Car accidents on Minnesota roadways can be caused by many factors. Unfortunately, there are instances where these factors are not known immediately following a tragic incident. One recent car accident that ended tragically on a highway in Itasca County has many questions still unanswered, the primary one being why this accident occurred.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident happened when the driver of a car attempted to turn left off of the highway. During the turn, the car was struck on the side by a tractor-trailer. The 27-year-old driver of the car was killed in the collision. His passenger, a 24-year-old woman, sustained serious injuries.
The passenger was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, where she was reported to be in critical condition. The truck driver did not sustain any injuries in the collision. Authorities have not released any speculation on why the accident occurred, or factors which may have contributed to it. In addition, early reports following the accident do not indicate whether any charges will be filed.
A car accident such as this one is devastating to any family. No one wants to face the possibility that their loved one could die in such a tragic way, though it is a reality that happens all too often on Minnesota roadways. The woman who was injured in this accident may find her mental and physical anguish a great burden. As she focuses on her recovery, she may benefit from discovering if any parties were negligent in this accident leading to her condition. Should it be found that this is the case, she may choose to file a personal injury claim against that person or their estate, to recover much needed financial compensation.
In addition, if any parties are found to be negligent having led to the driver's death, then his family may choose to file a wrongful death claim against that party. Like personal injury claims, a successfully litigated wrongful death claim can provide the victim's family with financial compensation for their loss and grief. It may be hollow comfort in their time of pain, but in the future may help them look to the future.
Source: wday.com, "Bigfork man killed in northern Minnesota car crash," Jan. 1, 2013