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Close Your Eyes and Count to Five: Distracted Driving Seminar a Must for Lakeville Teens, Parents

Arthur C. Kosieradzki - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyApril 20, 2017

If you were driving 55 miles per hour while your eyes were closed, you would drive the length of an entire football field. That’s a long distance. But no one chooses to close their eyes while driving, right? No one would willingly be so reckless.
 
When you look down from the steering wheel to answer a text message, it takes an average of five seconds. Five seconds to travel 100 yards, all while your eyes and your focus are on a phone and not the road. Five seconds that could be deadly.

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Bad Weather Ahead in Minnesota: Did You Know You Are Legally Obligated to Drive Safe?

Arthur C. Kosieradzki - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyFebruary 21, 2017

When a winter storm hits and you must venture out onto the roads, you may have to adjust some of your driving habits to protect yourself and those around you. After practicing personal injury law for nearly 30 years, I’ve seen way too many tragic mistakes caused by winter driving negligence. The best way to avoid an accident and legal liability is to simply drive safe. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on how to stay safe while driving in bad winter weather.

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SiebenCarey Adopts Workplace Policy To Stop Distracted Driving

SiebenCarey - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyApril 16, 2015

SiebenCarey has adopted a new workplace policy to end distracted driving. The policy includes a Safe Driving Pledge that more than 30 SiebenCarey employees signed following a presentation by Art Kosieradzki, a partner with the firm and long-time advocate of distracted driving awareness. National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is underway now through April 30.

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New Technologies Make You Feel Like the World’s Best Driver

Arthur C. Kosieradzki - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyFebruary 19, 2015

While accident prevention technologies got their start in luxury vehicles, more and more non-luxury cars are implementing these systems. Forward Collision Avoidance Systems and Adaptive Headlights are two of the most successful safety developments, but others have been found to be effective as well. Get to know your options before purchasing your next car, whether it be a luxury vehicle or a mainstream sedan.

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Texting and Driving -- Is the Remote Sender Liable?

Arthur C. Kosieradzki - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyAugust 21, 2014

Texting and driving is dangerous. Anyone who thinks otherwise is not paying attention to the facts. Approximately 500,000 people are injured a year because of this problem. Everyone should realize that if you text and drive the consequences will be your responsibility. But what about sending a text to someone driving? Is that person liable? Before we get into this liability issue, let's take a moment and think about what could happen.

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The Phantom Motorist

Jeffrey S. Sieben - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJune 21, 2013

Minnesota law protects your right to pursue a claim for injuries that you sustain as a result of a motor vehicle collision with a phantom vehicle. Your recovery is from your own uninsured motorist automobile insurance.

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Backing Up Safely

Jeffrey S. Sieben - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJune 11, 2013

Children are often the victims in vehicle versus pedestrian backing collisions. These tragedies often occur right in our own driveways. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 2,767 children were victims of reverse/back over injuries between July 2000 and June 2001.

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Move Over Law – Protecting our Protectors

Jeffrey S. Sieben - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyFebruary 04, 2013

In 2000 Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Ted Foss was killed, while conducting a routine traffic stop in southern Minnesota. A semi-truck passing by the scene crashed into his patrol car and the stopped vehicle killing Trooper Foss. He was survived by his wife, Andrea; son, Mitchell, age 5; daughter, Hannah, age 2. Soon after, our Legislature enacted a new law in honor of Trooper Foss.

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No-Fault On Ice

Cory P. Whalen - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyJanuary 16, 2013

Under Minnesota’s No-Fault insurance law, a person suffering injuries arising out of the maintenance or use of a motor vehicle has a right to benefits – payment of medical bills, lost wages and other economic losses – regardless of who’s at fault. 

The term “use of a motor vehicle” seems pretty straightforward. But introduce Minnesota ice into the picture and the definition becomes, well, a little more slippery.

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Jury Rejects Insurance Company’s Effort To Place Low Value On Boys’ Lives

Minnesota Association for JusticeJuly 26, 2007

Insurance company offers $10,000, jury awards $1.57 million

Jury awarded $1.57 million to a father who lost two sons in a car accident. Originally offered $5,000 by Progressive Insurance for the life of each son, Charles Dack took his case to a jury that agreed that the offer was unacceptable. Progressive offered to settle for far less than the family's policy was worth.

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