Losing a loved one is never easy, even when it is anticipated. When it happens suddenly and violently as is the case in head-on collisions, the tragedy can wreak havoc on a family. An incident that most likely took only seconds to happen often changes the course of the loved ones left behind forever.
The surviving family members of a 33-year-old man from Minnesota are probably going through this right now. On a recent Thursday at approximately 7:30 p.m., the man was heading somewhere with no indication that his life was about to end. The driver of a pickup truck headed north attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle in front of it.
When the pickup entered the opposing lane of travel, it did so into the path of the other man’s vehicle. The resulting collision took the life of the victim at the scene. The other driver, a 21-year-old man, managed to escape life-threatening injuries and death, according to reports. The incident remained under investigation at last report, so it is not yet known whether the pickup truck driver will face criminal charges in connection with the crash.
Even if authorities do not file criminal charges against the driver, the family of the victim may still exercise the right to file a wrongful death claim against him in a Minnesota civil court. Proving negligence could mean receiving an award of damages that could help with the inevitable financial losses associated with head-on collisions such as this one. In order to increase the chances of receiving the maximum amount of restitution possible, families who find themselves in this position would undoubtedly benefit from working with an experienced attorney.