Driver Has Epileptic Seizure – Minnesota Car Accident Lawyers
An epileptic MN man, who authorities say was driving despite having his Minnesota driver’s license canceled, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old boy in a Jan. 6 crash, according to Clay County District Court documents. Jeremy James Sagvold, 42, was charged Friday. The two felony charges each carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, court documents said. With a known history of seizures prior to the car accident, the man should not have been driving and put in a position where he could have a seizure and lose control of his car.
The boy, Zaiden David Engen Ness, died Jan. 6 at Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash, Moorhead police said. Zaiden was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his father, Logan William Ness, 24, of Moorhead. His mother, Alyse Ann Engen, 22, of Breckenridge, was a passenger.
Because of the seizure a full-size Ford F-150 pickup driven by Sagvold crashed into the rear of the Ford Escape driven by Ness about 12:05 p.m. in the eastbound U.S. 10 left-turn lane for 34th Street, police said. Sagvold, Ness and Alyse Engen had no injuries that required hospital treatment.
Sagvold told police in an interview that day that he did not have a memory of the crash, court documents said. He told police that “I just remember a bang, and then a second bang.” Asked if he could have lost consciousness, Sagvold answered, “I have epilepsy, so I don’t know if something happened,” according to court documents.
A crash reconstruction by the Minnesota State Patrol determined that Sagvold’s truck crashed into Ness’ vehicle at a speed of 61 to 67 mph. The speed limit in the area is 45 mph. Data could not be retrieved from the data recorder in Sagvold’s pickup, court documents said.
A review of Sagvold’s medical history found he was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009. Because of seizures, state records show that he had his driving privileges suspended for a time in early 2016, court documents said. Because Sagvold failed to have a one-year review examination and get a satisfactory physical exam report, his Minnesota driving privileges were canceled on Dec. 22, 2017, court documents said.
CAR ACCIDENT INSURANCE BENEFITS LAWYER IN MN
If you have been injured in an auto accident, you have a right to certain auto insurance benefits including payment of medical bills and lost wages, which our lawyers will fully explain to you. You are even entitled to some benefits if you caused the accident. See also, What are Minnesota “No-Fault” Benefits? If the car crash was caused by the negligence of someone else, because the driver had a seizure or any other reason, you may also be entitled to additional compensation for your pain and suffering. See also, Do I have a claim against the other driver for my injuries?
CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS – INVESTIGATION
To determine which driver was negligent in causing a collision, a car accident lawyer often has to conduct an investigation into the circumstances of the collision. Sometimes what is written on the accident report is not accurate as to what happened. Our top car crash lawyers have won cases even when the responding police officer initially attributed 100% fault for the collision to our client’s car. Investigations can be particularly important in semi-trailer cases, pedestrian cases, motorcycle cases, and especially where the other driver crashed because of a seizure. Investigation can also be key in intersection crashes where someone ran a red light causing the car accident, was speeding, or fails to stop for a stop sign. If you have been in an auto collision and are injured, the sooner you speak with a top car accident lawyer, the sooner we can begin our investigation to prove or cement your case.
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If you have been injured in a car accident because another driver had a seizure, call our lawyers for a free consultation. Pam Rochlin and David Rochlin are Minnesota personal injury lawyers with more than 25 years of experience handling hundreds of car accident injury cases. We will discuss your case with you, answer your questions, and explain your rights. A car accident lawyer will meet with you at our office or your home for a free consultation, or hospitals like HCMC, Abbott Northwestern, North Memorial, Regions and others. We have offices where you we can meet with you to discuss your car accident injury case at in Minneapolis MN, St. Louis Park, Woodbury, and Edina. Our lawyers also frequently meet with people to discuss their car accident case at their homes in St. Paul MN, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Rogers, Brooklyn Park, Bloomington, Richfield, Apple Valley, Roseville, Maplewood, and other surrounding cities in Minnesota. There is no obligation on your part, and we always only charge a percentage of what we collect for you.