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How can you prove someone was on the phone while driving?

Everyone knows that you're supposed to stay off cellphones when behind the wheel. But that doesn't always stop people from texting or talking on their cellphones despite them knowing better.

If you end up injured because a driver was more interested in a phone conversation than the road, how can you prove that a cellphone played a part in your accident? There are several ways to go about it, including:

Injuries and accidents in movie theaters

Summer blockbusters are a huge attraction -- and spending some time in a cool movie theater is a great way to kill some time on a hot day. However, movie theaters are not immune to accidents.

Most of the time, the injuries don't amount to much more than a stubbed toe and a bruised shin from climbing over other patrons to get to the aisle. Other times, however, people aren't as lucky. A bad fall inside a movie theater can leave the victim with broken bones, slipped discs, spinal damage and brain injuries.

How do you dissolve a company?

Whether you're retiring or just closing up shop to focus on other goals, it's important to follow the right steps to formally dissolve your business. Otherwise, you could be opening yourself up to unfortunate financial liabilities toward the government, suppliers, customers and employees.

The exact steps you need to follow will vary a bit depending on the type of business you operate and your own unique situation, but here's a basic checklist:

What can an accident reconstruction expert do for your case?

If you've been injured in a car accident involving one or more vehicles, an accident reconstruction expert could end up providing invaluable information to help with litigation, particularly when serious injuries or a wrongful death is involved.

Accident reconstruction experts have extensive training that allows them to evaluate all the available data surrounding an accident, including road conditions, weather, traffic flow and more. Using crash simulations, 3D animation and forensic mapping, they can help show a number of important things that may be critical to your case:

  • They can show the true position of each person involved, if there is a dispute about who was actually driving a particular vehicle (and, therefore, who might be liable for any injuries).
  • They can clearly demonstrate the position of each vehicle both prior to the accident and during the accident.
  • They can help determine the speed of impact, which can show both fault and speak to the veracity of an individual's injuries.
  • They can use their abilities to testify to the force of impact and the cause of specific injuries.
  • They can show whether or not someone was actually wearing a seat belt, as alleged.

How insurance companies try to get you to settle early

Insurance companies do not have the best reputation when it comes to treating customers fairly and with decency. In many cases, if not most, this reputation is well-deserved.

One thing insurance companies do is try to get their customers to settle personal injury claims early as to avoid a potentially higher payout later. Here are some tactics these companies use to "encourage" these early settlements.

Infamous North Carolina murder case is making news again

The conviction of award-winning novelist Michael Peterson for the staircase murder of his wife, Kathleen, is one of the most notorious trials in the state's history. Many people still have questions about what really happened, and the twists and turns of the case have haunted many over the years.

Now, the story is back in the news because a true-crime documentary about the case and its aftermath is being broadcast to millions once more on Netflix.

Know the limits of a 'Miranda' warning

Miranda warnings are the subject of a lot of misunderstandings.

Those misunderstandings can lead to big problems for defendants who rely on them. Here are some of the most important things that everyone should know about Miranda warnings:

How can you modify your child support payments?

Child support is one of the thorniest issues between couples. Whether you pay it or receive it, the odds are good that you aren't happy with the amount.

Is it possible to get the amount changed? Maybe. Short of agreements written into the divorce that change the amount based on things like the cost of living, your ability to easily obtain a modified support amount depends on a couple things:

Use these tips to stay free of drunk driving charges this summer

A lot of people look forward to summer, whether they plan to go on vacation to the beach or indulge in a "staycation" at home with friends.

Vacations, barbecues, tailgate parties, concerts and other summer fun often involve alcohol consumption. There's nothing wrong with having a drink or two. Unfortunately, otherwise responsible people sometimes get in situations where they make mistakes and end up behind the wheel after drinking.

Defective guardrails lead to another injury on the road

You're probably used to the idea that there are a lot of dangers on the roads out there -- but you might not realize that one of those dangers is actually beside the road.

X-lite guardrails, produced by a company called Lindsay Corporation, have already been blamed for a number of wrongful deaths and personal injuries. The rails are supposed to prevent rollovers and keep cars from sliding into ditches or over hills. However, a defect in the design of their end treatments can cause the rails to go through vehicles instead of just stopping them. Several states have already begun efforts to remove or replace the rails while injury victims and survivors press forward with lawsuits against the company.

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