Personal Injury Lawsuits Minneapolis MN
Between daycare, school, and recreational activities, children spend a good portion of their time with mom and dad in the car during the week. Keeping them happy and occupied while traveling the busy roads of Minnesota or sitting in traffic is often a goal, but the bigger concern is keeping them safe from the threat of car accidents. Parents of children injured in car accidents often file personal injury lawsuits Minneapolis MN attorneys oversee on behalf of their child.
Minnesota has an alarmingly high rate of car crashes. According to statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, there are approximately 146,000 vehicle accidents each year. There are approximately 173,000 people involved in these crashes, which result in the deaths of almost 400 victims and another 30,000 victims with injuries. The estimated yearly economic cost to the state of Minnesota for these crashes is more than $1,875,500,000.
This means that every day in the state of Minnesota, there are 215 vehicle accidents that kill at least one victim and leaves another 75 victims injured. The daily economic cost to the state of these crashes total just under $5 million per day, including
Keeping Children Safe in the Car
Getting into a car accident with your children is every parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reports that more than 5,000 people are involved in crashes and collisions in our area each year. To protect yourself and your children, a personal injury lawyer Minneapolis MN clients recommend knows it is important to take some simple precautions whenever you are behind the wheel:
- Make sure children are in approved safety seats until they reach maximum size requirements, which is generally when they are tall enough to be at eye height with the window.
- Require them to sit in the back seat at all times and wear a safety harness.
- Remind children that driving is an important task and any requests for attention will need to wait until the vehicle is safely parked.
- Practice your defensive driving skills and avoid speeding, distracted driving, and other reckless driving behaviors.
While parents are typically busy and on tight schedules when dropping off or picking up children, remind yourself that taking a little extra time and a few added precautions are well worth it in terms of keeping everyone safe.
Contact Our MN Attorneys Today for Help
At Johnston | Martineau PLLP, we provide the professional legal representation you need in holding at-fault drivers accountable when car accidents jeopardize the safety of your family. To discuss your situation and how we can help, call our office to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a lawyer to find out what legal recourse you may have against the party responsible for your family’s losses. Our legal team has extensive experience in Minneapolis MN personal injury lawsuits and will work diligently to get your family the compensation you deserve.