A recent Minnesota car accident involving two cars has ended in tragedy. The 74-year-old driver of one vehicle reportedly drove his vehicle through a stop sign, which resulted in a collision with the second vehicle. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the second vehicle broadsided the first in the intersection, but it is otherwise unclear exactly how the car accident occurred.
The driver of the first car, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed in the accident. His passenger, a 69-year-old man, was also seriously injured and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the second vehicle, a 66-year-old man, and his passenger, a 65-year-old man, were also injured and required medical attention. Reports indicate that they were transported to hospitals with injuries believed to be serious.
Authorities indicated that alcohol was not a factor in this accident, but they did not initially give many details about what they suspect did happen. Unfortunately, in accidents like this one at an intersection, it can be challenging to determine who or what caused the accident. For those involved, this determination may be of particular interest since determining whether negligence was involved may be the key to determining whether the victims, or the surviving family of those killed, can utilize our state's personal injury laws.
Under Minnesota's personal injury laws, anyone injured on our state's roadways deemed to have been caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person is entitled to claim damages against such parties. Successfully litigated personal injury claims can result in recovery for medical costs, pain and suffering and other damages associated with the car accident. In addition to the potential for personal injury claims resulting from this accident, should it be found that any party other than the deceased driver was negligent in causing or contributing to the accident, his family may file a wrongful death claim, seeking similar damages.
Source: TwinCities.com, "Aitkin County: One killed, three seriously hurt in crash," March 23, 2013