According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety,there are nearly 75,000 traffic crashes annually reported in Minnesota.
These crashes involved over 138,000 motor vehicles and more than 180,000 people. Of those people involved in crashes, more than 28,000 are injured and around 400 were killed.
Car crashes can result from a variety of factors. The leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in Minnesota, which has received recent attention from legislators, law enforcement and the media, is distracted driving. Distracted driving can result from cell phone use, fiddling with radio stations, talking to a passenger, eating/drinking, or some other distraction. Failure to yield right-of-way, following too closely, illegal or unsafe speed, and improper or unsafe lane usage round out the top five causes of motor vehicle crashes in Minnesota.
Motor vehicle accidents have been steadily declining over the past several years, especially fatal crashes. However, a car accident still can have devastating effects for those involved. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car crash, your first priority should be to obtain proper medical care. Your next step should be to contact an experienced car crash attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. The attorneys at Suk Law Firm have represented thousands of car crash victims and their families. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Depending on the facts of the case, the Statute of Limitations — the time during which you must file a claim — for a motor vehicle accident is between two and six years (potentially longer in the case of a minor ). It is critical that you take action as soon as possible so as to preserve evidence, contact witnesses, and ensure that your rights are protected.
Tips for Drivers and Passengers
- Drive with care. Always wear your seatbelt, drive at the speed limit, keep proper distance between you and other vehicles, check your blind spots when changing lanes, and stay alert to conditions around you.
- Avoid distractions. It is illegal to compose or even to read a text message or access the internet on a mobile device while driving in Minnesota, even if you’re stopped at a traffic light. Avoid eating, drinking, or making adjustments to mirrors, the radio, or other settings while driving.
- Keep your vehicle in good repair. Replace worn-out wiper blades, ensure your tires are properly inflated, and be sure you bring your car in for regular tune-ups.
- Make proper adjustments prior to driving. The top of your headrest should be level with the top of your head, not your neck.
- Keep a proper look-out. During the warmer months, take extra care in looking for motor cycles and bicyclists. During the harvest seasons, be wary of farm vehicles entering/exiting the road. During the winter, keep a look-out for snowmobiles.
- Don’t drive when drowsy. Take extra care when you start a new medication, be sure to ask your physician about possible side effects.