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Running, walking and lighting your way to safety after dark

Darkness falls with deceptive speed as autumn absorbs the summer days. You may start out on a walk or run before the sun sets but return home after dark.

Staying safe as a pedestrian is not always easy, especially after nightfall. Here are four suggestions that should help.

Grain bin safety in the wake of recent Minnesota fatalities

It's harvest time for farmers across the country, and with that, comes the risk of injury and death. The National Safety Council reports agriculture was the industry with the highest number of fatalities across the nation in 2017.

Unfortunately, Minnesota farmers are not immune to this statistic as recent grain bin accidents indicate. In nearly a month, the state has seen four fatal grain bin accidents.

New lifesaving treatment protocol for TBI victims

Years of research by university personnel plus EMS and fire department testing have led to innovative, lifesaving treatment for people who suffer a traumatic brain injury.

The treatment is so effective that researchers believe it will be implemented worldwide within the next few years.

Tips for avoiding accidents and injuries on your ATV

Getting on an ATV and exploring the trails can be one of the most fun summer activities. If you want to enjoy the outdoors in an exciting way, it is hard to top the experience of riding one of these compact yet powerful vehicles. But, as with any vehicle, there are some risks that come with riding them. 

In fact, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says that there are approximately 100,000 ATV injuries each year. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind to avoid ATV accidents and injuries.

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.

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