While there is always a risk for personal injury when a licensed driver gets behind the wheel or someone travels as a passenger or pedestrian, most people reasonably expect other travelers to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations. When people do follow the rules, it definitely reduces the chances of a motor vehicle accident occurring. Unfortunately, a Wisconsin roadway became the scene of a tragedy when a driver recently headed the wrong way on a highway.
If someone is traveling in a southbound direction, he or she does not necessarily expect to see a vehicle heading north in the same lane. However, investigators say that was the case moments before a head-on collision took place just after 10 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. Sadly, a 24-year-old man died in the collision.
The driver of the other vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident. The 39-year-old was flown to a nearby trauma unit for emergency care. While investigators have not yet completed their analysis of the incident, they have stated that they believe alcohol was a causal factor in the wrong-way crash.
If a Wisconsin traveler suffers injury or death in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver, a monetary judgment may be sought against the person responsible for the collision. In a case involving a fatality, a spouse, parent or another immediate family member of a deceased victim may seek justice on his or her behalf. The plaintiffs in such cases are tasked with providing evidence to the court to show that negligence occurred and was a direct cause of injury. An experienced personal injury attorney can help a prospective plaintiff build a strong case.
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