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4 motorists are seriously injured in a Ripley County crash

Several motorists were seriously injured when a 23-year-old Lawrenceburg resident drove her General Motors Company (GMC) sports utility vehicle (SUV) into oncoming traffic on the afternoon of May 9.

According to Indiana State Police, the motorist who is believed to have caused the crash was apparently traveling southbound along United States Highway 421 just before the crash. It was right before 3:30 p.m. that she suddenly crossed the roadway's center line into oncoming traffic.

Know how it works when you 'plead the Fifth'

Almost every American adult probably knows that he or she can "plead the Fifth" and rely on his or her Constitutional right against self-incrimination. However, there are some rules that go along with relying on that Fifth Amendment that you should understand in order to fully protect yourself.

1. You have the right to rely on the Fifth during any police questioning

The personal injury legal realm: broadly encompassing and complex

A fundamental point that looms as obvious in the personal injury legal realm underscores just how widely encompassing that universe is.

Injury victims in Indiana and elsewhere suffer harm from a wide variety of catalysts and sources. Legions of people are of course injured in motor vehicle accidents. Sometimes they are drivers or occupants in passenger cars and trucks. Accidents also yield adverse consequences for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

The more you know about Indiana DUI law, the better off you'll be

Most people know that the legal limit for blood alcohol content when driving is 0.08. As long as you aren't above that level, you are okay. Right?

Well, it isn't always that simple. Certain individuals must meet much lower limits because they have a higher standard to hold. In addition, you also need to know what you could face if convicted of one or more DUIs, called OWIs here in Indiana, which stands for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Helping your kids as they move between homes

If you and your co-parent are sharing custody of your children, it's essential to understand the importance of making their transitions between your homes as smooth and easy as possible. Until kids get used to spending their time in two different homes, moving back and forth can produce a good deal of anxiety. There are a number of things that parents can do to help ease this anxiety.

First, it's essential not to use these transitions as a time to bring up issues with your co-parent. Resolve them when the kids aren't around.

Talk to your children if you decide to downsize

Many people like to downsize as they reach retirement age. With the kids out of the house, they do not need nearly as much space. They want to get rid of the clutter they have gathered over the decades. They may want to move into a neighborhood with additional services for things that become harder in old age -- like cutting the grass or shoveling snow.

One thing to keep in mind is that your family may not be thrilled about the move. It is important to talk to them so that everyone understands what's happening and is on the same page.

Should you avoid a custody battle with a co-parent in recovery?

If you're divorcing a co-parent with alcohol and/or drug issues, one of your primary concerns is the safety and well-being of your kids. You may fear that your spouse's addiction has already caused your kids enough emotional damage.

It's understandable that you want to protect your kids. However, if you and your co-parent are able to reach a custody and visitation agreement on your own or with the help of your attorneys, that's generally preferable to having a court rule on the matter.

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