custody concerns and they should be familiar with what those resources are and how they can help.

There are different types of child custody arrangements and joint custody arrangements are an option in Maryland. Both physical custody and legal custody of the child must be determined. Physical custody refers to which parent the child lives with and legal custody refers to who makes important decisions for the child such as education, religion and health care decisions. The family law process can help divorcing couples resolve these concerns and develop a child custody arrangement.

What is a limited divorce?

Just as there are multiple forms of divorce resolution, there are a couple types of divorce. Absolute divorce, where the marriage is fully dissolved, is the kind most people are familiar with. Limited divorce is another form of divorce acknowledged by the state of Maryland.

A limited divorce is most common among couples seeking an absolute divorce who do not yet have legal grounds for one. Common grounds for absolute divorce range from cheating to voluntary separation to crimes. In-home violence can also serve as grounds for a divorce.

What to do after suffering a soft tissue injury

This blog recently discussed the different types of injuries car accident victims can suffer. This post will take a closer look at one type of car accident injury victims may suffer that can result in serious harm to victims. Victims of car accidents may suffer soft tissue injuries that can worsen over time and impact the lives of car accident victims long after a car accident.

Car accidents occur on a daily basis resulting in serious injuries and harm to victims. One type of injury that is unfortunately common in a car accident is the category of injuries referred to as soft tissue injuries. The most common type of soft tissue injury is a whiplash injury which many people have heard of but many may not realize how serious whiplash and soft tissue injuries are.

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