Each car accident is different from any other car accident. This means that courts in Minnesota look at the totality of the circumstances before assigning liability in a particular accident. One type of car accident that demonstrates this diversity is the side-impact accident, also known as a T-bone accident or broadside crash.
One T-bone accident discussed in a previous blog post exemplifies this aspect. The driver of a subcompact car was killed when her vehicle was T-boned by a van in a suburb of Minneapolis. But it was not immediately obvious which party was liable for the damages suffered in the accident because accounts varied as to which vehicle had the right of way at the time of the crash. An in-depth investigation would be necessary before liability could be assigned.