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How often are work zones a factor in car accidents?

Driving Minnesota’s roadways can prove dangerous because of inclement weather conditions, wildlife, and other related hazards. Road construction also poses a serious threat to motorists and construction workers alike. As communities continue to expand geographically as well as in population, drivers will have to be mindful of road construction on state roadways. Because these work zones are such common sites for car crashes, it is important you recognize where the risks lie.

Just how dangerous is it to drive through road construction zones? The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration released the following statistics. 

Avoiding drunk drivers this holiday season

There is no shortage of festivities, good cheer, and alcohol during the holiday season. Whether or not you plan to consume alcohol at any events you attend, do not overlook your safety on the roads. It is common for traffic and dangerous road conditions to increase, and for more people to drive while impaired. 

To keep yourself and loved ones from becoming a crash, injury, or fatality statistic, take the following precautions to stay safe on the road. 

Common Causes of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

When a person dies due to the negligence or reckless behavior of another person or company, there may be grounds for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. While no legal action can ever bring back a loved one, and no amount of compensation can ever properly place a value on a friend or family member’s life, seeking justice can be an important step.

Common workplace injuries for which compensation may be due

You probably know that if you sustain an injury on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation; however, you may not realize the extent of eligibility. An injury may occur from a one-time event. An injury may also develop over time. Below are three of the most common categories for workers’ compensation claims. Does your injury fall into one of these areas?

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How to report injuries to an employer

Minnesota has made great strides in reducing the number of workplace-related injuries that occur every year. In fact, 2016 saw the lowest number of non-fatal workplace injuries since recording initially began in the 1970s. 

When you are injured at work, you only have so much time to report an injury to your employer. Delaying the report could put your benefits in jeopardy. You should keep in mind that your employer cannot fire you for reporting a work-related injury.

Settling early usually means settling for much less

You have been seriously hurt, perhaps in a car collision or from a fall on someone else’s property. You already know that you are in store for some tough times, but you would rather not be surprised. So, you want to anticipate potential “bad news” now as well as your options for making a physical and financial recovery. Exactly what could you be in for? When should you try to settle?

How To Document A Car Accident

A motor vehicle accident can be very frightening, but the moments following a crash are often critical parts of reporting a property loss or even a personal injury claim. With some simple steps, you can preserve evidence of what happened. These steps are especially critical if the accident results in a personal injury claim.

1. Call the Police

What Makes A Car Safe?

We all know that parent who would send their teenage drivers out on the road in an army tank or an armored car if they could. Vehicle safety is a topic of interest to all motorists, but parents of newly licensed drivers are particularly concerned with the safety of the vehicles their children are driving.

Most of the statistics released on automobile safety come from two different entities: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS sets tougher safety standards than NHTSA, although the ratings from both are worth monitoring.

The Dangers of Being A Pedestrian

With so much attention on car crashes, you may understandably worry about the risk of a collision. Driving is such an integral part of daily life that the likelihood of a crash is very real, and people are wise to learn and implement safety measures.

However, the group that also has reason to worry is pedestrians. Statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Administration show that pedestrian fatalities have increased each year since 2014 and make up 15 percent of total deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The CDC also notes that pedestrians have a greater chance than car passengers to die in an accident. Cars and seat belts offer some protection, whereas pedestrians are fully exposed to harm from vehicles.

Does lane splitting increase motorcyclists' safety?

Minnesotans who have visited California are likely familiar with “lane splitting,” the maneuver that Golden State motorcyclists use to combat the congested freeways. At first, a motorcycle whizzing past you as you sit in five lanes of traffic and coming within inches of your vehicle is a shock. After a few days on California highways, however, many out-of-state drivers get used to it.

Lane splitting is only legal in California, but as major metropolitan areas in other states wrestle with increased highway congestion for longer periods of the day, there is talk about legalizing lane splitting elsewhere. Lane splitting is illegal in Minnesota, but advocates have reached out to lawmakers requesting a change in the law.

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