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Another Weekend Of Increased Minnesota Highway Deaths Continues To Cause Concerns


After the tragic Memorial Day weekend, the first full weekend of June is also seeing above average deaths on Minnesota roads. So far there have been 2 motorcycle deaths, a pedestrian killed and 2 more drivers from car collisions. The State Police continue to look into the reason for these increase losses.

In the two motorcycle collisions, both involved the riders being thrown from their bikes after cars turned in front of them. The Pedestrian was standing next to a stalled car on Highway 94 and is yet another example of the many ways pedestrians are in danger on the roads as Injuryboard member Steve Lombardi has been chronicling. The auto deaths involved high speeds and cars that were rolled. One of the vehicles was hit by a semi.

These numbers are particularly unfortunate considering that overall the number of highway deaths has been down for 2009. But, considering that speed, alcohol, lack of seat belts, and in two of the cases a motorcycle was involved, most of the deaths involve factors where the numbers continue to rise.

As with any death in a Minnesota motor vehicle collision, there are a number of issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed this topic in a recent article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was interviewed last year on the same topic. In all of these cases sorrow for the families of those involved goes out.


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  1. Daniel 8791 says:
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    The motorcycle deaths are quite disturbing…People NEED to learn to look more clearly when turning and entering roadways…Also something that bothers me even more, that I saw this past week near Grantsburg,WI…Where a young gal had her car broken down on the side of the narrow highway..She was standing right in front of her vehicle, yapping on her cell phone….Hasn’t everbody watched Cops the tv show ?? If a vehicle comes up and slams into her car while she’s standing around in front of it, she is likely going to get hurt really bad…I seemingly would be an advocate for tougher standards and more testing and re-testing for drivers licenses; maybe that way, most of these young people will learn the safety rules more clearly and have to shown they indeed remember them every 2 or 3 years.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    I wonder if they even cover the breakdown to any great extent in classes? Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment.