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Losing a loved one and the impact on income

Needless to say, money is not the first thing on your mind when you lose a loved one. It's a tough, traumatic experience that often comes as a shock. If you lose them in an accident -- like a car accident or a workplace accident -- it is sudden and jarring. It may take a long time to work through the emotions that you and your family are feeling.

However, at some point, you do want to consider the real financial impact of this incident. This may go beyond direct costs like medical bills and funeral costs, and could really impact your income.

Driving distractions beyond cellphones

The smartphone is the biggest driving distraction facing Americans today. Accidents happen all the time when drivers decide to text, talk, read, watch and listen. Any time they engage with the phone, they take their full attention off of the road, and that's a risk to every person near them.

However, it's dangerous to assume that cellphones are the only risks, the only distractions. They're not. Turning off the phone is not enough to guarantee a distracted driving accident will not happen. Other issues include drivers who:

  • Do their grooming on the way to work.
  • Drink a cup of coffee or any other beverage.
  • Turn around to talk to their children or other passengers.
  • Look at a map and read it while driving.
  • Put a new address into the GPS.
  • Try to pick up items that fall on the floor.
  • Spend time adjusting their mirrors and other systems.
  • Refuse to pull over when something demands their attention.

A rear-end crash, TBI and your chances for recovery

A traumatic brain injury is often associated with a sport like football or soccer. However, most of these injuries are the result of falls and motor vehicle accidents.

You could sustain TBI as the victim of a minor rear-end collision and need rehabilitation. What are your chances for recovery?

Should you apologize after a motorcycle accident?

You're generally a nice person. It's not something you really have to work at. You just like other people and you're quick to apologize whenever something goes wrong, even if it's not your fault. You just want them to know that you care.

On the way home from work one day, you get into a motorcycle accident. It happens very quickly. You're not really sure what happened as you hit your head -- even with a helmet on -- and pass out. After you come to, you find yourself sitting on the side of the road with the other driver, waiting for the ambulance.

Alleged drunk driver hits police car

Police recently arrested a man in Ohio on suspicion that he was driving while under the influence. The arrest happened after he crashed into a police car, and the whole incident was caught on camera.

The footage comes from the squad car itself. The officer is driving down the road at night, with his headlights on. Ahead of him, another set of headlights moves into his lane, coming straight at him. The officer slows down and then stops when he sees the other car in his lane.

Why does the summer lead to a spike in car accidents?

Have you heard that summer is the most dangerous time to drive? Do you know that there tends to be a spike in traffic fatalities as the temperatures climb?

It's true. An Ohio winter may feel more dangerous with the snow and ice, but the summer is actually the more dangerous period. Why is this?

Crash with 2 trucks leaves 1 dead in Ohio

Multiple vehicles, including two semitrucks, were involved in an interstate accident in Ohio. The devastating crash left one person dead.

It appears that the accident happened when the vehicles were nearing traffic that had stopped on the road. The sheriff's office said that one semi swerved when approaching the backup and collided with another semi. The driver who swerved was 69 years old.

What are the consequences of a DUI?

Drinking and driving is a serious crime that often has tragic consequences for victims and their families. To reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads, many states have strict laws in place. Ohio is one state that has mandatory and nonmandatory penalties for DUI offenders. As serious of a crime that drinking and driving while under influence is, many people find themselves with DUI charges. Drunk driving charges often have a lingering impact that creates more economic and financial challenges than many people think. 

Anyone dealing with a DUI charge or who could potentially end up with one from drinking and driving should familiarize her or himself with the following information on DUI penalties

Why are traffic fatalities going up?

Reports from recent years have shown that traffic fatalities have, at times, been going up. This is surprising, considering how much safer cars have become. It's also concerning since traffic accidents are already one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Why is this happening? A lot of different factors play into it. Let's break down a few of them.

What if 4 commercial planes crashed weekly?

Imagine that you go to the airport. On the televisions, you see the news that three commercial airliners have already crashed in the United States that week. The experts on TV note that one or two more should crash before the week ends.

Would you still get on your plane? Probably not. You'd be appalled. You'd be scared. You wouldn't fly again until the authorities stopped the accidents.

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