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A brain injury caused by a car accident can be life-threatening

Motor vehicle accidents often result in serious injuries for victims. Car accidents are said to be the second most common cause of brain injuries in the United States, with falls topping the list. A brain injury is not always diagnosed when there was no penetration of the skull.

Premises liability: Make sure building contractors are insured

Homeowners in upstate New York may not realize that they could be financially responsible for injuries suffered by contractors on their premises. Premises liability insurance covers injuries suffered by door-to-door salespeople, social guests and friends. However, property owner's coverage does not usually include building contractors and their workers. Although it might make sense to choose the contractor with the lowest quote, it could end up being the most expensive choice -- if an uninsured worker should suffer catastrophic injuries.

Why do creators of trusts have to appoint successor trustees?

Estate planning is not only for the wealthy. Everyone in New York state would be wise to establish wills and trusts with the guidance of legal counsel. When a person sets up a revocable trust, the trustor can manage it while he or she is alive and able. However, a successor trustee must be appointed to take over the management of a trust upon the creator's death or if his or her mental or physical deterioration debilitates the trustor.

Smart phone distractions continue to cause car accidents

Despite the awareness campaigns and law enforcement efforts in upstate New York, distracted driving continues to claim lives. Although other distractions cause problems, texting, taking or making calls and even answering emails cause many preventable car accidents. Safety authorities say one in 10 drivers is distracted a cellphone, significantly increasing the chance of being involved in a road accident.

Trusts have benefits, but wills are also important

Estate planning is often a daunting prospect for people in New York and other states. Knowing when and how to establish trusts -- and making sure wills meet the legal requirements -- could be daunting. A will is a document to ensure the testator's wishes are carried out, but certain assets cannot form part of a will.

Fatal motorcycle crash may lead to wrongful death claims

As many New York residents know, a motorcycle can be a fun and easy way to travel, whether for practical purposes or for leisure. Unfortunately, though, accidents involving motorcycles and larger vehicles, such as cars and trucks, are not uncommon, and in most collisions, the people on motorcycles tend to receive the brunt of the injuries. In one such case, wrongful death lawsuits may follow a fatal collision involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle that killed a Syracuse couple.

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