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Early numbers suggest that there have already been 100 deaths on Minnesota roads in 2009. This is close to the same number of this time last year and a drop from 2007. Last year the Department of Public Safety attributed the drop in deaths to several factors, including increased seat belt use, enhanced patrols to combat impaired and aggressive driving, road safety improvement and higher gas prices, which is believed to cause motorists to drive less and at safer speeds.

There continues to be increased numbers in motorcycle, pedestrian, and drunk driving deaths, all of which have seen increases over the last couple of years.

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 and I was interviewed last year on the same topic.

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