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Possible traumatic brain injury and more caused by hit-and-run

The life of a 16-year-old student in a Texas high school will likely never be the same after a speeding van struck him about a month ago. This was a hit-and-run incident, and law enforcement recently arrested the driver who was allegedly responsible. The arrest report indicates that an 18-year-old student from another high school caused the crash. Unfortunately, the victim may be left coping with a traumatic brain injury.

Police reports note that a witness saw the 16-year-old cross the street after pushing the crosswalk button. While he was in the crosswalk she saw the speeding van strike the pedestrian -- the impact reportedly propelled the victim through the air, and he landed more than 90 feet away. Upon his arrest, the driver reportedly told officers he drove his mother's van on that day. Although he apparently acknowledged that he knew he hit something, he was not sure what it was, and simply drove home.

Parenting plans helpful during separation or divorce

Raising children is a challenging endeavor for every Texas parent, whether married or single. Several issues, such as education, religion and how to discipline, may create conflicts between partners. While these issues can prove to be stressful to anyone, the stress level could escalate quickly when divorce is involved. Many ex-couples find it important to discuss these hot-button issues in parenting plans.

When creating a parenting plan, experts suggest to only pick certain battles. Some ex-spouses may never agree on a specific issue, but it is important to acknowledge the disagreement and move forward. Keeping emotions in check is vital to these discussions.

Slip-and-fall incident at mall leaves woman injured

When a Texas resident is injured in a public place, a common response is to find where to place blame for the injury. In many cases, this action is appropriate, and steps should be taken to hold parties accountable for possible negligence. This could be the property owner and/or a party in possession or control of the premises. A recent Harris County slip-and-fall accident resulted in injuries and a lawsuit has been filed.

A woman was shopping at the Willowbrook Mall in May, 2015. According to a complaint filed in the Harris County District Court, she fell on a puddle of water near the beer coolers. She needed medical care and treatment for her personal injuries.

Texas car accidents claim 2 cyclists' lives

Hundreds of cyclists recently gathered outside Houston to train for a charity event to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The cyclists were likely focused on building endurance for the upcoming lengthy race, not on car accidents. However, tragedy struck when two participants were killed by a Texas motorist.

The Waller County Sheriff's Office reports that a 25-year-old man was driving his vehicle near the cyclists when he struck a 48-year-old woman with his car. Shortly after he hit the woman, he ran into another cyclist, a 37-year-old man. Both riders were killed from the impact. Another cyclist was forced to dive from his bike into a ditch to avoid being hit. The third cyclist was transported to a nearby hospital, according to local authorities.

Charged with public intoxication? Here's what you need to know.

Imagine having a Friday night out with your friends. One of them drew the short straw and had to be the designated driver for the night. You were free to drink as much as you wanted. Only things did not work out the way you intended. During the drive home, a police officer pulled over your friend's vehicle. The next thing you knew, your friend was in the back seat of a squad car and the police were arresting you for public intoxication.

In Texas, this scenario is a very real possibility. If you are attending a sporting event, a party, or a county fair and you are drinking, the police can charge with you public intoxication. In general, these laws are in place to keep people from causing a public disturbance and possibly harming themselves or others. If you have received a public intoxication charge, you have the right to fight it. An Arlington criminal defense attorney can help you protect your rights. Read further for information on public intoxication charges.

Texas car accidents: 1 dead, 3 injured in 2-car crash

Spring breaks are in full swing for many Texas colleges and universities and elsewhere around the country. A large number of students are on the roads, driving to and from school or taking a trip during the break. Car accidents occur on a daily basis, even when normal traffic and conditions are present. However, the situation becomes tragic when an accident occurs as a result of someone's negligent or reckless behavior.

A fatal crash recently occurred at about 2:45 a.m. in the Houston area. A 19-year-old college student was traveling in a car with her roommate and two other friends near her home. An SUV ran a red light and crashed into the car, according to police reports. The college student was killed by the impact, and her three passengers were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The house, the business, the boat: Who gets what in Texas?

Now that you and your husband have decided to divorce, you will have to decide who gets what or let a judge decide for you. For example, what will happen with the business he started and ran while you were raising the children? What will happen to the vacation house on the lake? Everything that you acquired during your marriage will be subject to the marital property laws of Texas.

While most states follow the principles of equitable division, Texas is one of the few remaining states that still adhere to the rules of community property. This means that all property purchased and all income earned during the course of your marriage is subject to equal division when you divorce.

4 things for parents to know about child custody relocation

Relocating is part of life, but in a divorced family, that's made harder due to child custody concerns. As a parent with a job offer, you may want to move, but you need to make sure you do so legally. Here are four facts about relocating with your child.

Car accidents caused by drunk drivers often prove deadly

Driving a vehicle while intoxicated is never a wise decision. Impaired or dulled senses often lead to car accidents. While some accidents are minor, with vehicles sustaining little damage, others end in devastation. A recent crash in Texas claimed the life of one young man, and another man faces serious charges for his role in the death.

Police report that a 43-year-old man was driving west on at a high rate of speed. He had his 10-year-old son in the car with him. A crossover SUV was traveling eastbound and was at an intersection preparing to make a left turn onto another road. The car hit the passenger side of the SUV as it came into the intersection.

Car accidents involving drunk drivers often fatal

Millions of drivers travel our nation's highways every day. Many laws are in place in Texas and throughout the country to ensure the safety of those traveling on the road by car, truck or other form of transportation. Unfortunately, accidents often occur and some result in serious injury or death. Some car accidents, like a recent one in Houston, are caused by the actions of a negligent driver, such as driving while intoxicated.

Early in the morning of Saturday, March 6, a black sedan was traveling east on Westheimer Road. According to police, an SUV ran a red light at a high rate of speed on a nearby feeder road. Reports state that the SUV crashed into the sedan. Officials pronounced the driver of the sedan dead at the scene of the accident. The passenger of the sedan was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

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