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Friday, July 6, 2018

What is a Subpona?

A subpoena is a legal tool that is used to obtain documents and information. It is also used to compel someone to appear at a deposition or testify in a court proceeding.

The term “subpoena” (pronounced “suh-pee-nuh), literally means “under penalty.” Anyone who does not comply with a subpoena may be subject to penalties, including fines and jail time. Based on these potential consequences, it is an extremely valuable way to obtain information or force an unwilling witness to appear to testify.


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Monday, June 18, 2018

Dealing With an Underinsured Driver After a Car Accident

Car insurance is not only beneficial,  it is also legally required in every state in the U.S. However, t some drivers fail to obtain insurance coverage or are underinsured, which poses unique challenges. In these situations,  recovering damages is quite different than in the typical car accident case.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Common Injuries in Rear-End Collisions

Rear end collisions are extremely common, often resulting in serious injuries. In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board reports that there are roughly 1.7 million rear-end collisions in the United States every year. Even small fender vendors end up costing drivers millions of dollars every year. Because these collisions are so common, they often result in very similar injuries and damages. The most common injuries are described below.


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

5 Tire Safety Hazards

Proper maintenance of your vehicle is an important step toward ensuring your safety on the road. Tire failures at high speeds can result in vehicle rollovers, serious injuries and death. Below are five safety hazards to watch out for; the presence of any of these conditions can indicate that your tires should be repaired or replaced – before it is too late.


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Is your Child's Booster Seat a Good Fit?

The seatbelts in cars are not designed with children in mind.  In a car accident or during a sudden stop, a child who does not use a booster seat is vulnerable to serious injury because the seatbelt is not positioned to properly restrain the child.  In fact, a seatbelt can actually cause additional injury to the child during an accident – for example, by cutting across the child’s stomach.


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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Making Sure Your Teenagers Don't Text and Drive

With so many statistics on the dangers of young people on the road, you may wonder if it is ever a good idea to let your own teenager drive. In fact, distractions or recklessness are the most common cause accidents in which teenagers are involved. The most common distraction is the cell phone and texting in particular. Texting is significantly more dangerous than talking while driving because it takes more concentration and requires the driver to take his or her eyes completely off of the road. As learning to drive is seen as a rite of passage, how do you allow them this rite while making sure they don’t text and drive?



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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cities With the Best and Worst Drivers

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is “America’s Safest Driving City” for the fifth time in eight years, according to Allstate Insurance Company’s annual safe driving report.  Allstate has compiled the report for eight years in a row, using data from insurance claims made to the company.  The report ranks the 200 largest U.S. cities from safest to most dangerous based on car accident frequency.


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Is Your Child's Booster Seat a Good Fit?

The seatbelts in cars are not designed with children in mind.  In a car accident or during a sudden stop, a child who does not use a booster seat is vulnerable to serious injury because the seatbelt is not positioned to properly restrain the child.  In fact, a seatbelt can actually cause additional injury to the child during an accident – for example, by cutting across the child’s stomach.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Distracted Driving Laws in the U.S.

The rapid growth of technology has connected us now more than ever. We are able to communicate with each other via phone call, text message, or social media at any point in the day. Unfortunately, many people continue to use technology even while they are operating a motor vehicle. It can be hard to put down the phone, but distracted driving is proving to be an increasing danger on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives and injured 391,000 people in 2015 alone.


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

U.S Fatalities Are On the Rise

With things like lower gas prices making car travel more affordable than ever and things like cell phone making people more distracted than ever, it might not be surprising to hear that the number of U.S. traffic fatalities continues to rise each year. The actually numbers, however, are shocking. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimate that 38,300 people died and 4.4 million injured on U.S. roads in 2015. This means that the number of U.S. traffic fatalities increased by 8 percent from 2014 to 2015, the single largest one-year increase to occur in 50 years. Furthermore, NSC reports that 2.3 million people sustained “serious injuries,” or injuries requiring medical care, in just a period of 6 months in 2015.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What Are My Legal Options as a Passenger Injured in a Car Accident?

Being injured in a car accident can feel like life as you know it has come to a screeching halt. It is emotionally traumatic. You are physically injured and in pain. These types of things follow you long after you leave the crash site. In addition to all of this, you are facing mounting medical bills and possible lapses in income due to missed work. Drivers may worry that they will be found at fault for the accident. What about passengers? Passengers do not have to worry about being found at fault for an accident, but, as a passenger, you may still worry about whether or not you will be compensated for your injuries and who will pay your personal injury claim.


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