Recent study of car accidents highlights need for improvements

Minneapolis City Council members were recently informed of the results of a traffic safety study that was conducted in parts of the city. While the study pointed out sections of the metropolitan area where many car accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles have occurred, there were concerns that other areas were not appropriately addressed. City officials stated that more work needs to be done.

The study was conducted as part of the Vision Zero Initiative that is focused on improving the safety of residents and visitors to the Minneapolis area. The group is working on finding ways to reduce the number of crashes to zero in the years ahead. While some of the highlighted targeted areas are well known for contributing to several serious and fatal crashes, there were other roadways that were not included in the data, as no serious crashes have yet occurred, though there have been several near-accidents.

The study compiled traffic accident data from the past 10 years. These crashes include collisions with pedestrians and bicycles, both of which are most vulnerable in accidents involving turning vehicles. One section, in particular, University Avenue Southwest, accounts for approximately 25 percent of all serious and fatal bicycle accidents in the area.

The study also included such data as demographics, which reportedly showed that residential areas comprised of lower-income and minority populations are affected by car accidents in a greater proportion than others. The City Council President, Lisa Bender, stated that the city would be acting irresponsibly if it does not address these pressing safety concerns before seeking more growth. Victims who have suffered serious injuries as a result of an accident caused by a negligent driver are entitled to seek just compensation through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.

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