This time of year, Minnesota drivers may have even more reason to pay attention, including sudden changes in the weather and animals crossing the road. However, even the normal traffic conditions are reason enough to remain alert and drive sober. Unfortunately, not every driver heeds this warning, and the result is tragic auto accidents that continue to claim lives.
A recent accident has left a family mourning the loss of a loved one. The 67-year-old woman was a passenger in a vehicle that was heading southbound on a two-lane, rural highway. At the same time, a 67-year-old man heading northbound crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the other vehicle. The driver of the southbound vehicle escaped with minor injuries, but the woman passenger suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.
Police report that the northbound driver was searching for cigarettes in his vehicle when they arrived on the scene. They also claim the man’s vehicle contained a bag allegedly containing methamphetamine, which he denied was his. Officers noted his demeanor was consistent with someone who was impaired by drugs, but the driver insisted he had not used drugs in several days and that he was just tired.
Whether impaired or drowsy, drivers who get behind the wheel when they are unfit to drive place the lives of others in danger. While this Minnesota driver is facing numerous felony charges, it may be small comfort to a family who has lost a loved one in a senseless accident. Nevertheless, those in similar situations may learn how they can attain some measure of closure by seeking compensation through the civil courts.