CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS MN – TEXTING CAUSES FATALITY
The Star Tribune recently reported about a woman who was reaching for her cellphone when she caused a fatal four-car crash in May, according to charges filed Tuesday. The woman was charged in Ramsey County MN District Court with two counts of criminal vehicular operation. The crash occurred on May 1 on northbound Interstate 35W in New Brighton. Our car accident lawyers in MN have represented many people seriously injured or the family of people killed in this type of situation.
According to the criminal complaint the defendant was driving north on the Minnesota interstate when she received a text from her daughter. She had earlier texted her children saying that she was picking them up after 2 p.m. She picked her phone off her dash and read a text message from her daughter that said, “Okay.” She tried to put the phone back, but dropped it instead. She was reaching for it when she slammed into the back of a Honda Fit in front of her. She told police she could not recall whether she braked before the crash.
A passenger in the car in front of the defendant died on May 4 from multiple blunt force injuries she sustained in the crash. Experience car accident lawyers understand the gravity of these crashes; even where there is no death involved, the injuries can be life changing. The Honda was one of several vehicles stopped just north of County Road D in a construction zone. The force of the impact forced the Honda into a minivan, which struck an SUV. The woman killed was sitting in the passenger seat of the Honda with her fiancée, behind the driver’s seat. An off-duty Minneapolis firefighter cut the woman’s seat belt and extracted her from the car with the help of two bystanders. A nurse who happened on the scene performed CPR on the woman while the firefighter looked after the fiancee, who had difficulty breathing and suffered a cut on his head. The driver of that car suffered several broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury, and has no recollection of the crash, according to the charges.
The drivers of the other two vehicles told police that they were at a full stop when the crash occurred. The SUV driver told police she hadn’t moved for three minutes. The Minnesota State Patrol’s crash reconstruction showed that the woman was driving between 68 to 80 miles an hour at the time of the crash. This was a tragic fatal car accident that will affect many lives for years to come.
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If you or a family member are injured in an accident like this, or a loved one has been killed, call our experienced Minnesota car accident lawyers for a free consultation. Our attorneys have more than 25 years’ experience representing people injured in a car accident or the family of a fatality victim. We will make sure the case is fully investigated and that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Our car accident lawyers understand the insurance issues involved and the laws in Minnesota. We have offices in Woodbury, Minneapolis, Edina and St. Louis Park. A car accident lawyer will also come to your house to discuss your case anywhere in Minnesota.