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Motorcycle-car accident kills owner of local car dealerships

Motorcycles are a common sight on the roads in Minnesota. In general, cars and motorcycles will share the road safely and both will keep a close eye on one another. Still, given the vulnerability of motorcyclists, it is not unusual for there to be serious injury and death when there is a car accident with a motorcycle. After this type of crash, those who were affected - whether it is due to injuries or fatalities - should understand how imperative it is to have legal assistance from an attorney who is experienced in car accidents.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a local car dealer was killed when a vehicle turned in front of his motorcycle. The accident occurred at around 2:00 p.m. The man, 60, was reportedly heading west on a 2007 Harley-Davidson when a 19-year-old woman driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata turned into his path. He crashed into the car. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. Troopers said the man was not wearing a helmet, but under Minnesota law, he was not required to. The man owned or part-owned several dealerships. The driver of the Hyundai was not hurt. No alcohol was involved and the case is still being investigated with possible charges pending.

Campaign focuses on texting and driving and other distractions

Despite repeated warnings, endless statistics and anecdotal evidence as to the dangers of being a distracted driver, some people in Minnesota and throughout the nation still cannot resist the temptation to look at their devices when behind the wheel. There are a variety of reasons for them doing this, and the activities range from the understandable but still unadvisable to the preposterous. Accidents will continue to occur while people are texting and driving and engaging in other distracting behaviors when behind the wheel. Those who are involved in a crash or lose a loved one in these types of car accidents must be aware of how to have a full investigation and seek compensation for their losses.

Law enforcement is increasing its vigilance in trying to stop drivers from engaging in these activities and have implemented a zero-tolerance initiative during the Minnesota State Fair and into the beginning of the school year. Drivers who are distracted will be ticketed. Law enforcement began cracking down on distracted drivers right before the fair and pulled motorists over when they were spotted using their phones or were paying attention to something other than the road.

Statistics: 2017 Minnesota auto accident fatalities pass 200

It is important for states to keep track of the number of motor vehicle accidents there are in any given year as well as the number of people who suffer serious injury and fatality. In Minnesota, the Office of Traffic Safety keeps a record of these statistics. At the latest counting from the OTS, there were more than 200 fatalities through August 8. While this is an improvement from 2016, it is still a worrisome number. Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident should be aware of these trends, the causes and other factors so they can take steps to consider a legal filing in the aftermath.

In total by the above date, there were 203 fatalities in these accidents. That is a reduction by 23 from the same time in 2016 when the 200th person was killed on July 25. When categorizing the accidents, there have been 144 people who died in motor vehicle accidents; 32 were motorcyclists; 20 were pedestrians; one was a bicyclist; and six were in other kinds of vehicles.

Railroad regulations will not include testing for sleep apnea

Trains are prevalent in Minnesota both as a method of carting goods and for passengers to get back and forth within the state and outside the state. There is an inherent level of trust that passengers have with its operators and the companies that employ them that health will not be an issue that compromises safety. However, regulatory agencies must have rules to mandate this, and a proposed rule that would have left companies employing train engineers and truckers responsible for testing drivers for sleep apnea has been scrapped by the presidential administration of Donald J. Trump. This can be a concern for people who are close to or are passengers on these trains.

Legal assistance with underinsured/uninsured motorist accidents

In Minnesota, there is an expectation on the part of drivers who share the road that everyone will have the necessary insurance coverage in the event of a car accident. However, this is not always the case. There are various aspects of the law when it comes to insurance, and it is important to know them. This is of specific importance after there has been a crash.

Minnesota has a "no-fault" system of insurance. If a person is injured in a crash, the insurance is called personal injury protection to shield the policy holder from certain costs. With no-fault insurance, the company will pay for medical costs, for lost wages and to repair or replace the car. It is irrelevant who was at fault in the crash. To make a claim against another driver who was negligent, there are thresholds that must be met. The thresholds are the following: The injured party's medical costs must surpass $4,000, or the injuries must be permanent or disfiguring, or the person must be suffering from a disability due to the accident for a minimum of 60 days.

