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Finding a new career after a car crash

When people think about the different hardships that auto accident victims may have to work through, they often picture serious injuries, mental trauma and financial problems. Unfortunately, all of these issues can be present for someone who needs to find a new career because they cannot work any longer as a result of injuries sustained in a collision. If you are seeking a new line of work because of injuries you sustained in a wreck, it is essential to realize all of your options.

For some people, such as those whose job duties are centered around computer work, finding a new career may not be necessary after a difficult crash. Others, such as those who need to drive a vehicle or work on a construction site, may be completely unable to continue performing their job responsibilities. Unfortunately, recovering from an accident can be difficult to begin with, and those who need to find a new position, or a new field altogether, may have an especially hard time recovering from the wreck.

Can my child get into grad school after a felony conviction?

If you or your child has been convicted of a felony, you may believe it is the death knell to future education. While it certainly may be an impediment, it is not necessarily the end.

The simple answer is this: Most college applications do not ask about criminal history, and few conduct background checks. Those that do ask about criminal history are looking for drug or sexual assault felonies that can affect your ability to get scholarships and financial aid.

Life consequences of a DWI

If you receive a DWI in North Carolina, there are numerous penalties, such as fines, license suspension and possible jail time, that have a direct effect on your life and finances. However, the consequences of driving while intoxicated reach beyond the legal penalties. You can feel the effects from a DWI for years after conviction, which is why you need proper legal counsel to help you navigate the process.

In general, getting a DWI is expensive. Along with the court-associated fees and fines, Very Well Mind discusses some of the other financial consequences. Part of the court's decision often includes a series of alcohol classes, and there is an attendance fee each time. Some judges may also order an alcohol evaluation which could lead to entrance into an expensive drug treatment program before you can drive again.

What are larceny charges?

If you are like many North Carolina residents, you have heard the term larceny but you are not entirely clear on what it means. Understanding the different types and how to defend against them is critical if you find yourself so charged. Larceny requires specific intent, and this element is what differentiates it from common theft.

According to Findlaw, larceny incorporates several elements:

  • The unlawful taking of personal or physical property
  • The property belongs to someone else
  • The owner did not give consent
  • The intent is to deprive the owner of the property permanently

Why is wearing your seat belt important?

Sometimes, you may be distracted when you get into your vehicle. Thoughts about where you are going, especially if you are driving a new route, the time constraints you may have and a host of other thoughts may prevent you from remembering to fasten your seatbelt. However, making it a priority to buckle up as soon as you start your vehicle can protect you from being critically hurt if you are involved in a car accident in North Carolina. 

According to, a seat belt has the unique power to disperse the force of a collision if you crash. By preventing excessive force to your body, you may be able to escape an otherwise serious injury if you are involved in an accident. A seat belt can also protect areas of your body such as your spinal cord and brain by restraining your body when your seat belt locks in place when it detects tension. By restraining the strongest parts of your body, the force of your body is maintained when it may otherwise be launched because of the sheer force of hitting another vehicle or object. 

Plan a sober ride home to avoid severe DWI consequences

Going out to a bar and having a drink can be a relaxing treat on the weekend or after a stressful day at work. However, sometimes one drink leads to more, and an entertaining night out can be swiftly ruined by drunk driving. Those caught driving drunk in North Carolina face some of the toughest drunk driving penalties in the country.

Consequences for drunk driving

Pulling over and the risk of an accident

Drivers pull off of the road for all sorts of reasons, from law enforcement officials turning on their lights to see if someone is drunk to vehicle problems and even getting out of the car to go to the bathroom. Regardless of the reason why a driver pulls over, this can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Even if someone pulls over appropriately, they may run the risk of being struck by a vehicle that is traveling at high speeds, which can be deadly. As a result, if you ever need to pull off of the road for some reason, it is pivotal to do so correctly.

Sometimes, people come to a stop on the side of the road and do not leave enough room. This can be extremely dangerous, especially during the night or when visibility is poor since other drivers may be unable to see the car. It can also be dangerous to pull off of the road in areas where there is little room or around a sharp turn, since a vehicle may be going around the turn and the driver may not see that a car is pulled over until it is too late.

Vaping, young drivers and car wrecks

Young drivers may find themselves in a motor vehicle wreck for different reasons. Aside from the negligence and recklessness of other drivers, they may crash as a result of their inexperience, because of peer pressure that prompted them to get behind the wheel drunk or because they were using their phone while driving. These are just some of the risks that young drivers face, but there are far more to consider. For example, some young people like to vape, a habit that has become increasingly popular recently. Vaping can lead to a collision for multiple reasons and it is essential for young drivers to avoid any habits or behaviors that could lead to a collision.

Using a vape pen while driving could result in a motor vehicle accident purely because the device is a distraction. For example, a driver may take their hands off of the wheel to use, grab or attend to their vape pen. Aside from being a potential distraction, vaping can also lead to dizziness and intoxication. Some people vape with liquids that do not contain any addictive or intoxicating substance, while others may vape in order to get a nicotine fix or consume marijuana.

Driving with extreme pain and the risk of a crash

It is important for all drivers to be aware of the different factors that could result in a crash, including those which may be less common. For example, if a driver’s mental or physical well-being is disrupted for any reason, this could make an auto accident more likely. Someone who is experiencing a significant amount of pain may cause a motor vehicle crash for a number of reasons, so it is vital to be cautious or stay off of the road altogether if you are ever in this position.

Whether a driver is stung by a bee or driving to the emergency room after a serious injury occurred, drivers may experience a great deal of pain for various reasons. Unfortunately, this can interfere with their ability to drive in numerous ways. For one, pain can be mentally distracting, taking a driver’s attention and eyes off of the road. Pain can also cause a driver to take their hands off the wheel as they reach for a bag of ice or attend to an ailment that has been causing pain. For example, a driver may reach for over-the-counter pain medication while driving, or they could even take prescription medication which could lead to drowsy driving.

Sleep deprivation and motorcycle accidents

Riding a motorcycle can be a very rewarding experience and many people enjoy taking their motorcycle out throughout the year. Motorcycles can offer a sense of freedom and an experience like nothing else, but they are also dangerous. Furthermore, there are certain times when it may be especially risky to operate a motorcycle, such as when one is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted or deprived of sleep. In this post, we will look at sleep deprivation and motorcycle collisions.

Motorcyclists, as with everyone else on the road, can become sleep deprived for a variety of reasons. A motorcyclist may miss out on sleep because they have been working too much, or they may be struggling with a sleep disorder or have stayed up late the night before. Regardless of the reasons why motorcyclists can become fatigued, it is crucial to recognize that operating a motorcycle in this state can be incredibly risky.

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