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Motorcycle riders are at an increased risk of injury and death

Motorcycle riders are five times more likely to be injured in an accident than people who are in other vehicles. Let that sink in for a moment and you will see why motorcycle safety and awareness are so important.

How to Tell If You Need a Lawyer

There are many legal situations that arise in life making it hard to determine when you need legal representation. When considering whether you need a lawyer or not, you ought to determine whether you are dealing with a civil matter or criminal matter. Civil law is involved with compensation while criminal law is involved with fines and prison sentences. Some civil matters, such as traffic tickets do not require the presence of an attorney; however, serious cases such as criminal charges for robbery, normally call for legal assistance. The best way to tell when you need a lawyer is by simply identifying situations when an attorney's involvement is necessary. Here are a few common cases where legal assistance is crucial.

The TJ Smith Guide to Personal Injury Law

Recovering damages for a personal injury following an accident can be a complicated and frustrating experience. Many insurance company adjusters are quick to look for reasons to deny or attempt avoiding payment of a claim when they think they can find a technicality to support their position. Insurance companies are not obligated to a claimant beyond paying damages for what can be proven in court. In addition, insurance company claims adjusters are professionally trained negotiators who recognize when a claimant can be persuaded to settle a claim in short order with a full future medical liability release, effectively ending the claim for less than its full value. These reasons alone are enough to establish that any individual who is injured due to the negligence of another person should have experienced personal injury legal representation.

What should I know about filing a wrongful death lawsuit?

When you lose a loved one in a tragic accident, you might decide that you can't just sit around and grieve. You might want to take action to avenge that death. A wrongful death lawsuit might be an option for you as long as the case meets certain requirements. You should evaluate the case so that you can decide what you are going to do.

Accident claims the life of 18-year-old Kentucky girl

An 18-year-old girl from Lexington has been killed in a tragic accident in Fayette County. It all started when authorities tried to pull over a Toyota Camry around 11:30 at night. The Camry was showing up in the system as stolen, so they pulled the driver over, but vehicle sped away and they decided not to chase it. Just a few minutes later, an officer reported seeing a car going the wrong way down the road, and around 10 minutes later, officials started receiving calls of an accident.

6 Things You Did Not Know About Product Liability

Product liability occurs when a seller or manufacturer is found liable for selling a defective product to a consumer. The responsibility for a defective product lies with all those in the distribution chain who are involved with the sale and distribution of the product. The law requires a product to live up to a consumer's expectations. When a product is defective or potentially dangerous, the product is not considered to have met the consumer's expectations. The following are six things you might not know about product liability.

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