This summer, there have been more than 130 traffic fatalities on Minnesota’s roadways. Officials have recently taken a few actions to help improve safety, including passing a new hands-free cell phone law and cracking down on drunk drivers. Nonetheless, the increased number of vehicles on the highway still creates a dangerous environment. Here are a few tips to help you stay secure during the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads.
Driving is a task that requires your complete concentration. Good drivers make it a point to remain focused on the road at all times. Not only is using your cell phone while driving extremely dangerous, but it’s also now illegal in Minnesota. If you’re riding with a driver who refuses to put away their phone, don’t hesitate to speak up. Eating while driving is yet another potential distraction.
Because you can encounter an unexpected road hazard at any given time, staying alert is especially important. Never make the mistake of driving while fatigued. According to experts, drowsy driving is just as risky as drunk driving. Fatigue dramatically slows your reaction time and hinders your ability to concentrate on the task at hand.
By now, everyone should recognize the dangers of being under the influence of alcohol. Even just a few drinks can noticeably impair your driving. Instead of attempting to drive home after a night of partying, call a cab or have a friend pick you up. Aside from jeopardizing your life and the lives of others, drunk drinking can have some serious legal repercussions. There's a good chance you could end up in jail. Furthermore, make it a point to report someone who you suspect of being intoxicated while behind the wheel.
In the event of a collision with another vehicle, motorcyclists are far more likely to get injured or killed. Therefore, it’s very important for them to hone their defensive riding skills. If you are a motorcyclist, focus on anticipating the actions of others on the road. It’s extremely important to stay out of a driver’s blind spots. A bike's smaller size makes it harder to detect. For this reason, try to avoid riding to the side of a vehicle.
In many accidents during the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads, speed is a factor. While it’s always advisable to avoid exceeding the speed limit, it’s especially important during rainy weather. The slippery pavement increases the time it takes to come to a complete stop. Hydroplaning is also more likely to occur when speeding.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious auto accident, contact Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben. When seeking a settlement, it’s important to have an experienced accident attorney in your corner. At our law firm, every client receives the best possible representation. Call Schwebel, Goetz and Sieben at 612-377-7777 or toll free at 1-800-752-4265 for a free consultation.