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Hit by a drunk driver? Know your full range of legal options.

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous, and drunk drivers threaten the safety of everyone nearby them.

If you were injured by a drunk driver in Louisiana, it is important to know your full range of legal options for holding that person accountable and receiving the maximum available compensation for your injuries.

Zydeco, left turns and other causes of pedestrian accidents

It was a busy traffic day as you walked down the street intending to meet an old friend for lunch. You were listening to some great Zydeco music as you stepped onto a crosswalk and never heard the car that was coming around the corner. Fortunately, you survived but sustained multiple injuries. You would think walking is a relatively safe activity, but you are among tens of thousands of pedestrians across the country injured every year. So what are the major contributors to these accidents?

Real estate title work: Do you know what you’re doing?

When buying any piece of real estate, from a home to commercial property, there are many steps you need to take. Along with this, it's important that you do whatever you can to avoid a situation that leads to trouble on the day of closing.

One of the areas that deserves a lot of attention is the title of the property. This may not sound like a big deal, but any mistakes regarding this detail could cause you a lot of trouble down the road.

You have to take the right steps after a car accident

No two car accidents are exactly the same, but there are some basic steps you need to take if you find yourself in this position. By knowing what you should and should not do, it's much easier to avoid additional stress during an already difficult time.

The first thing you should do is conduct a health check. Did you suffer any injuries in the accident? How about other people in your vehicle?

Why having a lawyer handle your accident claim is so important

Even if you have sustained only minor injuries in a car crash, it is a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney. You could file a claim against an insurance company yourself, but big companies have big legal teams, and you would likely face an uphill battle. Some insurance companies might deny your claim or, at the very least, offer extremely low compensation with a take-it-or-leave-it sort of attitude.

A personal injury attorney experienced in dealing with insurance company lawyers can do all the legwork and the negotiating necessary for putting forth your claim.

Avoid these estate planning mistakes at all costs

There is a lot to think about when creating an estate plan. No matter who you are, you realize that making all the right decisions is extremely important.

Unfortunately, there are many mistakes you can make when creating an estate plan. Here are several that you want to avoid at all costs:

Do you know causes of truck accidents?

As somebody operating a passenger vehicle, you know one thing will never change: You have to share the road with others, many of whom can be loose cannons, safety-wise. Even if you're attempting to remain safe, another driver, such as a trucker, could take risks that put you in a bad position.

Although there is no guaranteed way to avoid a truck accident, it's good to understand why these crashes occur. With this knowledge guiding you, it's possible to avoid trouble on the road.

What are the advantages of an S corporation?

As you begin to plan for the future of your company, there will come a point when you need to decide on a business structure. With several options to choose from, it can be a challenge to settle on the right one.

For many entrepreneurs, a S corporation is the answer to all their problems. While similar to a C corporation in some ways, there is one primary difference: The profits and losses of the business can pass through to the owner's personal tax return. As a result, the business itself is not actually taxed.

Has a maritime accident left you adrift?

Accidents happen in every mode of travel, but the public hears more about those connected with planes, trains and automobiles than they do about accidents involving ships, barges or oil rigs. People who make a living on oceans, rivers or inland waterways are often in harm's way, even though they are aware of the dangers and committed to safety. Sailors, seamen and ship workers have rights that are protected by maritime law, but they sometimes require legal advice and representation.

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