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The St Cloud Times had two single car rollover stories in the paper today:

  • A 19-year-old Little Falls woman is in serious condition after her car went off north on the off ramp of Minnesota Highway 10 to Haven Road in Morrison County and rolled over.

We may find out what caused each. Was it speed, weather conditions, or maybe driving inexperienced? For each family sympathy goes out for the loss and for what they will go through in dealing with each incident.

These are exactly the type of accidents, I blogged about with: Single Car Accidents: Is There A Claim? . Hopefully, the little falls woman will recover quickly, but if not the help of experienced Personal Injury attorneys can make a difference in getting to the bottom of what coverages are involved.

For all Drivers winter road tips from DPS and MnDOT include:

  • Always use seat belts.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly on icy/snow-covered roads to retain traction and avoid skids.

  • Do not use cruise control.

  • Do not “power up” hills, which may cause wheels to spin. Build momentum before reaching a hill and don’t stop while traveling uphill. Reduce speed before going downhill.

  • Know your brakes. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of the foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

  • Give yourself plenty of travel time. Don’t put your schedule before safety.

  • Clear snow and ice from vehicle windows, hood, headlights, brake lights and directional signals.

  • Headlights must be turned on when it is snowing or sleeting.

Most police officers asked say the key is usually to Just Slow Down.

2 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Thomas Gallagher

    Good tips. Here's another:

    Avoid braking while cornering. This can cause the vehicles weight to shift to the outside forward wheel, and increase the chance of a rollover.

    I had a client wrongfully accused of criminal vehicular operation for an accident caused by this, and an oncoming driving in the wrong lane.

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