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7 things to do after a hit-and-run accident

Nobody wants to start their day being involved in a car accident on the way to work. However, sometimes it happens. And sometimes, in addition to sideswiping your car, the other driver may not even stop so you can report the accident. In fact, more than one hit-and-run accident happens every minute in the United States, according to the AA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Often, hit-and-run accidents happen in a flash. If you are involved in a hit-and-run, you most likely won’t know what to do.

Pedestrian accidents involving young children

Pedestrians of all ages face numerous threats when they walk alongside the road or try to cross the street. However, some pedestrians are especially vulnerable, such as those who are very young. From toddlers to young children, there are a number of reasons why younger pedestrians may be especially likely to be involved in an accident. Not only do some have less experience with regard to walking near traffic, but they may also spend a great deal of time near the road (especially when school is out in the summer), thereby increasing their chances of being struck by a vehicle.

If you have a young child who was struck by a car, you may be devastated as a parent. Your child may have been seriously injured and you may be worried about how the accident will carry over into other parts of their life, such as their performance in the classroom and the physical and mental pain that they may have as a result of the accident. You may be furious with the driver who struck them and unsure of what to do next.

Divorce and your friends and family members

Sometimes, a divorce may be very straightforward, and couples are able to work together to bring their marriage to an end in an amicable manner. In other instances, a divorce may be highly contentious, especially if there is disagreement over child custody or another key topic. A difficult divorce can affect one’s life in numerous ways, and it can lead to other challenges that need to be addressed. For example, it may affect someone’s relationship with family members and their friends. Whether you tell your friends and relatives that you need some time to yourself or you turn to them for support during a difficult time, it is important to take this issue into consideration.

Sometimes, friends and family members can help someone work through a tough divorce. They may be able to offer emotional support and help someone move forward in all sorts of ways, such as spending time with someone getting divorced and partaking in recreational activities that can help them take their mind off of the divorce process.

Courtroom anxiety and divorce hearings

For some people, going to court can be incredibly stressful. Whether someone has had a bad experience in court before or they have never been to court and are completely unfamiliar with what to expect, there are multiple reasons why some people develop a high level of anxiety when it comes to court. Moreover, a divorce hearing can be especially stressful for many people, whether they are worried about false allegations of domestic violence, the financial impact of their divorce or how custody will be awarded. If you have intense anxiety over a divorce hearing, you should focus on preparing for court and doing what you can to ensure that you present your case properly.

Anxiety over a divorce hearing is completely normal, so people who are experiencing this challenge should not be hard on themselves. Moreover, there are a handful of strategies that may help people who are going through this. Reviewing all of the details of a divorce and having a firm grasp of relevant family law matters can be immensely beneficial. Also, some people benefit from taking part in healthy activities (such as surfing, jogging, playing sports, etc.) that help them take their mind off of the divorce topics that they are stressed out about.

How can I prepare my teen for driving?

According to Esurance, teen drivers have a 3 times higher risk of crashing when compared to adult motorists. As a result, most parents experience a bit of trepidation when their children receive their license for the first time. While you can't always prevent an accident from occurring, there are steps you can take to ensure your child is driving with safety in mind. 

Graduated licensing programs set rules for new drivers to allow them to acclimate to driving at an even pace. Not all states have these programs in place, but that doesn't mean you can't use the same tactics in your home. For instance, the presence of passengers in a vehicle can actually serve as a distraction, so limit how many passengers your child can have when just starting out. Nighttime driving can also be challenging, so consider implementing a rule prohibiting your child from driving after a certain time.

What parts of summer schedule should divorced parents discuss?

The first summer vacation after a divorce can be difficult for the whole family. Typically, this is the time of year for many Minnesota families to get together and have fun before the children go back to school for three months. Now that the parents aren’t together anymore, it might be one of the most difficult post-divorce periods to adjust to.

It can also be a difficult time for many parents to organize their schedules as well. Since children don’t have school on the weekdays, most custody schedules often change around this time of year, and many parents have a harder time remembering which days they have the kids now. Even if you and your ex aren’t on the best terms after the divorce, it might be a good idea to sit down with them and discuss how you two will approach the upcoming season and what the other should know about.

What are some summer driving hazards to avoid?

While summer doesn't entail the same road hazards as winter, Minnesota motorists will still encounter quite a few risks. Knowing how to anticipate these risks, and ultimately avoid them, is the key to keeping you and other drivers safe. Travelers explains the steps you can take to stay safe on the road this summer. 

Many road projects are put off until the spring and summer months. This leads to traffic backups and congestion by the time hot weather rolls around, which makes driving far more frustrating. If you know a road is being worked on, look for a reliable detour until construction is complete. If you must drive through an active work zone, be sure to follow all posted rules. Obeying the speed limit is vital, both to prevent collisions as well as to keep workers safe. 

Will you have to pay manimony when you divorce?

If this is the first time you have ever run across the word “manimony,” you likely wonder what it is and what it has to do with a Minnesota divorce. Wife.org explains that manimony is the nickname that has been given to post-divorce spousal support payments that a former wife pays to her former husband.

Whether or not you will have to pay manimony when you divorce will depend on several factors. For instance, if you have had success in the business world and now earn substantially more than your husband does, manimony may factor into your divorce. But your husband must ask the court to award it to him, and the judge must decide whether or not to grant his request.

What are common signs of a brain injury?

Minnesota residents may put themselves in risky situations every day without realizing it. Sometimes, these situations end in an injury or illness. When the brain sustains a violent jolt or blow, the result may be a brain injury. Because these injuries are often serious and should be treated early, it is important to recognize the signs of a brain injury quickly.

Head injuries can range from a minor concussion to a severe head injury that leads to lasting changes in the personality and quality of the life of the injured. According to Medical News Today, some of the signs of a mild head injury include bruising, bleeding, headache, dizziness and a feeling of nausea or sickness.

Parenting after a divorce

Parenting is often challenging when mom and dad work at it together and live under the same roof. However, co-parenting after a Minnesota divorce takes on new complexity. At Trenti Law Firm, we often assist clients handle issues involving parenting plans and child custody.

According to HelpGuide.org International, many children thrive when their divorced parents have a cordial, stable relationship. They typically feel more secure and are less likely to develop depression or anxiety. Older children who understand divorce and understand you are communicating and working together often learn to problem-solve effectively and peacefully on their own. Consistent co-parenting also provides a solid example of how to build and maintain strong relationships.

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