A multi-vehicle collision left one man dead and others injured. Among the injured was the driver Minnesota police believe caused the accident, and he was arrested soon after. But even when reckless or negligent drivers face legal consequences for their actions, this is not enough to address their victims’ physical, emotional and financial damages.

Witnesses told police that they saw a driver speed through a red light and hit another vehicle. That impact caused both vehicles to crash into a third car. The 35-year-old man who ran the red light apparently left the scene on foot and tried to hide from authorities, leaving behind at least two passengers. Police found him injured and hiding a short distance from the scene of the accident and arrested him.

The driver of the third vehicle was also hurt in the collision, although the extent of his or her injuries is not clear. Unfortunately, the driver of the second vehicle was trapped inside his or her burning vehicle and did not survive. It does not appear as if any of the passengers in the vehicle that ran the red light were injured.

Collisions like this highlight a scary reality — it does not matter how carefully one drives when there are negligent drivers on the road. Whether seeking compensation for medical bills and lost wages, or needing help to cover unexpected funeral expenses, there are options to address the serious damages that these drivers inflict on car accident victims and their families. In Minnesota, this is usually in the form of a personal injury or wrongful death claim.