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Take note: A motor vehicle wreck doesn't have to wreck your life

You have just been involved in a car accident, and naturally, you feel shaken up. You try to get your bearings and figure out how the accident could have happened. You eventually realize that another motorist's careless behavior behind the wheel caused your accident.

Although taking notes following the crash is most likely not at the top of your to-do list, it is an incredibly important step for protecting your best interest long term. Here is a look at how to go about note-taking following a collision that has caused you to suffer injuries.

A brain injury can affect more than your mind

Each day, nearly 140 people in the United States pass away as a result of brain injuries, which can easily occur in a motor vehicle accident. Unfortunately, those who survive these types of injuries may find themselves unable to maintain the quality of life they experienced before suffering these injuries.

Brain injury symptoms usually appear not long after an accident has occurred in Georgia or elsewhere. Here is a glimpse at what you need to know about brain injuries, including how to tell if you have suffered them, how to address them medically and how to protect your best interests financially if another person's negligence caused you to suffer them.

Don't let assault and battery charges beat you down

Facing arrest for assault and battery can understandably be intimidating. Your future may flash before your eyes as you wonder what the consequences of your arrest will be in the short and long terms.

Fortunately, just because police have arrested you on assault and battery charges does not mean you are guilty in the eyes of Lady Justice. You have the right to fight this charge in the Georgia criminal justice system.

Accused of cultivating drugs? You need a strong defense.

Manufacturing drugs, also known as cultivating drugs, is illegal in Georgia. Manufacturing refers to taking part in the process of producing illicit drugs, such as selling precursor chemicals or specialized equipment. You may even face a criminal charge simply for offering to assist in producing illegal drugs.

If the authorities have accused you of cultivating drugs, you naturally may feel uneasy about how this type of criminal charge will affect your future. For instance, time behind bars and a fine are a real possibility if you end up with a drug conviction. Fortunately, you have the right to fight such a charge with the goal of preserving your reputation and your freedom.

Winter weather driving tips for Atlantans

Atlanta natives are not accustomed to snowy weather. So during what has been one of the coldest and wettest winters in years, it is important for motorists to prioritize safety.

Although La Niña winters are usually dry and warm, this year has surpassed snowfall averages for the region. Atlanta, which statistically sees 0.7 inches of snow this month, had 2.3 inches on January 17. While meteorologists expect warmer temperatures and less snow, this winter has already been atypical and more snow could be in our future.

Is your landlord looking out for your protection?

Living in an apartment building or complex has its good and bad points. Of course, one negative is that you may have to deal with noise, trash and lack of consideration from your neighbors. Parking may be a challenge, and using the communal laundry facilities may be frustrating.

However, it's nice to know you can call the landlord or building owner if something breaks or you have an emergency. A good landlord will take care of things promptly and work to provide a comfortable place for his or her tenants. A large part of that comfort includes feeling safe in and around the building.

Collision injuries delayed? Don't delay in seeking justice

As you embark on your morning commute to your workplace, you enjoy the view of the sunrise over the city as you simultaneously sip some refreshing coffee. However, all of a sudden, the sound of twisting metal enters your ears. You have just been involved in a car accident.

Sometimes, this type of collision occurs in Georgia due to the negligence of another driver, and it leaves you with injuries that either occur immediately or later. If you end up suffering injuries due to another motorist's carelessness, you have the right to seek to hold him or her accountable for them.

Drug distribution charges don't have to spell a life sentence

Being arrested for drug possession is understandably scary. However, if you are arrested for trafficking or distributing drugs, this can be an even more frightening experience due to the more serious nature of this crime.

Drug distribution or trafficking laws in Georgia make it illegal to sell, transport, and import illicit controlled substances, including methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy) and marijuana. If you face drug trafficking charges, it is your right to defend yourself against such charges.

A rear-end accident can be a pain in the rear: seek justice

As you drive to work, you bump your head to the music you're listening to as you think through the tasks you will have to complete that day. All of a sudden, though, you hear the sound of crunching steel, and your head ends up moving back and forth violently. You have just been rear ended.

In some cases, a rear-end accident leading to serious injuries in Georgia is the result of the carelessness of another driver. For instance, perhaps your fellow driver was trying to text and drive -- or, engaging in distracted driving -- when he or she hit and injured you. In this situation, a few steps can help you to protect your legal rights in the long run.

Challenging possession charges with the assistance of an attorney

A conviction for a drug-related crime can create numerous hardships in life. Allegations alone could do a great deal of damage to your reputation within the community, which can be challenging enough as is. Even in crimes that carry lesser penalties, if convicted, you may have trouble obtaining or retaining employment in certain fields in the future, which can, in turn, impact other areas of your life as well.

Perhaps you are staring down charges for drug possession and subsequently wondering what will happen next. When facing such potentially devastating consequences, you might wish to challenge the charges against you and protect your future, but the process can be extremely intimidating, especially with no previous experience in the area.

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