How A DUI Attorney Can Save You Thousands of Dollars
The ads are everywhere, especially around big drinking holidays like Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day, and New Year’s: don’t drink and drive! Yet a shocking number of people out of the 200 million licensed drivers in the United States admit to having driven while impaired by alcohol–whether that means they drove a little tipsy or full out drunk. You’re considered to be alcohol impaired when your BAC is .08 or higher. If there’s a crash that involves a driver with a BAC higher than .08, it’s regarded as an alcohol-impaired driving crash. Don’t think it couldn’t happen to you: in 2012, almost 34,000 people died as a result of almost 31,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents.
If you drive drink not only do you risk getting a sentence of vehicular manslaughter, you could also potenti Continue Reading
What Is a Personal Injury Attorney? Here’s What You Should Know If You’ve Been in an Accident
Whether you’ve been in an accident on the road or on the job, you may be looking at a long recovery. One of the things you’ll need to arrange first is working with a personal injury attorney. So exactly what is a personal injury attorney, and what can he or she do for you? Here are three questions you may have about working with a lawyer after you’ve been hurt in a car or on the job.
What is a personal injury attorney?
You might find an attorney who has a specialty or experience with specific types of accidents. For instance, a truck accident attorney might handle dump truck or semi truck accidents involving larger vehicles that hit cars and SUVs. Workers’ compensation lawyers tend t Continue Reading
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What is Legislative Intent
Legislative intent is an interpretation of the law when the statutes in place are ambiguous in regards to a particular matter. For over one hundred years, state courts have been using legislative intent as evidence when interpreting state law. When a statute has multiple interpretations legislative intent is derived from additional sources.
What is Legislative History
Legislative history are documents that are produced during the process of a bill being debated by Congress. These documents are often used by attorneys to clear up ambiguous language and to prove legislative intent. These documents Continue Reading
The Problem with Truck Accidents
Trucks are the lifeblood of the American economy. Without them, most goods could never get from one place to another. These massive vehicles are a necessity for modern life, but they also represent a particular danger on the road. Every automobile is inherently dangerous, a fact that many forget – after all, cars and trucks weigh hundreds or even thousands of pounds, and hurtle along at high speeds. Truck accidents represent a particularly difficult kind of legal problem for those who find themselves harmed by the giant vehicles. If you have been in a truck accident, your truck accident attorney will have several issues to figure out.
At the outset, a truck accident is very similar to any other auto accident. One must start by determining issues of fault, particularly when there are personal injuries in addition to property destruction. Truck accidents are inherently more dangerous than standard car accidents, but many of the same issues apply when the accident involves a larger car. Dealing with insurance can be problematic in even the simplest of cases, but accidents involving trucks can tend to cause a higher level of damage and thus tend to require higher payouts from most insurance companies.
Aside from the obvious issues, determining exactly who owes what can be difficult. Trucks are typically driven by individuals in the employ of others – and figuring out who is actually liable for damage can be difficult. In some cases, an individual owner-operator may hold sole liability for an accident. In others, it will be the company for whom the driver works. Given that both parties will tend to want to avoid responsibility when possible, it is often up to the court to decide who needs to make restitution to the party who was wronged in the truck accident.
There are also particular problems that arise from dealing with major transport companies. While you may hold a very robust insurance policy on your own, trucking companies will tend to have very good coverage. Unfortunately, this often means that the company responsible for insuring the trucking company will go above and beyond to make sure that they don’t have to pay anything out to an injured party. This can put the money necessary for an individual to put his or her life back in order in a sort of legal limbo while the insurance companies do their best to avoid meeting their obligations.
A good truck accident attorney is your most useful ally in your attempts to get what you deserve when you are in an accident. These attorneys not only know the laws that pertain to personal injuries, but they are familiar with the issues that can arise between victims, truck drivers, and transportation companies. Great lawyers have a sterling reputation in the community and the resources available to help their clients through a trying time in their lives. If you have been involved in an accident with a truck, it is important that you work with an attorney who knows how to fight for you.