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8-year-old girl dies after being stuck by car; driver charged

A Texas family is mourning the death of an 8-year-old girl, who passed away after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

The girl was walking with her sister and brother at the time she was hit. Officials with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said the driver, a 39-year-old woman, confessed to hitting the girl, leaving her with serious injuries. Authorities said the driver ran a stop sign.

What damages could you receive when taking your claim to court?

Filing a lawsuit more than likely wasn't your first option when you found yourself suffering some sort of harm at the hands of another person. Litigation in Texas' civil courts covers a range of claims from breach of contract to wrongful death and everything in between.

Like most other people, you may wonder what types of damages, or compensation, you could receive if you succeed in proving your claim. Some general categories exist, but the type of damages you could receive may also vary depending on the type of lawsuit.

Tips for closing on a commercial property purchase

Buying commercial property is a big decision on many fronts. For example, if you're buying a building for your company, you must make sure you get a fair price and that it's big enough to accommodate all your needs.

After you sign a contract to purchase a commercial property, there are a few tips you need to follow:

  • Work closely with your real estate agent: This person can answer your questions, tell you what comes next and help you avoid common mistakes that have plagued others before you.
  • Get serious about the inspection: If you forgo a property inspection, you could purchase a property that brings more stress than enjoyment to your life. With an inspection report in hand, it's much easier to understand the condition of the property and how to negotiate with the seller.
  • Nail down financing: If you have enough money to buy the property with cash, it can definitely save you some hassles. However, since this isn't the case for most people, you need to find a lender.
  • Get all your documentation in order: Before your closing day arrives, make sure you have all the required documentation. This can include but is not limited to loan documents, photo ID, home inspection report and a copy of the contract.

Has the time come to start your estate plan?

A lot goes into creating an estate plan. Because it can take work, you and many other Texas residents may have put off taking this step for a long time. However, a life event, such as welcoming a child, may have caused you to think more seriously about the importance of having this plan in place.

Due to the amount of work involved, you may have a hard time knowing where to start. If having a child was your catalyst for planning, you certainly know that you want to name a guardian for your child. What else can your planning entail?

How will you cope with the stress of divorce?

Once you ask your spouse for a divorce and the process begins, you can expect to feel stressed out. Even if you're looking forward to leaving your marriage in the past, there's no way to completely eliminate stress during this difficult time of your life.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to better cope with divorce:

  • Eat healthy: If you're one of those people who eats more when they're stressed, make sure you stick to a healthy diet. You don't want to overindulge in food that's bad for you, as it can take a toll on your health (thus adding more stress to your life).
  • Exercise: This is one of the best ways to reduce stress, boost happiness and feel better about yourself. Even if you don't have a gym membership, it's easy to find ways to work out at home. A simple walk around the block can help clear your mind.
  • Talk through your feelings: From your friends to your family to your coworkers, there are people who can help you during this stressful time. Sometimes, talking about your feelings is all it takes to help you feel better. You should never be afraid to open up to those you trust.

It's important to know why truck accidents happen

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, don't be surprised if you find yourself within feet (or inches) of a commercial truck. While sharing the road with these vehicles shouldn't be overly difficult, this isn't always the case.

Knowing why truck accidents happen can go a long way in helping you prevent a collision. Here are five of the top causes of truck accidents:

  • Inadequate training. Trucking companies are expected to train drivers on everything from safety to loading to driving techniques.
  • Reckless driving. This comes in many forms, with excessive speeding and failure to use turn signals among the most common.
  • Distracted driving. Truckers are often on the road for many hours at a time, so it's easy for them to become distracted. For example, eating, drinking or talking on a phone will take a person's attention away from the road.
  • Drowsy driving. There are laws in place to ensure that truckers get enough rest when driving long distances. However, even with a good night's rest, drowsy driving is still a concern.
  • Unrealistic schedules. When a trucking company sets an unrealistic schedule for its drivers, truckers are more likely to drive faster than the speed limit and/or take fewer breaks.

Did a passing vehicle cause a serious accident?

At various times while driving, it can prove dangerous to attempt certain maneuvers. While you pride yourself on remaining a conscientious driver at all times and would never put others in unnecessary danger, you likely understand that other driver's do not always practice such courtesies.

Unfortunately, one person's decision to carry out at risky action could result in a serious car accident. The person may have ignored weather conditions, traffic laws or other things that made it unsafe to drive in a certain way. As a result, you may have suffered for his or her actions. In particular, passing another vehicle can be an easy way to cause a crash if done incorrectly.

A parenting agreement can help prevent a child custody dispute

The well-being of your children should be at the top of your priority list during the divorce process. Even though there are many things that require your attention, putting your children on the back burner can result in more issues in the future.

As you negotiate with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you'll find yourself working out the finer details of a parenting agreement. With this in place, you'll both have a clear idea of what you can and can't do in the future.

Follow these bicycle safety tips at all times

It doesn't matter if you're riding your bicycle for recreational purposes or to commute to and from work, there are a variety of safety tips you can follow to avoid trouble. With the right plan in place, you'll feel better every time you jump on your bike.

Here are three bicycle safety tips that anyone can follow:

  • Wear the appropriate safety gear: While it doesn't guarantee that you'll avoid injuries in the event of an accident, it can go a long way in keeping you safe. For example, a helmet can be the difference between a concussion and a serious traumatic brain injury.
  • Ride in a bicycle lane when available: This is the best place to ride your bicycle, as you don't have to concern yourself with vehicles and pedestrians. If a bicycle lane is available, stay off the sidewalk and out of the flow of traffic.
  • Watch for moving and stopped vehicles: It goes without saying that you'll keep a close eye on any moving vehicles, as to avoid a collision. However, you should also watch for parked vehicles, as someone could open a door into your path of travel.

An appropriate course of action after breach of contract

Strong contracts are an important aspect of doing business. You need contracts to strengthen your relationship with your employees, outline expectations with vendors and suppliers, and much more. When the other party does not adhere to the terms of the contract, it can lead to legal complications and financial losses for your Texas business.

If you experienced a breach of contract, there are things you can do to protect the interests of your business. Whether you want to seek compensation for your financial losses or you want to compel the other party to adhere to the contract, you can pursue a beneficial outcome. Before you move forward, you may want to explore all options so you know what will truly be best for your company.

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