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As you travel the Minnesota roads this winter season, it’s not unusual to pass signs of single car spin outs and collisions. I even saw a tow truck in the ditch at Thanksgiving time. Speed and road conditions are often the factors the police ascribe to these accidents. In these collisions are there still claims?

The answer in in most cases yes.

– With any Minnesota motor vehicle accident there is almost always No Fault coverage. A claim can be made to pay medical bills, wage loss, replacements services and resulting medical mileage for those injured. Depending on the circumstances, that claim will either be from the persons car insurance or the involved vehicle.

– Passengers who didn’t contribute to the accident will have the right to make a liability claim if they have pain and suffering and if they meet a Minnesota threshold.

– There is often property damage issue , both for the vehicle and other items in the car.

An experienced Personal Injury lawyer should be able to help any of the parties involved, figure out all of the coverages available. If you or a family member is involved make sure you talk to someone before you sign away rights you have or if you are told that you can’t make a claim.


  1. Gravatar for Harvey McFadden
    Harvey McFadden

    During adverse conditions it will often be noticed that it is the rear of a vehicle that loses traction first.

    What the average person and some experts are not aware of is that there can be as high as 950 pounds or more weight on the front axle of their vehicle than the back. So a car that feels like a limousine on the front holds like a golf cart on the back

    A 3000lb car with a weight ratio of 65% front weight and 35% rear weight will weigh 1950lb on the front and 1050 on the rear. After you use 10 gallon of fuel from the rear tank one of the front wheels has as much traction as both rear combined.

    If you analyze single vehicle accidents you will find most of them had better tires on the front than the back or a very large weight difference. In fact the worst balanced cars have 4 times as many fatalities as cars designed with better balance. How are you going to tell how fast is too fast under these conditions when it is possible for a balanced car to handle fine on a slippery surface at 50 mph and an unbalanced car to lose control at 20 mph and both to feel the same to the drivers.

    There are some good videos on the Internet showing how important the rear tires of a vehicle are. Also the Society of Automotive Engineers paper 2002-01-0553 shows any decrease of tread depth from new of the rear tires can contribute to an accident.

  2. Mike Bryant

    Thanks for taking the time to leave your tire comment.

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