Driver distraction causes many Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents

While it's true that drunk drivers are menaces to all who share their roadways in Wisconsin and all other states, alcohol is not always a causal factor of collision. Some motor vehicle accidents occur because of distracted driving, poor road conditions or any number of other issues. A recent crash that occurred on a Wednesday near Cottage Grove involved two cars, and resulted in injury and a fatality.

One of the vehicles was reportedly traveling in a westbound direction on Interstate 94 at the time. Authorities say it appears that the vehicle slowed down or stopped in the right lane of traffic. Moments later, another vehicle, also heading west, collided with the first car.

Two people suffered injuries in the crash.  Sadly, the injuries suffered by a 61-year-old man proved fatal. The other injured party was a 34-year-old man. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and his injuries were not considered life-threatening. Investigators say they have ruled out alcohol as a possible factor in the incident.

All westward lanes were closed to traffic until approximately 1 a.m. the following day. Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents that result in death often lead to serious financial problems for families who are left to meet medical expenses for care provided at the scene, funeral expenses and other accident-related costs. When driver negligence is determined to have caused fatal injury, a spouse, parent or adult child of a deceased victim may pursue recovery for losses by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court.

Source:, "1 dead, 1 injured in crash near Cottage Grove", March 1, 2018

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