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How to find the right ATV helmet for you

One of the best ways to explore everything Minnesota has to offer is to climb behind the handlebars of an all-terrain vehicle. Before you do, though, you must realize the inherent dangers ATVs present. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 15,000 individuals died in ATV accidents between 1983 and 2017. Further, in 2017, roughly 94,000 riders, passengers or bystanders sustained some type of injury from an ATV. 

To arrive at your destination safely, you must ride responsibly. Wearing a helmet is also often an effective strategy for staying safe on an ATV. Unfortunately, though, not all riding helmets offer the same protection. Here are some tips for choosing the best helmet for you and your riding style.

Speak with your attorney before the insurance adjuster

Interstate 94 is a major roadway in Minnesota, and it is the scene of numerous car accidents every week. One St. Cloud resident suffered injuries after getting into a rear-end crash with an unoccupied vehicle. The driver did not wear a seatbelt and went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

No matter how severe the car crash was, you should always see a doctor within 24 hours. After that, you have a few people to contact. You need to get in touch with your attorney right away because you will need to file a claim with your insurance provider. You should do this before contacting your insurance adjuster, which you also need to do as soon as possible. There are a couple of reasons why you need to follow this precise order. 

How Minnesota laws affect personal injury claims

Each state is subject to federal law governing all citizens of the United States. Also, states have the power to design and enact statutes governing their citizens when such laws do not conflict with federal law.

States carry personal injury laws in their statutes that may differ from one state to the next. The flexibility for states to create legislation means specific dangers problematic for that state activate stronger laws.

Look out for delayed car accident symptoms

Car accidents can happen to anyone. A Minnesota Timberwolves star was in a collision while traveling to the airport and had to miss a game. His injuries were not severe, and he will make a full recovery. However, not everyone is as lucky. 

In the weeks following an auto accident, you need to be mindful of your overall well-being. You may feel fine in the immediate aftermath, but the rush of adrenaline could hide some of your symptoms. Here are common injuries to watch out for in the days and weeks that follow a collision. 

Defective all-terrain vehicle product hazards

An advisory from the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration notes the agricultural industry increasingly uses all-terrain vehicles. The OSHA bulletin provides warnings and guidelines to help protect employees who use ATVs in the workplace.

ATV design defects are responsible for a shocking number of related injuries and fatalities. A longitudinal research study issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded over 800,000 ATV injuries—including severe burns, amputations, and death—and the numbers continue to rise.

What to expect if a car crash paralyzes you

As a Minnesota resident, no one needs to tell you that our streets and roads can become quite hazardous during the winter months due to snow, ice and sleet. No one likewise needs to tell you that the number of Minnesota car crashes goes up accordingly. Unfortunately, you face a real risk of becoming paralyzed in some or virtually all parts of your body as the result of your car crash.

The extent of your paralysis depends on the location of your spinal cord injury. As you probably know, your spinal cord and the numerous nerves that emanate from it give you the movement of and feeling in your body. What you may not realize, however, is that your spinal cord has 33 vertebrae located in four distinct regions of your back as follows:

  1. Cervical region: the seven vertebrae located between the base of your brain and the base of your neck
  2. Thoracic region: the 12 vertebrae located between the base of your neck and just above your waist
  3. Lumbar region: the five vertebrae located between just above your waist and the bottom of your lumbar curve
  4. Sacral region: the nine vertebrae located between your lower back and your coccyx, popularly known as your tailbone

Smooth, sharp safety technology makes driving safer

Minnesota has its share of car crashes. Reckless driving, drunk driving, distracted driving and other such dangerous activities often result in devastating injuries. Fortunately, forward-thinking inventors and designers are constantly working to increase safety in the vehicles we use on a daily basis and too often take for granted.

Seat belts and airbags are commonplace vehicle safety features, but what kind of new safety technology will you find when you are in the market for a new car or truck? Here are five of the newest, most intuitive systems to help keep drivers and passengers safe.

Winter workplace safety issues and tips

When winter comes, it brings a multitude of hazards at virtually every workplace. Whether you work in an office, construction site or retail store, the cold weather can trigger various injuries and illnesses. While you may know the wintertime can be dangerous, you may not be aware of the severity of the issue.

Workplace safety during winter is crucial. Here are a few of the top winter worksite hazards you should know about so you can avoid them. 

3 essential snowmobile safety tips

Now that winter is in full swing, you are probably ready to bring your snowmobile out for a spin. Snowmobiling is one of the most fun winter activities Minnesotans enjoy. While zipping through the snow is exhilarating, it can also be dangerous

Even if you have a lot of snowmobiling experience, it is vital to prepare yourself and pay attention to safety tips. Here are some guidelines from the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association.

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