Recent Increase in Minnesota Fatal Car Accidents

Matthew E. Steinbrink - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyMay 25, 2016

With summer just getting into swing, and the temperatures rising, unfortunately there has been an increase in fatal car crashes on Minnesota roads and highways. 

On May 24, 2016, local news outlets noted five fatalities from various kinds of car accidents in one day; one involving a semi truck and a pedestrian, one involving a rollover on the Mendota Bridge; another involving an head on crash on Snelling Avenue near the State Fairgrounds; and a motorcycle accident on Highway 65 in Anoka.  These events brought the toll for deaths on the roadways up to 128 for the year so far.  

Below are a few tips to help you avoid being involved in a car crash this summer.  

Be aware that warmer weather brings out more pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists that also use the roads.   Make sure you share the road with ALL other road users; not just other motorists.  Maintain alertness particularly in residential neighborhoods where folks may be crossing the road or riding with traffic.  

Stay alert and put the phone down.  Distracted driving is a real threat to the safety of all people on the road.  A distraction caused by your phone or other non-essential driving activity can have deadly consequences.  Focus on driving and pull over or wait until you arrive at your destination to respond to messages, etc.  

Monitor your speed and make appropriate adjustments for traffic and weather.  While the general rule is to stay at or under the speed limit, other conditions such as traffic and weather can dictate what constitutes a safe speed.  Stopped or slowing traffic should alert drivers that they too should slow down and watch for hazards.  Inclement weather such as hard rain or poor visibility requires drivers to reduce speed to maintain safe operation.  

Road construction season is here too.  When going through work or construction zones, use extreme caution, follow all road signs and watch out for pedestrians or workers.

Let’s all try to reduce crashes and wrongful deaths this summer.  

If you or loved one are involved in a car accident, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, or motorcycle accident it is important to consult with an experienced Know Your Rights personal injury attorney as soon as possible.  

Call me or submit your case inquiry online 24/7.  We’re here to help.

Matt Steinbrink
SiebenCarey Attorney

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