In less than a heartbeat, circumstances can combine that will result in heartbreaking tragedy. Along one stretch of Highway 12 in Minnesota, a particularly treacherous section has been referred to as the "Corridor of Death" due to the number of serious car accidents that have occurred. One father is now beseeching officials to take action to make improvements that might prevent more tragic deaths.
Earlier this year, an 18-year-old woman was driving along the infamous stretch of Highway 12 during a winter storm. According to the police report, the young driver purportedly lost control of her car along an icy patch and veered into the opposing lane. Her vehicle was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer, which killed her.
The victim's father is now increasing his calls and correspondence with both state and national transportation officials in his quest to have improvements made to the highway. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, improvements are not scheduled to begin until 2021. However, the father has requested that at least temporary measures could help prevent other motorists from suffering a similar fate as his daughter. The man claims that simple measures such as digital signs warning drivers of hazardous conditions may help save lives.
In addition, the man, who is also an engineer, suggested that rumble strips, guard wires along sections without concrete barriers and even additional sanding during storms could help prevent fatal car accidents. The grieving father said other life-saving measures such as reduced speed limits and giving public safety officers the authority to shut down the highway during adverse driving conditions could be beneficial to other travelers. When evidence points to contributing factors that played a role in causing a serious wreck, surviving family members may have a basis for filing a claim in civil court in order to seek recovery of the monetary damages they may have incurred.