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Fatal Car Accidents Increase Despite Fewer Vehicles on Roads During COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety posted an alarming statistic recently regarding the amount of fatal car accidents on Minnesota roads. The Office of Traffic Safety posted a table containing the number of fatal accidents occurring between March 15 and April 3, for the past 6 years (including 2020). The amount of fatal crashes in that time frame for 2020 is double what it was in 2019. Between March 15 and April 3, there were 24 fatal crashes on Minnesota roads in 2020, compared to 12 in 2019. This number is quite surprising considering the decrease in traffic on the roads during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office of Traffic Safety also reported that speeding and careless driving were among the most frequently cited contributing factors in the fatal accidents. The website states “[f]ewer vehicles on the road does not give drivers a license to speed or drive carelessly.” It is important to drive vigilantly even when there are fewer cars on the road. In a wrongful death case, the family of the deceased is able to recover damages from the at-fault party.

If you are seeking additional information on personal injury or wrongful death claims, please contact our office. At Rinke Noonan, we offer a free consultation to review your claim and answer your questions on any wrongful death or personal injury matter. You may contact us at (320) 251-6700 to schedule an appointment.

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