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04.19.2021

Vehicle Crash Deaths Up 38% in South Dakota in 2020

Every car accident fatality is a tragedy, and unfortunately, South Dakota saw a sharp increase in the number of motor vehicle deaths in 2020. The state’s Department of Public Safety recently released a report detailing last year’s traffic accident statistics, and the information is important for all South Dakota residents to know. South Dakota Accident…

01.07.2021

2020 was a Deadly Year on Minnesota Roads – Here are Tips for Driving Safe in Winter Weather

Hundreds of Minnesotans die in car accidents every year, but 2020 was a particular bad year for traffic fatalities. Unfortunately, almost 400 people in the state passed away due to car wrecks. Most traffic accidents are preventable, and being aware of safe driving strategies can save lives. Learning to drive safely in winter weather is…

07.30.2020

South Dakota Traffic Deaths Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Officials in South Dakota stated that deaths due to traffic accidents increased this year by 38%, but the number of miles that people have been driving this year have gone down considerably. Tony Mangan is the spokesman for South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety, and he announced recently that 58 South Dakotans died in car…

01.14.2019

Motor Vehicle Fatalities Decreased in North Dakota in 2018

In 2018, 104 people lost their lives as a result of motor vehicle accidents in North Dakota. This number represents a decrease of 10 percent according to the information provided by the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. While state authorities are encouraged by this decrease, they explain that even…

10.26.2018

Minnesota Records 300th Traffic Fatality of 2018

How Can You Stay Safe on Minnesota Roads? Unsafe driving behaviors often lead to tragic outcomes. To promote road safety and prevent death and injury, it’s helpful to face the facts about traffic fatalities and their causes. In Minnesota, over 300 people have already died in traffic accidents this year. Last year, Minnesota reached the…

09.22.2016

Iowa Traffic Fatalities on the Rise in 2016

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there have been 276 deaths from motor vehicle accidents so far in 2016, an increase of 18.45 percent from last year. That is more than one death per day. At this rate, it is estimated that Iowa will experience close to 400 fatalities from traffic accidents this year….

08.02.2016

An Unexpectedly Dangerous Time of Year for Minnesota Drivers

Many Minnesotans believe that most deadly traffic accidents happen during the winter. After all, ice and snow make roads far more slippery than rain. People often react with surprise when they learn that more fatalities occur in the late spring and summer. The Numbers The most dangerous part of the year extends from Memorial Day…

01.09.2014

Safe Winter Driving in Minnesota

As we usher in a New Year the winter weather season is upon us in Minnesota. Of course, this time of year also comes with a change in the weather, something Minnesota residents know all too well. If you’re planning to travel this winter, make sure you keep your wits about you. The roads can…

10.08.2013

How Does a Law Firm Help You During a Legal Battle?

 If you have been injured in an accident, you already understand the stress that comes with the experience. In addition to the physical pain, you also face the anxiety associated with medical care and the ongoing efforts to receive just compensation for your injuries. Ideally, things will go as smoothly as possible following an accident,…

06.24.2013

2012 Traffic Crash Report: Deaths Up 7 Percent from 2011

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, Minnesota experienced 395 traffic-related deaths in 2012, up seven percent from 2011 and the first increase since 2007. This increase can likely be attributed to more miles traveled by motorists and a mild winter, which reduces the amount of caution drivers use on…

01.07.2013

Minnesota Traffic Deaths Up in 2012

It’s an unfortunate truth that even the best drivers can be involved in car accidents. Reckless drivers, extreme weather conditions and unforeseen events can affect anyone. Since 2002, however, Minnesota has been able to report a steadily decreasing number of traffic deaths; 2007 was an exception, but the decline continued otherwise through 2011. In that…

10.24.2012

Accident Victims Trust the Minnesota Law Firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben

Vehicle accidents don’t just damage cars; they interrupt lives, cause horrific physical pain and shatter the victims’ emotions. If you’ve been injured in an accident, an experienced attorney can be your best ally, fighting to get you the compensation you deserve. The Adams family chose the law firm of Schwebel, Goetz and Sieben to handle…

06.11.2012

Safe Summer Travel in Minnesota

It probably comes as no surprise that road travel in Minnesota and across the U.S. drastically increases during the warmer months. AAA cites a leveling-off in gas prices as a reason for even higher numbers of drivers traveling by car this year. Holidays and summer vacations provide opportunities for fun in the sun, but with…

06.01.2012

Minnesota Click It or Ticket Campaign in Effect

The attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben would like to remind Minnesota residents that the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign to increase seatbelt awareness is in full swing. Many Minneapolis residents may have already noticed the new billboards that have been raised downtown, and the TV advertising is running on all major networks throughout…

03.16.2007

Minnesota Intrastate Carrier Laws

221.031 Intrastate carrier; operating requirements, exemptions. Subdivision 1.   Powers, duties, reports, limitations. (a) This subdivision applies to motor carriers engaged in intrastate commerce.    (b) The commissioner shall prescribe rules for the operation of motor carriers, including their facilities; accounts; leasing of vehicles and drivers; service; safe operation of vehicles; equipment, parts, and accessories; hours of service of…

03.16.2007

Glossary of Truck Related Terms

Axle Structural component to which wheels, brakes, and suspension is attached. Drive axles are those with powered wheels. Front axle is usually called the steer axle. Pusher axles are not powered and go ahead of drive axles. Rear axles may be drive, tag, or pusher types. Tag axles are not powered and go behind drive…

03.16.2007

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations For a complete copy of the Federal Regulations please contact the Department of Transportation Part 382 – Controlled Substances & Alcohol Use & Testing Part 383 – Commercial Driver’s License Standards; Requirements and Penalties Part 385 – Safety Fitness Procedures Part 387 – Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for…

03.16.2007

# 9180 – FEDERAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS PERTAINING TO DRIVER QUALIFICATION FILE AND DRIVER’S LOG

The federal motor carrier safety regulations apply to all motor carriers, including private carriers such as dealers, who operate vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) over 10,000 pounds in interstate commerce. The truck does not necessarily have to leave the state to be involved in interstate commerce. Any truck which continues the interstate…

09.20.1999

Focus on Safety 1999

Safety is as fundamental to trucking as the freight it carries, but never has it been more important in the public’s mind. Recent events, such as the Bourbonnais, Ill., train crash or the rollover of a tractor-trailer carrying black powder in Virginia, have put safety in the spotlight. The Bourbonnais incident – which left 11…

09.08.1999

It’s Trend vs. Numbers in Fatality Debate

Are highway travelers safe from big trucks? It all depends on what numbers are used to quantify safety. Despite more trucks on the roads, the likelihood of being in a fatal collision with a commercial vehicle has declined steadily since 1975 in the United States. However, the number of people dying in truck-related road accidents…

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