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Can vertigo cause a car accident?

People who struggle with vertigo may be negatively impacted by this condition in all sorts of ways. For example, their performance in the workplace may be adversely affected by vertigo, and they may not be able to participate in certain sports and activities that they used to enjoy. To make things worse, some may not be able to drive any longer. Unfortunately, there are many drivers who disregard the safety of themselves and others by driving with debilitating vertigo.

Vertigo can certainly cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle, run through a stop sign or exhibit some other example of dangerous driving. If you have experienced a recent episode of vertigo, you should be aware of the different ways in which your life could be turned upside down, especially when it comes to driving, job responsibilities and other crucial facets of your life. Sadly, drivers sometimes ignore this advice and keep driving, which not only threatens their safety on the road but everyone else’s too.

DUI dangers during the hoildays

People in New Mexico should know by now that drinking after consuming alcohol is dangerous. On top of that, drinking and driving can put a person at risk for criminal charges and a series of unpleasant criminal penalties, including a lifelong criminal record. Unfortunately, these realities seem to be unable to stop some drivers from making what is a well-known risky and negligent choice. 

As reported by Artesia News, 59 drivers around the state were arrested for and charged with driving under the influence offenses by New Mexico State Police during the recent Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Enforcement was stepped up for the five days beginning on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Concerns about drunk driving during holidays will continue all the way through New Year's Day.

Examining no contest clause enforcement

Among the many points to contemplate after a loved one passes away in Roswell is how their estate will be dispersed. The relationship that you shared with the decedent might offer indications on how they structured your estate, so if what is actually stipulated in their will varies greatly from those expectations, you may be justified in having questions. Yet what if the will contains a no contest clause? Several clients have come to us there at the Sanders Law Firm concerned about the validity of their loved ones' wills, yet equally worried that any challenges they bring will cause them to be disinherited. If you share the same concerns, what you really need to know is how far will the court go in enforcing a no contest clause. 

Per information shared by The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, New Mexico is among 22 states that respect the validity of no contest clauses. This does not necessarily mean, however, that you are completely barred from questioning a family member or friend's will. If you have sufficient proof to show that their probable cause to believe that a will is questionable, the law allows an investigation into it's validity with presenting the fear of disinheriting you. 

When Shirley tried to take it all: Undue influence

Your favorite Uncle Art lived to the ripe old age of 91. He'd been a bit of a miser and really accrued a great deal of assets. Maybe because he never married he had the time to spend with you. He really seemed interested in your life and your plans.

Quite frankly, you were his favorite, too. You loved those summers at his cabin. You drove the boat, built bonfires for s'mores and helped maintain the place. The older you got them more care you took.  In fact, Art saw your love for the place and told you that while he was leaving the house and his savings to your mother, the cabin would be all yours.  

Upcoming new year to change alimony taxes

When getting divorced in New Mexico, some couples have historically agreed that one spouse will pay alimony to the other for a period of time after the divorce is finalized. These monies are generally considered a way of assisting the person who earns less money while they adapt to living on a reduced income. The person who receives spousal support payments has added these payments to their income tax return as actual income. The person who makes the spousal support payments has been able to deduct the money from their income tax return.

For paying spouses, the ability to get a deduction on their tax returns has eased the pain of paying alimony. This will still be the case but only for divorces that are completely finalized and signed off by a judge on or before December 31, 2018.

Understanding the bankruptcy homestead exemption

The main concern of many that file for bankruptcy is whether or not they will love their personal property in New Mexico. If you are in the position of having to contemplate bankruptcy, your fears are understandable. Fortunately, as we here at the Sanders Law Firm have had the privilege of telling many of our concerned clients, the law does allow you to protect certain types of property from being sold as part of a bankruptcy. Both federal and state bankruptcy exemptions exist. Some states allow you to choose which to apply to your case; New Mexico is among them. 

The most obvious asset that you will likely want to protect is your home. The bankruptcy homestead exemption allows you to exempt the interest you have in it. Here is how it works: if your home is worth $250,000, and you owe $225,000 on your mortgage, then you have $25,000 in equity. If the homestead exemption is $30,000, then you get to keep your house. Yet if the exemption is only $10,000, then your house will likely be sold, and you will be given the $10,000 exemption amount. 

Planning can reduce slip and fall accidents in retail settings

For many wholesale and retail establishments in New Mexico, one of their top concerns is keeping their employees and customers safe. Failure to implement protocols designed to protect people against accidents can result in preventable injuries happening that can unleash a fury of costly consequences. In severe cases, careless or reckless businesses may be facing lawsuits, a damaged reputation and a permanent effect on their brand and product. 

Companies have a significant responsibility to encourage their employees to be safe, as well as to make sure that the working conditions are conducive to useful outputs without compromising the safety and well-being of their employees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, employers should require training that educates their employees on how to safely perform their job responsibilities. Proper footwear, safety gear and certification should be made mandatory before certain jobs can be completed including those that require equipment. Timely reporting of any concerns should be encouraged to prevent unnecessary accidents from happening. 

Are truck accidents a problem in New Mexico?

If you are like most people in New Mexico, you have at least heard about accidents involving semi-trucks or other big rigs. It might seem as though these types of crashes are not common because you may not see them often, but these wrecks have the potential to be very serious. The size and weight of large trucks can put motorists in other vehicles at a serious disadvantage when a collision does happen.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017 was a particularly tragic year on New Mexico roads when it comes to accidents involving large trucks. In 2016, 40 people died statewide in crashes involving large commercial vehicles. Last year, that number jumped to 70. This dramatic increase is seen despite a drop in the overall number of vehicular fatalities in New Mexico from 405 in 2016 to 379 in 2017.

What is the state of the opioid epidemic in New Mexico?

The opioid crisis has hit every state in the country. It is a terrible public health crisis that authorities have a hard time controlling. There are families across New Mexico that have been touched by this crisis. You may wonder how the state stacks up to the rest of the nation and how hard opioids have hit it.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the state is doing slightly worse than the nation as a whole when it comes to deaths from opioid abuse. In 2016, there were 349 deaths, which came to 17.5 deaths per 100,000 people. The national average is 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people. Of course, any death due to these drugs is a serious tragedy.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy: A long road ahead

If you feel like you're drowning in debt and the situation is in no position to recover, filing for bankruptcy can help you get back on track and even help you establish positive money management skills to recover your credit score in the future.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a popular option for its ability to put an immediate stop to credit collector efforts and wage garnishment. However, the process a Chapter 13 entails is a long one.

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