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November 2016 Archives

Seemingly negligent driver runs over, kills female student

Texas has its fair share of accidents where pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles and are either killed or receive serious injuries. This is particularly true on the many sprawling college and university campuses throughout the state. Recently, for example, a female student at UT Arlington was struck by what appears to have been a negligent driver operating a white pickup truck.

Child custody decision by court depends on numerous factors

Child custody is an issue of primary importance in a Texas divorce proceeding, and while property issues can generally take their time to some extent, resolution of temporary arrangements regarding the children will be decided rather swiftly. Of course, where the parents have already decided on a framework for child custody and visitation, the family law court will often approve those terms. In some instances, the court may order modifications to what the parents have decided.

Artist has serious injuries from car gone wild at farmers market

Unbelievable tragedies can befall totally innocent victims because of a motorist's careless or reckless driving. That is the case in a horrendous accident that occurred in Texas recently at the Wimberley Farmers Market when a local folk artist was struck by a car that jumped the sidewalk and plowed into a crowd at the fair. The victim suffered serious injuries that reportedly resulted in the amputation of her right leg.

Speed limiting mandate may reduce serious truck accidents

Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced their joint proposal to mandate speed limiters in large commercial vehicles, more than 5,000 people have taken advantage of the comment period. The purpose of the mandate is to potentially reduce the number of truck accidents that cause serious and fatal injuries. While the idea is appealing to some, many truckers in Texas and across the country are opposed to the plan.

What happens if I have received my third DWI offense?

In Texas, your first two DWI convictions are usually considered misdemeanors. However, your third DWI conviction is categorized as a third degree felony. It does not matter how long ago you received your first two convictions, they will still count as priors.

Looking to change custody arrangements? Here are 3 things to consider.

Almost no custody order is forever. Parents move and remarry and children get increasingly involved and activities as they get older. With that, custody modifications generally change. If both parents agree to the modifications, they can simply honor new rules without court intervention. If, however, one parent balks at the new schedule, a court order can ensure that both parties comply with new arrangements.

Pitt/Jolie child custody case still mired in abuse allegations

In Texas and other states, when allegations of a parent's abusive treatment of a child becomes public, the local child welfare office will likely open an investigation. When a highly-covered celebrity couple is the subject of the investigation, a private process will be difficult to maintain. This is the situation currently consuming the news reports regarding the separation, divorce and child custody proceedings involving Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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