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.
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 of the milestones for many is obtaining a driver's license. This comes with the responsibility to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and courteous manner. Sadly, Minnesota reports an increase in the number of serious car accidents that have been attributed to distracted driving.
All too frequently, motorists find themselves behind a commercial vehicle carrying a load that brings feelings of unease. Most of the time, drivers are able to take measures to avoid these vehicles, as they pose a danger of causing serious car accidents if the load is not properly secured. Sadly, one such load recently caused the death of two Minnesota residents.