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Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accidents Blog

Types of damages able to be claimed after a car accident

Car accidents are frighteningly commonplace. Although most of these crashes are small fender-benders, many others cause serious damage and severe, life-threatening injuries. In a Minnesota car accident injury claim, a person has the right to pursue compensation for his or her injuries and property damage, referred to as "damages."

Damages sought after an accident can come in many forms. One of the most common is compensation for medical expenses that occur as a result of the accident. These can include things such as consultations and treatment from health care professionals after the crash, physical or cognitive therapy, hospital and ambulance fees and in-home services that could be required for ongoing treatment.

Minnesota man charged in fatal pedestrian accident

With advances in medical care, senior citizens today are able to continue living active lives far into their twilight years. However, seniors using walkers and other devices to assist them while moving through intersections can be in danger, as they move slowly and can be easily overlooked by drivers of large vehicles due to their small profile. Recently, a pedestrian accident claimed the life of a Minnesota man, and resulted in criminal charges for the bus driver.

The accident occurred on July 8, 2015. A 71-year-old pedestrian, using a walker, was walking across an intersection in downtown Minneapolis when he was struck by a transit bus. According to reports, the pedestrian had a walk signal and the right of way at the time of the accident.

Proving liability after a car accident

Motor vehicle accidents generally result in significant expenses. These can include the money needed to repair or replace a vehicle, medical bills and other long-term health care costs and increased insurance premiums if a driver is found at fault. Minnesota residents who have been involved in a car accident and do not believe they are at fault may be interested in some of the ways to determine and prove accident liability.

One of the best sources of information is the police report. Though officers are not always called in the event of an accident, they are usually called to the scene of most wrecks that involve significant damage or injury to the drivers. When called to an accident, the policeman will write a report, which includes the officer's observances at the scene, such as his or her opinion of whether a car was speeding (based on skid marks and other indicators), any traffic tickets issued, and thoughts about which driver was responsible for the accident. It may be helpful to ask the officer at the scene how to obtain a copy of the report.

Self-driving cars and their choices in a car accident

Recently, an interesting article from Forbes posed a very stark question: is there a way to ethically crash a self-driving car? As technology advances and autonomous cars become more common, this question will become increasingly important. Those in Minnesota may be interested in reading about the legal and ethical challenges that could face drivers involved in a car accident with a self-driving vehicle.

For many, it is a difficult question to answer because the promise of self-driving cars is too enticing to think a negative thought about them. Without the human element involved in driving, it is argued, there will be a drastic drop in the number of motor vehicles accidents. But what will happen when a self-driving car is put into a situation out on the road where an accident is inevitable? How will the autonomous vehicle respond? And what would the rule of law say about such a crash?

Tips to follow in the event of a car accident

While most significant and costly injuries occur after major car wrecks, even seemingly minor crashes can cause delayed issues for the parties involved. For example, even a minor hit on the head can cause a small but serious concussion and potentially result in significant trauma and even death in some cases. It is important for those in Minnesota involved in even a minor car accident to follow some simple guidelines that can ensure they are protected and can seek damages if their injuries become significant.

Many steps are self-evident such as remaining at the scene, calling the police and insurance company, taking pictures and exchanging information. Nevertheless, it never hurts to be reminded of the importance of these steps. These are the building blocks for any case, should someone need to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the accident. 

Financial liability for DUI car accident can extend beyond driver

When a tragic fatal accident occurs due to drunk driving, the driver is typically found to be at fault and is liable for any resulting injuries. However, a recent case in Minnesota determined that the bars that serve an obviously intoxicated patron are also partially liable for damages in certain cases. In this situation, a man and the bars that served him were convicted by a jury for being liable in a car accident that killed one child and left the child's young cousin paralyzed.

The accident occurred on the evening of September 20, 2014. The defendant and his wife began the afternoon at Treasure Island Casino, where they purchased drinks while gaming at the casino from 2 p.m. until just before 4 p.m. At that point, the defendant's wife suggested that they leave the casino and move to the nearby Tipsy Turtle bar. There, the couple continued to drink and play pool.

Car accident kills Minnesota teen

There are many reasons why a driver with a car full of teenagers can be as dangerous as one who is intoxicated or distracted by a phone or other device. Distracted driving can come in many forms. A recent tragic car accident in Minnesota demonstrates the devastating consequences when a lapse of attention turns deadly.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident occurred at around 2:45 p.m. on U.S. 52. A car full of five teenagers was heading northbound when the driver apparently lost control of the sedan and swerved onto the shoulder of the highway. The driver then overcorrected and crossed into the southbound lane.

Minnesota commercial truck accident leaves pedestrian dead

Minnesota citizens expect commercial vehicles to be operated by qualified and careful drivers. When a heavy truck is involved in an accident resulting in serious injury or death, questions arise as to the training, experience and caution used by the operator. Recently, a truck accident between a tractor-tanker and a pedestrian caused the death of a 20-year- old man.

The wreck occurred on October 14, 2016. Police report that a tractor-tanker truck driven by a 56-year-old man was making a turn on local roads at around 6:35 a.m. when it hit the pedestrian. The 20-year-old was walking home from an early morning shift at a local restaurant when the accident occurred.

7-year-old killed in pedestrian accident crossing street for bus

With the fall school semester in full swing, motorists generally exercise more caution in order to ensure children's safety during the times that school buses are picking up or unloading children. While cities and towns across the country have instituted signage to warn drivers, there are many areas of roadway that do not have additional warnings. A recent tragic pedestrian accident in Minnesota claimed the life of a second grader as he attempted to cross the road to catch his bus.

The accident occurred at around 7 a.m. on U.S. Highway 59, and authorities arrived shortly after some reported the crash. The school bus was traveling southbound, and arriving at a stop to pick up three waiting children (including some of the victim's siblings) near Three River Falls. The victim was attempting to cross the highway to catch the bus when he was hit.

Motorcycle accident can lead to serious injuries

The drivers and riders of motorcycles are extremely vulnerable on the road. Unfortunately, many motorists in Minnesota fail to see motorcycles until it is too late. A motorcycle accident resulting in serious injuries may occur as a result.

Oftentimes, motorcyclists do all they can to avoid getting into collisions. However, blind spots keep them hidden from other vehicle drivers' views. In addition, sometimes these other drivers are inattentive and therefore simply do not see the motorcyclists on the road near them.

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