Sunday, October 10, 2010

12 Traffic Deaths in MN in First Days of October Leads to Safety Belt Enforcement Campaign

On Friday, a campaign of increased seat belt enforcement began across the state following a streak of deadly car crashes in the first few days of October. This increased enforcement will run through October 28th according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

During the first six days of October, there were at least 12 traffic fatalities. Those deaths included at least 5 vehicle occupants who were not buckled up. On Tuesday night, there was a rollover crash in Fridley in which four unbelted occupants were ejected from the vehicle, resulting in one death and two critical injuries.

According to Lieutenant Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol, “This crash is the perfect example of why 400-plus people are killed in Minnesota roads annually—aggressive driving, possible alcohol use, and of course, no seat belts.” He further noted that “Despite all the mistakes that led to this crash, seat belts could have made a difference. The aim of this enforcement effort is to encourage belt use to prevent these tragedies.”

Each year, unbelted motorists account for more than one-half of all vehicle occupants killed. In Minnesota, between 2007 and 2009, more than 1,000 motorists were killed in crashes and only 43 percent were belted.

The Department of Public Safety notes that during a rollover crash, unbelted motorists are usually ejected from the vehicle, often crashing through a window and then being crushed by the vehicle. Unbelted motorists will also slam into and injure others in the vehicle during a crash, and in less severe crashes, unbelted motorists may break teeth or noses on the steering wheel. The odds of injury are six times greater for people not wearing seatbelts than for people who are wearing seat belts during a crash.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, your permanent injuries, and your pain and suffering. Contact Meuser & Associates at 877-746-5680, or click here to send us an email to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.
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