What to do if you are injured in an accident: take notes, get witness corroboration and talk with a competent attorney

Life is uncertain, and accidents do happen. But if an accident happens to you and results in a serious injury, then you need to be your own best advocate and get the help and support that you need to collect damages for your medical bills, lost wages and for your pain and suffering. That means taking all the right steps right after a serious injury so that you protect your rights and any future legal...

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Jailing people for stupidity isn’t solving our core problems

By now you've almost certainly seen the violent online videos and witnessed the horrendous conduct of a 39-year-old Palmetto, Fla., woman who vocally encouraged her 16-year-old daughter and cheered her on as the girl engaged in a fist-fight with another 16-year-old girl. The five-minute-long physical battle that occurred almost two weeks ago involved a confrontation over an ex-boyfriend, according to a story in The Bradenton Herald newspaper. The videos, which were taken by other teens...

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It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week: Have you Checked Your Child’s Car Seat Lately?

When you drive with children in your vehicle, you are driving with precious cargo. As a reminder about keeping our children safe when traveling in motor vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designated this week, Sept. 19 to 25, as 2010 National Child Passenger Safety Week across the U.S. On Saturday, Sept. 25, child safety seat inspection stations will be set up at no charge in local communities to allow parents and...

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Justice, the death penalty and convicted murderer Teresa Lewis

In 2002, Teresa Lewis conspired with her lover and another man to kill her husband and stepson to collect on a $250,000 life insurance policy. The guilt of the Pittsylvania County, Va., woman has never been in question. What has been in dispute, however, is whether she is mentally competent to face the penalty which was handed down against her after her trial – a death sentence. [caption id="attachment_968" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Photo credit: © iStockphoto.com/Zemdega"][/caption]...

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Update: School district reaches settlement in lawsuit over search of teen’s cell phone in sexting case

Student's case against the district attorney still being pursued Remember that teen texting incident in the Tunkhannock Area School District in Pennsylvania's Wyoming County last year, where several teens became embroiled in a legal controversy over some naked and semi-naked photos taken with a cell phone camera? In a statement today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which represented one of the teens in a lawsuit against the school district and the district attorney's...

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The Megabus crash: Inadequate training and insufficient oversight lead to four tragic deaths

The tragic Megabus accident that killed four passengers early Saturday morning just outside Syracuse, N.Y., didn't have to happen. The crash occurred when a Megabus driver became lost along his intended route and was apparently using his personal GPS unit to figure out where to go next. The bus was headed to Toronto from Philadelphia, according to a story in The Philadelphia Daily News. As the driver made his way in the dark, he followed...

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On 9/11 and the madness of the threatened Koran burnings

As the ninth anniversary of the horrors of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and rural Pennsylvania approached in the last several months, our attention was diverted by a small town Florida preacher who threatened to burn copies of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, on this somber American day of memorials. The pastor, Terry Jones, told the world that his plan to burn Korans on today's 9/11 anniversary was meant...

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U.S. traffic accident deaths down, but there is still plenty of room for improvement

For the first time in almost 60 years, fewer people died in traffic accidents on U.S. roadways last year than in any year since 1950, according to new statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The death toll for 2009 was 33,308 people, which was a 9.7% decline from 2008 when 37,423 people died on U.S. roads, according to the NHTSA figures. The 2009 death toll was the lowest in our nation since...

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Job responsibilities, the JetBlue flight attendant and the law

Sure, we all may love to fantasize about being at work and just quitting on the spot when a boss or customer gives us a hard time. Country-western singer, Johnny Paycheck, sang a song of revenge for all of us when he belted out the song, "Take This Job and Shove It," back in 1977. But as much as it can be fun to think about, not everyone can really just quit whenever they feel...

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