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Speeding drivers are putting you at risk

Life seems to be moving faster than ever before, and for some people, this involves getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible. You might not even think much about the drivers who whip past you on the roadways, but you have a valid cause for concern. Speeding is a major issue that contributes to serious car accidents.

Even if you always adhere to the posted speed limit, other Connecticut drivers seem more than willing to push the limits of their vehicles. If you recently suffered injuries or have concerns about the speed at which other people drive, here is some information to keep in mind.

Did unsafe premises conditions lead to a shopping injury?

Though the holiday season has come and gone and the new year is well underway, you may consider yourself someone who enjoys shopping during any time of the year. The holiday season may be your prime time because of sales and having many people to shop for, but popping out for some retail therapy may be your idea of a good time at any time.

While you may make these trips as a way to destress or just to take an hour or two for some time away from the house, your enjoyable outing could turn harrowing if you suffer injuries. Certainly, a car accident on the way to your desired destination could easily turn your day upside down, but even if you make it to your chosen store, you could still face dangers.

How can you protect your rights after an accident?

A motor vehicle accident can change your life and leave you with injuries that are both painful and expensive. In the immediate aftermath of a crash, victims are often unsure of what to do or how they can protect their rights. Knowing what to do can help you avoid problems and give you a better chance of securing the recovery you deserve. 

Connecticut accident victims can do certain things to protect their interests, both at the scene of the accident and in the days and weeks following. You can start acting immediately to shield your interests and start taking steps toward a potential civil claim. No matter the circumstances of your individual accident, it can be helpful to know what to do next and how to navigate what happens next.

Why would the court decide one spouse is better fit to parent?

When you and your spouse determined that the differences between you were not resolvable, you filed for divorce. As parents, you each felt strongly about certain issues that you knew would affect your children moving forward in life. It's one thing to disagree about a minor issue, such as what time the children should go to bed at night. It's quite another to believe that a co-parent is unfit and that the court should grant you sole custody.

As in all cases in Connecticut or beyond that are child-related in divorce, the judge overseeing your case has full discretion to make decisions regarding your custody agreement. You can't simply walk into court and say that you think you should have full legal and physical custody without being able to support your statement with legitimate reason.

Lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident? You are not alone

Walking is a fantastic way to improve your health, save some gas money and even reduce your impact on the environment. Sadly, it is also dangerous. As a pedestrian in Connecticut, your risk for injury, or even death, in a pedestrian accident is probably much higher than you think.

In 2016, the fatality rate for pedestrians reached its highest point since the year 1990. So, what is behind the sharp increase in deaths? While many factors are at play, a major contributor is a popular type of vehicle -- the Sport Utility Vehicle.

Is the money missing from your account related to your divorce?

You can't keep track of your spouse's whereabouts 24/7, and you wouldn't want to, even if you could. In fact, if you are like many spouses who are preparing for divorce, you may be looking forward to gaining a bit of distance between you, so that you can leave the past behind and move on to a new lifestyle. There are, of course, numerous legal issues you must first address before you can achieve your goal.  

It would be nice if you could simply sign some papers and that was it. However, that's not how it works, and if you have reason to believe that your spouse is up to no good concerning marital assets and upcoming property division proceedings, you may need some outside support to help you resolve the problem.  

Hit by a drunk driver, you may sue the bar he or she came from

Connecticut has no shortage of bars and other establishments that sell alcohol. There is nothing wrong with that as long as people who patronize these establishments use good judgment and plan ahead so they are not driving home while impaired. Sadly, that does not always happen. If a drunk driver who was on his or her way home from a local bar hit you, did you know you may be entitled to sue the bar in an effort to seek compensation for your losses?

Sue the bar, how? Is this possible in every drunk driving case? Is it worth the effort?

Following the rules doesn't prevent truck driver fatigue

How many times have you gotten behind the wheel of your car after yawning and wishing you had another cup of coffee, energy drink or soda? Perhaps more times than you can count. You may know this isn't the safest way to drive, but your trips may have been relatively short. After all, you were driving locally, not across the country or even across Connecticut.

Long haul truck drivers also get behind the wheel under the same conditions, but they drive much longer distances and are on the road for extended periods. This makes them dangerous.

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