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Car accidents: Drunk driver hits and injures 2 pedestrians

Even while traveling via the sidewalk, pedestrians may face a variety of potential hazards when walking near traffic. Reacting in time to avoid a fast-moving vehicle that veers off the road can be challenging, and those who become involved in pedestrian-related car accidents could unfortunately suffer serious harm in the process. A recent collision involving a suspected drunk driver has reportedly caused two pedestrians to suffer serious injuries in Montana.

Authorities advised that the collision took place at around 6 p.m. on a recent Sunday as a married couple was walking on the sidewalk. Initial investigations suggest that a nearby driver suddenly lost control of his vehicle and veered onto the sidewalk, striking both pedestrians in the process. The impact of the collision forced one of the pedestrians to fall down an embankment, while the other was reportedly impaled by several branches from a nearby tree.

Car accidents often blamed on speeding, drug and alcohol use

Two people lost their lives in a recent tragic car accident in Montana. The car crash involved a single vehicle. These types of car accidents can easily take place due to the carelessness of an individual, which is grounds for a personal injury claim.

According to authorities, two 35-year-old individuals -- a man and a woman -- were driving west along Montana Highway 28 at about 12:45 a.m. However, the driver was reportedly unsuccessful in negotiating a curve. Police said that, as a result, the driver entered the eastbound lane.

Divorce impacts child's eligibility for college financial aid

Dissolving a marriage is never easy, both emotionally and financially. However, divorce can be even tougher for those try to figure it out while simultaneously figuring out how to send their teenager to college. Here is a look at what divorcing parents should know when preparing to send a child to college in Montana.

First, it is important to understand the difference between the custodial parent and the noncustodial parent specifically for college loan application purposes. The custodial parent refers to the parent who had the college-bound teen live with him or her the most over the course of the previous year. However, in a situation involving equal custody between two divorced parents, the parent who offered the greatest amount of financial support to the child over the course of the previous year is the custodial parent.

Is divorce the right choice for you?

It is not unusual for married couples to have their ups and downs. Relationships take work, which means that not every day is going to be perfect wedded bliss. However, if things have gotten to the point where you are starting to consider divorce, then it might be time to make a choice about possibly ending your marriage.

Making the decision to divorce can be extremely difficult. It can take weeks, months or even years to finally reach a decision to end a marriage. If you are on the fence about divorce, ask yourself the following questions:

Amusement park rides carry high risk for personal injury

For many Montana families, a trip to a fair, carnival, or amusement park can be one of the highlights of summer. From the delicious snacks to the roller coasters, there is something for everyone to enjoy. While most people likely assume that the rides and attractions have been inspected and deemed safe, this is often not the case. Amusement rides can be an accident waiting to happen and, with little oversight, sometimes lead to serious personal injury

Amusement rides are often classified into two categories. Fixed-site parks remain in one permanent location year-round. Mobile carnivals travel around from location to location. While there is some federal oversight for mobile carnivals, Montana itself has no regulations or oversight at all. In 2016, emergency rooms across the nation reported over 30,000 injuries caused by amusement attractions.

Taking notes following car accidents may prove helpful

A person in Montana can easily be injured in an accident stemming from another person's negligence. Fortunately, he or she has the right to seek to hold the reportedly at-fault party accountable through the civil court system. Taking notes at the scenes of such car accidents may be immensely helpful for preserving evidence, which might help the victims' cases.

When writing notes, injury accident victims may want to write down exactly what took place before, after and during their crashes that caused their injuries. These details include the locations and times of the accidents, what was spoken and the weather conditions at the time. An injury victim might also want to write down what he or she felt and experienced during his or her collision.

Tax law impacts homeownership, claiming children post divorce

The process of dissolving a marriage is no doubt overwhelming from both a financial and an emotional standpoint. However, the new tax code is making it that much more complicated for many couples, especially those with children and a family home. Here is a look at how the new law will affect couples in Montana going through divorce this year and beyond.

When it comes to the family home, homeownership may not be as attractive anymore under the new law. This is because the law now places a cap on deductions for both local and state taxes at no more than $10,000 per year. This change may especially impact people in states featuring high taxes on property, but it could also affect those with expensive homes in low-property-tax states, too. In this situation, some divorcing individuals may find it more beneficial to rent homes rather than owning homes.

Car accidents caused by loss of driver control may spark injuries

A teenager suffered injuries in a recent crash in Montana. The rollover accident took place on a Friday along Interstate 90. Many times these types of car accidents happen due to a driver's carelessness, in which case the driver may be held accountable for the injuries resulting from the accident.

The accident took place at a little before 2 p.m. According to authorities, a car carrying three teens was traveling east along the interstate. Unfortunately, the 17-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and entered the median.

How long divorce takes depends on the couple

When two people have decided to end their marriage, the last thing they want is to remain stuck together longer than they have to be. The faster they can complete the divorce process, the better. Here is a glimpse at a couple of divorce process options that couples have in Montana and how long they may take.

The best situation in divorce is for both parties to try to find common ground when it comes to issues such as the distribution of assets, alimony, child support and child custody. In this scenario, they may benefit from pursuing a negotiated settlement. During this divorce process, the attorneys of both spouses usually make telephone calls and send letters to one another in an effort to reach an agreement on each piece of their divorce puzzle.

Unrealistic lifestyle plans following divorce a common mistake

Every marital breakup is different because the couples going through marital dissolutions have their own unique needs and challenges. Nonetheless, certain mistakes are frequently made during divorce proceedings in Montana, especially those involving money. One such mistake is having unrealistic post-divorce lifestyle expectations.

Decisions regarding who should remain in the family home -- or whether selling the house would be best -- have real, practical and emotional implications. Oftentimes, they have major financial implications for the two parties. However, housing is only one of several lifestyle decisions that couples face when divorce happens.