Distracted Driving Awareness


The National Security Council is encouraging drivers to take the drive cell free pledge, while the Minnesota State Patrol is working to increase awareness with its U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign, The State Patrol is increasing enforcement to raise awareness of distracted driving, which accounted for 7,666 injuries and 74 deaths on Minnesota roadways last year. Driver error...

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New Ulm Man Critically Injured in Crash


  According to multiple news outlets, Robert Eckstrand, of New Ulm was seriously injured when his motorcycle was hit head on by a vehicle driven by Ashley Sadler of Mankato. Mr. Eckstrand was ejected from the motorcycle and thrown into a nearby ravine and was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center.   Minnesota drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully. Unfortunately, many drivers...

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Truck Crash Kills 1 South of Mapleton


Multiple news outlets are reporting on a crash that occurred on March 29, 2017. Alan Remington, 65, of Wells, was killed when his Buick LeSabre collidedwith a commercial truck driven by Danny Salazar of North Mankato. Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Casey Meagher said, "A commercial vehicle that was traveling on Highway 30 failed to yield at the stop sign and...

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St. Cloud semi crash kills 2, seriously injures another


  According to the Star Tribune on March 18, 2017, Thomas L. Findlay, 66, of Sartell, was killed when his taxi he was driving was rear-ended by James D. Cockram, 61, of Owatonna. One of the passengers of the taxi, Emily R. LeTourneau, 22, of Big Lake, was killed and the other passenger, Marche D. Price, 24, of New Hope was...

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Blue Earth Man Injured After Collision with On-Track Railroad Equipment


  Multiple news outlets are reporting that one person was injured after a collision between his SUV and a piece of on-track railroad maintenance equipment.   Justin Elzenga, 24, of rural Blue Earth, Minnesota was driving his SUV on 400th Avenue when he collided with a piece of on-track railroad maintenance equipment. Mr. Elzenga was airlifted to Rochester to treat his injuries.   It appears...

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South Carolina Crash Victim’s Family sues Ford, Takata


Following up on an earlier post on our blog, Ford and Takata have been sued by the family of a South Carolina man who was killed in a crash. According to KNBC-TV Los Angeles, Joel Knight was killed when a large shard of metal from his airbag entered his neck after a collision with a cow on his way home...

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LATCH Child Seat Connection Safety Questioned


  A study published in Traffic Injury Prevention concluded that Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) connections do not offer equal protection to using the vehicles lap/shoulder belt combination to connect rear-facing child safety seats in rear impact crashes.   The study's authors at Robson Forensic, Inc. tested three popular rear­-facing infant child safety seats—the Graco SnugRide, the Britax Chaperone and the...

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Nicollet County Jury Returns Verdict in Favor of MRR Client


After a two day jury trial in Nicollet County, a jury of seven Nicollet County residents returned a verdict in favor of our client in a hotly contested intersection automobile crash. The verdict results in  $75,000 recovery for our client where only $1500 had been offered to settle the case before trial.   Maschka, Riedy and Ries attorneys Jed Chronic and Baylea...

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Mankato Man Dies Following Workplace Fall in Jordan


  According to The StarTribune, on July 10, 2015 John Dickerman, of Mankato, fell while working on an expansion project at Accu-rite Powder Coating in Jordan and later died from his injuries. Mr. Dickerman had come out of retirement to help out on the project for contractor R.L. Wells Construction.   The leading cause of death on construction sites is falls from height...

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Safety hook maker settles with family of man who died in 60-foot elevator fall



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2014: The Year of the Recall


  As we reflect on the year that was in 2014 one industry dominated the headlines in the field of consumer safety and not for good reasons. The automotive industry recalled more vehicles in 2014 than in any other year. The New York Times reports that more than 60 million vehicles were recalled in the United States in 2014, more than...

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Airbag Maker Takata Believed to have Conducted Secret Tests on Airbags


  The New York Times reports that two former Takata employees say that the company secretly conducted tests on 50 airbags in 2004. These employees claim that two of the 50 airbags tested had their steel inflators crack during testing, which can lead to a rupture of the inflator and failure of the airbag in a crash.   The former employees stated that...

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Settlement Reached for Stryker Hip Implant Patients - Additional Claims Require Action to Join Settl…


  On November 3, 2014, a global settlement program involving Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants was executed before and announced by Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Bergen County, New Jersey. The settlement was finalized after four months of negotiations before retired United States Magistrate Judge Diane Welsh in Philadelphia. Stryker and plaintiffs’ counsel appointed by Judge...

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New Study Finds Malpractice Reform Weak on Savings


  The Washington Post is reporting that a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine debunks the myth that medical malpractice "reform" correlates with health care savings. Specifically the study disproves the notion that medical malpractice lawsuits drive physicians to order other unnecessary tests and supposed legal reforms reduce such wasteful spending.   The study looked at three states that...

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Seven Maschka, Riedy & Ries lawyers named “Super Lawyers/Rising Stars” in 2014


  Super Lawyers/Rising Stars is a listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.   Jerry Maschka, Jack Riedy, Marc Christianson, and Jim Fleming were named Super Lawyers and Jed Chronic, Jennifer Lurken and Nick Maxwell were named Rising Stars. They were selected in the following areas: Maschka for Personal Injury Plaintiff, Riedy for General...

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Insurance 101 – How Much Coverage Do I Need?


  We all buy insurance for our cars, motorcycles, homes and even our own health. It is a wise investment to protect against unexpected losses, but how much coverage should you have? We routinely consult with potential clients who have no idea how much insurance coverage they have and what losses are covered. This is the second article in a series focusing...

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Le Sueur Woman Injured in Highway 169 Detour Crash


  The Mankato Free Press reports that one person was injured in a three vehicle crash on the Highway 169 detour north of St. Peter on August 26, 2014.   Amy Foley, 45, of Le Sueur was injured when her 2000 Honda Accord struck a Jeep Wrangler driving by Carl Ruedinger, 53, of West Bend, Iowa. The crash occurred northbound on Nicollet County...

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E.Coli Hits Minnesota County Fairs


  According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed 13 cases of E. coli related to four Minnesota events. These include seven cases associated with the Rice County Fair and three associated with the Olmstead County Fair. All of the infections have the same DNA fingerprint, and have been caused by the O157:H7 strain of E...

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