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Millions of people are involved in motor vehicle accidents each year in the United States. In those accidents, millions of people are injured and approximately 40,000 people are killed. While most people consider driving to be routine and an aspect of every day life, few people give great consideration to the fact that driving is actually a rather risky endeavor.

Motor vehicle accidents may include a single vehicle, multiple vehicles, vehicles and bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians, cars and buses, or a number of other possibilities. Regardless of how much caution drivers exercise, there is still the potential that they may be involved in accidents. The leading causes of motor vehicle accidents include driver inattention, driver fatigue, weather, aggressive driving, speeding, and drunk driving.

Eighty percent of motor vehicle accidents are attributed to driver inattention which includes, but is not limited to: cell phone usage, text messaging, changing the radio station, gaping at things happening outside of the car, eating, reading, and applying makeup. In addition, driver inattention accounts for 65 percent of near accidents. These sorts of motor vehicle accidents can occur in a moment, following just a brief glance away from the road.

Speeding and driving while intoxicated account for a number of automobile crashes. Both of these factors can and should be avoided, but are often not. Excessive speed and drunk driving can cause people to not be able to react quickly enough in the event of a hazard in the road or change of driving conditions, leading to accidents.

Driver fatigue, poor weather conditions, and aggressive driving can also attribute to car accidents. Driver fatigue is often a cause of accidents, but is not always reported. Poor weather conditions, particularly in the winter months, can be a serious impediment. In addition, aggressive drivers can cause accidents when they drive erratically, too fast, or tailgate other drivers.

Unfortunately, even if you exercise caution when you drive, avoiding speeding, not talking on the phone, and obeying all rules, it is still possible for you to be involved in a car accident. No matter how you end up in a car accident, you may find it helpful to contact an attorney.

There are a number of issues to consider if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, including who is at fault; was there negligence involved; who can recover damages; statutes of limitations for making a claim; and what the cause of an accident was. When an accident occurs, there are a number of people who may be involved in the process, from other drivers, to the police, to insurance agents. Handling all of the information required and determining what steps are next can be challenging and overwhelming.

A Minnesota lawyer who is familiar with and focuses on motor vehicle accidents will be an excellent resource for you. It is a particularly good idea to contact a lawyer if you are having difficulty understanding your claim, are having trouble with your insurance company, have been involved in an accident in which another driver was negligent, or facts about your accident are being disputed.

Minnesota has a statute of limitations of six years, meaning that a claim must be made within six years of the date of injury. Minnesota is also a comparative fault state, meaning that as long as your fault is less than or equal to the fault of the other driver, you will be able to recover damages.

Most motor vehicle accidents cases can be settled without a lawsuit, such as through negotiation, mediation, or binding arbitration. Occasionally accident cases necessitate lawsuits. A lawyer will help you negotiate through the legal process and ensure that you are taking all of the necessary steps to sort out your accident and obtain compensation should you be eligible.


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