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.
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.
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.
One of the fastest growing job markets is the so-called "gig" market. These jobs typically involve independent contractors providing services on a temporary basis. Though this business model may save overhead costs, in the long run, this type of arrangement may prove to be quite costly. There have been several recent lawsuits over serious car accidents, including one here in Minnesota, that may change the way these companies do business.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there has been an alarming increase in a certain category of fatal motor vehicle collisions. Since 2006, the numbers of fatal hit-and-run car accidents has increased by an estimated 7.2 percent every year. Though Minnesota ranks in the bottom three for these types of tragedies, residents and visitors here could still be at risk.
According to Minnesota's Department of Public Safety, distracted driving involving electronic gadgets played a role in an estimated 20 percent of the state's traffic collisions in both 2016 and 2017. In addition, citations issued last year for texting drivers increased substantially. Preliminary data from last year shows that approximately 178 people were injured in distracted driving car accidents in addition to the estimated 27 victims who suffered fatal injuries.
In less than a heartbeat, circumstances can combine that will result in heartbreaking tragedy. Along one stretch of Highway 12 in Minnesota, a particularly treacherous section has been referred to as the "Corridor of Death" due to the number of serious car accidents that have occurred. One father is now beseeching officials to take action to make improvements that might prevent more tragic deaths.
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.
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.
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.