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Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accidents Blog

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.

Alcohol and racing can combine to cause a fatal car accident

Many inherently understand that alcohol and racing can be a dangerous combination. Unfortunately, a fatal car accident may occur when the two are combined, especially when the accident occurs at night or in low visibility. A recent hit-and-run wreck in Minnesota involving both factors claimed the life of a man in his early 20s and left another man facing serious criminal charges.

According to facts found upon investigation, the county sheriff's office found that two men, ages 22 and 19 respectively, left a party at around the same time on July 23. As they drove along a local street, the 19-year-old tried to pass the other man's vehicle in an aggressive manner, and the older man blocked him from passing. At that point, the younger man lost control of his car and wrecked.

Seriously injured pedestrian hit by off-duty officer in Minnesota

Many recent articles have been written about distracted driving and the dangers that it poses to both the distracted driver and to others on the road. While many of the articles focus on wrecks occurring between vehicles, pedestrians are probably in as much or more risk for serious consequences when faced with someone who is not paying attention to the road. Recently, an accident resulted in a badly injured pedestrian in Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 62-year-old woman was crossing a local Mankato street at around 2:45 p.m. She was struck in the crosswalk by a 35-year-old man driving a large truck westbound on the street. The woman was taken to the local hospital with serious injuries as a result of the crash.

Failure to stop at intersection causes fatal car accident

As many people travel for vacation during the summer, they often find themselves driving on unfamiliar roads. In addition, the many reasons that a driver may be distracted can add to the danger that a serious car accident could occur. A recent tragic accident claimed the life of a Minnesota woman when another driver failed to stop at a local intersection.

The accident occurred on Saturday, July 16 at approximately 5 p.m. According to police, a van driven by a 49-year-old Underwood woman was traveling eastbound on County Road 73. At the intersection of CR 73 and CR 9, just north of Nelson, the woman ran a stop sign.

Minnesota man dies following motorcycle accident

Motorcyclists face significant safety issues on the roads. Due to their small size in relation to other vehicles, it can be difficult for other drivers to notice motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, any wreck involving a biker can result in devastating consequences. A motorcycle accident that occurred recently tragically claimed the life of a Minnesota man.

The accident occurred on Sunday, July 24 at approximately 4:14 p.m. A 64-year-old motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Highway 10 and attempted to turn into the parking lot of the Steel Horse Saloon. While he was stopped in the road and waiting to turn left, he was struck from behind.

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