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Avoid winter road accidents this season

Cold weather is nothing new to most Missourians. Still, with winter’s ice and snow come the increased possibility motorists will get into an accident, thanks to potentially reckless driving.

As you are venturing out on the road this season, take a few precautions to help avoid the possibility of an accident.

Know when to talk to the police

Almost everybody has heard of Miranda Rights and “the right to remain silent.” It’s a familiar concept, but it’s tough to keep your cool when you feel like a deer in the headlights. When the police accuse somebody of a crime there’s a rush of adrenaline, anxiety and fear that may override more logical responses. Silence remains the best way to protect your individual rights. A case in point comes from New Orleans, where a prosecutor tricked suspects into talking when they didn’t legally have to.

A criminal record will harm you down the road

It sometimes seems like law enforcement has it in for high school and college students. Other people can get home from the bars without being pulled over. But if you have your school decal in the window, there are the spinning lights.

Students get arrested for a handful of offenses: DUI, underage drinking, fighting, minor sex offenses and petty theft. None of these are serious felonies, but each one is enough to affect your education and future.

5 key steps to take after a distracted driving accident in Missouri

Missouri is one of only three states that haven't banned texting while driving. In fact, the National Safety Council recently called on Missouri and the other two states -- Montana and Arizona -- "to pass legislation immediately" and ban texting behind the wheel.

The reality is that a mountain of evidence exists to show how dangerous texting while driving is. In fact, studies and national statistics have shown that texting while driving is just as dangerous as -- and sometimes more dangerous than -- drunk driving.

3 tips to handling your insurance company after an accident

It may be hard to think straight in the aftermath of a car accident. Perhaps people were injured or your car was totaled, and now you face enormous bills you did not anticipate. Your insurer is supposed to cover these types of situations, right?

Unfortunately, insurance companies are not looking out for us as much as we might think. In the end, they are trying to make a profit. They do not want to hand out money willingly. You need to be careful how you interact with them and what you do after the accident.

How and why to draft a will in Missouri

Creating a will tends to lead people into considering the end of life and the possibility that it may happen at an unexpected time. This can sometimes be unpleasant for some people, but there are many benefits of having a will and those benefits make some discomfort while drafting one worth the effort.

For those who are unfamiliar with the process, creating a will can seem like a daunting task, but once you know some basic information about wills and their use, it can quickly simplify the situation. Some of the biggest questions are "what is a will?" and "why should I have one?"

How to get medical treatment after an auto accident

Motor vehicle accidents happen every day in eastern Missouri. Sometimes, drivers and passengers are able to walk away unharmed. But, more often than not, these accidents result in injuries that require medical treatment.

Unfortunately, most car accident victims do not have the money to pay for medical treatment, especially if they do not have health insurance. If you have found yourself in this situation, you are probably anxious and stressed.

You should not have to choose between getting the medical treatment you need and putting food on the table, especially if the accident was not your fault.

You should not have to deal with an auto insurance company that is going to try to force you to agree to an unfair settlement, even though you did nothing wrong.

You should not have to let this accident ruin your life, leave you with a permanent injury or chronic pain, or bury you in medical debt.

What to do after a drunk driving charge

A night of fun can quickly turn into a real-life nightmare when you are accused of drunk driving. You may have the urge to just plead guilty and put the event behind you, but you should know that doing so could be a costly mistake.

There is a lot at stake when you plead guilty to a DWI in Missouri, even if it is your first charge. You face:

  • A fine of up to $500
  • A 30-day suspension of your driver's license followed by a 60-day restricted license
  • Jail time of up to six months
  • Required install of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
  • Eight points assessed against your driver's license
  • Increased auto insurance premiums
  • A permanent criminal record

If it is your second DUI charge in five years or the charge is considered a felony, the potential consequences only get more serious. As you can see, pleading guilty to a DWI is not a decision to take lightly. At the very least, it is wise to ask an experienced attorney about your options.

SATOP- What Is It? And Can I Get Out Of It?

You live in Missouri and your attorney, a judge, or the Department of Revenue is requiring you to complete a SATOP class.  What is that? Why do you have to take it? And most importantly, can you get out of it?empty classroom

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