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Gulfport Mississippi Law Blog

Truck drivers can cause catastrophic injuries to other drivers

Most people with a license understand that there's some risk inherent in the process of driving a motor vehicle. Every time you get in a vehicle, whether as a driver or a passenger, there's the potential for something to happen. Your vehicle could have mechanical issues that result in loss of control. Inclement weather could make the roads unsafe. You could also cross paths with someone who isn't making safety on the road a priority.

Unsafe drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated, exhausted or distracted put everyone else on the road at risk. Their driving practices dramatically increase the risk of a crash for them and everyone else on the road with them. When those unsafe drivers are in charge of massive commercial vehicles, the end result could be tragic.

How does divorce affect women emotionally?

Many people think of divorce as an action -- a practical matter that must be dealt with systematically and logically. While this is true when it comes to the division of assets and the legal formalities, the practical aspects of divorce are just the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath is often a mixture of heartbreak, worry and relief.

It is important as a woman to understand how going through the process of a divorce will affect you from a psychological perspective. This is so that you can be fully prepared for the challenges that you may face, and so that you are well-equipped to come out on the other side a stronger, happier and more fulfilled woman.

Co-parenting takes effort from both parents

Parenting is difficult even under the best of circumstances. When you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent, the difficulty is increased. You always have to think about what is best for your children when you are co-parenting.

There are many tips to make co-parenting easier, but you have to figure out which ones apply to your circumstances. Almost every situation can benefit from these five basic tiips.

Are you protected if you collide with an uninsured driver?

You pay your motor vehicle insurance premium every month. Therefore, you expect to have adequate protection and coverage if you end up in a serious collision while driving. Many people don't understand that basic liability policies don't offer them any direct protection. Your motor vehicle policy won't repair your vehicle or pay for your medical bills. Instead, it covers any damages you are liable for if you cause a crash with another driver.

That means when another driver is responsible for a collision, your bills get paid by that person's insurance policy, not yours. If that other driver does not have an active insurance policy, however, that could leave you in a difficult situation. You may be unable to work and have medical bills stacking up.

Is a dog's owner responsible if their animal bites your child?

As a parent, you probably do everything in your power to protect your children. However, not everything in this world is under your control. You could take your child to play in a park, for a walk in your neighborhood or for a visit with a friend only to have your child seriously hurt by a dog bite.

Dog bites can cause all kinds of serious medical issues. The initial trauma of the bite may cause bleeding lacerations, broken bones or damaged tendons. The initial damages may be complicated by antibiotic-resistant infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Your child could require surgery to repair damaged tissue, plastic surgery to mitigate scars and many hours of therapy to address resulting emotional traumas and phobias. It's only natural to wonder who is responsible for all of those mounting expenses.

Financial health is imperative for women after a divorce

Your entire life changes when you go through a divorce. One of the areas that women may need to focus on during this time is their financial health. Women could be at a financial disadvantage in a divorce and its wake if they have grown accustomed to having their spouse's income or did not play a central part in household finances.

Overall, women earn less than men. Typically, women earn $.82 for every $1 men earn. This can make it harder for a woman to recover financially after the divorce. There are several points that you may want to think about if you are a woman trying to regain your financial health when your marriage ends.

Getting a co-parenting arrangement back on track is challenging

A co-parenting agreement isn't something that all divorced parents can do. This takes a lot of work and cooperation on the part of both adults. Still, many are willing to make that sacrifice so that their children can reap the benefits of having both parents involved in their activities.

There are issues that can creep up when you are having to work so closely with your ex. The answers to the problems might not always come easily. You and your ex might even disagree about the ideal solution for the conundrum. One thing is for certain -- you need to get the parenting model back on track if you are going to keep it up. Here are some pointers that you can use to get back to where you need to be:

3 treatments for lower spinal injuries

When you got hurt on the job, you hoped that you'd be able to return soon. The problem is that your pain level hasn't improved, and the spinal injury you suffer from isn't bad enough to commit to surgery. Despite that, your pain is bad enough that you need to find a solution to work the way you did before.

Spinal injuries have a potential to push on nerves, to cause the misalignment of the muscles, ligaments and tendons and to cause muscular issues. Fortunately, there are different treatments you can try that could help you get back to as normal a life as possible.

Negligence versus recklessness: The subtle differences

Several levels of fault are recognized by the law. These include negligence, recklessness, intentional misconduct and strict liability. In most cases involving car crashes, negligence or recklessness is the primary cause. This act of negligence or recklessness results in injuries to the victims who have a right to pursue a claim against the driver responsible.

The actions of a driver may be reckless or negligent depending on a number of factors like his or her speed, the intention to act in the reckless manner and other considerations. Here are a few things to know about the fault that resulted in your crash.