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Holiday season was deadly on Georgia roads

The recent holiday travel period was deadly on Georgia roads this year. In all, 26 people were killed in crashes that occurred between 6 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 26. The Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported that the total number of deaths was 11 more than in 2017.

At least 330 more people were injured.

Did you survive a Georgia car accident?

If you were recently involved in a motor vehicle collision on a Georgia roadway, you may have already re-lived the events that unfolded a hundred times in your mind. Many people who have suffered in similar situations say they recall the strangest details, such as different smells or colors, or other scenes that somehow etched themselves into their minds just before or after the impact of a crash.

If you suffered injury, you might still be working your way through a long, arduous recovery, which no doubt has included multiple medical visits at a hospital or your doctor's office. Even moderate injuries can have lasting negative effects and may require ongoing assistance to help you get your life back on track. If driver negligence was a causal factor in your collision, you may also be dealing with a lot of legal issues.

Here's why — and how — to modify a parenting agreement

You and your co-parent have been able to follow your parenting schedule successfully since you divorced months ago, but sometimes, things change. Or maybe things never ran that smoothly.

You might have gotten a job that no longer requires you to travel extensively from one Georgia city to the next, and you can have the kids at home with you every weeknight now. Maybe your ex has moved in with a significant other and you are concerned about the new living arrangement. Or, perhaps the other parent has missed scheduled visits.

Your job could depend on attorney's help after a DUI arrest

When you're pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and hauled to a Georgia jail, you likely can't ponder all the potential ramifications. Once your thoughts get past how to tell your parents or significant other about your arrest, your thoughts might turn to your job.

And well they should.

A primer: Here's what happens if you're arrested in Georgia

We don't ever want to picture ourselves behind bars, but one day, you might find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, handcuffed and put in the back of a police car. That's why Georgia citizens need to know what happens in the arrest process – just in case.

By law, you are entitled to have your rights read to you. You've heard the term – Miranda rights – and that means you have the right not to incriminate yourself under the Fifth Amendment. You must be read the following when you are taken into custody and before you answer any questions:

  1. You have the right to remain silent.
  2. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  3. You have the right to an attorney.
  4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.

Can a change of income bring a change of child support?

When you got divorced, the Georgia court awarded your ex -- the custodial parent -- what you thought was a fair amount of child support each month. You had a job that paid well, and you wanted your kids to be able to live the same type of life they did when you were a family.

That was three years ago. A lot can change in three years.

13 Simple ways to brighten your mood during divorce

The challenges of divorce are oftentimes physically, emotionally and financially draining. If you’re feeling exhausted by these woes, it’s important to take time out of your day to lift your spirits.

Try any one of these 13 easy ways to take your mind off of the divorce and feel a little bit better.

Georgia woman killed in crash at stop light by drunk driver

An 18-year-old woman making a trip home to Georgia to celebrate her mother's birthday was recently killed when an alleged drunk driver crashed his car into hers.

The young woman, a freshman at Alabama State University, was stopped at a red light not far from her family's home near Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia, Georgia. As she waited for the light to change, a car driven by a 57-year-old man came upon the stoplight traveling at 70 miles per hour and rear-ended the victim, according to police.

Legal proceedings and financial burden follow Georgia DUI charges

A few drinks out with friends can turn into months of legal proceedings and heavy financial costs. That's what you have waiting for you if you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Georgia – or just about anywhere in the United States, for that matter.

The legal odyssey that can endure from a DUI arrest is long and complex. While the exact path depends on the case, here, in general, is what you have waiting for you if you are arrested on DUI charges.

  • You'll be arrested and booked. You'll be taken to the nearest police station and photographed and fingerprinted.
  • You'll need to appear in court. When you're arrested, you'll receive a summons that lists a court date. For some people, this is a very embarrassing experience.
  • If you are convicted of DUI in Georgia, you will lose your driving privileges for up to a year.
  • On your first offense, you could pay a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Even on your first offense, you could spend up to a year in jail, followed by probation.
  • You likely will have to attend, and pay for, an alcohol and drug education program before you can have your driving privileges reinstated.
  • A judge could order an evaluation of your level of alcohol usage and abuse.
  • Your auto insurance premiums will rise for a number of years.
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