Category: Vehicle Accidents

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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Motorcycle Accidents: How to Avoid Them

June 6, 2023  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

When it comes to sharing the road, drivers have a significant role to play in ensuring the safety of all road users. However, it’s also crucial for motorcyclists to be aware of the risks they face and take proactive measures to ensure their own safety. Motorcycle accidents can result in severe injuries or fatalities, and understanding the perspective of both drivers and motorcyclists can help foster better awareness and safer road behavior. Continue reading our blog as we navigate how to avoid motorcycle accidents. The Perspective of Drivers Motorcycles are smaller and can be more difficult to spot, especially in blind spots or during poor weather conditions. Drivers must constantly check their mirrors, eliminate distractions, and be mindful of their surroundings to avoid collisions with motorcycles. Due to their smaller size and agility, motorcycles can appear to be farther away or traveling slower than they actually are. This misperception can lead drivers to make incorrect judgments while merging, changing lanes, or making turns, potentially causing accidents. It is crucial to always give motorcyclists the same respect and courtesy as vehicles on the road. Strategies for Safer Driving Drivers should consistently scan the road and their mirrors to identify motorcycles and other vulnerable road users. Staying alert and practicing defensive driving can help prevent…

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Winter Driving and Car Accidents

February 8, 2023  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Driving in the Twin Cities during winter is rough and at times can be problematic. You’re concerned about icy roads, falling snow, windy conditions, and reckless drivers. There are many factors that can go into causing a serious accident during these hazardous conditions. Winter driving and car accidents have a common cause-and-effect relationship. Do you know what to do if you’re in an accident? Continue reading our blog to learn what you should do after a car accident. Stop Your Vehicle and Turn Off the Engine The first thing you should do after any car accident is to stop your vehicle and turn off the engine. State law requires that a driver must stop their vehicle after an accident and exchange information, no matter who is at fault. Turning off your vehicle is critical as well, because it helps prevent potential fire or other calamities. Check for Injuries Even if you do not feel seriously hurt or injured, you should allow a medical professional to examine you. Sometimes adrenaline or shock can cause your body to not feel any symptoms of an injury. Call the Proper Authorities   The most important thing that you need to do after a car accident is call 911 — especially if there are injuries — and other…

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