It is possible that, ever since the invention of the wheel, there have been drivers who have allowed distractions to take their attention away from the task at hand. With the advent of technology, there are even more distractions that vie for the attention of motorists. Sadly, it appears that there is no end to the number of deadly car accidents in Minnesota -- and elsewhere -- that can be attributed to negligent motorists.
One recent crash occurred in a town northwest of Minneapolis. The incident took place along a local road on a Friday evening. According to the report, a 17-year-old female was driving a full-size pickup when she claimed her cell phone vibrated. She stated that she had looked at her phone to determine whether she was receiving an incoming phone call or a text message. As she was distracted by the device, she allowed her vehicle to stray over the dividing line into opposing traffic.
Her truck collided with a motorcycle. The motorcycle was carrying two passengers, a 51-year-old man and his wife, who was also 51. The impact killed both of them. The teenager confessed to responding officers that she had allowed the phone to take her attention from the road.
The surrounding community has lost two prominent members due to this tragic and preventable crash. The man who was killed was an off-duty police officer, and his wife was an associate professor at the University of Minnesota. Police have charged the at-fault motorist with several counts, including vehicular homicide. After these types of fatal car accidents, surviving family members are often left with the burden of final expenses as well as the loss of income, which only compounds the feelings of loss and grief. Families who find themselves in these circumstances may consider filing a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the parties who can be deemed liable for their damages in an effort to seek just compensation for their losses.