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Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accidents Blog

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.

Minnesota motorcycle crash causes fatal pedestrian accident

Typically, accidents involving motorcycles result in severe injuries or death for the motorcyclist. However, a recent hit-and-run pedestrian accident in Minnesota claimed the life of a pedestrian and left the motorbike driver unharmed. The driver was subsequently caught and is now facing serious criminal charges.

According to a press release issued by the Elko New Market Police, the accident occurred on Sunday, September 25 at around 2:24 a.m. Police responded to a report that a 24-year-old female had been hit by a motorcycle. She had been standing by the roadside along the 9700 block of Elko New Market's Main Street with a group of people.

Fatal pedestrian accident results in prison for driver

A wreck involving a car and a pedestrian often results in catastrophic consequences. For drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, it is unfortunately easy for the lack of attention or coordination to cause such a serious accident. A Minnesota man recently pleaded guilty to a fatal pedestrian accident and ended up receiving four years in prison.

According to an article that covered the trial, the accident occurred on December 19, 2015. The victim was walking on the sidewalk along a local road at around 4:15 p.m. A vehicle, driven by the defendant, left the road and hit the victim, who was later declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Fatal motorcycle crash shuts down Minnesota highway

Highway driving can be hazardous even in the best of conditions. When the driver of a vehicle attempts to cross a highway after stopping at a stop sign, it is incumbent upon the driver to ensure no traffic will be in his or her path. However, there are times when a small vehicle, such as a motorcycle, may go unnoticed. This exact situation caused a motorcycle crash in Minnesota that resulted in a fatality and other serious injuries.

The accident was reported at 9:06 a.m. on Sunday, September 4. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 42-year-old man was driving a motorcycle with his wife southbound on U.S. 63. As his vehicle was driving past a local country road, the motorcycle collided with a minivan that was trying to cross the highway heading eastbound.

Accident victims find no comfort in recent statistics

There have been many articles written about the dangers of distracted driving. Unfortunately, this danger does not seem to be sinking in to most of the drivers on the road. Minnesota readers may be interested in recent statistics that have accident victims and others affected by car wrecks feeling frustrated.

In a recent article, police units from different states disclose the unique ways that they try to catch drivers who are texting or using their phones illegally while driving. Some police forces troll highways in 18-wheelers in order to see texting drivers from above, some ride through slow traffic on bicycles and others disguise officers as homeless men who watch out for offenders while radioing ahead to other officers. Despite these creative ways to catch offending drivers, authorities feel as though they are fighting a losing battle.

Pedestrians' right of way on interstate highways

As a general rule, pedestrians are prohibited from walking along major interstate highways. This is due to the danger posed by the general speed of vehicles on the road and the presence of large vehicles such as tractor trailers. However, there are times that there may be no other choice but to be on the side of a highway outside of a vehicle. In these cases, pedestrians' right of way can be a way to seek reparations if someone is injured. Those in Minnesota may be interested in an article that describes some scenarios in which someone can rightfully pursue damages.

For example, in some cases a  general negligence claim could be pursued against a driver if that driver is determined to be at fault in an accident involving a pedestrian. Also, in certain circumstances it could be possible to bring an action against a federal or state agency that was responsible for the design of the highway, or for changes to the road due to construction, maintenance or repairs. These agencies are duty-bound to consider the safety of anyone who may use the highway.

Commercial driver involved in personal injury of pedestrian

Because commercial drivers are especially trained for driving safety, they are generally held to a higher standard than other drivers on the road. Due to the generally larger size and weight of most commercial vehicles, any impact with a pedestrian can cause a traumatic personal injury. Recently, an energy company truck was involved in a fatal traffic accident in Minnesota.

According to the preliminary investigation, an Xcel Energy truck pulling a trailer was traveling southbound on a local street in Bloomington. The truck apparently swerved in order to avoid a northbound car that was attempting to turn left at an intersection. This caused the truck to leave the roadway.

Distracted driving may have been a factor in fatal car accident

There are unfortunately far too many reasons that people can become distracted while driving on today's roads. Smartphones and other electronic devices constantly vie for a person's attention in addition to the more conventional distractions such as those caused by other passengers in the vehicle. Recently, a car accident in Minnesota demonstrated the severe and tragic consequences when a wreck occurs due to driver distraction.

According to authorities, the accident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 13. A 40-year-old man was driving a pickup truck on I-35 in Faribault when he was apparently distracted by something and looked away from the road. When his eyes returned to the road, he saw too late that traffic was stopped in front of him due to road construction. He then rear-ended a sedan in front of him.

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