Several Injured in Four Vehicle Crash near St. Peter
According to The Mankato Free Press on August 4, 2014, a traffic backup on Highway 169 in the construction area of the northbound lane resulted in a four car crash at approximately 5:45. Traffic had stopped in the construction area north of St. Peter when a semi truck and trailer, driven by Michael Scienski, of St. Paul, could not stop in time and crashed into a 2003 Honda Accord driven by Daniel Villas, of Bloomington, and a 2013 Nissan Altima driven by Rachel Miller, of Maple Grove. The force of the impact caused Miller's vehicle to impact the vehicle in front of her. Three of the occupants of the Honda Accord were taken to River's Edge Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, as was the semi driver.
Minnesota drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully. Unfortunately, many drivers do not drive with the care required of such a potentially dangerous activity. Operating a semi truck and trailer requires a heightened level of awareness due to the inability of such vehicles to slow and stop quickly when presented with a hazard. Minnesota law requires all drivers to operate their vehicles in such a manner that they can stop or slow down to avoid hazards in the roadway including stopped traffic.
It is important to seek immediate assistance from an attorney who specializes in motor vehicle crashes if you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a crash. Time is often critical in documenting and preserving critical evidence. Experienced personal injury attorneys can provide advice and guidance on how to pursue such claims and take immediate action to protect the rights of injured people and their families. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy & Ries are adept at analyzing all potential sources of liability and recovery for their injured clients and represent clients throughout Minnesota.
Source: The Mankato Free Press, "Four-vehicle crash occurs near St. Peter" No author given, August 5, 2014