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Woman hits and hurts two people on motorcycle

For many motorcycle enthusiasts in Minnesota, summertime is all but synonymous with open road time. The ability to ride on a motorcycle without worries of ice or other inclement weather road hazards is a joy to bikers everywhere. However, no season or weather pattern can eliminate one of the biggest dangers faced by motorcyclists. That danger comes in the form of other drivers. Whether those drivers are distracted by their phones, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding or simply not paying close enough attention to the road, their actions and the choices they make can leave riders seriously injured or even killed in a flash.

One husband and wife from Cedar Falls were recently hit on their Harley Davidson motorcycle by a passenger car driven by a woman who was 26 years old. The woman was reportedly attempting to make a turn to go in the opposite direction than she was originally travelling. In the process, she ran her car into the motorcycle with the couple, both of whom were 63 years of age. A child who was only seven years old was also in the car but was not injured in the wreck.

What are local school bus driver regulations?

Throughout the year (yet especially in the fall and spring) you likely notice those familiar yellow school buses ferrying children and teens back and forth from Hennepin County schools. Those that drive these vehicles have a special responsibility to not only protect their precious cargo, but also those on the roads around them. Yet are you aware of what standards they are legally held to? Knowing them may prove useful should you or your child be injured by a bus driver’s actions.

 

Your rights during a traffic stop

A police officer following you for several miles can be intimidating. Were you going too fast? Is your tail light out? Did you fail to come to a complete stop at the last intersection? The officer may simply be patrolling his or her regular route or waiting for a safe place to pull you over.

When the red lights flash, do you know what to do to protect your civil rights? You may know enough to pull off the road and place your hands on the wheel. You certainly know to speak politely and remain calm. However, what should you do if the officer asks you to get out of the vehicle? Should you allow police to search your car?

Construction zone patrol increased for safety

Many of the laws that Minnesota drivers must abide by are in place in an effort to keep people safe. From speed limits to yielding the right of way, when drivers fail to obey the laws and rules of the road, they can put themselves and others at risk of serious injury or even death if an accident were to occur. When these accidents involve commercial vehicles like tractor trailers, the danger may increase due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles.

Concerns about truck crashes have actually escalated in the city of Minneapolis lately. Construction has gotten underway there in the Lowry tunnel and this has resulted in the reduction of traffic lanes down to two in either direction. These lanes are also narrow and span a width of 10 feet each. Given this, many vehicles like semi trucks have been banned from using the tunnel for the time being. Detour routes are available and should be used.

If you were hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, who is to blame?

If you fell and suffered injuries as a result of that fall, you may feel embarrassed and assume that the accident is your fault. In some cases, slip-and-fall accidents and trip-and-fall accidents are not actually the result of clumsiness or personal error, but rather, they may happen due to dangerous conditions and other preventable circumstances.

A slip-and-fall accident may not initially seem like a big deal, but in reality, you could suffer injuries that can be quite painful and debilitating. Even if you are unsure of the circumstances that played a role in your accident, you would be wise to reach out to an attorney to learn if you may have grounds to seek financial compensation through a civil claim.

Drugged driving may impact accident risk

Minnesota residents have long known that drunk driving is a serious problem and puts too many innocent people in harm's way unnecessarily. While this is its own tragic reality, it is also a fact that drunk driving is not the only risk of its kind. People who choose to get behind the wheel of a car after they have smoked or consumed marijuana can also cause great harm to others. Even though Minnesota has not legalized the recreational use of this drug like some states have, some people still manage to obtain and use or consume it.

Anyone who may not necessarily believe that driving while under the influence of marijuana could be a problem should be aware of the results of a study recently released by the Highway Loss Data Institute. A team of researchers investigated claims filed after vehicle accidents in a variety of states including the first three states to pass laws that allowed marijuana to be used legally for recreational purposes - Oregon, Colorado and Washington.

Distracted driving may be factor in fatal crash

As distracted driving continues to get more attention in Minnesota and around the country, it is important for people to learn about accidents that may be influenced by a driver's use of a phone or other device while behind the wheel. The more awareness that is brought to the problem of distracted driving, the more laws and other things may eventually be changed in an effort to improve safety for everyone on the roads.

In the meantime, crashes continue to happen that may well be caused or at least influenced by cell phone use. One example is a wreck that took place along a stretch of Wisconsin 35 last autumn. A teenage girl who was 16 was said to be driving a sport utility vehicle in Troy heading north. Another car in an adjacent lane moved into the SUVs lane, cutting that 16-year-old driver off, forcing her to try and avoid a collision. In the end, the teen driver not only crashed but died at the scene of the wreck.

What are the biggest risks to motorcyclists?

The Memorial Day weekend is commonly considered the unofficial start to summer. For many people in Minnesota, that signals the real start to motorcycle season. Motorcyclists have the right to be able to enjoy their time on two wheels but always have to be aware of the risks that come with riding on the road with other vehicles.

Autos CheatSheet outlines the top 10 risks that bikers face at any given time. Of those ten risks, five involve drivers of other vehicles including those in the number one and number two positions on the list. The biggest danger to motorcyclists comes in the form of oncoming traffic. With the increase in distracted driving, it is no suprise that there is growing concern about cars that drift into the path of a motorcycle coming the other way. The second biggest risk is a car waiting to make a left turn that pulls out in front of a bike because the driver doesn't see the biker.

Who or what is at fault for your car accident?

It only takes a few seconds for a car accident to change your life forever. Whether an accident leaves you with debilitating injuries, serious financial losses or both, you need to know how you can rebuild your life and move forward as soon as possible.

One of the ways by which you can do this is to file a civil claim. If your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. The foundation of any successful claim is clearly establishing, through evidence and documentation, who or what is at fault for your Minnesota motor vehicle accident. 

Security vulnerabilities could be safety risks for autonomous cars

For the past couple of years now, Minnesota residents have been hearing quite a bit about the development of self-driving vehicle technology. As technology companies and auto manufacturers alike seem to be in a virtual race to get this technology into play and get vehicles on the road, it is important to remember the primary benefit being touted by this advance: safety. 

Helping people be safer on the road by reducing the number of motor vehicle accidents that happen is said to be the biggest gain expected by the introduction of autonomous vehicles on America's roads. This is expected to be able to happen because statistics show that so many crashes are caused by human error or poor human decision making. By putting computers in charge, these errors and wrong choices can be avoided. However, computers come with their own risks and these ironically come in the form of humans as hackers.

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