The holidays are a time for visiting family, and this means it is a busy travel time on the streets and highways of Minnesota and across the nation. Unfortunately, this also increases the chance that a negligent driver could cause a fatal car accident.
This is the reality one family is facing after a two-year-old child recently died after being involved in an accident with a wrong-way driver. The wrong-way driver struck the vehicle that the child was in head-on earlier this month. The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Interstate 494. The collision killed the child’s 24-year-old mother and 51-year-old grandmother, both from Bloomington, Minnesota.
Two other people in the victims’ car were seriously injured. One victim fractured her pelvis, requiring surgery, and the other victim suffered head trauma and is in a coma. The victims were travelling from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport when the crash took place. The wrong-way driver did not suffer any serious injuries in the crash, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The accident is still being investigated by authorities.
This tragic incident serves as a reminder that a fatal accident could occur anywhere at any time. Even during the holidays there are drivers who will experience road rage, drive while drunk or in some other way drive negligently, causing car accidents that injure or kill others. When this happens, the victims of these car crashes, or their families, may want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. By doing so, they may be compensated for their losses, which can at least bring financial relief, if not emotional relief, to the situation.
Source: Inforum, “Boy is third victim to die in Interstate 494 crash in MN,” Steve Wagner, Dec. 10, 2016