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Who is at fault if a person doesn't get their recalled vehicle repaired and there is an accident?

Whether it is for something small or a significant part in a vehicle, you have likely gotten a recall notice about a vehicle at some point in your life. The little postcards and seemingly anonymous letters are easy to dismiss.

When you are the one injured by a recalled vehicle, however, those notifications feel more significant. Unfortunately, owners often ignore recall notices and continue driving vehicles that are in desperate need of repair.

Here's what you need to know about your personal injury claim if your car accident involved a recalled vehicle.

Is the other driver always at fault if you are rear-ended?

Car accidents are frightening and expensive. When the collision comes from behind, you may not even see the crash coming. All at once, you must deal with damage and injuries that may leave you unable to work.

In most cases, a rear end collision means that the driver who rear-ended the other vehicle is at fault. There are, however, some cases where there is shared fault for a rear end collision.

This is what you should know if you were involved in a rear end accident.

Federal regulations to prevent truck driver fatigue: 3 things to know

Regardless of what they are hauling, semi-trucks can pose severe threats to the other drivers on the road. Even empty, semis are heavy and awkward and can do substantial damage in a collision.

Driving a semi requires focus and attention to detail. Large trucks can be challenging to handle and slow to maneuver. It is crucial that truck drivers are alert enough to focus on everything that is happening on the road.

Here are three things to know about why drivers are so tired, and the rules meant to protect everyone on the road.

When can injured crime victims sue for compensation?

Being at the scene of a crime is a terrifying experience. It can seem like it is happening in slow motion and faster than you could imagine, all at the same time.

Whether you were the intended victim of the crime or not, your injuries can have a severe cost. On top of hospital bills, you may also be unable to work and enjoy your favorite activities.

Here's what you need to know if you have injuries from a crime.

Who is liable for an accident caused by debris left by construction work?

The construction process is rarely a clean one. Between the materials for tearing down and the process of building, there is a lot to maintain and, ultimately, remove from the site.

Construction crews also work on tight deadlines and the company that hires them is often in a rush to get to the next phase of the project. After all, the more time spent "in construction" is time where a company is losing money. Moving through the process too quickly can be dangerous since materials left behind can cause an injury for the same people the project was meant to help.

With all of the people and groups involved in a construction project, it can be difficult to determine who is responsible when someone is injured by leftover construction debris. Here's what to consider when trying to figure out who is liable for your injury.

How do federal regulations try to prevent truck drivers from driving while fatigued?

Fatigued drivers cause untold damage on our nation's roadways every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, police attribute fatal crashes to drowsy driving about 2.4 percent of the time, which translates to hundreds of fatalities each year. Nearly 800 people were killed in fatigued-driver crashes in 2017 -- and that may be a low estimate.

While any driver can suffer from fatigue, the problem is more serious among commercial drivers. For one thing, their vehicles are much more massive than passenger cars, which vastly increases the potential damage in a crash. For another, commercial drivers are under financial pressure to drive as long and with as few breaks as possible.

Can you still sue if you were injured during a dangerous activity?

Some activities inherently come with a certain amount of danger. But the adrenaline rush of rushing down a snow-covered mountain on skis or playing football goes way beyond watching it all on TV.

Generally, the risks that go with dangerous activities can sometimes get in the way of an injury claim. While the injuries can still be traumatizing, taking a tumble down a ski slope is something you can anticipate when you decide to try skiing. This is the legal principle of "assumption of risk."

There are, however, times when you are participating in a dangerous activity and you are injured in a way that is not part of that assumption. Here are some key things to know about injury claims and participation in a dangerous activity.

What restrictions do Minnesota and Wisconsin impose on the use of electronic devices while driving?

Restrictions on the use of cell phones while driving vary considerably by state. For example, 16 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories prohibit all hand-held phone use by drivers.

Neither Minnesota nor Wisconsin is one of those 16 states. But both Minnesota and Wisconsin do have various restrictions on using electronic devices in the car. In this post, we will inform you about some of the most important.

Can more than one party be responsible for a truck accident?

Experiencing a truck accident is frightening. You may have severe injuries that keep you from doing the things that you love. You may also be haunted by memories of the crash every time you get behind the wheel.

Depending on the situation for the accident, it may be easy to show the trucker's fault. Further investigation may reveal, however, that more than one party was to blame for the damage the trucker caused in the accident.

These are the parties that could potentially be liable in your truck accident claim.

How are damages measured in a wrongful death lawsuit in Minnesota?

Dealing with and understanding the death of a loved one is difficult no matter what the situation. When their death is from an injury or illness caused by another, that process can be even harder.

A lot goes into figuring out the amount of damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death case. It can be a complex calculation and fighting for the right amount can become a lengthy process.

Here is what you need to know about measuring wrongful death damages in Minnesota.

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