Car accidents can be deadly, but some Minnesota drivers still seem to feel as if the rules of the road do not apply to them. This is easy to see in the rate of fatal accidents. The number of deaths on the road recently shot up despite the decrease in traffic from the state’s current stay-at-home order. Although surviving family members can file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of their loved ones, it does not change the fact that more people are dying unnecessarily.

One might understandably think that driving with fewer cars on the road would be safer. Unfortunately, there are some drivers who are using less traffic as an excuse to act recklessly. The director of the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) says that speeding is one of the biggest issues.

From March 16 to April 7 2019, there were only 13 accident fatalities in Minnesota. In 2020, there were 28 deaths during the same period of time. Authorities say that there are three primary factors in the dramatic increase — running red lights, speeding and careless driving. Experts agree that wide open roads tempt drivers to act much more aggressively behind the wheel.

No matter how safely a person drives, he or she cannot do anything to avoid meeting reckless drivers on the road. This can be disheartening, especially when it leads to fatal accidents. For some, the solution is to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. When successfully pursued to completion, families can recover legal recourse for things like unexpected funeral expenses and other financial damages.