When a “following” driver might not be to blame in a rear-end collision
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by gturnercontentcustoms
3w ago
When a rear-end accident occurs, most people assume that the following driver was the one responsible for the collision. However, this isn’t always the case; sometimes, the actions of the driver ahead might have triggered the collision. In the aftermath of such a car accident, the following driver can feel stressed and confused, wondering how they can prove that they’re not at fault. This can be an especially complex undertaking if the accident caused both drivers devastating injuries that might require significant medical bills. Is it possible to prove that the driver ahead was the reckless o ..read more
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Can I file claims if my child gets into an accident in a water park?
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by miarosienna.mallari@thomsonreuters.com
1M ago
A day at the water park is meant to be fun in the water, not a trip to the emergency room. However, accidents happen, and sometimes, wet surfaces make for slippery situations, especially for little ones. If your children get injured due to the negligence of a water park and its staff, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. Still, before filing anything, it might be best to review what makes a premises liability lawsuit, and what you should be doing immediately after an injury incident. What is premises liability? Premises liability is a legal concept that holds property owners ..read more
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What are distractions that may cause car collisions?
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by tj.macapagao@thomsonreuters.com
1M ago
Smartphones are now a crucial part of our day-to-day lives. We use it to talk to friends, get food and even manage our finances. However, irresponsible use of this device has dangerous and fatal consequences. Being on the phone while operating a vehicle is a form of distracted driving, which may lead to car accidents. In 2022, more than 3,300 died, while roughly 289,000 were hurt in car collisions due to distracted drivers. The numbers underscore the relevance of educating people about safe driving. This blog outlines the distractions to avoid to help reduce the risk of car ..read more
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What are contingency clauses?
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by miarosienna.mallari@thomsonreuters.com
2M ago
The real estate market offers a wealth of opportunities. However, venturing into the world of real estate purchases can feel daunting, especially for first-time buyers. The contingency clause is an essential element in understanding the process. Here is what it offers homebuyers and sellers. What is a contingency clause? Consider a contingency clause as a safety net woven into your real estate purchase agreement. It outlines conditions that must be met before the sale becomes final. These conditions can protect buyers and sellers by allowing them to withdraw from the deal i ..read more
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5 things to know about impaired driving offenses in Mississippi
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by gturnercontentcustoms
2M ago
Impaired driving convictions in Mississippi can result in considerable legal penalties. They range from having to use ignition interlocks and taking alcohol education classes to having to spend time in jail or pay fines. Being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) also results in with serious collateral consequences. The following are some of the most consequential concerns related to impaired driving offenses in Mississippi that all motorists should be aware of, given all that is at stake. Per se drunk driving standard The per se drunk driving standard in Mississippi is .08%, which m ..read more
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How can you hold a property owner accountable for your injuries?
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by rizzyleigh.mallari@thomsonreuters.com
2M ago
Shopping centers, grocery stores and other businesses should prioritize your safety. If you suffer harm because these establishments fail to meet this expectation, you may have a premises liability case. In Mississippi, holding a property owner accountable for your injuries requires proving certain elements. Getting financial compensation for your losses can be challenging if you fail to do this. So, what’s the best way to go about it? Prove duty of care and negligence State law requires property owners to provide a ‘duty of care’ to those legally on their property. They need to maintain a rea ..read more
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What to do when you get into a car accident while on vacation?
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by lyle.adriano@thomsonreuters.com
3M ago
Spring is one of the busiest seasons on the Gulf Coast. The influx of people on the road also means a higher probability of vehicular accidents. You may be careful behind the wheel, but circumstances aren’t always perfect. A car accident on vacation can be stressful, but staying calm and taking the proper steps can help.  Ensure your safety first  The aftermath of an accident is often a chaotic mix of adrenaline and shock. This can mask injuries, making it seem okay even if you’re not. Taking a moment to assess the overall situation and prioritize safety can prevent further injuries ..read more
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Pending sale: The buyer’s due diligence period
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by alecsa.geronimo@thomsonreuters.com
4M ago
After several weeks of discussion with a property seller, you have now signed the contract to buy a house. Congratulations, you are one step closer to owning your dream home! You probably felt excited when the seller marked the property with a “pending sale” sign. But your work as a new homeowner does not end here. What does “pending sale” mean? When a property has a “pending sale” status, the seller has accepted a buyer’s offer and signed the contract. The seller can no longer market the property at this point, and no other prospective buyers can offer their bids. A “pending sale” status usua ..read more
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Beware of drunk gamblers in casinos
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by ysabel.carlos@thomsonreuters.com
4M ago
Casinos invite you to unwind and take a shot at winning big. Its vibrant environment welcomes the consumption of alcohol, designed to enhance the experience and entice patrons like you to keep playing. But overindulgence can put you and others at risk. You could encounter a drunk driver in the parking lot or an aggressive gambler during a game. If you sustain injuries on casino premises because of another person’s carelessness, you may have grounds to pursue a claim and recover compensation. Casinos profit when players make poor choices There is a popular saying that goes, “The house always wi ..read more
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Title issues can delay real estate closing
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by ysabel.carlos@thomsonreuters.com
5M ago
At the closing stage, the last thing you want is a delay. Unexpected title issues can slow things down and cause unnecessary stress. Understanding the significance of a title search and the impact of any unresolved issues may help you approach the problems that crop up more effectively. How title issues can delay closing A real estate title identifies and verifies who can legally use, possess, transfer and enjoy a piece of property. You need a clear title to guarantee that no one else has a claim over your new investment. The title search can reveal several issues right before you seal the dea ..read more
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