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Disagreement over who should be responsible for scooter injuries

When people agree to participate in a recreational activity provided by a third-party in Minnesota, they are often required to sign an agreement that functions as a contract. This agreement usually provides both the company and the person participating a degree of protection. For the company, it is a protection of their assets and for participants, a protection of their safety and wellbeing. In cases where a person is injured during his or her participation, there can sometimes be disagreements over who is responsible for paying the costs associated with that person's injuries. 

An example to illustrate this point comes out of San Diego, California where users of scooters provided by a rental company are suing the business for injuries, they believe were wrongfully experienced because of negligence. In one such incident, a woman described being injured in a scooter crash that resulted in permanent damage to both of her hands and an estimated $8,000 in medical bills. She blamed the crash on faulty brakes on the scooter as she was riding downhill. 

Brain injury from collision kills Eagan woman

Some people in Virginia might wonder to what degree people limit their options for legal recourse the longer they wait to seek action. In perfect world, evidence, cause and prognostications may immediately indicate the need to file a lawsuit, yet in reality that rarely is the case. While the perception may exist that today's society is overly litigious, most may actually tend to reserve the right to seek action until need forces them to do so. The decision to wait to act on a cause of action may or may not bar them from doing so in the future, depending on the unique circumstances of their incidents. 

Take the case of an Eagan woman who was recently involved in serious collision with a semi-truck. The woman sustained several broken bones along with a traumatic brain injury in the accident. She ultimately held on for two months before succumbing to her injuries, leaving behind a husband and two small children. 

Speeding is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors

As a responsible driver, safety must be a top priority. This is why motorists are encouraged to maintain the posted speed limit, which is created to ensure the safety of all who share the road. Driving over the speed limit can lead to crashes and can also result in more severe injuries. The following information illustrates the havoc speeding can cause, as well as what you can do to be a better driver overall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 27 percent of all traffic deaths occurring in 2016 were linked to speeding. Additionally, speeding has been implicated in the deaths of one-third of motorists over the last two decades. Despite efforts by government agencies and law enforcement, speeding still occurs. Many people blame traffic patterns or lateness as reasons why they choose to speed.

Slick roads, fallen leaves and traffic crashes

On the roadway, numerous hazards may be present, especially during certain times of the year. For example, many parts of the country see poorer weather conditions in the fall and winter, which can increase the likelihood of a crash in many ways. In the fall, roads may become very slick due to heavy or persistent rainfall. Moreover, leaves may fall from the trees, and when these leaves become wet they can also increase the chances of a traffic crash, especially for motorcyclists. It is vital to pay attention to any weather-related road hazards when you are driving.

Unfortunately, some people find themselves in a crash after losing control of their vehicle or because another driver lost control of his or her vehicle. This can happen anywhere on the road, but it may be especially problematic around a sharp turn or in an area where many leaves tend to accumulate on the roadway. Moreover, roads may even become icy in certain parts of the country in the near future, and this is particularly dangerous.

October driving hazards to watch out for

With September coming to a close, fall has come into full-swing in Minnesota. Though autumn does not typically have high motor vehicle accident and fatality rates as the summer or winter, the season still has numerous road obstacles that could put local drivers in serious danger. October is the month where motorists will begin to experience these seasonal changes the most, so it is important for you to be aware of these threats so you can adjust your driving accordingly.

What is an annulment?

While divorce is an exceedingly common option for ending a marriage, some couples in Minnesota may also seek out an annulment. This legal option is not right for everyone however and it can be difficult to meet the criteria that would render a couple eligible for an annulment. explains annulments and how to determine whether this option would be right for you.

How annulments and divorces are different

Why collaborative divorce might work for you

Collaborative divorce was created in Minnesota by an attorney named Stuart Webb. According to The New York Times, Webb was worn out by the contentious nature of divorce court proceedings, and decided he wanted to help his clients settle on more amicable terms.

With a collaborative divorce, the soon-to-be-ex spouses and their attorneys sign a contract stating they will work together to reach a peaceful resolution. The contract also stipulates if the case ends up in court, the attorneys must withdraw from the case. By having all parties sign this contract, it holds everyone accountable for reaching an amicable resolution.

How can I talk to my kids about divorce?

If you’re facing a divorce in Minnesota, talking to your kids about the matter can be one of the most difficult aspects. Communicating to your children effectively will lessen the emotional impact while also reassuring them in their time of need. offers the following tips on how to break the news to your kids.

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Wrongful death: when to act quickly

At Trenti Law Firm, we know that there are few things that place more of an emotional burden on our clients than dealing with the untimely death of a loved one. We believe that, by placing the onus for financial support on the parties whose negligence caused our clients' dismay, we are sometimes able to lessen the suffering of people who are already at the breaking point. To this end, we pursue every avenue available in the Minnesota legal system to obtain maximum compensation for our clients. 

While many wrongful death clients lose loved ones in auto accidents or from extreme injuries at the workplace, some cases are not so straightforward. This is why we tend to prepare, on a case-by-case basis, a full preliminary investigative report before we advise our clients to pursue legal action. Of course, some situations warrant more expediency. 

Drowsy driving and drunk driving not so different, study shows

Your life is becoming increasingly busy. Your boss expects you to be available around the clock. You’ve got obligations with your spouse and kids. Plus, your commute takes up two hours of each day. You’re stretched thin—leaving you with very little time to rest.

As a society, we’ve begun to view our state of constant flurry and sleep deprivation as the norm. However, it is not normal—nor is it healthy. You’ve probably heard that a lack of sleep can put you at risk for certain health conditions—such as heart disease or diabetes. But the physical consequences of sleep deprivation can actually be much more immediate than that. In today’s post, we examine why drowsy driving is more dangerous than you might expect.

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