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Many causes can lead to semitruck wrecks

A person who is struck by a semitruck might suffer catastrophic injuries, including those that cause brain or spinal cord damage. These cases can often lead to considerable expenses for the victim, but there isn't any reason why the victim should be left holding the financial responsibility for these matters. Instead, they might choose to seek compensation for the damages they face.

When you seek compensation for a semitruck crash, you need to be able to show why the defendants you name in the case should be held liable for the damages. This requires you to look into the cause of the crash. You might be surprised to learn that the liability for many crashes goes far beyond the trucker.

Family care plans are important for service members

People who are in the military have several things to think about when they decide to end a marriage. If they have children, they will need to come up with a family care plan to have on file with their commanding officer. This plan outlines what will happen to the children if the service member isn't able to care for them because of various reasons, including deployment.

When you're married to a civilian and share children with them, your spouse is likely the person who will have the children while you're on a deployment. That person might still be the caregiver if you divorce and have to deploy, but the military wants this in writing.

Establishing paternity in Texas

Unless you are legally married to the mother of your child, you are going to have to establish paternity if you wish to have any rights over him or her. Establishing paternity gives you rights in the legal sense, but it also helps build emotional ties between parent and child.

Once you establish paternity in Texas, you have the right to pursue custody, visitation or child support, depending on circumstances. Your child, in turn, benefits from knowing his or her father, which often helps foster a stronger sense of identity. By knowing who his or her father is, your son or daughter may also be able to gain access to medical records and similar resources that may prove important down the line. So, how might you go about establishing paternity in Texas?

AAA survey reveals public's unease with fully automated cars

While experts say that fully automated vehicles are still a decade away from being realized, it helps for automakers to know what the public reception of these vehicles would be like. If a AAA survey conducted in January 2020 is any indication, most adults in Texas and across the U.S. are wary about autonomous vehicles.

Only 12% of respondents said they would feel safe riding in a self-driving car. Moreover, 28% said they are unsure what they should feel about self-driving cars. As for what might help to reassure consumers, several things were brought up.

The Financial Complications of Gray Divorce

Divorce can be a menacing word, even when separation is the only acceptable option for one or both partners. It may be widely known that going through this process can take an emotional and financial toll, but many older couples aren't fully prepared for the ramifications of divorce later in life. Texas couples considering an official end to their marriage should take the time to learn how to prepare and protect themselves throughout the process.

Gray divorce, a term that applies to separating partners over the age of 50, has been steadily rising since the 1990s. Divorces for people in this age bracket tend to come with a few complications that aren't as pivotal for younger spouses, particularly issues related to insurance policies and retirement plans. Some types of policies and beneficiaries can't be adjusted until after a divorce is finalized, which could leave children or other family members without financial protection until the proceedings are over.

Senate hearing considers merits of teen truck driver bill

On Feb. 4, federal lawmakers heard opposing testimony on the merits of a bipartisan bill that would let commercial drivers under the age of 21 operate trucks on interstate routes going through Texas and across the U.S. Currently, commercial drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 are restricted from crossing state lines.

During the hearing, which was convened by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations said that the proposed bill would make the trucking industry safer. The legislation, called the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act, or the DRIVE-Safe Act, would implement an apprenticeship program for commercial drivers under the age of 21. After completing 400 hours of probation, including a minimum of 240 hours of CMV driving time, drivers in the program would be allowed to travel interstate routes.

Filing an appeal after a child custody decision

Some Texas parents may feel that the court in their child custody case ruled in an unfair manner. They may worry that the other parent poses a risk to the child or feel unjustly excluded from their child's life. Parents have the right to appeal child custody orders, although the timing and circumstances for an appeal may vary, and it may be better in some cases to file for a modification instead. In general, custody cases can be appealed once a final order has been issued and is in place.

In most cases, parents cannot appeal a child custody decision simply because they are unhappy with it. They need to show some type of unreasonable action or procedural mistake on the part of the court that could constitute an abuse of discretion. However, even when this process may be difficult, either parent retains the right to seek a modification of the order at any time. Changed circumstances may prompt a modification request, including either parent's location, marital status or medical situation. Evidence of abuse coming to light may also prompt a request for a child custody modification.

Did a negligent driver cause your spinal cord injury?

Perhaps you were stopped, waiting for the traffic light to change, when another driver struck your car from behind.

You sustained a spinal cord injury, or SCI, and you will need treatment for the foreseeable future. How will you manage to pay the medical bills, especially if you are not able to work?

Self-driving cars may not put an end to car crashes

Traffic accidents result in thousands of deaths per year. In 2017, fatal accidents caused by distracted drivers caused 3,166 deaths, which was more than 8% of all traffic fatalities. While cars have more safety features than they have in past years and decades, technology has also led to a rise in distracted driving. Although self-driving cars may put an end to distracted driving in the future, they may actually be causing drivers in Texas and around the country to take their focus off of the road today.

In recent years, vehicles have gained the ability to brake, accelerate and steer on their own. While these features have the potential to save lives, they also can make drivers complacent. Research has shown that motorists who have advanced safety or assisted driving features in their cars have slower reaction times than those who aren't using them.

Study finds parental alienation often used against mothers

When Texas couples are going through a divorce, it might involve a custody battle in which one parent claims that the other parent is guilty of parental alienation. However, some experts say that this claim is not scientifically sound and that it is a way to distract from an abusive parent.

The concept of parental alienation was developed in the 1980s by a child psychiatrist who felt the numerous claims mothers made during divorce that fathers were sexually abusing their children were often false. However, a law school professor did a study that looked at what happened when parental alienation was a factor in custody battles in cases from 2005 to 2014. She found that mothers were disproportionately likely to lose custody compared to fathers. The study found that fathers who claimed parental alienation was taking place took custody away from mothers more than 40% of the time. For mothers, this happened less than 30% of the time. The study also found that mothers were more likely to lose custody than fathers even when the court considered claims of abuse to be true.