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Minnesota high schooler killed in crash with alleged drunk driver

An all-too-common misconception among some Minneapolis residents is that the consequences of drunk driving are pretty minor and are mostly the result of nosy police officers or potentially amusing fender-benders. In reality, drunk driver accidents exact a terrible toll, with hundreds of Minnesotans injured or killed each year.

A reminder of the mighty toll that drunk driving can take comes from a community north of Minneapolis. A 17-year-old high school student was killed in what authorities described as a drunk driving accident. According to police, the student was driving his sister and a friend in a passenger car on the evening of February 9 when their car collided with a pickup truck driven by a 34-year-old man. The 17-year-old was killed in the crash, while his passengers and the driver of the pickup were injured.

Hurt in a truck accident? We may be able to help

Last week we discussed how important it is for truckers to receive adequate training in order to operate their vehicles safely on Minnesota's roadways, helping avoid the risk of accident. Though there is a lot truck companies, owners, and drivers can do in an effort to prevent dangerous accidents from occurring, the sad reality is that these wrecks will continue to occur into the foreseeable future. Therefore, if you have been harmed in a truck accident, you might want to consider the next steps toward getting your life back on track and holding negligent parties accountable.

Taking legal action can be pivotal to your recovery. At a time when you are dealing with physical pain and suffering you might also be forced to deal with financial constraints. You may be unable to work and thus see a gap in your wages, and you might incur extensive medical expenses. However, by filing a legal claim and winning, you might be able to receive compensation to alleviate these burdens, allow you to receive the medical care you need, and give you peace of mind.

What medical malpractice defenses might I face in my case?

Many Minnesotans are well aware that they may be put at risk of harm when going to the doctor. You might be subjected to a misdiagnosis, medication mix up, surgical error, or any number of negligent acts and omissions. When this happens, you can be left with serious harm, including a worsened medical condition, decreased chance of survival, and physical, emotional, and financial loss. Though filing a lawsuit against a negligent medical professional and the institution at which he or she works may allow you to recover compensation for your damages, it is important to be aware of the available defenses to medical malpractice so that you can know how to counter them, if possible.

One defense to medical malpractice is to claim that the acts alleged as negligent in fact were not. In these instances, a medical professional will attempt to show that his or her acts or omissions were in line with the acceptable standard of care. When this defense is made, it may be necessary to call in experts to help determine whether the standard of care was lived up to.

Training key to avoiding a rollover tanker truck accident

Whether they contain petroleum from the Bakken oil fields, or anhydrous ammonia for agricultural use, tanker trucks ply Minnesota's roads throughout the year. The overwhelming majority of tanker trucks use the roads without incident, but an extremely dangerous situation can develop quickly if one of these top-heavy vehicles tips over accidentally.

Hence it is very important for tanker truck drivers to receive training in techniques to avoid rollover accidents. Since 78 percent of rollover accidents are the result of driver error, enhanced training and instruction could go a long way toward eliminating this source of injury for others on the road.

Why are there so many serious motorcycle accidents in Minnesota?

Although it may be cold and snowy now, warmer whether will arrive in Minnesota before we know it. Motorcyclists throughout the Gopher State will be ready with their bikes when the time comes. Unfortunately, it is likely that injuries and perhaps even deaths will follow.

The statistics show that motorcycle deaths have been on an upward trajectory over the past few decades. The fatality rate for motorcycle accidents has increased by more than 100 percent since 1999, even as the rate of death for car and light truck accidents has decreased over the same period. Motorcycle riders are five times as likely to be injured and 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident than an occupant of an automobile.

Minnesota officials announce anti-drunk driving campaign

Last Sunday, thousands of people throughout Minneapolis settled down to watch probably the biggest sports event in the country: the Super Bowl. Some people prefer the action on the field; others want to watch the commercials or the halftime show. Many decide to celebrate the festivities by consuming some adult beverages. And unfortunately, some decide to get behind the wheel of an automobile after consuming too many.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety urged Minnesota drivers to "crash with a friend, not on the road." In an effort to discourage people from driving while intoxicated, the department announced that there would be extra officers on the roads patrolling for drunk drivers on Super Bowl Sunday. The department said that Minnesota's most dangerous counties for DWI would be targeted for the campaign.

Fatal accident claims life of Minnesota emergency room manager

Most workers in Minnesota's hospital emergency rooms are probably all too used to seeing the results of auto wrecks involving allegedly negligent drivers. Unfortunately, one ER worker from a community north of Minneapolis was the victim of a possibly negligent driver on the evening of January 24.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the ER worker was driving in his subcompact car when he was T-boned by another driver. The state patrol said that the other driver had run a stop sign just before the car accident happened.

What are the Daubert and Frye standards?

Making the decision to file a medical malpractice lawsuit can be a difficult task. However, even when Minnesotans are brave enough to take legal action to protect their legal rights, they still have many complicated issues they must confront. To prove negligence, a medical malpractice victim often must deal with complicated medical procedures, standards, and terminology. Many times, these issues are beyond the knowledge of the average lay person, meaning that expert witnesses may be called to testify about certain issues.

But how is an expert's scientific testimony deemed legitimate enough to be heard by a jury? A judge will typically assess the testimony first. In many states, to help him or her determine whether the testimony is scientifically valid, a judge may subject it to what is known as the Daubert Standard.

We fight for those injured in drunk driving accidents

Our last post discussed some of the elements that must be shown in order to impose liability in a DUI accident case. Though they may seem self-explanatory, these seemingly surface issues can have deep complications. For example, when trying to show intoxication, what happens if there are doubts as to the validity of a BAC test? Such issues can make a claim difficult to handle and, if you find yourself in such a situation, you may want to speak with a legal professional.

A competent, experienced, and dedicated legal team, like the one at the Law Office of Jeffrey A Jones, can help you assess your case and determine which legal strategies work best for your unique situation. These legal professionals know that a civil court only requires a plaintiff to show negligence beyond a preponderance of the evidence, a standard much lower than that required for a criminal conviction, and how to fight to clear that burden of proof.

Minnesota patients have the right of informed consent

Minnesota has some of the finest health facilities in the country, and every day procedures occur without incident in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Not all procedures and courses of treatment are without risks, however. How do physicians and patients manage these risks?

Under Minnesota state law, competent patients in Minnesota have the right to prior consent to any medical or surgical treatment with certain exceptions. In order to fulfill the requirements of the law, health providers should secure the written, informed consent of the patient. The information should be presented in easily understood layman's terms.

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