The number of fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2018 is in, and it is truly sobering. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 2018 saw a six percent increase in fatal traffic accidents compared to 2017. There were 380 traffic deaths in Minnesota in 2018. October saw the most fatal collisions, with 46 individuals losing their lives in motor vehicle accidents. Speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving were often factors in these crashes.
Alcohol played a role in 121 fatal motor vehicle accidents in Minnesota in 2018, while speeding was a factor in 100 accidents. In addition, distracted driving was a factor in 27 fatal motor vehicle accidents.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has some tips for motorists that could help prevent traffic fatalities. Motorists should avoid trying to multitask while behind the wheel. Drunk driving should also be avoided at all costs. In addition, motorists should leave early enough to reach their destinations on time, to avoid traveling above the posted speed limits.
In the end, however, there will always be fatal accidents on the roads in Minnesota. Unfortunately, some of these crashes are due to the actions of negligent drivers. Motorists have a duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances. If a motorist breaches this duty and causes an accident that harms another individual, that motorist may be liable for the damages that they inflict. However, personal injury claims can be complex. Thus, those who are injured or lose a loved one in a motor vehicle accident will want to understand how the law applies to the facts of their case, so they can make informed decisions about whether to settle their claim out of court or to pursue litigation.