According to statistics, Minneapolis can be ranked in the bottom third of cities for driver safety. In other words, Minneapolis is one of the more dangerous cities to drive in. It has a score on par with places notorious for bad traffic, like Houston, Pittsburgh, and San Diego.
Minneapolis car accidents injure or kill thousands of people every year. Even when the accident victims survive their crashes, they could have temporary or permanent disabilities that leave them unable to earn a living or care for themselves and their families.
If you’ve sustained injuries in a crash in Minnesota, don’t hesitate to contact the Minneapolis law offices of Hall Law Personal Injury Attorneys to schedule a free initial consultation. Call us at (800) 292-1979.
How Hall Law Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help After a Car Accident in Minneapolis, MN
Hall Law Personal Injury Attorneys was founded in 1979 to serve accident victims in Minneapolis, Minnesota after they suffer injuries due to others’ actions. Our Minneapolis car accident lawyers at Hennepin County have decades of combined legal experience standing up to at-fault parties and insurers on behalf of our firm’s clients.
Services that Hall Law Personal Injury Attorneys provides to all clients include:
- A free initial case review
- Objective, straightforward legal advice and guidance
- Settlement negotiations with the goal of getting top value
- Representation at trial, if necessary
A car accident can traumatize you physically, mentally, and financially. To discuss the compensation you can seek for your car accident injuries, contact Hall Law Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation.
How Many Car Crashes Happen in Minneapolis?
If you run a query on the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s MNCrash Dashboard, you’ll find that Minneapolis had 13,896 total car accidents in 2022. This number does not include roughly 300 pedestrian accidents and about 150 bicycle accidents.
Using the city’s population of roughly 425,000, the city had a traffic accident rate of 3,267 crashes per 100,000 residents in 2022. This number is extraordinarily high since this means that about 3% of Minneapolis residents had a car accident in just one year.
Minneapolis Car Crash Statistics
The MNCrash Dashboard allows viewers to sort according to the investigating agency. If you search for crashes investigated by the Minneapolis Police Department and District 2500 of the Minnesota State Patrol, you get a general picture of Minneapolis car accident statistics.
Minneapolis car accidents did not happen uniformly over time. The most dangerous months to drive in 2022 were January and October. Over 19.5% of Minneapolis crashes happened in those two months, according to the MNCrash Dashboard.
The MNCrash Dashboard also shows that the most dangerous time of the week to drive in Minneapolis was on weekends. Over 45.7% of the city’s crashes happened on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The safest day of the week to drive was Monday.
Most crashes happened during the afternoon commute. Accidents began to climb at about 2 p.m. and peaked between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The hours with the lowest number of crashes in 2022 fell between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Injuries and Deaths
Traffic accidents in Minneapolis caused 57 deaths in 2022, according to the MNCrash Dashboard. Almost 2,940 people suffered a car crash injury that year.
The injured people included:
- 261 with serious injuries who required ambulance transportation to a hospital
- 633 with minor visible injuries who did not require an ambulance
- 2,045 with possible injuries who experienced pain or other symptoms but no visible trauma
In 2022, about 22% of the people involved in car accidents suffered a fatal or non-fatal injury.
Causes of Car Accidents
Despite the harsh winters in Minneapolis, only about 15% of the city’s car crashes happened during stormy weather. Similarly, only about 32% of crashes occurred on wet, snowy, or icy roads. Coincidentally, about 32% occurred in darkness. Instead, the vast majority of crashes took place on dry roads under clear daytime skies.
Like in many other cities, the most common cause of car accidents in Minneapolis continues to be driver error. Some common driver errors that contribute to Minneapolis car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to yield the right of way at a driveway or intersection
An area of particular concern is intoxicated driving. With widely available alternatives like rideshare apps and taxis, the number of people who drive while intoxicated should be dropping. But the numbers have been slowly and steadily rising since 2015.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety estimates that one out of seven Minnesota residents has a DWI on their driving record. Predictably, the most common time for a drunk driving accident to happen is summer weekends between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Minneapolis Auto Accident Lawyers
After a car crash, you may face massive medical bills and a significantly diminished quality of life. Visit our Minneapolis office for a free consultation with a Minneapolis Auto Accident Lawyer to discuss your car accident injuries and the compensation you can pursue.