Category: Vehicle Accidents

Sad Tragedy Reminds Us to Buckle Up and Be Safe

April 10, 2013  |  Jon P. Erickson

There was a tragic motor vehicle accident this past weekend just north of Minneapolis where eight members of a family were in a van that was struck by another car. The accident caused four members of the van to be ejected from the vehicle. Those four were not wearing seat-belts, and three of them were killed. The fourth is still in critical condition. A lieutenant of the Minnesota Highway Patrol is quoted as saying: “The fact can’t be ignored that if they had worn seat belts, it could have ended in a different result.” It was further noted that in the last three years 352 of 864 traffic deaths in Minnesota had victims that were not wearing seat belts. This is 41{a0c01d20c42349884e67ff80c137866b0a9fe47aaae8f8a86a605a369ae487c3} of the deaths in these accidents. These deaths were all likely preventable! There was a second accident over the weekend in the metro area where a woman crashed her car into a tree, and was killed. She also was not wearing a seat belt. BUCKLE UP…seat belts save lives!

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Dealing with a Car Accident – What Happens Now?

January 3, 2013  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Since there are hundreds of vehicle collisions in Minnesota every single day, the odds of being in some sort of traffic incident during your lifetime are pretty high. Even a minor accident can leave you feeling scared, panicked and worried. If you don’t know what to do following an accident you can end up carrying a heavier financial and legal burden than you should. Know How to Handle It As soon as your car makes impact with another car, person or object, you need to immediately react with the future in mind. If you know that you are responsible for the car accident, you may feel like you must apologize to the other driver or victim. However, you should remain calm and be careful with your words. It is fine to check on the other driver and ensure that they are injured but you should not say anything that admits fault. You should immediately contact the authorities so that a police report can be taken. However, if you have suffered a personal injury, 911 should be called and an ambulance will also be dispatched. When the police arrive, assuming that you are not severely injured, they will talk to everyone involved in the car accident along with witnesses. When you are describing the…

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How to Feel in Control After an Auto Accident

September 27, 2012  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

You never really expect to get into an auto accident, even though in the back of your mind you know it’s always a possibility. You can be the best driver in the world, follow all traffic rules and be visually attentive but still, one day – wham! You weren’t prepared for this and feel like you have lost all control; now what? Try Not to Panic First, you should remain calm and try your best not to allow stress to take over. It is natural to be in shock at first until you are able to assess the situation. Once you get over your initial reaction, you will be in a better state to see if you have suffered any injuries and if the other driver and passengers have been injured. Even if you were not badly injured, you should give your statement to the police officer reporting on the accident. You should never admit fault to the accident no matter what the circumstances. Simply tell the officer what happened and that’s it. If the other car involved leaves before the police arrive, make sure you write down the make, model and license number of their car. After you get home, be sure to contact your insurance company and give them an account…

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