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Georgia woman killed as she stopped to help motorist

A Georgia family is mourning the death of a 20-year-old woman who was struck and killed on a highway as she stopped to help another driver.

The woman was traveling north on Interstate 85 near the Pleasant Hill Road off-ramp in Duluth when she spotted a car that had crashed into the median wall.

Child support modification is possible in the case of income loss

When you were first divorced, the money you sent your ex every month for child support might have been hard to spare, but you always came up with it and paid it on time. But since then, you got caught up in corporate downsizing and went through your savings, and your new job just doesn't pay what the old one did. You aren't going to be able to pay the full amount this month. Or next, you fear.

If you're struggling to pay your child support, the Georgia courts could provide some relief through a child support modification.

Investigate medical malpractice when your provider causes injury

We trust that we are in good hands with our doctors. We are sure our symptoms will be diagnosed correctly. We are confident that the surgical procedure we are about to undergo will fix our ailments.

It doesn't always work that way.

These are the 5 steps to take after a car accident

Even though you do your best to avoid trouble on the road, you could still be part of an accident due to another driver's negligence. Knowing what to do after a crash will help you make decisions that enhance your safety and well-being.

Here are the five most important steps to take after a car accident:

  • Check for injuries: Before you do anything, check yourself and your passengers for injuries. You may not feel any pain at first, so pay attention to your body as you begin to calm down. Don't be surprised if symptoms begin to set in after several minutes (or longer).
  • Move to safety: It's not always possible, but if you can move your vehicle to a safe place you should do so. For example, if you're involved in a highway accident, drive to the shoulder of the road. In the city, you may be able to move to a parking lot.
  • Call 911: Even if you think you have everything under control, you want to call 911 to explain what happened. This is also a good way to ensure that police and paramedics rush to the scene to provide assistance.
  • Document the accident: In addition to exchanging information with the other driver, do the following: Take pictures of the scene and your injuries, talk to witnesses, make note of the police department that responded and find out how to obtain a copy of the police report.
  • Receive medical treatment: You should accept care at the scene and transportation to a local hospital. It's better to be safe than sorry with your health. Hoping that you can treat your injuries at home is a mistake, as you never know exactly what's happening with your body until you receive a professional diagnosis.

What does child support pay for in Georgia?

You're getting divorced, and you want the best for your children moving forward. You intend to do your share and intend to pay the child support that the Georgia judge sets, but just what will that support cover? How should the recipient be spending the money to benefit your children?

It starts with the basics of shelter, food and clothing. We all want our children to live in a warm, safe environment with a lunch to take to school and dinner on the table every night. But child support encompasses more than that.

Military members: Seek legal help with a DUI charge

Drunk driving is a serious charge. If you're a member of the military, though, the repercussions could be even more serious.

Military members who are accused of DUI on a military base could face a court martial or an Article 15, which means a commander can enforce discipline without a court-martial hearing. If you're charged with DUI off post, you also can face punishment. Whether an on-base or off-base arrest, a commander could require you to complete an alcohol treatment program or receive extra duty. Or, you even could have a reduction in grade or be barred from reenlisting.

Military divorce has special considerations

Getting divorced involves making lots of decisions and coming to agreements with your soon-to-be former spouse. Child custody, spousal support, property division and visitation are among the issues you'll have to determine. And when you're a member of the military, things can become a tad more complicated.

Both federal and state laws come into play when military members divorce. State law can impact child support and spousal support, for instance. Federal laws can affect the jurisdiction that hears the divorce case and the division of military pensions.

Teen killed, another injured in Georgia crash; driver arrested

One high school student in Cherokee County, Georgia, was killed and another seriously injured in a single-car crash recently. The driver of the car, their 17-year-old classmate, was arrested and faces a number of charges, including first-degree vehicular homicide.

The crash occurred when four teenagers, students at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia, were in the car, which was traveling on Old Orange Mill Road. The car struck a tree after it went down an embankment; investigators preliminarily said speed could have been a reason for the wreck.

Building a claim after a commercial truck accident

Commercial trucks are some of the largest and most destructive vehicles on the road today, and when consumer drivers are involved in truck accidents, the results are often devastating. If you experienced a commercial truck accident recently, you may have serious injuries and property damage, which is a huge concern that probably overshadows many areas of your life. This is common, particularly for those who suffer injuries that make them unable to keep working.

Truck accident victims face a difficult journey on the way to physical and financial recovery, even when there is little or no confusion about which party is liable. Even if the consumer driver is not at fault, filing a truck accident claim is significantly more complicated than pursuing most accidents among consumer vehicles.

9 safety tips for putting up lights this holiday season

It’s that time of year again, time to put up the holiday decorations. For many people here in Georgia, holiday decorating involves putting up Christmas lights on their house. When putting up such lights, it is not just important to think about what will look the best. It is also important to think about safety.

There are various safety risks that could come up in connection to Christmas lights. This includes fire, electric shock and tripping risks. There are also the risks of falling when putting up such lights.

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