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New Minnesota law hopes to reduce distracted driving

According to TrueMotion – a company that studies cellphone use – about 15% of a driver’s trip on Minnesota roads is spent talking on the cellphone. And about 60,000 crashes between 2014 and 2018 were a result of distracted driving. Now Minnesota is trying to reduce those numbers.

The hands-free law in Minnesota is official. As of August 1, 2019, holding a phone while driving can lead to a ticket. Lawmakers and police hope to reduce the distracted driving happening on Minnesota roads.

Pointers for parents on child passenger safety: 3 things to know

As a parent, you may be unsure about what car seat to get for your kids or how long they are supposed to ride in back.

In this post, we will inform you about three points that will help you take care of your kids with the right seating arrangements based on their ages.

Minnesota's dram shop law makes bars liable for accidents

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The sad stories come to us all the time via the news or social media. A drunk driver's been arrested, sometimes having caused an accident that's injured or killed someone. We might not ordinarily stop to wonder where the alcohol came from.

But there's a good chance many bar owners all over the Twin Cities Metro feel a twinge of more personal worry. Minnesota law includes a provision allowing a person injured by a drunk driver to sue the bar or restaurant that served overserved the driver. The law is called the Dram Shop Law.

Drowning in debt? Bankruptcy could help.

Many Americans have struggled financially at some point, and while unexpected bills might make money tight for a while, many times, you can find a way to get back on track.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Some situations merit filing bankruptcy, but do you know when you might seriously consider that as an option for your circumstances?

Are off-highway vehicles such as ATVs becoming more dangerous?

There are many ways to enjoy Minnesota’s beautiful outdoors, maybe none more exhilarating than on an off-highway vehicle such as an ATV. Zipping through some of the region’s most stunning locales can be an ideal way to spend a nice day.

Unless something goes wrong. A defective vehicle can lead to devastating results for riders and their loved ones, even if they took all safety precautions possible. And the number of problematic vehicles appears to be rising.

The importance of slowing your speed in construction zones

When the weather begins to warm up in Minnesota, we begin to think of summer days on the lake and bonfires in the evening. Then, before you know it, you’re snapped back to reality by orange construction signs, traffic cones, and workers wearing hard hats. While it’s true that warm weather means enjoying your favorite summer activities, it also means construction season.

Driving in construction zones is no one’s favorite summer past time but is a necessary evil of living in our state thanks to the long winters. Nearly 1,100 car accidents occurred in Minnesota construction zones in 2017, totaling one percent of all car accidents for that year in the state.

How can bicyclists reduce their chance of an accident?

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Now that the weather is getting nicer, many people are looking to make the most of Minnesota's too-short summer.

A lot of people will turn to biking as an easy way to get fresh air and exercise. However, what part-time cyclists may not realize is what safe biking really looks like. Here are a few behaviors all bikers should make into habits:

Age, race and gender may affect the likelihood of pain treatment

It can be tough to get someone to believe in your chronic pain. The only one who is experiencing it is you—and it’s probably completely invisible to others.

When the person who doesn’t believe you is your doctor, you may not get the help you need. But the reasons you aren’t getting treatment might have nothing to do with the actual cause of your pain.

Is it ever safe to use your cell phone while driving?

Everyone talks about how we shouldn’t text and drive. Ever since our phones became more for texting than talking, we haven’t heard much about calling and driving. But it is still dangerous.

The Minnesota state legislature is trying to get everyone to put their devices down. A new law will make it illegal to have your phone in your hand when you are behind the wheel.

3 reasons your workers' compensation claim could be denied

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After a workplace injury, you probably have a lot to deal with. You may have to pay huge bills for your medical treatment, on top of not being able to work. A workers' compensation claim could make things easier for you.

Your employer's insurance company makes the first decision on whether they compensate you for your injury or not. You should know the reasons they might not accept your claim, and what you can do about it.

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