Bus-car collision kills one and critically injures another

People who ride public transportation in Minnesota are generally doing so because they want to save money, believe that it is a more efficient way to travel, and often view it as safe. However, any vehicle on the road can get into car accidents at any time. In a worst-case scenario, there can be serious injuries and fatalities. When there is a crash, those who have been affected should know what to do to seek compensation for what they have lost. This is true whether it is the person who was injured in the car collision or the family of a loved one who died.

A crash between a car and a Metro Transit bus left one person dead and led to the arrest of the driver of the car. The accident occurred in the late evening at about 7:30 p.m. The 26-year-old driver of the car ran a stop sign at high speed. The vehicle hit the median, flew into the air and went through the bus. The bus was carrying up to eight people. A 48-year-old man died after being ejected. A 19-year-old who was also on the bus was injured and is in critical condition. The driver of the car showed signs of being under the influence and was placed under arrest.

How can FELA help with railroad worker injuries?

Railroads were once the prevailing way to get from one destination to another in the United States. With that came a lot of work for people who were building, operating and maintaining these railroads. The industry might not be as prominent in today's world, but it still exists and there are many people who serve as a railroad employee. Like any job, it has its dangers. A workplace accident can be extremely dangerous for a railroad worker due to the size and speed of the equipment that is used. Minnesotans who are injured while working on a railroad should be aware of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and how it protects them.

Passed in 1908, FELA protects railroad workers across the country. There is a system of legal rights that railroad workers and families receive through FELA if they are injured. The claim can be made to the employer or the railroad company or it can be brought in a lawsuit either at a state level or federal level. With FELA, there is a foundational standard of liability for working conditions and employee safety.

Railroad employee injured in Minnesota train-SUV crash

Minnesotans who work in the railroad industry might be under the impression that despite the inherent dangers of their job with large vehicles, heavy equipment and other factors, they will not have to worry about being in a car accident should be aware that accidents of all kinds can occur with trains. A recent incident showed that this is not the case. A workplace accident on the railroad, no matter its cause, can lead to railroad worker injuries and the issues that accompany that. Having legal assistance is vital after a railroad employee has been hurt in any kind of incident.

An accident between an SUV and a train sent both the train conductor and the SUV driver to the hospital via airlift. The accident occurred at around 9:20 a.m. According to the investigation, the SUV rear-ended the train as it backed across the avenue. A conductor, 26, who was stationed at the back of the train was hurt. So was the 49-year-old driver of the SUV. Three boxcars were being hauled by the train. The railroad employee was on a ladder toward the back. At the location where the accident took place, there are no lights or gates.

SUV crash seriously injuries 2 women

In Minneapolis and throughout the state of Minnesota, an auto accident can happen in locations where they are least expected. It is when these car accidents happen in places other than the road that people can suffer serious injury and fatalities. People who are injured in a crash as pedestrians, while in a store, or sitting and having a meal need to be aware of the potential aftereffects and react accordingly by considering a legal filing to receive compensation.

Two women, 52 and 36, who were eating at a drive-in restaurant were hit by an SUV that backed into their outdoor table. The accident happened at around 2:15 p.m. They were pinned under it with one underwater. According to the owner of the restaurant, the driver of the SUV was looking for a restaurant that provided drive-through service. She hit the table when she backed up and then went up an embankment. Nearby people went to help the victims with one performing CPR on the woman who had been submerged. The women were airlifted to the hospital. Law enforcement is investigating the crash.

Teen drivers and the summer months raise risk for car accidents

Researchers consider the summer months the deadliest on the road for the entire year and this is a significant concern for Minnesota drivers. Part of that is due to the inevitable increase in the number of teens who are behind the wheel once school is out. The summer months are referred to as the "100 deadliest days" and spans from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In Minnesota and its neighbor Wisconsin, around one-third of the fatal crashes in both states happened during this time-period. There are several factors that are viewed as a factor in this.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 have three times the chance to be a fatal auto accident than drivers who are 20 and above. For teens, a car accident trails only suicide for the most common reason for death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the number of accidents with teens increased by more than 10 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014. There are many reasons for this including the belief that younger drivers are lacking experience, tend to be more reckless, and engage in behaviors like texting and driving that lead to being a distracted driver.

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