O'Dea Law Firm Blog

Work Injuries Caused by Forklifts

Did you know that there are approximately one million forklifts in operation in the United States? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are around 110,000 forklift accidents across all industries every year, resulting in 95,000 injuries and nearly 100 fatalities. Causes According to OSHA, seventy percent of all forklift accidents could have… Read more »

$15 Million Awarded To Victims Of Drunk Driver

In Minnesota, victims of drunk drivers or their surviving relatives can sometimes hold the bar, restaurant, or other licensed liquor vendor responsible for their injuries. Recently, an Olmstead County judge did just that, by awarding the victims of a drunk driver a $15 million dollar verdict against a drunk driver and the three bars that sold… Read more »

Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Alleged Distracted Driving Crash

A high school junior died on Monday, October 21, allegedly as the result of another driver distracted by a cell phone. A preliminary investigation conducted by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department revealed that the young motorist’s vehicle was almost hit by an oncoming vehicle moments before the accident. Both Hands Allegedly on a Cellphone… Read more »

55-Year Old Woman Killed in a Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident

A 55-year old woman died in an accident between a motorcycle and van in southern Wisconsin in late July. As the summer riding season continues, we will tragically see more reports like this as motorcycle traffic increases throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the upper midwest. Riders can use the few facts that have been reported on… Read more »

Power of Attorney: A Crucial Step on a Winding, Long Path

You’ve glossed over a handful of magazine articles and spoken to a few family members. They all suggest that appointing a power of attorney is the best thing to do. Some even go as far as to state that it’s the only thing needed to protect one’s assets and surviving family members. And in that case,… Read more »

Three Major Tips for Preventing Tractor-Trailer Accidents

In 2014 3,360 people died in tractor-trailer accidents in the United States; and 68 percent of those deaths were passengers of other motor vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Many accidents were caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel, losing control of their vehicles, or simply driving too aggressively. While truck drivers are… Read more »

Initiative Seeks to Reduce Trucking Accidents

Share the Road is a highway safety program of the American Trucking Association (ATA). On September 1, 2016, a press release announced a new Share the Road instructional video that addresses a number of common problems, including distracted driving. The ATA aims to have this video viewed in as many schools in driver education classes… Read more »

Automobile Accidents: How to Keep Your Cool

Whether your vehicle was hit by another vehicle or you unintentionally caused a wreck, keeping calm after an automobile accident can be difficult. It can be tempting to jump out of your vehicle and start yelling at the other driver. This temptation can become even more intense if the other driver does not stay calm…. Read more »

Motorcycle Accidents: Helmet Myths You Need to Know

It’s widely known that helmets save lives during motorcycle accidents. However, many riders don’t like to wear them because they believe the following myths: Helmets Impair Hearing The truth is helmets don’t make it any harder to hear other motorists or emergency sirens. In fact, some helmets can block out wind noise making it easier… Read more »

White Bear Lake Auto Accident Lawyer

You’ve been hurt in a car accident. You’re in immense pain, your expenses are racking up, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering what to do and where to turn. The experts at O’Dea Law Firm are here to help. Legally speaking, if another driver’s negligence was the direct cause of your accident, then… Read more »