Gulf Shores, Alabama Legal Blog

Cell phone laws are effective

Distracted driving is prevalent across the country, even with stricter laws and publicity campaigns. In the United States, distracted driving kills nine people each day and injures thousands more. And unfortunately, motorcyclists are at a higher risk to be a victim of distracted driving.

Distractions behind the wheel can come from anywhere – passengers in your car, your pet or your meal – but according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), electronic distraction is the most dangerous. Sending a text while you’re driving combines three dangerous factors, it takes your hands off the wheel, your mind off driving and your eyes off the road. If you’re driving 55 MPH, you cover the length of a football field in that five seconds – enough time for an accident to occur.

What medical expenses are compensable after a car crash?

Imagine you suffered a catastrophic and disabling injury in a car accident, and you will have to deal with this injury for the rest of your life. You can no longer earn an income for yourself, you need expensive medical care and rehabilitative services and you're in a tremendous amount of pain. This is not something that anyone should have to deal with in their lives, yet countless Americans have to face this as their daily realities.

In many cases, the injured car accident victim doesn't have any recourse. He or she will have to pay for the costs out of his or her personal finances – if that's even possible. But in other situations, when another party broke the law or committed negligence related to the crash, the injured party might be able to hold this person financially responsible in court. Usually, the lion's share of the damages a plaintiff can pursue in such a case will be the medical expenses.

Top causes of motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation in Alabama, which is why every rider should know what the top causes of accidents are before they set out.

Hopping on your motorcycle for a ride can be freeing and fun, but it can also be dangerous. Crashes for motorcyclists are much deadlier than crashes for drivers of cars or trucks. According to the Auto Insurance Center, crashes that involved a motorcycle killed the cyclist over 95 percent of the time. What are the leading causes of these accidents?

Are you a parent planning for divorce? Start journaling now

"Journaling" usually refers to the act of maintaining a journal or diary of the feelings and thoughts related to your day. When a parent journals about his or her parenting activities, on the other hand, it serves a more important purpose than recordkeeping and psychological/emotional reflection. Indeed, this simple act could safeguard the parent's right to child custody in the future.

The reason why journaling helps is due to the fact that courts will favor the "primary caretaker" in most child custody-related decisions. The primary caretaker is the parent who completed the lion's share of tasks related to rearing the kids. In other words, it's the parent who has done the most in terms of activities related to bathing, feeding, cooking, washing clothes, driving the kids to school, taking the kids to the doctor, parent-teacher night, school conferences, school events, sports events, planning birthday parties and other tasks.

Are you getting a divorce due to conflict resolution problems?

Everyone talks about how marriage depends on good communication and that once communication breaks down, divorce is likely. However, a psychological researcher named John Gotman has a different opinion about the likely cause of most divorces: an inability to resolve conflicts.

According to Gotman, couples need to be able to resolve their conflicts, or they will find themselves quickly reaching a point of despair in the relationship. It happens like this: The couple is in conflict, but neither spouse has a way of resolving that conflict without causing injury or damage to the relationship. As such, this allows the conflict to persist and avoid discussing the matter – which ultimately becomes a giant elephant in the room. That's when "despair" sets in.

Are infections from broken bones dangerous?

If you get into a car crash and suffer a broken bone that breaks the skin, one of the dangers is that you could develop an infection. Even if the bone is set correctly and causes no major concerns, bacteria could b ygh e inside the wound and lead to infections of the surrounding tissues or the bone itself.

Initially, it may be difficult to tell if there is an infection in or around the bone. Swelling, heat and pressure are all normal during early stages of a break, as the body reacts to the injury. However, if it persists, this is a sign of a problem.

What to know after getting a DUI on vacation

The Gulf Coast area attracts millions of out-of-state vacationers each year, escaping to the sea and the sun. An arrest for a DUI can quickly take your vacation from relaxing to stressful. Anticipating the consequences of an out-of-state arrest can override any remaining vacation days.

In Alabama, officers can charge you with a DUI if they believe you to be operating a vehicle under the influence. A DUI carries many possible penalties, including fines, jail time and the suspension of your driver’s license.

Common defenses to drug charges in Alabama

Facing a drug possession charge in Alabama is not easy. You likely aren't sure what is to come, especially if this is your first criminal charge. Never just give in and plead guilty to the charges levied against you. The law allows you to mount a defense to these charges, which is why we have compiled a list of common drug charge defenses in today's post.

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Signs that it is time for divorce

Divorce is never an easy subject. Even though it is no longer taboo, it can be difficult to hear your spouse tell you that they want a divorce. You might feel sad, disappointed and even defeated. Today, we will take a look at the common signs it could be time for divorce so you won't be taken by surprise when your spouse utters those words.

If the intimacy has disappeared from your marriage, it might be time to explore getting a divorce. Intimacy comes in two common forms: emotional and physical. The absence of either of these can be difficult to handle, but when both are no longer present, the marriage could be impossible to heal.

Alabama tot killed, mother injured in mall parking lot accident

A 3-year-old boy was killed and his mother injured when they were struck by a minivan in the parking lot of an Alabama mall recently.

The boy and his 23-year-old mother were hit about 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday night. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was being treated for a broken leg and ankle. Her child was transported to Children's of Alabama, where he was pronounced dead about 8 p.m.

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