Medical Malpractice and Birth Injury-Related Klumpke’s Palsy

Advances in childbirth medical technology and physician training have reduced the incidents of birth injuries over the past several years. Nonetheless, birth injuries have not been completely eliminated. Circumstances might make some of those injuries unavoidable. In other instances, for example, where a doctor uses excessive force to pull a baby’s head through a birth canal,… Read more »

NTSB Releases Report On Amtrak Train Accident

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board released findings regarding the cause of the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that resulted in eight fatalities and more than 200 injuries. It was one of the nation’s worst train accidents in recent years. The public statement followed an NTSB meeting held in Washington D.C. The accident… Read more »

Understanding Post-Concussive Syndrome

A car crash can be a scary experience. Perhaps you see the other vehicle coming directly at you, but there is nothing you can do to prevent the crash. Maybe the other driver hit you from behind, and you did not see the crash coming at all. Maybe things happened so quickly you are not… Read more »

Minnesota Garbage Truck / Waste Management Accidents: More Common than you Think

Garbage trucks are such a common sight that many people never stop to think about how dangerous they really are. Garbage truck / waste management accidents happen thousands of times each year, resulting in serious injury or even death. Common Causes of Accidents Despite the fact that they are large vehicles, garbage trucks often operate in very… Read more »

The Sobering Facts about Driving While Texting: Accidents & Laws

Mobile phones are a constant in today’s society, helping us organize, communicate, and control our entire lives. Because of this, almost everyone is guilty of checking the phone while driving, and it seems incredibly natural to do so–but it can have devastating consequences that lawmakers are tackling and resulting restrictions that are being refined and added… Read more »

Suit Alleges Snapchat To Blame For Brain Injury

A September 2015 crash in suburban Atlanta has focused attention on the role of smart phone use in distracting driving. The two-vehicle wreck in Hampton, Georgia left a 47-year-old motorist with a brain injury. In April 2016, attorneys for the man filed suit against Snapchat, alleging that its “speed” filter led a young Mercedes motorist to drive… Read more »

Fight Over Driver Fatigue Rules Continues in Minnesota

For safety reasons, for all drivers and passengers on the road, authorities establish certain requirements for truck drivers, including rules aimed at keeping fatigued truck drivers off of the road. Understanding the safety risks that driver fatigue poses, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance established a checklist for determining whether a… Read more »

Dangerous Intersections: Where Not to Drive in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has ranked the most dangerous intersections in Minnesota. The rankings are based on a weighted average of crash severity from accidents that occurred between 2006 and 2010. Accidents that resulted in fatalities were given a higher point value than those resulting in minor injuries or property damage. The Worst… Read more »

‘Car Surfing’ Accident Kills St. Paul Youth, Driver May Be Accountable

What was meant to be nothing more than a freewheeling, youthful stunt turned tragic on August 11. A 21-year-old St. Paul man died in an automobile accident involving the emerging phenomenon of “car surfing,” the practice of standing or draping yourself on a moving vehicle. He had headed out of town with a group of… Read more »

“Zero Accidents” is the Goal for Commercial Vehicle Regulators

Commercial motor vehicles are a common sight on the nation’s highways, including here in Minnesota. Trucks and buses are an integral part of the transportation system that moves goods and passengers efficiently all over the country. To address the importance of safety in this industry, Congress created a regulatory agency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety… Read more »