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Minnesota's first snowfalls trigger crashes, injuries, at least one death

The National Safety Council says that one out of every three crashes can be attributed to speeding.
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    December 12, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Winter is well on its way in Minnesota, with an early snowfall and plenty of ice and fog on the roadways. Even the best drivers can face scary driving conditions and risk losing control of their vehicles when the weather's bad. The dangers of speeding and reckless driving are only compounded in adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow and fog. Every year, the accidents due to snow and ice are severe in our state.

The National Safety Council says that one out of every three crashes can be attributed to speeding. Crashes due to this dangerous driving practice not only happen in fast-moving highway traffic, but also on smaller roadways with speed limits posted as little as 35 miles per hour. Drivers who cause accidents in bad weather can be cited for going too fast for conditions, even if they were going the speed limit.

Weather-related accidents are a problem in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported 395 deaths from traffic accidents in the state last year - a rise of seven percent from the previous year. Adverse weather conditions could have contributed to many of those crashes. Early in November, a small car and a semi-truck crashed on a two-lane highway in Pipestone County, killing the 26-year-old driver of the smaller vehicle, said the StarTribune. Authorities didn't disclose who had been driving in the wrong lane, but weather may have contributed to the crash. This season, early snowfalls and icy conditions were said to have been responsible for many crashes and injuries across the state. Some bad-weather crashes can be avoided when drivers show extra caution.

TeensHealth suggests the following bad-weather driving tips:
- Avoid driving in bad weather if possible.
- Slow down when the roads are wet or visibility is low.
- Keep headlights on in gloomy weather, but do not use high beams when it's foggy. Use fog lamps if possible.
- Increase the following distance from the car in front.
- Be cautious near intersections; watch for oncoming cars and those driving too fast for the road conditions.

Paying attention to the road at all times during bad weather can save lives.

Getting help from an attorney

Despite driving safely, you can still be in an accident in bad weather, especially if another driver was speeding or not driving carefully. If you or a family member has been hurt in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may be eligible for the compensation of your expenses. Call an experienced personal injury attorney for help.

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