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Automated car wrecks while leaving a North Carolina garage

The automated technology that was supposed to produce driverless vehicles hasn't quite lived up to its hype -- at least not yet. Another accident involving Tesla's automated driving features illustrates some of the dangers presented by the technology.

In 2016, Tesla's top executives announced that it expected driverless cars to be able to cross the country on their own within two short years. As it turns out, it can be a challenge just to get one to exit a garage safely.

How can a phone call ruin your defense?

In prison, your right to privacy is sharply limited, even on the phone. In fact, you'll probably see a sign warning that all of your phone calls are being recorded. You may even get a reminder message before you start to dial.

Take that warning seriously. Too many defendants end up paying the price when they don't. Here are some things that you, your friends and your family members need to know about communicating by phone while you are in jail awaiting trial.

Dropping the kids off at school? Follow these rules

Dropping the kids off at school every morning during the school year is a hassle -- and it can be dangerous. It's easy to end up in a car accident with another harried parent. Worse, you run the risk of hitting a child or teenager if you aren't very careful!

To cut down on the possibility of a serious accident during your morning routine, keep the following drop-off rules in mind:

Liability for on-campus assaults

Who is liable if a student is attacked on campus?

As universities and colleges around the country gear up for the fall semester, students are gearing up as well. Many anxious parents worry about sending their children off to campus around so many strangers, where virtually anything could happen.

Assault and battery charges: What you should know

Assault and battery charges are serious business -- but the differences between the two aren't always easy to understand.

The more you understand about the law, the better your chances of overcoming these kinds of charges. Here's what you need to know about assault and battery crimes.

A DWI may prevent you from getting your dream job

Let us say that you are a college student working toward your goal of becoming a teacher. One wrong move and a conviction for DWI could derail your career hopes.

An arrest for driving while impaired may result in penalties that will affect life as you know it as well as your plans for the future.

The dangers of purging your electronic records

If you've been in business for any length of time, you already know that you can't destroy any documents that could be relevant to a possible lawsuit.

What about your electronic records?

Husband sues ex-wife's boyfriend and wins

A jilted husband utilized a little-known North Carolina law to sue his ex-wife's boyfriend -- and won a judgment of more than $8 million for alienation of affection.

Alienation of affection lawsuits are only permitted in a handful of states. In order to pursue one, you have to prove several things:

  • You once had a happy marriage with genuine affection.
  • The affection and love in your marriage were destroyed ("alienated") by another person.
  • You were damaged in some way as a result.

Think twice before you accept a plea deal on a drug charge

There's no such thing as a "minor" drug charge. No matter what anyone tells you to the contrary, all drug charges have the potential for long-term consequences.

A lot of defendants charged with misdemeanor drug charges like possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia are eager to put the whole ordeal behind them. Once they find out that the prosecutor is willing to offer them a lenient sentence -- usually without jail time -- they're happy to take a plea bargain.

5 reasons why large commercial trucks are dangerous

Driving near large trucks is scary. The sheer size of these monstrous vehicles makes them intimidating and dangerous. Your fear of sharing the road with big rigs is not irrational. According to crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly four-thousand people died in tractor-trailer collisions in 2016.

So what makes 18-wheeler trucks so deadly? Here are five of the top reasons why people die in semi-truck crashes:

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