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Recent weekday car accident claims married couple

When one hears of fatal crashes, it may be common to assume that either intoxication or foul weather are to blame. However, sometimes, distracted driving or other negligent behaviors are to blame. A recent Minnesota car accident may have been caused by an inattentive dump truck driver.

The fatal crash took place along Highway 55 on a Thursday afternoon. According to responding police officers, road conditions were dry at the time of the collision. The initial report stated that a semi truck was stopped in the left lane while waiting to complete a left-hand turn. Two other vehicles were behind the truck -- a couple in a passenger car and a pickup truck behind them. Police said that a driver operating a construction vehicle purportedly failed to stop for the traffic ahead of him, and his dump truck slammed into the line of vehicles.

No matter one's experience, motorcycle accidents take a toll

Every year, public service campaigns are launched to remind motorists to drive with caution and be alert for other vehicles. The majority of motorists are diligent to watch for potential hazards that could lead to motorcycle accidents, though many motorcyclists suffer serious or even fatal injuries from inattentive drivers. Sadly, even the most experienced Minnesota riders can fall victim to a serious crash.

Recently, police and other emergency responders were summoned to the scene of a collision between a motorcycle and a pickup truck. According to the preliminary accident report, a motorcyclist headed south along a local road as he approached an intersection. As the rider proceeded into the crossroads, a man driving a pickup truck was headed north. The pickup truck driver was purportedly attempting to complete a left-hand turn when he collided with the motorcycle.

Parents and their role in reducing distracted driving accidents

When teens start driving, it can be an exciting time for a Minnesota family. After all, it may mean that Mom and Dad no longer have to drive that member of the family from place to place. It is also a great time of new independence and growth for the teen. It can also be a dangerous time, and parents would be wise to make the effort to ensure that young drivers in their homes are making smart, safe choices behind the wheel.

Every age group is susceptible to distracted driving, but it can be an especially prominent issue for teen drivers. They use their phones extensively in their everyday lives, and it's hard to turn that habit off while behind the wheel. When Minnesota parents take the time to teach and encourage safe driving habits, teens will be safer, and there will be fewer distracted drivers out on the road.

Parking lots present serious risks for a pedestrian accident

As the cold weather approaches, Minnesota residents are gearing up for all of the challenges that winter driving poses. In addition to the hazards of snow and ice, the upcoming holiday season further increases the risk of a serious pedestrian accident befalling an unsuspecting victim. The National Safety Council has reminded the public about the dangers posed by parking lots

The NSC notes that hundreds of people are killed in parking lot accidents annually. Not surprisingly, the numbers of insurance claims reach a high point during the holiday shopping season. There are several factors that can increase the risk of a serious crash in parking lots and not all are weather-based. An NSC poll found that drivers engage in disturbing behaviors while driving through these areas. 

Brain study suggests dog bites more likely from certain breeds

Every breed of dog has its devoted owners and some of the most loyal owners have pit bulls. However, recent research seems to provide evidence that these breeds are more prone to inflict dog bites. Minnesota is home to many dogs and owners are responsible for keeping their pets under control. 

The recent study did not intend to prove that certain breeds are potentially more dangerous. The goal was to study the brains of select breeds to understand how the brain structures vary from breed to breed and to determine if there are significant differences according to the purpose of the breed's development. Researchers were seeking information on whether select breeding leads to changes in brain structure and function. 

Road safety for football game days

Autumn is an exciting time for sports fans. Football season is here, and thousands of Vikings and Gophers fans can’t wait to order their game tickets, wash their jerseys and attend parties at their friend’s house as they root for their home teams to crush the competition.

For Minnesota drivers, game days can be some of the worst days in autumn to be on the road. Traffic piles up in Minneapolis, and you’ll likely encounter more drunk and distracted drivers in your area than you would normally on the weekends. Whether you’re heading up to U.S. Bank Stadium, TCF Bank Stadium or someone’s house to watch the game, you need to keep the following tips in mind:

Minnesota reports increase in fatal car accidents in 2018

According to statistics compiled by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the overall trend of reduced traffic fatalities hit a bump in the road in 2018. According to a recent report, there was an increase in fatal car accidents by an estimated 6% last year. In spite of this increase, the director of the Office of Traffic safety is optimistic that fatal crashes will continue to reflect a downward trend.

From the years of 2009 to 2013, the average number of traffic deaths was approximately 396. From 2014 to 2018, that average went down an estimated 4% to 381. However, so far this year, there have been five more deaths than this time last year. In addition, 25 pedestrians have died in collisions compared to 18 during the same time frame last year. According to the director, the majority of fatal injuries can be attributed to speeding and victims not using seat belts.

Charges filed against woman who caused deadly pedestrian accident

One of the most difficult lessons in life is the realization that some of the most mundane and ordinary activities in life can end in tragedy. This past January, a beloved Minnesota grandmother made a decision that ended in her unexpected death after a fatal pedestrian accident. Though the crash occurred months ago, the woman driving the vehicle was only recently formally charged.

On that fateful afternoon, a couple had been using the gym facilities at their local community center. At one point, the 55-year-old woman decided to leave the center and walk home without her husband. As she was crossing a road near the intersection, she was struck by a passing motorist. That driver did not stop and failed to summon any medical attention for the victim.

Mayo simulator shows dangers of distracted driving accidents

Effective the first of August of 2019, Minnesota drivers are only allowed to use their cell phones in the "hands-free" mode while driving. Drivers may still use the navigational features as long as the device is not being held in their hands. This law is an effort to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents, and motorists who are caught holding their phones will be fined.

The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, offers those who are interested in learning more about the dangers of inattentive driving an opportunity to try their driving simulator. According to a trauma nurse with the medical facility, in the space of just five seconds of looking away from the road, a car can travel the length of a football field. An estimated 23% of crashes are caused by some form of distracted driving.

Judge suspends prison for woman charged in pedestrian accident

In spite of the efforts to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving, too many motorists still drink and drive. Though impaired drivers never intend to cause harm to an innocent person, the fact remains that countless families have been shattered by the loss of loved ones in these senseless crashes. Recently, a Minnesota judge suspended the four-year prison sentence imposed for the death of a victim in a pedestrian accident.

The fatal collision occurred last June. According to the police report, a 58-year-old woman was driving along County Road 101 in Plymouth. The report indicated that the driver inexplicably veered across two lanes of traffic, after which her vehicle went over the curb and struck a pedestrian. The victim died at the scene. Officers stated that the driver failed to successfully complete field sobriety tests, and a breathalyzer recorded a blood alcohol level of .108. 


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