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Monday, May 21, 2018

New push in Texas to curtail problem of distracted driving

Texas readers know that distracted driving continues to be an issue that both frustrates authorities and poses a threat to the health and safety of all drivers. Distraction greatly decreases a driver's ability to pay attention to the road while greatly increasing the chance of an accident. Despite knowing the dangers of driving while distracted, many people still do it.

Distracted driving continues to threaten Texas drivers

Like everywhere else in the country, distracted driving on Texas roads is a problem. There are more drivers operating a vehicle while doing other things than ever before, and it seems that the problem is only getting worse. While most people know distracted driving is extremely dangerous and completely preventable, people still engage in this dangerous behavior.

When an otherwise safe motorcycle ride turns into disaster

When you navigate Texas roadways on a motorcycle, you're at risk for injury. Then again, you could say the same about driving a car, flying in a plane or walking down a sidewalk, for that matter. While there is always a certain amount of risk involved with outdoor activities, all motorists are obligated to adhere to all traffic regulations and to make responsible choices to keep themselves, and all who share the road with them, as safe as possible. Even so, it helps to remain proactive about your own motorcycle safety.

If you lost a loved one in an accident, what are your options?

Losing a loved one in an accident is devastating. If the negligent or reckless actions of another person robbed you of a lifetime with a family member, it is both unfair and infuriating. While nothing can reverse what happened to your family, it may be possible to seek compensation for your losses and your emotional duress associated with the fatal accident.

Distracted Texas drivers are a threat to your safety

Texas readers know that distracted driving is a major problem in every state. As more drivers have phones, and more cars come with potentially distracting technology, this type of negligent driving is not a problem that will be going away any time soon. Many car accidents happen simply because a phone or other reason distracted the driver. 

Being in the military doesn't mean you can't co-parent

Your status as a member of the Armed Forces means that a divorce has some added complexities with which most civilians don't have to deal. Even so, you are a parent just like anyone else. However, you may struggle with finding a way to remain in your children's lives and to meet your obligations to your country.

Parental alienation syndrome in Texas news again

Here at The Law Office of Douglas C. Smith in El Paso, we represent parents — including those in the military or their spouses — in matters of child custody, conservatorship, parenting plans, visitation and relocation. In any major issue involving a minor child’s life, especially concerning his or her residence, time with each parent and important decision-making, the court is guided by the child’s best interest

Military divorce: interplay of retirement and disability benefits

Here at the El Paso, Texas, Law Office of Douglas C. Smith, we regularly represent people involved in divorces where one or both spouses are affiliated with the U.S. military such as those connected with Fort Bliss. For clients like this, it is important to engage a lawyer experienced specifically in military divorces because these cases involve a unique and complex intersection of federal military law and state family law.

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