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Rear-end collisions could be prevented with the right technology

When it comes to truck drivers in the United States, many believe that they don't get enough sleep, they work long hours without breaks, that they are untrained or too young and that they are a danger to other drivers on the roads. This is made clear in some instances when truck drivers get into crashes with other drivers. In many cases, the crash is a direct result of a lack of sleep or distractions.

Take, for example, this case involving a 38-year-old man. He claimed he was a safe driver, always paying attention behind the wheel of his truck. However, in this case, he was seen paying attention to a black tablet computer instead of the road. He was driving the 18-wheeler at 70 mph when he collided with a 2014 Toyota Camry. He never slowed down.

DNA: A solution for cold cases or a risk to the innocent?

What's interesting as time moves on is that more people are being arrested based on DNA evidence from cold cases. The invention of genealogy websites has made it possible to link more people to cases through their DNA, essentially solving many cases that no one thought would be resolved.

A Sept. 5 report describes how a 30-year-old murder case was suddenly reopened and a suspect arrested after the suspect used a genealogy website and submitted DNA. Police in Fort Wayne, in a recently reopened case involving an 8-year-old's murder, had been taunted with messages from the killer, notes with confessions and even promises from the killer that they'd murder again. There were no solid leads in the last 30 years -- that is until the latest DNA samples were placed into a public DNA search.

Avoid these mistakes when estate planning

There is no right time to start your estate planning. The best time to start is right now, no matter if you are single, just married, a college student or at retirement age. The important thing is to make sure you have a plan in place. However, it is not something that should be thrown together quickly.

Estate plans are very important because it guides your wishes for your property after you die. Since this can play such an important role within your family, you will want to make sure it is planned correctly. As you proceed through the planning process, here are a few mistakes to avoid that commonly happen.

Your brain injuries could happen in a millisecond

When you are in a crash, you know that there is a possibility you may suffer a head injury. One thing you might not have known is that you could suffer a brain injury as quickly as one millisecond after your head hits the windshield or other window.

Neurologists have studied impacts to the brain and found that a brain injury can happen in just a millisecond. This happens prior to the head moving forward after the initial impact, which is important to understand in the medical community.

The best time to start your estate plan is now

There are many mistakes people make when they plan for their deaths, and some of those stem from believing the myths they've heard. Here are a few myths that are more serious than others:

1. Did you know that a will won't necessarily take care of all your estate planning needs?

Even hand, wrist and finger injuries can be life-changing

All kinds of injuries can have an impact on your life, but you may not have thought about how a simple injury to the bones in your hands and wrists could severely impact your life. People use their hands every day, many times without thinking about it. From scratching your wrist to rubbing your eyes, your hands are in constant motion.

When you're in a crash or are hurt in other circumstances, there is a risk that you could injure your fingers, hand or wrist. Each of these is vital to have a functioning hand that can be used without pain or dysfunction. If you hurt even one part of the hand or wrist, you may find that you have no grip strength or that you struggle to hold objects as simple as pencils or pens.

How to financially prepare for divorce?

For some couples, marriage counseling is not enough to save their marriage. If you've made the decision to divorce or are facing divorce proceedings, you are probably wondering what step you should take first to get through this time as quickly and amicably as possible.

Going through a divorce is a tough process emotionally and financially. It becomes hard to think in a practical, financial frame of mind when you're amid the emotional roller-coaster divorce can be. While no two divorces are the same, there are some things you can do to smooth the financial road before you.

How can you show you have been falsely accused?

It can be hard to defend yourself when you have no alibi for a crime, but it's certainly not impossible. There are multiple ways to prove that you were not at the scene of a crime and that you've been falsely accused.

The following are three ways to help show that you are not the person to blame for a crime or to help eliminate yourself from a list of suspects.

3 common questions about estate planning

An estate plan is designed to help you get everything in order well before your passing. It helps your heirs and beneficiaries know what to expect and what to do if you pass away. Some estate plans even have information on what should happen if you're alive but unable to make decisions for yourself.

The trouble is that estate plans can be complicated. Here are some common questions about estate planning you may have.

Resisting arrest in Indiana

In Indiana, you can be charged for resisting arrest regardless of whether you are charged for the crime you were arrested for.

Read on to learn more about what counts as resisting arrest and the possible penalties you could face for it.

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