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5 important driving tips to use around semi trucks

In 2015 alone, there were roughly 415,000 police-reported truck accidents in the United States. Of these crashes, explains the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 3,500 were fatal while a staggering 83,000 resulted in injury.

Statistics like this are sobering reminders of how dangerous it is to drive around semi trucks. Because of their size and weight, collisions are oftentimes incredibly violent, causing considerable damage to both vehicles and to occupants in the smaller vehicle. It's due to this fact that we wanted to highlight five important driving tips when operating around semi trucks.

Taking your wine to go: A look at Florida open container laws

For many people, going out to dinner at an upscale restaurant is a rare occurrence reserved only for special occasions. Perhaps even rarer are instances where people order a full bottle of wine to drink with their meal. Though the situation may not happen often, it can create a unique situation many of our readers may not have considered before now: what happens to the bottle if it isn't finished?

Most states prohibit the removal of alcohol from premises where alcohol is served, such as restaurants. Called open container laws, these laws usually lead to criminal charges, including time in jail and fines, if violated. While Florida does have strict open container laws, there is one exception: partially consumed bottles of wine.

How do you recover compensation if the other driver leaves?

It's the question most people hope they never have to ask in their lifetime: how do you recover compensation if the other driver leaves?

In a lot of cases, this question means there was a hit-and-run accident. There was probably damage to your vehicle. But most importantly, it likely means that you suffered injuries too. Regardless of who was at fault, Florida law entitles you to compensation. But who pays and how do you recover damages?

The brain 101: Why college students tend to drink so much

Attending college isn't just about receiving a higher education and transitioning into adulthood. For many young adults, college also means regular invites to parties and an introduction to drinking.

In a majority of cases, this is the time where young adults are supposed to learn their limits and when to say no to another drink. Unfortunately, the human brain often works against us when it comes to alcohol in social settings, which can put young people in problematic situations later on.

What to do if you face DUI charges as a CDL holder

If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL) and make your living via transportation services, a DUI could be devastating. A mark on your criminal record could not only affect future opportunities but it could ruin your current livelihood. However, you do not have to plead guilty and accept these charges that could change your whole life.

Can you have containers of alcohol in the car?

Most states have some form of "open container" laws, which govern whether people in a vehicle can possess open containers of alcohol. Drivers and passengers alike need to understand what they are allowed to do so that they do not run into legal trouble.

Here is an overview of what is allowed under the open container laws.

Approaching a Workers' Compensation Case Successfully

Nobody goes to work thinking that they're going to get injured that day; however, there are certain fields where people might be prone to receiving injuries on the job. People operating heavy equipment are at risk for injuring themselves or others while operating machinery. Those who work with chemicals in a lab could hurt themselves with a chemical spill. Even people who simply lift boxes during the work day could injure their legs or their back in the process.Regardless of the circumstances, people who are injured at work could miss a significant amount of time and may benefit from seeking out workers' compensation reimbursements for their related expenses. These can be tough cases to win and everyone involved in a workers' compensation case should consider keeping a few tips in mind.

Approaching a Worker's Compensation Case Successfully

Nobody goes to work thinking that they're going to get injured that day; however, there are certain fields where people might be prone to receiving injuries on the job. People operating heavy equipment are at risk for injuring themselves or others while operating machinery. Those who work with chemicals in a lab could hurt themselves with a chemical spill. Even people who simply lift boxes during the work day could injure their legs or their back in the process.

Regardless of the circumstances, people who are injured at work could miss a significant amount of time and may benefit from seeking out workers' compensation reimbursements for their related expenses. These can be tough cases to win and everyone involved in a workers' compensation case should consider keeping a few tips in mind. 

It's my first DUI - what should I do?

You watched the Super Bowl on the big-screen TV at a friend's house, and enjoyed a fantastic tailgate party. You had a few beers to offset the spicy wings, but when the game ended you felt perfectly fine to drive home, just a few miles away. Unfortunately, there was a DUI checkpoint on the way. A Breathalyzer test revealed that you were just barely above the legal limit at .081. So what happens now? First, don't panic. It happens. You probably feel guilty. While you made a mistake, nobody was injured - and you've learned that your idea of "how much is too much" was not quite right. According to BACtrack, a company that makes Breathalyzers that work with smartphones to monitor blood alcohol content (BAC), its users recorded an average BAC of .091 on Super Bowl Sunday. The only days that people drank more were New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day. Designating a driver for any event where there will be drinking-like a Super Bowl party-is always the right thing to do.Having learned that lesson, what else can you expect after receiving this charge, and how can you keep it from ruining the rest of the year? Here are five things you should know:

Steps to take immediately after a car accident

Car accidents are very stressful and often scary for everyone involved. Emotions and adrenaline run very high, and it's easy to forget what you need to do to effectively and safely move on when in the middle of an accident. Although it may be difficult to think on your feet, it's important to remember a few important steps to ensure your safety and your ability to notify the police and your insurance company.

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