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The high toll of car accidents in America

Most of our readers in Minnesota know that car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in America. But it can be difficult to grasp just how staggering the toll of car accidents is in this country.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average year in America sees over 32,000 fatalities in car accidents and about 2 million injuries. The CDC points out that in one year alone, 2013, the rate of deaths in car accidents in America was more than twice as high as other countries with comparable economies and standards of living.

Pursuing compensation after a train accident

Most people know that car accidents are fairly common, but they probably don't think about what occurs in a train accident. These accidents can occur due to a number of reasons, from negligent track maintenance to a failure to heed railroad regulations. Anywhere there is a road crossing at a train track, there is potential for a catastrophic train accident.

But commuters aren't the only ones who are at risk when it comes to train accidents. Railroad workers may be in danger as well. These individuals may get injured on the job and think that they can apply for workers' compensation, but that isn't the case. Railroad workers are covered by a different law, known as the Federal Employers' Liability Act, or "FELA." When railroad workers are injured on the job, this is where they may find legal recourse.

What steps should you take in the aftermath of a car accident?

There are probably only a few very lucky people in Minnesota who have never been involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, car accidents are all too common on the roadways throughout America, so, chances are that most people will almost inevitably be in one at some point in their lives. What steps should our readers take in the aftermath of a car accident?

The most important immediate steps are to stay at the scene of the accident and check to make sure that all parties involved aren't injured. If there are injuries, those who are involved in an accident may need to render first aid or summon medical responders to the scene.

Woman badly injured when tree falls on restaurant patrons

When Minnesota residents go onto someone else's property, they don't expect to be injured in an accident. However, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that sometimes dangerous conditions at a grocery store, retail location or restaurant can result in serious injuries, be it from things falling or from slip and fall accidents. Sometimes the owner of the property in question is a local government.

That was the case in a recent accident that has left one woman hospitalized for weeks. According to a recent report, on May 6 a group of customers at a pizza restaurant were enjoying their dinner at around 6 p.m. That was when, out of the blue, a large tree from a neighboring parcel of property owned by the city of Wayzata fell. The tree reportedly pinned a woman under it. The woman was in town visiting her daughter.

Options when an uninsured motorist causes a car accident

Most of our readers know that all drivers in America are required to have car insurance. While the levels or details of car insurance may vary by state, it is a requirement in Minnesota and every other state. Why? Well, everyone knows that car accidents happen every day, and most will involve at least damage to the vehicles involved, while some will also involve injuries. Those costs will need to be covered.

However, even though all drivers are required to have car insurance, that doesn't mean that all drivers follow the law. There are some motorists who take the risk of driving without a valid insurance policy. Then, when an uninsured motorist causes an accident, what does the other motorist in the incident do?

Compensation for passenger injuries in a car crash

Whether you call shotgun on a quick trip to the store, or you join your friend on a trek across the country, your status as passenger gives you limited control over your safety. There are some steps you can take to lower the risk, though. For example, you should avoid getting into the vehicle with a driver who has been drinking alcohol, and you should always wear your seat belt.

If the unthinkable happens, your financial safety may also be at risk due to medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Here are some possible sources of compensation.

Injuries caused by property owner negligence can be serious

As summer approaches, many Minnesota residents will be visiting other people's houses for get-togethers and barbecues. It's funny, though, how most people don't think about things like whether or not another person's property is safe to visit. But this is important because when Minnesota residents are injured due to dangerous conditions on another person's property, they may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to recover compensation for their injuries.

The people who are in charge of retail and commercial locations certainly think about the safety of their stores. Slip and fall accidents have been known to cause serious injuries, like broken bones and head injuries, to customers.

How many injuries and fatalities do train accidents cause?

Most people are used to hearing about car accidents and the various causes of these deadly incidents, so it may come as a surprise to many of our readers that train accidents are also the cause of thousands of injuries each year. But just how many injuries and fatalities do train accidents cause?

An organization called Operation Lifesaver, which focuses on rail safety education, keeps track of the statistics regarding train accidents, with information going all the way back to 1981. According to this organization, the number of collisions involving passenger vehicles and trains appears to have been on a pretty steady decline over the last 35 years or so. Back in 1981, there were almost 9,500 of these collisions. Last year, in 2016, there were about 2,000.

Mock crash demonstrates the danger of distracted drivers

Previous posts here have detailed the dangers of distracted driving. According to one news article, some high school students in Minnesota recently got a pretty good look at just how much devastation a distracted driver can cause.

The article noted that on April 21 the students of Northern Lights Community School were exposed to a "mock crash" with the purpose of demonstrating the dangers of distracted driving. Multiple agencies in the area, including the fire department, the Minnesota State Patrol and even a funeral home, took part in the act for maximum impact.

Head-on collision with semi-truck leaves teen driver dead

Most of our readers have been involved in fenders benders before. But, unfortunately, we all know from daily news reports that much more serious car accidents occur quite frequently in the Minneapolis area. One recent report from the local area provided a few details about a truck accident that left a teenage driver dead at the scene.

According to the report, the fatal auto accident occurred on April 13 at approximately 6 a.m. It was a head-on collision. The report indicates that the semi-truck that was involved in the wreck crossed the centerline of Highway 210. The semi-truck was driven by a 34-year-old man. When he crossed the centerline he struck a Chevrolet Impala driven by a 16-year-old student from Henning Secondary School. It appears that the teenage driver died in the resulting impact.

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