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Presenting a criminal defense

Illinois residents who have been charged with a crime may find it necessary to provide a defense during a trial. A criminal defense strategy can be developed that can provide them with the best chances of winning their criminal case.

A criminal defense strategy depends on the plans of the prosecutor. Criminal prosecutions will vary from case to case, as each case has its own unique factors. As a result, the criminal defense strategy will be unique as well.

What to do if you find yourself in a car accident

As fall begins, more people are out on the roads traveling to vacation and holiday destinations, often consuming alcohol. As a result, the risk of motor vehicle crashes increases. According to Illinois law, all vehicles must be covered under an automobile insurance plan.

Never drive uninsured.

What drivers should know about advanced safety features

Advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning systems and blind spot monitors can help keep motorists safe. However, it is important for drivers to know that these systems have limitations. Ideally, Illinois drivers will pay attention to the road and use these tools to supplement their own driving abilities. In a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 29 percent of participants said that they engaged in other diversions while adaptive cruise control was engaged. When adaptive cruise control is activated, the vehicle will accelerate and brake by itself.

Researchers found that drivers were also confused about the difference between forward-collision systems and emergency braking features. The key difference is that the emergency braking feature will cause the car to stop while the forward-collision warning system will simply alert the driver to apply the brakes. While drivers may not always understand how they work, advanced safety features in vehicles do lower some risks.

Reasons to complete a prenup

One good reason for Illinois residents to sign a prenuptial agreement before getting married is that they want to safeguard the assets they saved or inherited while they were single. Generally, the assets individuals own before they are married will remain in their possession if they get a divorce, but there can be exceptions. Individuals with substantial assets who get married without a prenup may be required to hand over a substantial amount of their assets to their ex-spouse. To save themselves time and money in the future, individuals should set aside some time before their wedding and complete a prenup.

Completing a prenup is also strongly advisable if one person in the relationship is earning more than the other person. The individuals who are making less money than their significant other can ensure their financial stability should a divorce occur by stipulating in the prenup that they are to be paid alimony. The prenup can specify the type of alimony that is to be paid, the amount of the payments and for how long the payments are to be made.

Seatbelts not yet required on Illinois school buses

As children strap on their over-sized backpacks and head back to class, parents are encouraged to share safety tips to help kids commute safely. However, one safety initiative has yet to be implemented for the start of this school year in Illinois.

In early 2017, a bill proposing that seat belts be required on school buses was pushed by Illinois lawmakers. The bill still hasn’t been passed.

New Illinois law aims to help with bicycle safety

Among the things that can create dangers for bicyclists is drivers not paying enough attention to things. It is not just important for drivers to be attentive and watchful for bicyclists when driving. They also should make sure to do so when getting out of their vehicle. It they fail to, it could expose bicyclists to dooring accidents.

A dooring accident is when a car door is opened right in front of or into a bicyclist, causing a collision between the bicyclist and the door. These accidents can leave bicyclists with broken bones or other major injuries. Bicyclists hurt in dooring accidents can reach out for legal help in pursing injury compensation.

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