St. Paul Minnesota Car Accidents Legal Blog

Tragic accidents highlights importance of bike safety

Many people enjoy riding their bikes in the Twin Cities. People ride their bikes for exercise, to commute to their job, or to get to the places they need to go. St. Paul and Minneapolis are cities that have both spent considerable time and money creating safe places for bicyclists. But despite having a community that is bike friendly, tragic accidents still occur.

In light of recent fatal bike accidents in the metro area there is a call for safer streets for bicyclists. The group Safe Streets Save Lives believe that motorists need to understand that they often have to share the road with bicyclists. The organization believes that streets in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas need more than just paint to mark bike lanes. Motorists also need to understand their role in keeping everyone safe. Motorists should not park or stop in bike lanes, they must yield to bicycles when crossing a bike lane, and they should pass bicyclists at a safe distance.

Watch for signs of drunk drivers while you're on the road

Impaired drivers are a risk to everyone who shares the road with them. The higher a person's blood alcohol concentration, the greater the impacts to their driving abilities. Unfortunately, the lack of sound decision-making that comes with intoxication means that these individuals might think they are fine to drive when they aren't.

On average, 29 people die because of crashes involving alcohol. This is tragic because each of these deaths is preventable. If the impaired driver didn't get behind the wheel, there wouldn't have been a tragic crash. All drivers should know the signs of drunk driving so they can try to avoid those drivers in an attempt to remain safe.

Holiday deliveries bring gifts, opportunities for accidents

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and individuals all across Minnesota may be planning what gifts they will give to their loved ones for the holidays. While some people prefer to visit their favorite stores to buy goods for their friends and family members, others will boot up their computers and do their shopping online. In a matter of days, they may receive the items that they purchased without ever having to leave their homes.

As the holidays approach, individuals may notice more delivery trucks on their roads. These vehicles are often seen hustling around, moving from homes to businesses and on as their drivers work hard to meet their deadlines and distribute the boxes in their care. With more delivery trucks on the roads, Minnesota residents may have more opportunities to be involved in collisions with them.

What injuries can result from motorcycle accidents?

This post provides readers with information on some of the types of injuries that may result when victims are involved in motorcycle accidents. It is important that readers understand, however, that this post does not provide legal or medical advice. Professional support should be sought by individuals who experience harm in collisions and crashes involving motorcycles.

Many factors can influence the outcome and associated injuries from a motorcycle accident. Researchers suggest that motorcyclists of different ages may experience different injuries, and that the type and weight of motorcycle that a rider is on may also have an impact on how they are hurt. Weather conditions, road conditions, and many other factors can change if and how riders suffer accident-related harm.

Rear-end collisions can cause serious injuries and damage

A rear-end collision is a motor vehicle accident caused by one vehicle running into the back of another vehicle. Although they are relatively common, rear-end collisions can leave victims with serious bodily injuries and long-term suffering. This post does not provide medical or legal advice to its readers, and those with more questions about rear-end collisions can talk to their Minnesota-based personal injury attorneys.

Rear-end collisions often happen when cars are stopped in roadways. When a vehicle has stopped at a red light or stop sign, they may be hit from behind by a vehicle driven by a distracted or inattentive driver. In heavy traffic, rear-end collisions may occur when cars follow each other too closely and do not leave enough space for stopping when the drivers must apply their brakes.

What can drivers do to prevent pedestrian accidents?

When a Minnesota driver makes the decision to get behind the wheel of their car they assume a duty of care to those who they will encounter. That means that they will act reasonably behind the wheel and will avoid engaging in behaviors that may be dangerous. Not allowing distractions to interfere with driving, not consuming alcohol before driving, and following the laws of the road are all good ways to meet one's driving duty.

However, there are some extra steps that drivers can undertake to prevent one common and often dangerous form of roadway accidents: collisions with pedestrians. Each year too many individuals are hurt and killed when they are crossing streets, walking on roadways, and engaging in other legal actions on roads. These tips are suggestions to drivers and readers are encouraged to talk to their attorneys if they are harmed in pedestrian accidents.

How to prevent a rush hour traffic accident

Driving in rush hour traffic is stressful and dangerous. However, if you live in or around the Twin Cities metro area, you can expect to find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic during the morning and evening hours.

There are several key steps you can take to prevent a rush hour traffic accident:

  • Don't be in a hurry: No matter how late you're running behind schedule, don't hurry to the point of taking risks on the road. The best way to protect against this behavior is to leave extra time in your schedule to reach your destination. This can help relieve a lot of the stress associated with rush hour driving.
  • Choose another route: You don't have to take the same route every day. Changing routes, even if it's a longer distance, may keep you out of heavy rush hour traffic, which reduces the risk of an accident.
  • Watch for dangerous drivers: Even if you're driving safe, it doesn't mean that others are doing the same. There will be people around you who are speeding, changing lanes without signaling and texting. Beware of these drivers and do your best to keep your distance.
  • Stay in your lane: One of the top causes of rush hour traffic accidents is lane jumping. Choose your lane and stay there until you absolutely need to make a change, such as to exit the highway.
  • Don't follow too closely: When traffic slows, it's possible you'll find yourself driving too closely to the vehicle in front of yours. Leave more space, as doing so gives you more time to stop in the event that the lead vehicle slams on their brakes.

Getting help after a hit-and-run accident

As Minnesotans know, car accidents can be minor annoyances that slow down their days or major life events that change the paths that their futures take. One factor that can drastically alter the way that a victim approaches their recovery after a motor vehicle accident is if they do not know who the responsible party is. When a reckless or negligent driver leaves the scene of an accident and the victim cannot determine their identity, that victim has been involved in a hit-and-run accident.

Hit-and-run accidents are frustrating for victims for many reasons. First, drivers who leave the accidents that they cause may fail to render aid to victims who have suffered personal injuries. A victim who is hurt may not be able to seek medical help on their own if they are left without assistance.

Study shows distracted driving can have deadly results

Cell phones have undoubtedly made life easier for Minnesota residents. Whereas it was once difficult to communicate with others while traveling or away from home, now individuals need only stop their vehicles and get out their smartphones to be connected to anyone throughout the world. However, the ease of connectivity that smartphones offer also has a drawback: more and more people are using phones irresponsibly while behind the wheels of their cars.

A study released by AAA suggests that a certain type of distracted driving accident has reached a 10 year high: running red lights. Drivers throughout the nation are required to stop at intersections when they have a red light, and the failure to do so can have deadly consequences.

Motor vehicle accident injuries can affect the entire body

After a minor motor vehicle accident, a victim may feel stiff, sore and tired. The stress of experiencing an event like a car crash can affect them both physically and mentally. While some people only need a few days to recover from their car accident injuries, others may require more time and more treatment.

Motor vehicle accident injuries can be extensive and diverse. For example, a serious collision could affect practically every part of a victim's body. Starting at the top, some accident victims suffer concussions and other brain injuries when their heads hit surfaces inside and outside their cars.

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