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Head-on collision leaves one seriously injured and another dead

Everyone drives differently and people can change how they drive in a moment's notice. In drivers' education class, instructors attempt to engrain in people the virtues of being a defensive driver and while many people heed their advice, there are those who choose to follow a different path. There are many different driving styles, with some of the more common styles including aggressive driving, distracted driving, competitive driving and actions that constitute road rage.

One person is injured and another dead after an early morning head-on collision on the highway. The accident happened when a northbound 1996 Dodge Caravan attempted to pass a car by crossing over into the southbound lane. In the southbound lane, a 2001 Mercury Marquis was travelling down the highway. The two vehicles collided head-on, sending the Caravan into a ditch, where it rolled over onto its top. The driver of the Caravan was rescued by a passer-by before his van caught on fire. Unfortunately, the driver of the Marquis was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a civil case, the behavior of a person at the time of an accident can mean all the difference in terms of his or her liability. Minnesota law allows for punitive damages in civil cases in which the defendant has shown a deliberate disregard for the safety of others. Accidents involving intoxicated drivers can rise to the level of deliberate disregard referred to in the statute, but actions involving road rage or aggressive driving may also rise to this level, if they are committed without the consideration of others' safety.

Being a safe and responsible driver is the duty of every person who sits behind the wheel of a car. When someone violates that duty, he or she opens themselves up to liability civilly and sometimes criminally.

Source: CBS Minnesota, "State Patrol: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt In Head-On Crash Near Kimball," Oct. 2, 2014

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