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7 Tips to become a better city driver

For Minnesota residents who tend to stick to the suburbs, taking a trip to St. Paul or Minneapolis can quickly become confusing. City drivers are liable to face cross-streets that split 6 ways, plenty of pedestrians and one-way streets.

If you aren't suspecting these sudden traffic changes, one wrong move could easily endanger yourself and others. Here are a few tips to keep you on your toes while driving in an unfamiliar city.

Metro Area of Minneapolis reports several pedestrian accidents

The majority of residents and visitors to large metropolitan areas, such as Minneapolis, likely do not view walking as a life-changing decision. Unfortunately, for several families, an innocent walk has turned into a devastating event that has left victims and survivors with shattered lives. Over a three-day span, four victims have been killed in pedestrian accidents, and one woman has suffered extensive injuries.

According to officials, the first fatal incident occurred on a recent Thursday evening, as two residents in their 40s were taking a stroll. They were struck by a 72-year-old man driving a pick up. While that driver did remain on the scene and is cooperating with police, at least one of the victims was struck by a second vehicle that fled the scene. That second driver was later identified and arrested a few days later as he was leaving a local establishment. 

Minnesota troopers out in force to stop drunk drivers

No matter the holiday, special occasions often mean that people will gather with family and friends to celebrate with parties that include alcohol. Though it is common knowledge that drinking and driving do not mix well, there is no shortage of Minnesota families who have lost loved ones due to the negligent decisions of drunk drivers. In an effort to reduce the number of lives lost, troopers plan to increase their presence along the state's roads.

Recently, one state trooper shared his experience over the Christmas holiday last year. As he was stopped at a red traffic signal, he looked in his mirror to see another vehicle approaching. He reported that, the next moment, his patrol car was struck forcefully in the rear. As he exited his vehicle, the other motorist purportedly questioned why the officer's car was not moving. At that time, the trooper observed that the driver who struck him was intoxicated.

K-9 officers who break training can inflict serious dog bites

Police departments across the country often proudly announce when they acquire a new canine officer. Though much time and money is spent training these animals, they can prove to be a liability, especially when they break training. There have been several incidents in the Minneapolis area involving innocent victims suffering serious wounds from dog bites inflicted by canine officers.

The majority of canine officers are a valuable resource for police departments in tracking down and preventing persons of interest from evading officials. Unfortunately, even the most thoroughly trained dog is capable of breaking its training. Handlers may also facilitate bad habits by not keeping their partners under control or correcting troublesome behavior. Some professionals in canine behavior claim that these dogs pose an inherent risk to public safety based on the nature of the dogs that are selected for use as law enforcement canines.

Community warns of dangers after serious pedestrian accident

One of the functions of a community is to report dangers to those in local government in an effort to bolster the safety of its residents and visitors. Unfortunately, in spite of the efforts to raise awareness of existing dangers, there will continue to be serious accidents until government officials take corrective actions. In the wake of one serious pedestrian accident in Minnesota, a community is once again speaking out about a dangerous crossing.

According to the report, two teen girls were attempting to cross at an intersection of Highway 47 and Penderson Drive NW. As they were in the marked and lighted crosswalk, they were struck by a motorist. One 14-year-old victim is reportedly in the critical care unit while the other teenager required surgery for her injuries. The driver did stop at the scene.

Don't let uninsurerd or underinsured motorists ruin your finances

The majority of Minnesota drivers obey the traffic laws and carry the required insurance coverage. Unfortunately, all too often, serious crashes are caused by uninsured or underinsured motorists. If such an accident occurs, victims could find themselves facing expenses that exceed the limits of their regular coverage.

Minnesota drivers are required to carry both underinsured and uninsured bodily injury coverage. Property damage coverage is optional in the state but could help cover the cost of damages or replacement of a vehicle or other property in the event the at-fault motorist lacks insurance. According to the Insurance Information Institute, an estimated one out of every eight drivers lacks adequate insurance coverage. The main purpose of both uninsured and underinsured motorist bodily injury insurance is to cover the cost of medical care in the event of an accident with a driver that is uninsured. In some states, this coverage may extend to family members or passengers.

Twin Cities electric scooters pose injury risks

This year, electric dockless scooters became yet another rentable transportation option available to twin city dwellers. Even as the weather gets chilly, folks downtown are looking to try out the new rides before the snow sticks.

But, be warned, using these electric scooters is liable to create more harm than fun. Here are a few reasons why.

Unidentified woman seriously injured in pedestrian accident

Officials in cities and towns throughout Minnesota work hard to ensure the safety of the public. One of the measures they take is to carefully mark pedestrian crossings in an effort to protect walkers from motorists. Unfortunately, in spite of the laws and safety markings, a pedestrian accident is an unfortunate reality when a driver is inattentive or otherwise negligent. 

Recently, one woman was a victim of one of these collisions. According to officials, she was attempting to cross a street within the safety of a marked crosswalk. Before she could complete her crossing, she was hit by a passing motorist. The impact of the collision propelled the victim several feet into the air before she landed on the street surface.

Whiplash can turn out to be more serious than you think

Hollywood has done a good job of making certain issues seem trivial. One of them is whiplash. People tend to make fun of this injury and make it seem as if it is no big deal. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Any injury that could potentially affect a Minnesota resident's spinal cord should always be taken seriously.

Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are violently thrown back and forth as in a rear-end collision. Most people already know that neck pain is the primary indicator of whiplash. However, other symptoms often accompany it such as headache, the inability to turn the head from side to side and pain in the shoulders and upper back. A person could also experience numbness, weakness and tingling in the arms.

How many will die in car accidents caused by distracted drivers?

It is possible that, ever since the invention of the wheel, there have been drivers who have allowed distractions to take their attention away from the task at hand. With the advent of technology, there are even more distractions that vie for the attention of motorists. Sadly, it appears that there is no end to the number of deadly car accidents in Minnesota -- and elsewhere -- that can be attributed to negligent motorists.

One recent crash occurred in a town northwest of Minneapolis. The incident took place along a local road on a Friday evening. According to the report, a 17-year-old female was driving a full-size pickup when she claimed her cell phone vibrated. She stated that she had looked at her phone to determine whether she was receiving an incoming phone call or a text message. As she was distracted by the device, she allowed her vehicle to stray over the dividing line into opposing traffic.

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