People in Minnesota and throughout the country who are in wheelchairs are more likely than other pedestrians to die after being hit by a car, according to a recent study. Researchers at Georgetown University looked at reports of car accidents in the LexisNexis database and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found that wheelchair users were 36 percent more likely to die in collisions. The data was from the years 2006 to 2012, and about 528 wheelchair users died in that time.
Fall is a dangerous time to be a pedestrian in Minnesota. That is because more auto-pedestrian accidents occur during those months than any other time of the year.
A Wadena pedestrian who was hit by a van on Sept. 23 succumbed to his injuries the next day. The man was struck by the van as he crossed the street.
When a pedestrian in Minnesota is struck by a fast-moving vehicle, the chances of the person surviving the accident are slim. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration says that over 80 percent of pedestrians that are hit by vehicles going at least 40 mph are killed. When cars are only traveling 20 mph or less, pedestrians that are hit survive more than 90 percent of the time.
Every year, many pedestrians are seriously injured or even killed when they are hit by motor vehicles. Pedestrians should take preventative measures to avoid being struck by cars, and drivers should always be aware of their surroundings so they can spot pedestrians.
When someone in Minnesota is injured in a pedestrian accident, it might be the fault of a driver or of the pedestrian. In some cases, both parties might be considered negligent and thus partly responsible. A negligent party has failed to abide by a reasonable duty of care. For a pedestrian, this may mean walking against signals or stepping out in front of vehicles. A driver may be negligent for driving under the influence, driving too fast for weather conditions, not using a turn signal, not yielding to pedestrians and a number of other actions.
When a driver uses a piece of technology, answers a phone call or talks to a passenger, that driver is distracted. Distracted driving led to the deaths of 3,328 people in 2012, with an additional 421,000 suffering injuries.
A young child was hit by a car on Aug. 21 in North Branch. The North Branch Police Department is in charge of the investigation. According to subsequent reports, the boy was walking along Fill Avenue with his father at around 8:00 p.m. As they neared the intersection with 375th Street, a nearby 46-year-old driver lost control of her car. The vehicle then veered across the street and struck the boy.
After a very long and cold winter, most Minneapolis residents are more than ready for warmer summer temperatures. The recent Memorial Day holiday weekend signaled the official start to summer. As individuals and families across the twin cities look forward to summer road trips to visit relatives, friends and vacation destinations; it's a good idea to review some basic safe driving tips.
Minneapolis residents have likely witnessed at least one near-miss accident involving a car and pedestrian. Car and pedestrian accidents often result when either or driver or a pedestrian fails to abide by traffic laws. As one would imagine, car and pedestrian accidents often result in a pedestrian suffering serious injuries, the severity of which may not always be readily apparent. A recent analysis released by the Star Tribune proves just how dangerous some Minneapolis intersections are for pedestrians.