Autonomous Vehicles And Personal Injury Accidents Due to Mechanical Defect / Malfunction

The first fatal accident linked to Tesla’s “Autopilot” automated driving technology raises questions about manufacturer liability as new autonomous driving technologies make their way to the marketplace. A July 1, 2016, Los Angeles Times article asserts a view that Tesla Motors has introduced such technology more aggressively than its competitors. On one hand, this allows Tesla to… 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 »

Minnesota Cyclists and Motorists Must Aim for Safety

Minnesotans love bicycling, and participation in this healthy activity is growing. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, over half of Minnesotans now say they’ve ridden a bike sometime during the year. Of course, many ride regularly, with the numbers who commute by bicycle notably on the rise. Along with greater numbers of bicycles on… Read more »

Car Accident?

Now what? The leap day mix of rain, sleet and snow made the work commute very difficult for some. Others were less lucky, the victims of treacherous weather conditions and negligent driving. There were 71 car accidents in the Twin Cities by 6 a.m. yesterday and many more followed during the morning commute. While a… Read more »

Minnesota Car Accident Fatalities Drop, But There’s Always Room for Improvement

For Minnesotans, 2011 was one of the safest years of travel in the past 60, as the number of accident-related fatalities continued to decline. Yet, while the numbers show a positive trend, hundreds of families still experienced tragedy in 2011. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports that for the fourth… Read more »

St. Paul Car Accident Kills One, Injures Two

A Sunday evening car accident in the Twin Cities killed one person and left two critically injured. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the St. Paul car accident happened on I-94 near Lexington Avenue at 10:40 p.m. The accident victim, a 21-year-old Iowa State student, hit a car while merging his truck onto I-94. That… Read more »

‘Tis the Season for Deer-vs.-Vehicle Crashes on Minnesota Roads

November is typically the month with the highest number of collisions between deer and vehicles. Minnesota has the eighth-highest number of such crashes in the U.S., while Wisconsin has the seventh highest. The numbers are declining in most states, but Minnesota is an exception. Drivers on Minnesota roads should be aware of the dangers of… Read more »