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How are debts divided after divorce?

Texas is a community property state. This means that property owned jointly by a married couple is divided as close to 50-50 as possible, with "equality" being the primary goal rather than "equitability". But how are debts handled?

The first thing FindLaw points out is that in community property states like Texas, couples should know that the individual debts on one spouse's account could end up appearing on the other spouse's credit report, too. This is in addition to the debts that may be incurred on joint accounts or for joint purchases.

What is a safety-related auto defect?

Texan residents like you rely on your car to get where you need to go. Unfortunately, the roads are filled with dangers, some of which may even originate from your own vehicle. For example, defective manufacturing contributes to safety-related auto defects, and you may not even be aware of the recalls.

Why are auto recalls made in the first place? FindLaw states that recalls involve vehicle parts with defects that make the entire thing unsafe to drive. Typically, individual parts like brand airbags are recalled. However, in extreme cases where there are multiple parts failures or particularly severe defects, an entire model of vehicle may be recalled.

Communicating with insurers after an accident

An auto accident can be traumatic, resulting in physical and emotional harm. However, you may be able to get relief through a successful insurance claim.

To get the most out of the accident claim process, it's important to understand how to communicate with the insurance company. Saying too much or too little, or not providing enough evidence of your injury, could affect your claim in a negative way. Keep in mind, too, that a personal injury attorney can handle all communications with the insurance company on your behalf — while you focus on healing.

Can my spouse take my personal injury settlement in Texas?

Injury puts stress on many marriages in Texas. These life-changing injuries could lead to divorce. Unfortunately, they could also potentially complicate the divorce process.

Some of what you might view as your compensation for your injuries may be partially due to your spouse. Texas courts often regard part of personal injury settlements as community property. Please read on for a more detailed discussion of this topic.

How can truck drivers avoid distractions?

When you drive a truck in Texas, it may sometimes be difficult to resist picking up your cellphone when you think a family member or a supervisor is trying to get in touch with you. However, distracted driving can be dangerous for you and for the other people on the road. To protect yourself, it is important to know how you can avoid distractions behind the wheel.

There are a few habits you can develop to make sure you have no distractions as you drive. Work Truck magazine says you should typically avoid using your cellphone. While your trucking company may allow the use of these devices if they are in a hands-free mode, phone calls can be distracting no matter how you place the call. One study found that no matter what setting a person uses, a phone call can take your mind off the road for 27 seconds after you hang up. Because of this, it is a good idea to make calls before you start driving and when you take a break.

Does child support include medical bills?

When you pay child support in Texas, you may expect to help pay for your child's school supplies and clothing. However, you may not think about health expenses until your child gets sick.

A court may divide your child's medical expenses into ordinary and extraordinary expenses. According to LiveAbout.com, ordinary expenses are usually dental appointments and your child's annual physical. Doctor's visits for the flu may also be ordinary expenses. You may not always have to pay these medical bills if you also pay child support. However, you may sometimes be responsible for extraordinary expenses.

Explosive Texas truck crash results in 2 deaths

Residents of a nearby county reported seeing a plume of smoke from an explosion that resulted from a crash involving three semi-trucks near the community of Hico, Texas, last Wednesday morning. First responders required the assistance of state authorities and agencies of another county to deal with the heat from the fire that resulted from the explosion. Two of the truck drivers died at the scene, and damage to the road required authorities to shut down that stretch of Highway 281 for the rest of the day. 

For reasons that are unknown, a 33-year-old man driving one of the semis northbound crossed over into the southbound lane. This put it in the path of another semi-truck that a 59-year-old man was piloting from the other direction. The first semi struck the second head-on. A 66-year-old man driving a third semi-truck was unable to avoid colliding with the other two despite taking evasive action. The third driver was fortunate to have sustained no injury in the crash that claimed the lives of the two other drivers. 

Is that whiplash injury serious?

As a Texan who has been in a car crash before, you may have ended up with soft tissue injuries in the aftermath. One of the most common injuries is whiplash, but despite how common it may be, that does not necessarily mean that it is not serious.

FindLaw takes a closer look at injuries related to whiplash. Some of the most common consequences can include issues like:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Balance, motion and equilibrium problems

Social media's impact on divorce

Social media has drastically altered the way people conduct themselves. While considerable research has gone into how social media apps such as Facebook and SnapChat have affected teens, it is also vital to recognize how adults use these services. In fact, some have found a correlation between excessive social media usage and an increased likelihood of divorce in married couples. 

Many couples will bring social media posts up in court to prove a spouse committed adultery. In other instances, social media simply exacerbates issues already present in the relationship. It is paramount for married couples to be aware of these potential issues so that they can circumvent them in the long run. 

6 injured in 3-vehicle accident on Texas highway

The blame for a rear-end collision in Texas almost always rests with the driver of the vehicle that strikes others from behind. This is especially true when the driver of the other vehicle(s) stop lawfully at an intersection or crossing because even if the driver sees the oncoming vehicle approach, there is little he or she can do to avoid the collision without further endangering the lives of all vehicle occupants. A rear-end collision last week on Highway 73 in Texas reportedly involved three vehicles. Altogether, six people involved in the accident went to the hospital, three of whom received serious injuries and one of whom required transportation by helicopter. 

Reports claim that a 47-year-old man was driving a van containing four passengers eastbound on Highway 73 at high speeds. He allegedly came upon an SUV and an 18-wheeler that had stopped to allow a vehicle carrying an oversize load to cross. The van reportedly hit the back of the tractor-trailer before pushing an SUV into a ditch with the force of the collision. Before coming to rest, the SUV rolled over several times. Its driver, a 27-year-old woman, sustained serious injuries requiring treatment at the hospital, where she traveled via ambulance.