Category: Vehicle Accidents

Common Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them

April 4, 2024  |  admin

With the arrival of spring, motorcyclists are returning to the roads to capitalize on the warmer weather. But with increased traffic comes an increased need for safety. Motorcyclists are at greater risk for serious and fatal accidents than other motorists for several reasons. Motorcycles are smaller than cars and don’t offer the same protection. Many drivers don’t think to watch for motorcycles either, especially if they have never ridden one themselves. In this blog, we’ll examine three of the most common motorcycle accidents, how to avoid them, and how drivers and motorcyclists can safely share the road. The Left-Turning Car The most common collision involving a motorcycle occurs when a car turns left into the path of a motorcyclist. This usually happens when a driver is sitting at an intersection, waiting for a gap in oncoming traffic to make their left turn. The driver may not notice an approaching motorcycle due to its small size, or they may see it but underestimate its speed and attempt the turn anyway. If you are a driver waiting to turn left, pay careful attention to oncoming traffic and watch for motorcycles. Remember that despite their small size, they move as quickly as cars and should be treated with the same caution. If you are a motorcyclist…

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Tips for Driving During the Winter

December 29, 2023  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

As the temperatures in the Twin Cities begin to drop and snow begins to blanket the roads, it’s critical that you gear up for winter driving. Navigating through these severe winter conditions requires a different set of skills and precautions than driving in warmer seasons. Continue reading our blog as we explore some essential tips to help ensure your safety and your confidence on the icy Minnesota roads. Make Sure Your Vehicle is Prepared Before hitting the road, make sure your vehicle is winter-ready. This includes checking the battery, brakes, tires, and fluid levels. Consider switching to winter tires for better traction in snow and icy conditions. Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent fuel line freeze and replace worn-out windshield wipers to maintain clear visibility. Slow Down and Increase Following Distance One of the most crucial winter driving tips is to reduce your speed. Snow and ice will reduce your traction while driving, making it more challenging to stop quickly. Drive at a speed that allows you to maintain control of your vehicle and increase the following distance between you and the car in front of you. This extra space provides more time to react to sudden stops or slippery conditions. Know How to Handle Skids Even taking the…

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Back To School – Watch Out for School Buses

August 29, 2023  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Our children’s safety is probably one of the most critical aspects of road safety, especially during their daily commute to and from school. School buses play a vital role in providing a safe and convenient means of transportation for students. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen, and there are moments when children have been injured while waiting for or boarding the school bus. As the new school year begins, it’s essential to understand the laws and guidelines related to school buses. Continue reading our blog as we discuss some tips to help you watch out for school buses. Stop for School Buses and Be Cautious One of the most important rules to remember when driving is to stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing and the stop sign extended. This indicates that children are either boarding or exiting the bus. It’s important to give them enough space and time to do so safely. Whether you’re approaching from behind or from the opposite direction on a two-lane road, you must come to a complete stop until the lights stop flashing and the stop sign is retracted. When driving near bus stops, watch out for pedestrians and be prepared to stop. Keep a Safe Following Distance When driving behind a school bus, you…

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