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What are some things to know about animal bites and tetanus?

Animal bites involve multiple animal species, but the two you're most likely to find yourself struggling with are bites from cats or dogs. Bites from these animals are a significant problem in the United States, with the majority of bites coming from cats, dogs and rodents.

While rabies is one potential complication of a dog, cat or rodent bite, it's not the only thing people need to be concerned about. The wound itself could become infected with various bacteria, and other serious illnesses could result.

Get the compensation you need after a serious collision

Winter weather is daunting for many drivers, including those behind the wheel of semitrucks. While the weather isn't in a driver's control, how he or she reacts to it is. When the weather is bad, drivers need to know how to respond to it to make sure they don't cause crashes.

Sometimes, the design of the truck actually makes a difference in safety. For instance, aftermarket guards are made for some trucks that help prevent rollover accidents. Why? Drivers with them on their vehicles are less likely to swerve to avoid an impact, like if an animal runs into the street or they are sliding off the road. Knowing that the front is safer to hit at a lower speed means that a driver won't necessarily overcompensate while sliding and cause a crash.

Rabies: A fatal disease

From a health perspective, an animal bite is a dangerous injury. Even a minor bite has the potential to lead to infection. In some cases, those infections could be deadly.

One such infection that you need to watch out for is rabies. This disease is fatal in nearly every case; only around eight to 10 people have ever survived this disease without receiving the vaccine after the initial exposure.

Involved in auto wreck? Here's a crash course in what to do

As you drive, you see a car suddenly turn toward you, and you immediately become involved in a motor vehicle collision. Your emotions run high, as your injuries are severe.

Sometimes, an auto wreck happens in Minnesota due to the carelessness of another driver. Here are a few steps that are important to take directly after the injury crash to protect your best interests.

Winter crashes take lives: Slow down and avoid collisions

Winter car accidents happen in moments. One second, you're driving on the highway, and the next, you're out of control as you impact the barrier. Wintertime is a dangerous time thanks to icy storms, rain, sleet, snow and freezing temperatures.

One good thing, though, is that most of the crashes that take place in the winter are preventable. The Minnesota State Patrol reported that most of the accidents that take place in the winter are caused when a vehicle slides off the road or hits the median. Sometimes, these vehicles roll, and other times, they end up disabled in a ditch.

Alleged serial killer's case could be reopened in Minnesota

Imagine being accused of a crime you didn't commit. You spend your life in prison for the crime, and then you die. Yet, after your death, others still believe in your innocence. Your reputation could be saved.

That's something the Minnesota Supreme Court is dealing with right now. The Minnesota Innocence Project wants to reopen the case that made one man into a serial killer. The interesting thing is that the man is now dead.

Do trucks have black boxes?

You never saw the truck behind you coming; the driver failed to stop for stopped traffic, and you just happened to be the one in front of him. Now, you have injuries and need to prove that the driver wasn't doing his job correctly.

After a truck accident, one thing that can help your case is the truck's "black box." This is better known as an Electronic Control Module (ECM). The ECM is integrated into the engine and records the driver's actions, similarly to the black boxes found on commercial airliners.

Driverless vehicles a possibility in rural Minnesota

In towns where there are few taxis, buses or public transportation systems, people may struggle to get where they want or need to go. In areas with many disabled individuals and people who can't drive, there's always a risk of pedestrians getting into accidents. Rural areas have more hazards, too, like damaged roads and wildlife to look out for.

In rural Minnesota, some believe that driverless cars could be a solution to the people's problems. For individuals with disabilities, it could mean getting where they need to go without walking or calling for assistance. For those who can't drive, it gives them an opportunity to go where they need to go without the use of public transportation.

A felony DUI has harsh penalties you should fight to avoid

Getting caught drunk driving is a problem for more than one reason. It not only means you could have your license taken away, but also that you could end up facing time in jail or have to go through substance abuse classes. You could face fines or be forced to use an ignition interlock device.

Depending on the number of times you've been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you could face a felony charge. If this is your fourth DUI in 10 years, you will be charged with a felony in most cases. You could lose your license for up to four years and face up to seven years in prison. The fine for a fourth offense is typically up to $14,000.

Being a pedestrian puts you at risk for injury

Whether you are trying to get in more steps for your FitBit or are training to run a race, life as a pedestrian can be active and healthy. Walking rather than driving is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle while also spending more time outdoors and away from computer screens.

Unfortunately, being a pedestrian in Minnesota is also dangerous. Even if you take all necessary precautions for your safety, a single negligent driver is enough to cause permanent damage.

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