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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Casey was a bright, lovable college student who had just turned 21. Her story is not about driving drunk. Actually, Casey wasn’t even driving when she died, and she wasn’t hit by a drunk driver, either. Casey was on a walk when a distracted driver hit her, ending her life. The driver stated "I only…


Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben launches new mobile site and accident app

Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben has launched a new mobile site for smart phones!  The new site highlights the most important information found on our regular site, and makes it easily accessible from your phone.  The mobile site is also equipped with the new “Accident App” feature.  The Accident App provides information valuable to anyone that has been in a car crash, or…


PTSD symptoms lead to $400K arbitration award

BY PATRICK THORNTON Hal Madison didn’t break any bones or suffer whiplash in his July 2008 car crash, but six months later he was still suffering. Madison’s car was struck by a drunken driver who died at the scene. After the crash, Madison’s work at his sales job deteriorated. He had intrusive memories of the…



MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (November 11, 2009)  –  Court appointed mediators Steve Kirsch of St. Paul, Minnesota and John Harens from Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced a tentative settlement of all claims between victims of the August 1, 2007 35W Bridge Collapse and Progressive Contractors, Inc., the company engaged in resurfacing the bridge deck at the time of its…


Spotlight: Aaron Holm

Aaron holm was helping a friend change a tire on the shoulder of 394 when he was struck from behind by another vehicle.  His legs suffered significant trauma and both had to be amputated.  Watch Aaron and Amanda Holm discuss how the accident has affected their lives and the lives of their three young children:…


Lawyers get around Minnesota’s seatbelt ‘gag rule’

Minneapolis attorneys James Schwebeland Bob Schmitz recently settled a personal injury lawsuit involving the misuse of a seatbelt for $3 million. The case involved a family that lives in Mondovi, Wis., who was traveling in Minnesota. The father had buckled his four children into the back seat of a Ford F150 pick-up truck provided by…


Three Million Dollar Recovery for Misuse of Child Seatbelt Restraints

On April 14, 2005 the plaintiffs departed their home in Wisconsin en route to Red Wing, Minnesota with the intention of purchasing all terrain vehicles. The plaintiff was driving a Ford F150 pick-up truck provided by his employer, BASF Corporation. His four minor children were all passengers in the rear seat of this vehicle. The…


“Soft Tissue Injuries”

Chapter Author: Richard L. Tousignant


Air Bag On-Off Switches: Questions and Answers

What does the final rule allow? Beginning January 19, 1998, the final rule allows repair shops and dealers to install "on-off" switches that allow air bags in passenger cars and light trucks to be turned on and off in appropriate circumstances. Dealers and repair shops cannot perform this work without an authorization letter from the…


What Causes Car Accidents?

The dictionary defines accident as "an unexpected and undesirable event, a mishap unforeseen and without apparent cause." Strictly speaking, most accidents are not accidents at all: they are collisions that could and should have been avoided. So, what causes them, and how can you avoid them? Four factors contribute to the vast majority of collisions….


Soft Tissue Injuries From Rear End Accidents

The rear end collision is the most common type of automobile collision with approximately 2.5 million rear impact collisions occurring each year. There are six deaths per one million registered cars. Most of these accidents occur as a result of inattentiveness on the part of the rear-ending driver. One can expect these types of collisions…


Cases: Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Cervical Sprain/Strain? Answer: Cervical Sprain/Strain refers to an injury to the neck, head, and shoulders after being subjected to a snapping motion, either forward and back or side to side. These neck injuries are frequently caused by traffic accidents. Question: What are other names for Cervical Sprain/Strain? Answer: C-spine sprain, C-spine strain,…


Cell phones in cars just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

A 1997 study by the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that the use of cellular phones while driving makes you four times more likely to crash than those not using the phones. This alarming statistic is equal to that for drunken driving at the .01 level. At least 25 countries restrict or prohibit…


Low Back Pain

Considerations: Low back pain usually involves spasm of the large, supportive muscles alongside the spine. Any injury to the back may produce muscle spasms and stiffness. Pain caused by muscular strain is usually confined to the back. Occasionally, it may radiate into the buttocks or upper leg(s). The onset of pain may be immediate or…



Neck, back and spine injuries are the most common types of injuries that happen in auto accidents. For example, in a rear-end accident the victim’s head is often jerked back and forth rapidly. This sometimes forces the muscles in the neck and back to over stretch and cause severe swelling and pain. While chiropractic care…


Neck, Back or Spine Injuries – Automobile Accidents

Neck injuries are very common, especially to those involved in rear end automobile accidents. The main reason it is so common in vehicle accidents is that the vehicle headrest on the back of car seats limits the range of extension in one’s neck. A person’s head often is jerked back and forth rapidly sometimes forcing…


TIRE SAFETY: Everything Rides On It

Protection against avoidable breakdowns and crashes. Improved vehicle handling. Better fuel economy. Increased tire life. Just a few of the reasons to take five minutes every month to check your tires. Simply use the handy checklist below, and see the reverse side for more information on tire safety. Safety Checklist Check tire pressure regularly (at…


Study: Faster cars, higher speeds lead to more deaths

WASHINGTON — More deaths are occurring on the nation’s highways because car manufacturers are putting more horsepower under the hood of cars and drivers are using the muscle to go faster than ever, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A second study, by researchers from New Zealand, also showed…


Putting Child Safety Ahead of Speed

Nothing should come before the safety of our children. I have introduced legislation this session on an issue of importance to us all, especially those of us with kids in school: a bill to lower speed limits in the school zones of Minnesota’s communities. Current Minnesota law lets local authorities establish a school zone speed…


Air Bag Safety

In 1998, an estimated 4,759 motor vehicle occupants’ lives were saved because of deployment of air bags during a vehicle crash. Air bags and correct seat belt use together are 75% effective in preventing serious head injuries and 66% effective in preventing serious chest injuries. While air bags were responsible for the deaths of many…

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