Four men from the St. Cloud area are recovering the injuries that they received in a head-on collision on Highway 23 near Paynesville. The facts of the accident are sparse at the moment, but police are finishing their investigation, and the chronology of the accident should be completed in a day or two.
According to Minnesota Highway patrol, they received a call at about 7:00 a.m. on April 10 stating that two vehicles had collided at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and Stearns County Road 12. Officers at the scene stated that a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado was headed west on Highway 23 and was attempting to make a left turn onto Highway 12. As the Silverado crossed the centerline, it collided with a 2012 Ford pickup that was traveling east.
Both drivers and the two passengers in the Silverado suffered non-life threatening injuries, but they were all taken by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital. According to police officers on the scene, neither driver was impaired. The road appeared to be dry, and alcohol was ruled out as a possible cause.
One of the two drivers appears to have been at fault for the accident, but many facts remain to be established before liability can be proven. Was either driver impaired by lack of adequate rest before the accident? Did the vehicles have their headlights turned on? Did both drivers have valid drivers’ licenses? How fast were the trucks traveling?
Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a similar accident may wish to recover damages from the driver who caused the accident. The assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney can be very helpful in analyzing the evidence and estimating the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.