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Committing to safety on Minnesota's waterways

Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." The state is famous for its countless water recreation opportunities, from boating in the warmer months to ice skating and other winter activities on frozen lakes during the winter. Still, as with any area known for its recreation culture, there needs to be a concurrent commitment to safety when state residents are enjoying the great outdoors.

From minor injuries to a fatal accident, the effects of water-related negligence can be varied and profound. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources notes that, last year, there were over 40 deaths from "boating fatalities and non-boating drownings." There were a total of 12 boating deaths and 65 non-deadly boating accidents. Still, even one fatal boating accident is one too many.

What are the rules about truck driver fatigue?

Minnesota residents know that there are a lot of commercial trucks plying the roads of our state. Minnesota residents also know that it is an extremely bad idea to drive while tired. What some Minnesota residents may not know are what the rules are for truck drivers to keep them from driving while fatigued.

First of all, why is truck driver fatigue such a problem? Studies show that drowsy drivers have longer reaction times and make worse decisions than drivers who have had the proper amount of rest. The federal government has established regulations that limit the amount of time that truck drivers can operate without a break.

Injuries from a distracted driver accident can be devastating

Distracted driving has been a problem in Minneapolis and elsewhere probably for as long as there have been automobiles. But with the rise of wireless devices such as cellphones, portable music players and now smartphones, distracted driving has become a problem that is hard to avoid.

As discussed in a prior post, distracted driving kills thousands and injures hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. There has been some interest in the Minnesota Legislature for cracking down on distracted driving, but currently there does not seem to be enough support to outlaw cellphone use while driving in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Wrongful death case may be an option after fatal car crash

Perhaps you or someone you know has had the great misfortune of losing a loved one in a fatal car crash. The emotional effect of this can be absolutely devastating. Losses, both emotional and economic, can be severe. Friends who don't know how to help you with your loss may pull away.

On top of all of this, many people know that they have the option of seeking damages from a responsible party if the death was due to that party's negligence. But many people have never had an encounter with Minnesota's civil court system before and don't know how a negligence case would play out.

Resident of Hennepin County nursing home dies after short stay

After undergoing a hospital stay for medical treatment, many people move to a nursing home to rehabilitate for a brief period before returning home. These stays are usually uneventful, but according to the Minnesota Department of Health, one stay in suburban Hennepin County proved to be fatal for the nursing home resident.

The incident occurred last November. The resident moved into the nursing home in Bloomington after receiving treatment for heart disease and pneumonia. She was expected to stay for a period of less than seven days. According to the department, the problems started immediately: she began to experience shortness of breath. The department's report indicated that staff did not respond to her call light in a timely manner during these episodes.

6-year-old cyclist, struck, killed by van in Minnesota

Bicycling can be a fun and healthful activity for Minnesotans of nearly all stages of life. It's a great way to get from point A to point B and back again. Unfortunately, there is one major hazard faced by cyclists on Minnesota roads: negligent drivers.

A heartbreaking fatal accident in northern Minnesota could be an example of this hazard. The accident happened on August 16 in Duluth. According to police, a 6-year-old bicyclist was attempting to cross the street when he was his by a van driven by a 45-year-old woman.

Girl's family wins $1 million verdict for medical malpractice

Expectant parents in Minneapolis often do some research before deciding where they would like to have their baby. Unfortunately, negligence can be found at nearly all health care facilities and among professionals of all skill levels. When a newborn suffers personal injury during birth, the effects can be profound.

After a medical malpractice trial in a nearby state, the family of a young girl was awarded $1 million by a jury. The family alleged that the obstetrician who attended the girl's birth made mistakes that resulted in injury to the girl.

Two Minneapolis cyclists injured by suspected drunk driver

Minneapolis has become known in recent years as a place where bicycling is a popular mode of travel. Some people commute to work or run errands on their bicycles, others use their bicycles for exercise. Regardless of the reason Minneapolitans ride their bikes, they enjoy the protection of the traffic laws.

Unfortunately, this fact alone does not protect bicyclists from suffering personal injury at the hands of negligent motorists. According to police, this is what happened to two bicyclists in northeast Minneapolis who were out for a ride the evening of August 16.

Status update allegedly follows deadly DWI accident in Minnesota

Everybody knows that drunk people are poor decision-makers. Common sense tells us this, and medical tests bear this out. This is why it is illegal to drive after drinking too much alcohol. In the aftermath of a tragic fatal accident, one Minnesota man was accused of making a series of bad decisions while drunk.

The man, 24, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide. According to prosecutors, the man was driving in suburban Hennepin County on July 22 when he collided with another vehicle. The other vehicle was reportedly waiting in the left turn lane when the accused rear-ended it.

What is the time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit?

Losing a family member in a fatal accident is among the hardest challenges any family in Minneapolis is likely to face. There is of course the initial shock of the sudden death. Burials, cremations and memorial services all have to be planned and executed. There are also longer-lasting problems of dealing with estate administration, helping children of the deceased and making alternative arrangements to deal with the loss of income.

Often, when the loss of a loved one is the result of an accident, it is possible to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties. Normally, when a person suffers harm for which the legal system offers a remedy, the person herself is who files the lawsuit. A wrongful death action allows the family of the deceased to file a lawsuit on the deceased person's behalf.

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