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The recent numbers from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) show that Minnesota highway deaths are at a record low. the state’s preliminary death count was 303, compared to 313 at this time last year, the DPS reported. Minnesota is on pace for 405 traffic deaths, fewer than the 421 deaths in 2009. That total was the lowest since 1944.

There are still ongoing concerns about rural roads, pedestrian and drunk driving deaths. Deaths this year include 29 motorcyclists, a decrease from 48 at this time last year. There were 24 pedestrians, two less from last year. Eight bicyclists, up from six last year.

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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