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Lafayette Personal Injury, Criminal Law And Family Law Blog

Views on stay-at-home parents and property division differ

Many Louisiana parents may give up more than they realize when they choose to stay at home with the kids rather than returning to work. However, they undoubtedly do not regret these sacrifices because they enjoy having the ability to personally care for their kids. Still, making this decision may influence the outcomes of property division proceedings in the event that a couple chooses to divorce.

Both women and men make the decision to stay home with the kids, but there are considerably more women who make this choice. Still, the jobs they perform at home with the kids are immensely important, but there is interest in how it compares to the work parents do out of the home. A study was recently conducted in which 3,000 participants provided their views on asset division for a fictitious divorcing couple that included a mother who stayed at home.

Ease your mind by working with a professional after you're hurt

When you got hurt, you couldn't believe it. You were minding your own business and following the rules of the road when another driver, seemingly out of nowhere, collided with your vehicle. Now, you've spent multiple days in the hospital, and you're not sure how long it will be until you can go home.

You're not alone in your plight. Many people are blindsided by sudden injuries caused by traffic collisions. As you suddenly find yourself in the hospital, you may not be sure what to expect, whom to turn to or how to handle insurance agents, police officers or others who come to see you.

Car accidents result in untold suffering

The effects of a motor vehicle accident reach beyond those in the vehicles. If drivers and passengers suffer injuries, families and loved ones suffer right along with them. When car accidents result in fatal injuries, those loved ones may never recover from the grief and loss.

One such accident occurred recently in Louisiana on a Tuesday afternoon. A man driving a box truck apparently failed to yield to a flashing traffic signal and entered an intersection just as a pickup truck crossed the intersection in front of him. The box truck collided with the side of the pickup, sending the smaller vehicle rolling onto its roof and off the road. The driver of the pickup truck was a 21-year-old woman who was seven months pregnant.

Investigator mistakes could play part in criminal defense

Though remaining silent is often best when accused of a crime, it does not mean that individuals cannot create useful defense presentations even if they did answer police questions. Certainly, as the Miranda warning states, anything a person says can be used against him or her in a court of law. Fortunately, other criminal defense strategies may come in handy to fight against any incriminating statements.

One woman may be hoping to find her most viable courses of action after recently being charged with drug crimes in Louisiana. Apparently, the woman worked at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and during a crackdown on drugs and contraband at the facility, investigators allegedly found illegal substances inside her vehicle. It was not clear what caused suspicion to fall on the woman before the search.

Car accidents: Crash with log truck leaves woman dead

Traffic laws and rules are in effect for Louisiana and the rest of the country to ensure the safety of all travelers on roadways. When they are ignored, serious car accidents can occur. Sadly, one family has become the victim of a tragic vehicle accident, following the alleged negligence of a log truck driver.

According to the video accompanying the article, the accident occurred early in the morning. Reportedly, a log truck driver pulled into the path of an eastbound SUV. The SUV was occupied by a 29-year-old female driver and two minor passengers.

Car accidents: Man charged after fatal head-on collision

One man in Louisiana is dead and another is facing charges in connection with a recent auto collision. The crash occurred in East Feliciana Parish on the morning of Tuesday, March 26, and involved a pickup truck and smaller sedan. As is the case in all car accidents where someone was killed as the result of another driver's carelessness or negligence, the surviving family members of the deceased have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver to help recoup their losses and perhaps provide some sense of closure to this terrible tragedy.

Reportedly, the accident happened around 10 a.m. on highway LA 10 near Jackson. A 34-year-old man was killed when his vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by a 60-year-old man. The older man was heading east on the highway when he apparently crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle.

Time change and less sleep means more personal injury incidents

Lafayette readers understand that Daylight Savings often causes adults to struggle with things such as sleepiness, trouble falling asleep and ongoing drowsiness throughout the day. It is not easy to adjust when the time changes, and the result is that more people are on Louisiana roads commuting, transporting children and running errands while they are overly tired. More drowsy drivers naturally leads to an increase in car accidents and personal injury incidents.

Drivers who do not get enough sleep are significantly more likely to cause an accident. In fact, studies prove that drivers who miss even just one or two hours of the recommended amount of sleep in 24 hours are approximately twice as likely to be involved in a crash. AAA suggests that drivers need at least seven hours of sleep to be adequately alert behind the wheel.

Understanding different spousal support options

In most marriages, spouses become financially intertwined, meaning that they depend on each other to some extent regarding income. Financial dependence within a marriage can be perfectly healthy and functional. However, if the couple decides to go through a divorce, this is where things can get complicated.

If you have been financially dependent on your spouse during your marriage and you are now getting divorced, you will probably be concerned about how you will manage to support yourself in the future. This can be especially true in situations where the spouse with a lower income is the primary caregiver of the children.

Helping children navigate complex family law matters

Divorce has a significant impact on the youngest members of the family, and Louisiana parents understand the importance of helping their kids walk through this process and navigate transitions. Family law matters can have a negative effect on the long-term mental and emotional health of the children, but there are several things parents can do to help them avoid undue stress and complications. According to statistics, about half of the children in the United States will experience their parents divorcing at some point.

The end of a marriage affects many things, and it is easy for kids to feel like their parents are distracted and preoccupied during this difficult process. Parents may find that a divorce affects parenting strategies that provided stability and security for the children. The end result may be that kids end up with emotional and mental health issues that can affect the rest of their lives.

Criminal defense important when college pranks go bad

College pranks can be amusing, and many look back fondly on the fun they had in their university days. Much of the fun on and off campus may involve the consumption of alcohol, and it is not unusual for things to get out of control. A recent incident on the Louisiana State University campus may have started as a prank, but it came to a bad end for three men from a neighboring town who may now be preparing a criminal defense.

Campus police saw security footage around 2:30 a.m. of three men driving a John Deere utility vehicle from a locker room at LSU's football stadium. The three allegedly drove the vehicle around the campus streets for several blocks before officers stopped them. Two of the men apparently jumped from the vehicle and attempted to run.