Many Washingtonians love living in the Pacific Northwest because of the easy-going weather. National attention is typically paid to our rainy season, but the beautiful summers and mild winters allow for yearlong outside activity. Unfortunately, when the inclement winter weather arrives, many Washington drivers are unprepared to deal with the falling snow and icy roads. Of course, unlike many locales, the greater Seattle metro area is brimming with hills and other road conditions unsuitable for winter driving. Mix the difficult terrain with inexperienced winter drivers and there is a potent combination that inevitably leads to car accidents.
Even if you are an experienced driver, Washington’s laws regarding car accidents do not take into account the snow and ice if you happen to cause a motor vehicle collision. Unless an emergency situation is created due to no fault of your own – a difficult burden to meet – drivers are held to nearly the same standards as if they were driving on a bright summer day. To be held liable for causing an accident, you must be negligent. And, even if a nasty ice patch ultimately led to your car accident, a driver’s failure to drive carefully, take proper precautions, or perhaps avoiding driving all-together, may lead to civil liability in a liability insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
When its snowy and icy, it may be best to avoid the roads completely. If you need to drive, always take the proper precautions. Here are a few tips to make sure your snowy drive remains a winter wonderland:
Washington drivers have a duty to take the proper precautions in order to avoid causing a car accident. These tips can help you drive more safely in the ice and snow. Regardless of your preparedness, you can never account for other drivers’ behavior. At the law office of Magnuson Lowell P.S., we’ve helped families throughout Washington after they’ve been injured in a wintery car accident, and our experienced attorneys will fight for your best interests. Call today for a free consultation (425)885-7500.
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The emotions that come with a divorce can be hard for anyone to cope with -- especially children. While you can figure out how to deal with your own emotions during your divorce (and after), you have to think about ways you can help your children do the same. This isn't always easy, but it can be very rewarding because you are providing them with the tools they need to cope throughout their remaining days.
Some parents shy away from discussing their own emotional challenges with their children. If you can talk to your kids about how you feel in a way that is age appropriate, you may find that this helps them to normalize a range of emotions.
As they grow and mature, children might need different ways to figure out how to handle their emotions. Talk to them about what they think is important. Encourage them to use appropriate methods for relaying their feelings. For example, hitting when they are angry isn't appropriate but discussing the reasons they are angry is -- as long as it is done in a respectful manner.
Another thing to consider when you are helping your children learn to deal with their emotions is that emotions become more complex as people age. Children might need to find new ways to cope with these expanded feelings as they transition from toddlerhood to childhood and then become teenagers. At the same time, your children may become more critical of what you are doing -- which means you will have to be more careful how you handle your interactions with your children as time goes on. Additionally, it's important to reserve your criticism as your children struggle to cope with their own changing feelings.
Setting down a clear plan for how you and your ex will handle your child's emotional development can be beneficial. A well-rounded parenting plan should be the basis for any child custody agreement.