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Watch out: Winter weather brings rollovers in Minnesota

As Minnesotans, we are all likely aware of the dangers that come with driving in the winter. We know that the roads are icy, covered in snow and very slick. These road conditions can put motorists in serious danger of getting into an accident if people are not driving safely. Even when a driver is using caution, the roads can be treacherous and people can get seriously hurt.

Some of the most common accidents that happen in winter are vehicle rollovers. Because of high winds and slippery roads, it can be easy for a driver to lose control of his or her car and experience a rollover. But they can also be caused by a person who is driving too fast for conditions, which many motorists do in winter. No matter why a rollover happens, the injuries and damages that can be suffered are often catastrophic.

Recently, a woman was driving in northern Minnesota where the road was reportedly very icy. In the blink of an eye, the 49-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle and slid off the road. Her car rolled over and she landed in a ditch. Thankfully, her injuries were not life-threatening and she was taken to the hospital.

This is just one of the many rollover accidents that have happened in Minnesota recently. Some of them are caused by nothing more than slippery roads, but others may have been caused by a driver who was driving too fast and recklessly before losing control of a vehicle. In order to determine if the accident involved a negligent driver and could have been prevented or if it was simply caused by bad roads, victims of these accidents may want to speak with an attorney.

It is not just the driver of a rolled over vehicle that suffers injuries in an accident. In many cases, other motorists are hit by the out-of-control SUV, car or truck and are seriously hurt in the process. Broken bones, back pain and even traumatic brain injuries can be common in these types of accidents. In the event that a rollover was, in fact, caused by a negligent driver, he or she can be held liable for the medical care and treatment that victims typically require.

Source: Northland's News Center, "Car rollover near Ely sends one to the hospital," Dec. 9, 2013

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