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Critical tips for avoiding an accident this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up, and for many people, this means making plans to spend time with family and friends. 

While you may be planning everything from turkey preparations to accommodations, you would also be wise to make plans for getting to and from your holiday destinations safely. 

3 things that must happen after a dog bite

A dog bite can be a traumatizing, painful experience. And the situation can make victims and owners alike panic and act without thinking clearly, which could create more complications. 

That said, there are certain things that must happen after a dog bites someone. If you are a dog bite victim or family member, or if you own a dog that bites someone, then you must take care to ensure the following actions occur.

Preparing a prenup: what every Illinois couple should know

Whether you are in your 20s and getting married for the first time or a little older and getting married for the second or third time, you may very well be considering your options for a prenuptial agreement.

Regardless of your age and marital experiences, prenuptial agreements can be an attractive -- or necessary -- option. As such, you should understand some important facts about these legal documents so that you can make wise, informed decisions.

Are teen drivers more likely to crash?

Unfortunately, car accidents with a teen-driver at fault are not uncommon.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens between 16-19 are three times more likely to suffer a life-threatening crash than drivers who are 20 and older. Why is this the case? What can you do to stay safe with teen drivers on the road?

3 ways having an estate plan makes probate easier for loved ones

When people think about reasons why they should have an estate plan, they often think of protecting their assets and documenting their wishes. However, having an estate plan also plays an important role for loved ones. In fact, without an estate plan, many aspects of a person's death can become much harder than they need to be.

One element in particular that benefits from an estate plan is the probate process. When there is a plan in place, probate can be much easier for loved ones in at least a few different ways.

Tackling dehydration in dementia patients

Patients with dementia are among those most vulnerable to neglect and abuse in nursing home facilities. Their cognitive declines often mean they do not remember or cannot verbalize any mistreatment they have experienced, and those who do make a report can be dismissed as being confused.

They are also susceptible to serious health problems stemming from abuse or neglect, many of which are life-threatening -- and preventable. For instance, dehydration can be a serious concern for dementia patients. 

Talking to elderly parents about driving

Driving is a major responsibility. Unfortunately, there are many drivers behind the wheel who cannot fulfill this responsibility because of physical limitations or health problems. This could include your parents if they are getting older and suffering from conditions that affect their driving abilities.

In these situations, having a frank discussion with them about adjusting their driving habits or even reducing their driving opportunities may be necessary. Below, we discuss some tips for how to approach this sensitive subject.

Drowsy driving: A leading cause in trucking accidents

Long-haul truckers transport materials throughout Illinois and across the United States. For many reasons, their careers prove extremely dangerous, as they spend hours facing hazards on the road. Unfortunately, due to the length of their driving shifts, drowsy driving plays a significant role in trucking accidents.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, over 5,000 individuals die per year in commercial truck accidents. If you face a serious injury due to a drowsy truck driver, you are not alone, as over 11,000 people face injuries due to these dangerous occurrences. If a tired truck driver caused your injuries, you may have the opportunity to receive significant compensation for expenses related to your accident, so that you can focus on recovery rather than monetary burdens.

How do Illinois courts decide if I will receive alimony?

If you are getting divorced, your post-divorce financial stability can be one of your biggest concerns. This can be especially true if your spouse was the primary earner in your family.

In many cases, people in this position wonder about the availability of alimony, or maintenance, which allows a financially disadvantaged party to receive monetary support from a former spouse indefinitely or for a specific period of time. If you are in this position and wondering whether you might receive alimony, you should understand the factors that the courts use to make these decisions.

How bad can dog bites be?

Dog bites are a serious problem in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere in the country. Whether you are a dog owner or not, it is critical to understand what can happen when a dog bites someone. 

Last year, nearly 40 people were killed as a result of dog bites, and many of these victims were elderly or young children. These and other statistics should make it clear to anyone that all instances of dog bites should be taken seriously. And readers should also understand that even if a bite isn't fatal, it can still be catastrophic.

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