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On July 9, 2012, a Hennepin County court sentenced wife of ex-Minnesota Viking football star Joe Senser to 41 months for a fatal hit-and-run accident in Minneapolis. A collision involving three cars in Anoka County ten days later left one critically injured and three drivers and a number of passengers with minor injuries. Two people lost their lives on July 23rd night at Grace Lake Road intersection on Highway 48 after one car veered off the road and hit another coming from the opposite direction. Highway 61 was briefly closed on July 25th following a two-car Minnesota auto accident, resulting in three injuries near Bundy Boulevard.
In March 2010, former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Nick Rogers was killed after his car was smashed into a utility pole. Renowned ice hockey coach Herb Brooks lost his life in a Minnesota car accident near Forest Lake in August 2003. Another NFL star Jim Marshall suffered from spinal injuries and broke ribs following a serious car crash in Minnesota. In May 2000, ex-Timberwolves guard Malik Sealy died after a drunk driver rammed a pickup truck into his SUV in Minneapolis.
In 2011, Hennepin County accounted for 38 fatalities and 19,881 Minnesota car accidents, highest in the state. Ramsey County was the only other county with over 10,000 car crashes that year. Dakota County was third, with over 4,500 crashes, while Anoka and St Louis had over 3,000 crashes. Stearns, Washington, Blue Earth, Olmsted, Scott, and Sherburne are other counties that witness more than 1,000 crashes every year. About 30 percent of all Minnesota car accidents are reported from Minneapolis–Saint Paul urban area, popularly known as the Twin Cities. In 2011, Minneapolis witnessed 9,556 traffic crashes while the figure was 6,276 for St. Paul. Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester, and Bloomington also witnessed a high number of car accidents.
About 50 percent of all Minnesota car accident deaths in 2011 were attributed to roadway departures. This highlights vehicle speed and driver distraction as important reasons behind majority of Minnesota car crashes. One in every four fatalities occurred at intersections while large trucks caused one in every 10 accidents. DUI caused less than 10 percent car crashes but 35 percent of total fatal accidents.
Minnesota auto accident victims are eligible to claim a variety of claim damages and compensation for their injuries and losses. These include
A victim of auto accident in Minnesota can choose any of the following three ways to claim compensation for his injuries and financial loss.
Seat belt is mandatory for all drivers and front-seat passengers in Minnesota.
All children between eight and 11 years must wear seat belts or use safety seats.
Those less than eight years must be secured using a safety seat.
Children less than a year of age should be secured in a rear-facing booster seat.
Driver is responsible for observation of seat belt laws by passengers less than 15 years.
In May 2012, Amy Senser, wife of former Minnesota Viking tight end Joe Senser, paid an undisclosed amount to settle a Minnesota car accident lawsuit. However, she received a 41-month imprisonment sentence for the hit-and-run case that resulted in the death of a 38-year-old man. In 2008, the state Supreme Court approved a $24 million award by an Anoka County jury to families of four killed in a car-train collision. A 16-year-old teen got $12 million compensation for serious spinal injuries received during a Minnesota car accident. Another 29-year-old passenger who suffered from paralysis in a rollover collision was awarded $9 million in damages.
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