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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.

Should you take legal action after the death of a loved one?

The loss of a loved one is a devastating experience for a Texas family. It can be especially tragic when the death was unexpected or the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person. In these situations, grieving families may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against the liable party.

It is not always easy to determine whether it is appropriate for you to move forward with a civil claim after the death of a family member. Perhaps you are unsure if it would be appropriate, or you may not be certain about how the claims process works. Due to the sensitive nature of wrongful death claims and the complex legal issues that could affect your case, you may want to seek guidance even before you initiate this process.

Create a property division checklist to keep your assets in order

If you plan to ask your spouse for a divorce or are already moving down this path, it's time to turn your attention to your assets. Doing so now allows you to remain better organized as the divorce process unfolds.

A property division checklist should consist of all your assets, with each one falling into one of these categories:

  • Personal property: Examples include motor vehicles, collectibles, clothing, furniture, antiques, rugs, guns, electronics, jewelry and artwork
  • Real estate property: Examples include the family home, vacation home, rental property and undeveloped land
  • Financial assets: Examples include bank accounts, retirement accounts, educational accounts, cash, profit sharing, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, certificates of deposit, annuities, trusts and life insurance policy cash values
  • Business assets: Examples include commercial real estate, office equipment and financial assets associated with the business (such as bank accounts)

These are the most common causes of car-pedestrian accidents

Even though you have rights as a pedestrian, such as the right of way at crosswalks, it doesn't mean that all drivers will take caution in your presence. Instead, a driver could make a variety of errors, any of which can lead to a serious accident.

Here are the most common causes of a car-pedestrian accident:

  • Distracted driving: When driving in close proximity to pedestrians, drivers must pay attention to the road and what's happening around them. Sending a text, for example, takes their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.
  • Speeding: The faster a vehicle is moving, the more time it takes to stop. Speeding in close proximity to pedestrians is a common mistake that has the potential to cause a serious accident.
  • Driving under the influence: When a driver is intoxicated, they don't exercise good judgment. This also makes it more difficult for them to spot pedestrians, such as those who are crossing the street.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks: When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, all drivers are expected to stop until they pass. If a person isn't paying attention or is in a hurry, they may drive through a crosswalk without thinking twice.

How do you prevent someone from contesting your will?

When creating a will, it's important to think about what will happen upon your death. More specifically, there are steps you can take now to prevent someone from contesting your will in the future.

Here are several things you can do:

  • Create your estate plan as soon as possible: You should create your estate plan when you are in good physical and mental health. You don't want to give someone reason to believe you were mentally incapacitated at the time of creating your will.
  • Write a no contest clause into your will: This provision states that anyone who challenges your estate plan will not receive anything upon your death.
  • Use a trust: Although a trust can be contested, it makes it much more difficult for someone to have success. It's more time-consuming and costly to create and manage a trust compared to a will, but you get greater peace of mind.
  • Don't hide your estate plan: Not only should your executor or trustee have a clear idea of where to find your estate plan and related information, but it's imperative to review it and make changes as necessary.

You can still succeed with real estate investments

It used to be that purchasing real estate meant having a solid and reliable investment. Commercial real estate is a great way to balance your portfolio and earn a passive income. Unfortunately, recent events may have you nervous about making such an investment.

If you have followed the news, you may be concerned that the latest government shutdown, rising rates of interest and the instability in Europe, among other factors, may make investing in real estate less profitable. Additionally, commercial real estate is experiencing a new challenge with the explosion of online shopping options. Nevertheless, you can take steps to keep up with the many challenges and changes in the market.

Easy ways to avoid distracted driving

Distracted driving is a concern for everyone, as there will be times when you're tempted to move your attention away from the road. Knowing just how dangerous this can be is often more than enough to keep you focused on the task at hand.

If you're concerned about distracted driving, here are several tips you can follow to avoid doing so in the future:

  • Put your cellphone away: For example, you can place your cellphone in your purse, center console or glove box so that it's out of sight. This lessens the likelihood of using it while your vehicle is in motion.
  • Don't get carried away with passengers: It's easy to get lost in a conversation with a passenger, especially if you're having a good time. Let your passengers know that it's okay to chat, but you need to focus your attention on the roadway.
  • Don't multitask: When driving, you shouldn't do anything else. Don't eat, drink, smoke, text or reach for an item under your seat. All your attention should be on the road and the steps you can take to remain safe.
  • Pull over if you're tired: Drowsy driving and distracted driving often go together hand in hand. If your eyelids are getting heavy, look for a safe place to pull over so you can assess your situation.
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