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Rental property and dog attacks

We have gone over some of the consequences that dog bite victims may endure after they are attacked, from scars and physical pain to medical costs. If you were attacked by a dog, you may have many questions and could be struggling to work through a variety of issues. For example, you may be wondering how the attack was allowed to occur and who shares responsibility in the incident. In some instances, unique details may need to be considered, especially for those who are thinking about taking legal action due to dog bite injuries. For example, a landlord may be held accountable if his or her tenant owned a dog which attacked someone.

There are various issues you may need to look over if you are in this position and think that a landlord's carelessness contributed to the attack. For example, maybe a tenant complained to his or her landlord about a hole in the fence or some other repair or issue that had to be addressed with regard to the rental property and the landlord failed to take action. Or, perhaps a landlord knew that a violent dog was posing a threat to other people and failed to do anything about the situation.

The DUI First Appearance Hearing

In Spokane, Washington the criminal case for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) normally begins the next business day after the arrest. The initial court appearance for a DUI charge is a First Appearance Hearing. This hearing begins with roll call to see who is present. The judge will then advise everyone of their constitutional rights and the potential consequences of a DUI conviction. These consequences may include jail time, house arrest, fines, loss of driver's license, ignition interlock device, SR-22 insurance and alcohol/drug treatment.

Moving forward after a rideshare accident

Years ago, many people had to choose between public transportation or taking a taxi at certain times. However, thanks to technology such as rideshare apps, people have more decisions in the digital era. While this can be convenient for some, it can also be problematic. For example, some drivers may not have very much experience or familiarity with an area’s roads, which can increase the likelihood of something going wrong. Unfortunately, drivers who are employed by a rideshare company may cause a traffic collision, leaving their passengers or people riding in another vehicle hurt or killed.

With a difficult job market, some people have decided to work for a rideshare company to support themselves. Unfortunately, some may not have the dedication or experience that a taxi drier has. Moreover, there are times when things go wrong regardless of a person’s driving abilities or precautionary measures that are taken. As with all other crashes, rideshare accidents can leave victims with serious injuries or even prove fatal.

Snow drifts and the risk of an accident

Driving in the winter can be difficult and there are many factors that can make the likelihood of a crash even higher. At times, operating a vehicle this time of year can be downright dangerous, but many people get behind the wheel because they have to go to work or take care of important responsibilities. As a driver, it is crucial for you to keep an eye out for potential hazards, especially those related to inclement weather during this season. For example, you might need to pay close attention to snow drifts.

While driving around, the roads might be fairly decent, overall. However, certain spots might have a greater accumulation of snow. Snow drifts can accumulate because of wind patterns or because snow plows neglect a particular area. Sometimes, people do not see these drifts and they can cause problems, such as a vehicle becoming stuck or even an accident. When someone drives through a snow drift, they might be more likely to collide with another vehicle, especially if their vehicle cannot handle winter weather well or they do not have very much experience driving in these conditions.

What Are DUI Pretrial Conditions of Release?

Under Washington State criminal law Pretrial Conditions of Release (COR's) are legal restrictions ordered by a judge after someone has been accused of a crime, like Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Domestic Violence Assault (DV). Most people accused of a crime do not sit in jail while their criminal matter is pending resolution. On those cases COR's act like laws restricting the defendant's behavior while the case is pending. COR's remain in effect unless a judge amends or cancels them or until the criminal charge is resolved. If the COR's are violated, defendants may face more strict conditions or may even be booked into jail until the case is resolved.

How widespread is drowsy driving?

Drivers become tired for a wide variety of reasons, including excessive work hours or overnight shifts, a sleeping disorder, and even the consumption of some types of medication. Sometimes, drivers are able to operate their vehicle without causing an accident when they are tired, but they still put lives at risk by driving drowsy. Sadly, driver fatigue is responsible for many fatal accidents and crashes which cause all sorts of serious injuries in the state of Washington. As a driver, it is crucial for you to recognize the warning signs and causes of fatigue before getting into your vehicle. Regrettably, many drivers ignore this advice and drowsy driving is far too prevalent across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that people in various circumstances are more likely to drive drowsy, such as those who work late shifts, drive commercial vehicles, have an untreated sleep disorder, or fail to get sufficient sleep. The CDC reports that one per 25 drivers over 18 admit to falling asleep while driving in the past 30 days, according to estimates. Clearly, this dangerous behavior is all too common on roads across the U.S. When someone is too tired to drive safely, their reaction time may be significantly affected and they may have trouble focusing on the road.

There Are More DUI Arrests During the Holidays... Historically

Christmas and New Years are supposed to be times for celebration. Many of us take time off from work to travel and visit family, reflect on the past year and prepare our resolutions for next year. In Spokane County and throughout the State of Washington, this can also be a dangerous time to be on the roadways. Although this year DUI arrests during Christmas through New Year's Day appear to be lower relative to prior years, the holiday season is typically a busy time for law enforcement officers who are trying to keep our roads safe from impaired drivers.

What are some other types of animal attacks?

Many people recognize the potential dangers that viscous dogs pose, especially if they bite someone. Unfortunately, this happens to an unacceptable number of people each year, whether they were walking down the beach or passing their neighbor's house on the way to work. However, there are other types of animals that may attack an innocent person and it is important to be mindful of these potential risks when around other animals.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, people may be attacked by a dog, ferret, cat, or snake. However, there are many more animals that can attack or lash out and harm someone, such as a horse, a pet bird, etc. The NLM says that these attacks are unlikely to threaten a victim's life, but they can cause major problems if a bite becomes infected. Moreover, an animal attack may leave someone with an unsightly scar. On top of these challenges, an animal attack could lead to mental trauma, which may prevent someone from being able to enjoy time with certain animals.

Stopped for DUI: Should You Do Roadside Tests?

If you're pulled over for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in Spokane County or anywhere in Washington State, then the officer will likely ask you to perform roadside tests called Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST's). These include a test of your eyes (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus or HGN), and two agility tests like walking heel to toe (Walk and Turn or W+T) and balancing on one leg (One Leg Stand or OLS). You may also be asked to blow into a handheld breath alcohol test called a Portable or Preliminary Breath Test (PBT). The Washington State Patrol website has many DUI training manuals including a recent manual regarding FST's.

Loud children and motor vehicle collisions

We have taken a look at many of the reasons why traffic collisions happen, whether someone fails to stay off of the road when they are excessively tired or makes the poor decision to drive while intoxicated. However, there are many more car accident causes that people should be aware of, many of which are unique to a person’s circumstances. For example, parents may need to be mindful when it comes to loud children.

If you have kids, they may become antsy or loud when they spend a prolonged amount of time in the car. Sometimes, children are loud even when they go on very short trips, whether they are excited or simply tend to raise their voices in the vehicle. This can distract you or someone else who is operating the vehicle, such as a spouse or one of your friends. During certain times, it can be nearly impossible to have children quiet down, in which cases it is important for drivers to try to remain calm and stay focused.

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