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How to Safely Share the Road with Large Commercial Trucks

Many passenger car drivers get extremely nervous on the highway around tractor-trailers. The sheer size of these carriers is intimidating, and anyone who has ever seen the aftermath of a tractor-trailer accident understands the massive destructive force big rigs can wield at highway speeds. Unfortunately, motorists who tense up while close to commercial trucks can… Read More »

Keys to Negotiating the Best Parenting Plan in a West Virginia Divorce

If you are going through a custody dispute, perhaps as part of a divorce, it is usually best to negotiate a parenting plan with your children’s other parent. A negotiated settlement of your custody issues allows you greater control over the outcome, whereas litigating the issue in court puts the decision in the hands of… Read More »

What Are the Most Dangerous Types of Collisions Between a Passenger Car and a Truck?

Many motorists get nervous driving on a highway near a large commercial truck, with good reason. When a tractor-trailer collides with a passenger car, there’s little question about which vehicle will sustain greater damage. While commercial trucks are involved in fewer accidents than passenger vehicles, the accidents involving trucks are often catastrophic. So, is there… Read More »

What Are the Rules on Spousal Support (Alimony) in a West Virginia Divorce?

When a couple dissolves their marriage, support for a dependent spouse, also called alimony, is often appropriate to prevent financial hardship for one spouse and unjust enrichment for the other. There are several ways to create an obligation to pay alimony: A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement might contain a stipulation for alimony. Couples may reach… Read More »

How Do Wrong-Way Highway Accidents Happen?

Wrong-way driving collisions at highway speed are the deadliest type of passenger car crashes because of the combined force of the vehicles bearing down on each other. In some instances, the opposite sides of the highway are divided by only a yellow line or a grass median without any barrier. Such roadways are vulnerable to… Read More »

How Is Property Divided in a West Virginia Divorce?

The leading financial issue in a divorce is usually the division of the couple’s property. But what are the rules in West Virginia about who gets what? West Virginia operates under a principle of equitable distribution, which means the court divides the marital estate in a manner that equitable. There are several steps to the… Read More »

How Does West Virginia’s Comparative Negligence Law Affect Auto Accident Settlements?

If you are injured in an auto accident that another person caused, you are entitled to recover damages to compensate for your losses. But what happens if the other driver is not entirely at fault? Suppose your actions contributed to the crash. Are you still able to recover compensation? All states have some version of… Read More »

Kaufman & McPherson PLLC Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a Four Years AIOPIA’S 10 Best in West Virginia For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of West Virginia’s Personal Injury Attorney Kaufman & McPherson PLLC as Four Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal… Read More »

Logbook Errors a Common Problem in Truck Accidents

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) places strict regulations on the trucking industry, and drivers’ adherence to those regulations must be recorded in logbooks. Truck drivers and the companies employing them are required to keep accurate records of the time drivers spend out on the road, where shipments are headed, and the total… Read More »

The Role of the Police Report in an Auto Accident Injury Claim

If you are involved in a car accident in West Virginia that led to injuries or property damage, it’s important for someone to call the police and have an officer visit the scene to write and file a report. This document can be helpful if you later need to seek compensation for medical costs, lost… Read More »