Any crash here in Minnesota or elsewhere has the potential to change the lives of many people depending on the outcome. However, multi-car accidents could affect the lives of vast numbers of people – not just those injured or killed. As surviving family members sort out the details of the crash and confront the aftermath, they may have to make adjustments to their lives they never anticipated having to make.
For instance, it was early on a Monday morning when police were called to the scene of an accident. Upon arrival, police found the crash involved five vehicles and multiple people. Preliminary reports indicate that for some unknown reason, an SUV careened across the median on a stretch of Highway 10 and slammed into other vehicles. The 21-year-old driver of that vehicle perished in the crash after suffering fatal injuries during the impact.
A passenger in a second vehicle, a Jeep, also lost her life. The driver of the Jeep survived but was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries described as life-threatening. The 19-year-old passenger in the SUV also suffered life-threatening injuries. Two other people involved in this accident required medical treatment, but their injuries were not considered a danger to their lives. Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries suffered by the victims, their recoveries could be long and arduous.
In severe car accidents such as this one, the unexpected financial losses can add up quickly. Surviving family members of the deceased and injured victims may pursue restitution for those losses in a Minnesota civil court or through negotiations outside the courtroom. Knowing which course of action will lead to the maximum amount of restitution possible could prove problematic without the assistance of an experienced personal injury and wrongful death claim attorney.