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There was excellent news with the preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report showing that highway deaths were fewer across the country. The drop was nine percent. This was the lowest level in 50 years.

Some have suggested that the spike in gasoline costs contributed to the overall decline, because people ended up driving less. The number of vehicle miles traveled dropped by about 3.6 percent nationally, after climbing for several decades.

As the numbers are finalized, we will also be able to see if there were changes 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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