All too frequently, motorists find themselves behind a commercial vehicle carrying a load that brings feelings of unease. Most of the time, drivers are able to take measures to avoid these vehicles, as they pose a danger of causing serious car accidents if the load is not properly secured. Sadly, one such load recently caused the death of two Minnesota residents.
According to the accident report, a vehicle that was carrying a 67-year-old woman and her 32-year-old daughter was traveling north down a local road in a city south of Minneapolis. As they were proceeding on their way, a commercial vehicle carrying a load of boulders was traveling south in the opposing lane. For reasons that are yet unclear, one of the large boulders became dislodged from the truck, traveled off the back of the trailer and collided forcefully with the women's vehicle.
The impact of the 800-lb object caused it to crush the vehicle. The women died on the scene from severe, traumatic injuries. Officials stated that moving the boulder required the efforts of several firefighters. Police are reportedly working to identify the commercial vehicle and the driver at the time.
The investigation into this fatal accident is ongoing. Officials of the Minnesota town are reminding all motorists to ensure that every load is secure, no matter what type of objects are being hauled in order to prevent any future tragic car accidents. The family who lost their loved ones are devastated by this tragic and preventable crash. Whenever victims are seriously injured -- or killed due to the negligence of another party -- they, or their survivors, are entitled to seek compensation for their documented financial losses. Nothing will restore what has been lost; however, just compensation can relieve the burdens imposed by the financial damages that were directly caused by the initial crash.