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Drunk driving accidents: chain-reaction crash leaves a man dead

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a big problem in Texas. Police forces across the state have stepped up efforts to combat drunk driving. Increased patrols, DUI checkpoints and public awareness campaigns are just a few examples of these law enforcement initiatives. However, drunk driving accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate despite these efforts.

A suspected drunk driver reportedly caused a recent chain-reaction crash in Dallas that resulted in the death of one man. The crash happened just before midnight in the southbound lanes Highway 75. According to reports, an alleged drunk driver crashed into another southbound vehicle. Apparently, this collision caused the other vehicle to hit a wall, ejecting a passenger.

3 ways social media posts can destroy a collaborative divorce

Virtually nobody looks forward to a divorce. After all, divorces can be stressful, hurtful and downright exhausting. If you and your spouse have committed to a collaborative divorce, you can likely avoid many of the negative emotions that come with dissolving a marriage. Still, if you use social media the wrong way, you could be asking for trouble. 

Social media platforms offer an easy way both to document your life and connect with friends. Under normal circumstances, your social media posts are probably harmless. They may even help you improve your personal and professional reputation. During a divorce, though, you must think twice about how you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets. If you do any of the following, you may destroy your collaborative divorce. 

Fatal motor vehicle accidents are happening more and more

When it comes to accidents, the biggest question is not if they will happen, but when. Accidents can happen at any place at any time in the blink of an eye. In the state of Texas, motor vehicle accidents are happening more frequently. The vast majority of these accidents are nothing more than minor fender benders. However, an increasing number are proving to be fatal.

A recent wrong-way crash in Irving claimed the lives of two people and injured another. The accident happened in the westbound lanes of Texas 183 during the overnight hours. According to reports, a vehicle was traveling the wrong direction in the westbound lanes and violently collided with a vehicle that was traveling the correct direction.

Drunk driving accidents: Driver arrested after fatal crash

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Those who drive while intoxicated endanger the lives of everyone around them. When a person gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, the chances for a crash increase dramatically. In Texas and across the United States, drunk driving accidents claim the lives of at least two people every hour. A recent fatal crash in Denton left one man dead and a driver facing serious charges.

The crash happened along Fort Worth Drive during the overnight hours. According to reports, the driver of a southbound pickup truck drove off the left side of the roadway and into a grass ditch. Reportedly, the driver lost control and slid sideways through the ditch, crashing into the driver's side of a northbound car.

Financial mistakes to avoid during a divorce

No couple gets married with the intention of one day ending the marriage. According to recent statistics, however, over half of all marriages in Texas and across the country end in divorce. Divorce can definitely be psychologically and emotionally challenging, and it can also be a very expensive process. Here are a few financial mistakes to avoid when going through a divorce.

In order to pay for divorce expenses, some people will cash in their investments. They do this with the intention of putting the money back when the dust settles. However, liquidating an investment that has appreciated is a taxable event, possibly costing more money in the long run. It's always good to become familiar with tax laws, as these can change frequently. For example, spouses who pay alimony used to get a tax deduction, but new tax laws have eliminated this tax break.

Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury or death

Roadways across the state of Texas have become crowded and are frequently congested. Obviously, those who travel by motorcycle face different challenges and dangers than those in passenger vehicles. Motorcycles are smaller and can be more difficult for other drivers to see. This is a major cause of motorcycle accidents. Since motorcyclists are more exposed and minimally protected, any accident has a greater chance of being serious or fatal.

A recent crash in Tyler resulted in injuries and the tragic death of a motorcyclist. The accident happened just before midnight on South Broadway Avenue. According to reports, a pickup truck and a motorcycle were both southbound on South Broadway approaching an intersection. Investigators said that the motorcycle was slowing or had stopped for the red light and was struck from behind by the pickup truck.

What to do after you get hit by a drunk driver

It is no secret that drunk driving ruins lives. In 2016, there were 17,434 DUI accidents in Texas, with San Antonio topping the list of cities with 1,845 crashes. Too many lives are lost and changed forever due to impaired drivers. 

If you are ever in a DUI crash, it is vital to know what to do. Here are some actions you should take after getting hit by an intoxicated driver.

Motor vehicle accidents: Young boy killed in tragic crash

Its no secret that roadways are becoming more and more crowded across the state of Texas. These days, just getting from point A to point B can be risky and dangerous. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of serious injury and death across the country. Unfortunately, most people will experience an automobile accident at some point in their lives.

A tragic accident in Ellis County recently claimed the life of a young boy. The accident involved two vehicles and happened along Interstate 35. According to reports, a van traveling southbound had become disabled in the center lane and was suddenly struck from behind by a pickup truck heading the same direction.

Tips to manage stress during divorce

The end of a marriage can be emotional and stressful experience. When couples get married, the furthest thing from their minds is divorce. However, some statistics say that about half of all marriages in Texas and across the United States will end in divorce. The following tips can be helpful to manage the stress that is common when spouses separate.

To reduce stress and anxiety, there is arguably nothing more effective than physical activity. It is a scientific fact that exercise produces endorphins, which are the brain chemicals responsible for happiness. Finding a new hobby can lift spirits and focus the mind away from the stress of the divorce. Engaging in a new hobby is also a great way to meet people and build self esteem.

Is divorce mediation just for couples who still get along well?

One out-of-court option for couples when it comes to tackling divorce issues is mediation. In divorce mediation, a couple meets with a neutral mediator and discusses divorce issues with the aim of trying to reach agreements on these issues.

As a note, the mediator is there to facilitate discussions between the parties, not to “rule” on the issues. So, in mediation, decision-making power remains with the parties, it does not go to the mediator.

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