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 do not drive with the care required of such a potentially dangerous activity. Many drivers think they can multi-task and still remain sufficiently focused; a misconception that often has tragic consequences.

 

It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle crashes if you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a crash. Time is often critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. Experienced personal injury attorneys can provide advice and guidance on how to pursue such claims and take immediate action to protect the rights of injured people and their families. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries are adept at analyzing all potential sources of liability and recovery for their injured clients and represent clients throughout Minnesota.

 

Source: KEYC, "New Ulm Man in Critical Condition After Motorcycle Accident" Kelsey Barchenger, May 8, 2017

Blog Written by:  Jed Chronic, Attorney

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 collided
with 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 crashed into a passenger car that was traveling on Highway 22." The State Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

Alan Remington, of Wells, was southbound on Highway 22 when a delivery truck failed to yield the right of way at the intersection with Highway 30 and caused a collision between the two vehicles. Mr. Remington was killed in the crash with the truck driven by Danny Salazar of North Mankato.

 

Minnesota drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully. Unfortunately, many drivers do not drive with the care required of such a potentially dangerous activity. Operating a commercial truck requires a heightened level of awareness due to the inability of such vehicles to slow and stop quickly and due to the disparity in their size in relation to other vehicles on the roadway. Commercial drivers like Mr. Salazar and his company must follow specialized rules designed to protect the motoring public.

 

It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle crashes if you or someone you know has been killed in a crash. Time is often critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. When a crash involves a commercial vehicle it is important to select an attorney with experience in such cases and well versed in the regulations that apply to the commercial trucking industry. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries are adept at analyzing all potential sources of liability and have extensive experience in crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.

 

Sources: KEYC, "UPDATE: State Patrol Investigating Fatal Accident Near Mapleton" Ashley Hanley, March 29, 2017. Mankato Free Press, "Fatal accident near Mapleton" Pat Christman, March 29, 2017.

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 the only eye-witnesses to the crash were the railroad employees on the maintenance machine. From my experience handling serious injury cases involving railroad crossing collisions, caution must be exercised in putting too much weight into initial reports. For example, in another similar case I handled, the on-track equipment had a duty to yield to all motorists at railroad crossings. From the initial accounts in that case it appeared the motorist was at fault for pulling on the tracks in front of the on-track equipment, but as we dug into the railroad's rules, it was discovered the right of way rule was violated by the railroad employees and not the motorist.

 

Author:  Jed Chronic

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 seriously injured in the crash.

 

The taxi, operated by Elite Taxi, was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Highway 10 and St. Germain Street on the east side of St. Cloud when the tractor-trailer driven by Mr. Cockram rear-ended the taxi. The crash occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. Law enforcement investigators say there is no indication Cockram took any evasive action or applied any braking prior to the crash. Charges are expected to be filed against Cockram.

 

Minnesota drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully. Unfortunately, many drivers do not drive with the care required of such a potentially dangerous activity. Operating a semi truck and trailer requires a heightened level of awareness due to the inability of such vehicles to slow and stop quickly and due to the disparity in their size in relation to other vehicles on the roadway. Commercial drivers like Mr. Cockram and his company must follow specialized rules designed to protect the motoring public.

 

It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle crashes if you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a crash. Time is often critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. When a crash involves a commercial vehicle it is important to select an attorney with experience in such cases and well versed in the regulations that apply to the commercial trucking industry. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries are adept at analyzing all potential sources of liability and recovery for their injured clients and
represent clients throughout Minnesota and have extensive experience in crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.

 

Source: Star Tribune, "Charges likely against semi driver who allegedly hit cab at St. Cloud light, killed 2" Paul Walsh, March 18, 2017.

Writen by:  Jed Chronic, Maschka, Riedy & Ries Law Firm

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 from work. The Knight family's tragedy is the latest in a long string of deaths and injuries linked to defective Takata airbags.

 

Joel Knight, 52, was driving home from work three days before Christmas in Kershaw, South Carolina, when he struck a cow in the road. His air bag deployed, rupturing with such force investigators say a large metal shard killed him. A preliminary autopsy report says the cause of Knight' death was a "fatal projectile of the neck probably from the air bag."

 

The air bags in Knight's 2006 Ford Ranger were manufactured by Takata Corp. of Japan. Knight was the 10th person killed by a Takata air bag, federal regulators say; more than 100 people are believed to have been injured by the defective airbags. As a result, carmakers have recalled more than 20 million cars and trucks nationwide. Knight's car had been recalled for the passenger side air bag, but not the driver's side air bag -- until this Monday, when Ford expanded its recall to include the vehicles with the same model driver's side air bags as the one in Knight's truck

 

The Knight family has sued Ford and Takata, saying they knew about a 2014 death in Malaysia involving the same air bag model found in Knight's Ford Ranger. The lawsuit claims the Malaysia death lead to an earlier recall in 61 countries.

 

Although the number of vehicles already recalled is staggering, Mr. Knight's death shows that Takata, and the auto manufacturers who utilized the defective airbags, have not been proactive enough in removing these dangerous airbags from vehicles. This neglect is inexcusable considering the product at issue only exists to prevent injury and save lives in the event of a crash.

 

A list of vehicles already recalled for defective Takata airbags can be found here.