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Seniors and car accidents: the effects of aging

Driving is an activity many people in the Sartell area enjoy well into their golden years. It helps many seniors maintain a sense of mobility and independence. It is not uncommon to see older drivers in traffic. However, car accidents involving seniors happen a lot more than people may think. 

Growing older presents some challenges that can interfere with elderly individuals' ability to operate their vehicles safely. Here is a brief overview of how the effects of aging impact seniors’ driving abilities. 

The burden of road safety lies with you

As the temps warm up, drivers in the Sartell area can expect their commute to become more congested. More people on the roads means an increase in car accident risk. Most drivers operate their vehicles responsibly and adhere to the traffic laws. However, there are also individuals who do not keep safety in mind when they drive. 

When car accidents happen, it is not unusual for people to point the finger at each other. However, they may not realize the role their own actions play in preventing motor vehicle collisions. Every driver must drive safely, responsibly and with minimal errors. This involves staying calm, avoiding distractions and using proper judgment. Consider the following information on the importance of maintaining road safety. 

Will Thin Ice Make 2018 A Deadly Year For Snowmobilers?

Snowmobiling is a great source of winter fun for many Minnesotans, but it is not without its dangers. While there are snowmobile accidents every year, experts are suggesting that 2018 may be particularly deadly. Snowmobilers are advised to include a little more caution with their recreation.

Safety features may increase distracted driving

If drivers believe that the most dangerous driving distraction in the Sartell area and across the country is texting, they could find themselves in for a rude awakening. According to a study on MarketWatch.com, programming navigation devices on the vehicle's dash is the most distracting thing a driver could do on the road, with texting a close second.

It is no secret that driving distractions impact road safety. Driving is a task that requires complete focus. However, motorists may not realize that mental distractions alone can lead to crashes, even when both hands stay on the wheel.

Key elements of a slip-and-fall claim

When you have an accident that is not your fault, it may be possible to seek compensation. Especially in a slip-and-fall accident due to dangerous conditions, a claim may be valid and provide the type of financial recompense you need and deserve.

To have a successful case, it is important you fully understand the process. There are a few key elements of a slip-and-fall claim.

What damages could you be entitled to in a wrongful death case?

When you learn that a loved one has unexpectedly died, it is understandably difficult to process the news and adjust to the absence in your life. In addition to your grief, you will likely need to deal with financial distress and a spike in expenses as a result of the loss. If another’s recklessness or malice was to blame for your loved one’s death, the courts should hold the responsible party liable.

In many cases, filing a wrongful death lawsuit is the best option for recourse following a tragic loss. Many families have questions, though, regarding what such a case might cover and how it can mitigate the impact of a loved one’s death. The following are three items that a suit may potentially cover.

Minimizing distractions while you are on the roads

One of the most common reasons you could end up in a car accident in Minnesota is distraction. You could be texting someone, reading a reply, getting ready to call someone or have your mind on something other than driving and the roads. These distracting driving behaviors and others can increase your risk of collision and even death. 

With car accidents being a leading source of traumatic brain and incapacitation injuries, you should avoid driving while distracted as much as possible. Even though your commute may seem boring at times, the risk of entertainment and occupation are not worth losing your life. Take a few moments to review the following ways to avoid distracted driving. 

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Types of liability in a product case

When you purchase a product, you expect to be able to use it as intended. However, what do you do when the product has a harmful defect or malfunctions?

There are a few different types of liability you may pursue in a product case. Depending on who you plan to sue, a certain type of liability may apply. Make sure you understand the difference to best represent your case.

Avoiding drowsy driving

Many law-abiding, risk-averse drivers get behind the wheel unaware that their actions might be factually, if not legally, equivalent to driving drunk. Lack of sleep can affect the body in ways similar to drinking alcohol, increasing the likelihood of getting into an accident.

When most people think of sleep deprivation, they imagine someone who has not slept for over 24 hours. Of course, this extreme lack of sleep tends to have dramatic effects and can lead to the headlines you see about crashes happening because the driver literally fell asleep while driving.

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