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Reckless driving: More than negligent acts

It was early in the morning, and you didn't think much about speeding down the highway. Your speed got away from you as you focused on what you needed to do when you got to work. Lights and sirens blared behind you, and you slowed down. Unfortunately, you were traveling so fast that the officer accused you of driving recklessly.

Reckless driving is a traffic offense that can lead to serious consequences. A reckless driver could cause a serious crash or hurt him or herself. Drivers who make a mistake aren't considered reckless automatically. Reckless drivers are those who willfully disregard the rules. In your situation, it might seem like you were disregarding the speed limit or being flippant, when it truth, you simply weren't paying attention.

2 teens hurt when 1 collides with an electrical pole

Teens are learning to drive, and they sometimes make bad decisions. It's an unfortunate truth that those decisions sometimes have severe consequences that can't be avoided. For example, if a teen decides to drink and drive, an accident could result in injuries or deaths that can't be reversed. It's a hard way to learn a lesson.

That is allegedly what happened in this case involving two teens. A teen in Grand Valley has been charged in relation to a serious crash after a passenger was left with severe injuries.

Top causes of legal malpractice

When you hire an attorney, you essentially put your money and possibly even your life in that individual's hands. You are putting a great deal of trust into such a person and you expect that attorney to act with due care and diligence when it comes to your case.

Unfortunately, lawyers make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes are easily remedied, but other times they result from complete negligence or incompetence and can have tragic consequences.

How do you file a claim for lost wages?

After a car accident, one thing you might be worried about is the time you're missing from work. Depending on the kind of job you have, you may not be sure how to show the wages you've lost and be in a position where you're not bringing in any income while you're off the job.

For example, consider a freelancer who gets into an accident. The individual can't work, so he or she isn't bringing in an income. A freelancer typically has no paid sick time or vacation time, so there's no guarantee that the individual will come back to a job. This is someone who is at serious financial risk when involved in a crash.

Legal malpractice can result in the loss of your case

Legal malpractice puts you in a difficult position as a client. You're relying on your attorney to be educated and respectful of your needs. You hire an attorney to represent you and to look out for your best interests. If you find out that he or she is not doing that, then you could feel violated and angry.

Legal malpractice happens when an attorney doesn't perform duties in accordance with the typical standards and codes of professional or ethical conduct. That doesn't mean that you can file a claim against your attorney because a case doesn't work out in your favor, but it does mean that you may have a case if your attorney was negligent or caused you to lose your case for one reason or another.

Domestic violence cases aren't always what they seem

There are many different situations that can result in a domestic violence charge, and it's not fair to assume the accused is at fault in every case. These situations are often complicated. One person might have lashed out fearing for his or her life, or another might have struck first hoping to put an end to a potentially dangerous situation before it got out of hand.

If you're being accused of domestic violence, it's important that you get the chance to be heard without bias. Allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously in the U.S. court system, so a strong defense is necessary.

When should you file a legal malpractice lawsuit?

Legal malpractice is a horrible situation for clients. They put their faith in an attorney's knowledge, but when he or she doesn't pull through because of negligence or because the attorney refuses to communicate, it puts the client in a very difficult position.

Attorneys have a responsibility to file paperwork on time, to educate you on your rights and to communicate with you clearly. They need to protect your best interests. Failing to do any of those things could create the right situation for a legal malpractice claim.

Rear-end collisions are avoidable crashes with real consequences

Every year, there are around 1.7 million rear-end collisions. With so many crashes that are taking place, you may be wondering how you can help prevent them. One good way to is understand how these crashes happen.

Rear-end collisions often occur because a person is driving too closely to the vehicle in front of him or her. The front vehicle stops suddenly or brakes, and the person behind it can't stop in time. It's also possible to have a rear-end collision if the person traveling behind someone doesn't notice a red light, stop sign or is distracted with texting or other things that are happening in their vehicle.

Legal malpractice leads to losses in court and financially

Legal malpractice can put a person in a horrible situation. Someone who was already dealing with a difficult situation now has a second problem to deal with. He or she may have lost out on financial benefits or gains from a case simply because of his or her attorney's negligence and errors.

Legal malpractice is a frustrating experience. There are several forms to watch out for. Here are some that you may experience if you work with a negligent attorney.

What are common injuries that happen during car crashes?

There are many kinds of motor vehicle accident injuries, but there are some that are more common than others. For example, almost anyone who has been in a crash knows the pain of whiplash and the bruising that can result from the seat belt holding you tightly in place.

These injuries can be minor or require treatment. Depending on the severity of an injury, it might be necessary to perform surgery or to keep a patient in the hospital to monitor him or her for an extended period of time.

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