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Holding a third party accountable for Minnesota car accidents

If you happen to suffer injury in a car accident because of another driver's negligence, very often that driver can be held accountable in a Minnesota court of law in a negligence lawsuit. Usually, the negligent driver is driving their own automobile, so legally speaking, that person would bear full responsibility for the injuries.

But, what if the negligent driver is not the owner of the car they were driving? Sometimes, it seems obvious that whoever entrusted their vehicle to the negligent driver made a poor decision. Is there a way to hold accountable the individual or entity that provided the vehicle to the negligent driver?

How can Minnesota medical malpractice victims sue?

When a patient in Hennepin County suffers an injury. while being treated by a medical professional, that patient may have a viable medical malpractice claim against the medical professional and other parties. However, before the injured patient can receive compensation, they will have to establish wrongdoing on the part of the medical professional, among other things.

Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to gather some of the evidence usually needed to press a medical malpractice claim. First, the patient may have been unconscious during the medical treatment, either as a result of the condition that brought them to the medical professionals in the first place or due to the use of general anesthesia during the procedure. Further, eyewitnesses to the negligent acts may be reluctant to provide helpful testimony, and medical professionals may slant the writing of their reports to minimize any medical professional negligence that may have happened.

Former Fulbright scholar killed in suspected DWI accident

As the Minnesota winter slowly gives way to spring, many Minnesotans find that they spend more time out and about. Unfortunately, one result of this is that more people become victims of others' negligence. A tragic example of this may have played out in the south metro recently.

A 34-year-old woman was killed in a car accident in Burnsville early in the morning on March 8. She had been driving north on Nicollet Avenue when she stopped at the intersection with State Highway 13. While she was waiting at the stoplight, according to reports, another car drifted out of its proper lane and smashed into the driver's side of the woman's car. The momentum carried both cars into the ditch. The woman reportedly died at the scene.

The loss of a loved one can be a staggering blow

The shock and grief caused by the unexpected loss of a loved one can be overwhelming and persistent. Life is often put on hold while survivors deal with the aftermath of the sudden death. Whether it's the difficulty of planning a funeral, managing the estate or the psychological effects of having to move forward without an important person in your life, you may not feel like yourself for a long time afterward. We at the Law Office of Jeffrey A. Jones understand this.

Several weeks ago, we told you the story of a Minnesota man who was killed in a car accident one night in January. The man was 47-years-old and held a supervisory position at a local hospital. According to authorities, the accident happened when another driver ran a stop sign and collided with the man's car. No doubt the man's family and co-workers are still dealing with the effects of the loss of an irreplaceable figure in their lives.

Drunk drivers caused over 10,000 fatal accidents in 2013

One of the most dangerous behaviors a driver in Minnesota can engage in is driving while intoxicated. Even getting behind the wheel after having just one drink can be dangerous for some. The statistics regarding drunk driving in 2013 exemplify just how hazardous such actions are.

Semi-truck crashes and cellphone use

As many Minnesota residents are aware, the dangers of using a cellphone while driving are well-documented. However, these dangers are only heightened when a person is driving a commercial motor vehicle such as a semi-truck or a bus. These behemoth vehicles can cause catastrophic accidents when traveling at high speeds. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the chance of being a part of an accident or near-accident are six time higher for drivers of a commercial motor vehicle who are dialing a number into a cellphone while on the road compared to those who are not engaging in such an activity.

Man alleges that mistakes in antibiotic treatment caused injury

Medical professionals sometimes can have challenging jobs. Fortunately for them, established procedures and best practices can make their jobs a little bit easier. Plus, doctors, nurses and other professionals get lots of training during their initial studies and then later during continuing education. Much is asked of them, but there are many tools at their disposal they can use to succeed at their job.

When medical professionals in Minnesota mess up, they may incur liability for medical malpractice. This doesn't necessarily imply that the professionals in question are bad people, or even that they are bad at their jobs. But when medical professionals fail to meet the appropriate standard of care, and a patient is injured as a result, the legal system expects them to bear at least part of the financial burden for their mistakes.

City unveils plan to build more bike lanes in south Minneapolis

Despite the snow and subfreezing temperatures, the bicycling season hasn't come to a halt in Minneapolis. Anyone taking a look outside will see cyclists going to work, school or elsewhere in defiance of the weather. And if some Minneapolis transportation planners have their way, city cyclists will have even more options for safe bicycle travel.

Under the proposal, two streets in south Minneapolis will receive one-way protected bicycle lanes. The two streets in question are East 26th Street and East 28th Street. The plan calls for the lanes to be seven feet wide, with a seven-foot wide buffer between the bike lane and the automobile lane. Under the plan, the buffer zone will be lined with flexible plastic barriers.

The mechanics and elements of a wrongful death lawsuit

When a Hennepin County resident suffers injury because of the wrongful act of another, the injured party very often can file a lawsuit on their own behalf against the alleged wrongdoer. However, if the victim dies, the victim obviously cannot bring a case against the alleged wrongdoer. How then does a wrongful death case work?

In a wrongful death situation, the personal representative of the victim's estate can file the lawsuit against the defendant. In addition to wrongful death, victims' families also may be able to seek recovery for the victim's pain and suffering, expenses incurred before the victim's death and other damages.

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.

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