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The easy part of some crash investigations is figuring out how the vehicles involved collided. For instance, the damage of the vehicles may indicate that it resulted from a head-on collision. However, figuring out the factors that led to the crash could take much longer to figure out.

A preliminary report from the Minnesota State Patrol indicates that on a recent Monday, two vehicles collided head on. However, the reports do not offer any substantive conclusions regarding what happened. They do know that the two vehicles were heading in opposite directions on Highway 13 that day, and the impact threw the northbound vehicle into a ditch where it flipped before coming to a rest.

The driver of the northbound vehicle died from injuries suffered in the crash and the driver of the southbound vehicle survived but suffered from non-life threatening injuries. So far, the Minnesota State Patrol has determined both drivers wore seat belts and alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the crash. The investigation remains ongoing as more information is sought in order to determine how it occurred.

This information could end up vitally important to the family of the deceased driver and the surviving one. It could help determine which driver’s actions led to this deadly head-on collision. Of course, there is always the possibility that a court will determine each party bore some responsibility for the accident. Whatever the investigation reveals, the prevailing party could end up receiving an award of damages to help with the financial losses that ultimately accompany such tragedies.