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Study Finds that Increasing Restrictions on Alcohol and Driving Decreases Teen Deaths

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Few moments are as scary to a parent as when their teenage child earns their driver’s license and begins going out to social events on their own. Unfortunately, statistics on the rates of teen injury and death in traffic accidents show that this fear is not unfounded. According to a new study published in… Read More »

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Data Suggests that 2016 a Deadly Year, including Many Drunk Driving Deaths

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A report released by the nonprofit National Safety Council (NSC) states that 2016 was an even deadlier year on American roads than was 2015. One federal agency has partnered with a technology researcher to try and create a solution to the issue of drunk driving, one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents…. Read More »

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Drowsy Driving Can Have Deadly Effects

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

While you may not always be lucky enough to get them, you probably know that experts recommend that the average person needs eight hours of sleep a night for optimal health. It turns out that this amount of rest may not just be desirable for your personal well-being; it could have a life-or-death impact… Read More »

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Lawmakers Target Distracted Driving

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Distracted driving has a major effect on roadway safety. While official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics from recent years had placed the rate of fatal accidents caused by any kind of distracted driving at around 10%, the National Safety Council places the rate of cell-phone-related distracted crashes at 26%. According to statistics… Read More »

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Sleep Apnea in Commercial Drivers Can Result in Serious Accidents

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

You may not realize it, but snoring can be the symptom of a serious medical condition, one which could pose a threat to the public if present in commercial drivers. The investigation of a recent fatal train crash has revealed that sleep apnea was likely a factor in the crash, serving as a reminder… Read More »

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Should You Consider a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Long-term care can be incredibly expensive. Even if you and your spouse have saved diligently for years, long-term care can quickly eat through your savings, leaving you with little support in your most vulnerable older years. A recently-published study on the costs of a nursing home or assisted living facility revealed that the average… Read More »

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Do I Really Need a Will? (Spoiler Alert: Yes, You Do)

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

It is not uncommon for people to avoid estate planning. Some think they don’t have much of an estate to make drafting a will worth the effort, while others are uncomfortable facing the prospect of their own mortality. Still others believe that they can take care of their estate without drafting a will. Whatever… Read More »

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Federal Agencies Create Rule Mandating Speed-Limiting Devices in Large Commercial Vehicles

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have recently created rules that would require new large trucks and buses weighing over 26,000 to be built with speed-limiting devices installed. The devices would prevent these large vehicles from traveling at over 60, 65, or 68 mph,… Read More »

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Four-Car Pileup Results from Unsafe Lane Change

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A recent local accident has sent one woman to the hospital and resulted in property damage to three others, in addition to causing an hours-long backup during morning rush hour. The accident is a reminder of the importance of carefully checking for oncoming traffic before changing lanes, especially when traveling at high speeds. The… Read More »

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Understanding Probable Cause and Illegal Search and Seizure

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Imagine for a moment that you’re being pulled over. If you didn’t just run a stop sign or commit some other obvious moving violation, you’re brain is probably spinning as to why you’re being stopped by the police. When the officer appears at your window and begins questioning you it can be very intimidating…. Read More »

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