Levine Law compiles news stories that outline fatal motor vehicle collisions that happened in the state of Wisconsin.
Attempts to Avert Motor Vehicle Accidents Not Always Successful
In the wee hours of the morning, two vehicles were traveling a particular highway in Wisconsin. At some point, it seems to have appeared to one of the drivers that there might be a crash. That person, a 27-year-old man, tried to maneuver his vehicle into the passing lane to avert a possible accident. His attempt proved unsuccessful when the two vehicles collided. Motor vehicle accidents of this nature often result in fatalities, as this one did.
The man was not injured in the crash. However, there happened to be a 43-year-old woman riding as a passenger in his pickup truck when the two vehicles collided. The pickup truck the man was driving was pulling an enclosed trailer that contained a race car. The other vehicle had a box trailer. Upon impact, the woman was completely ejected from the pickup truck.
Sadly, she was pronounced dead on the scene. The other driver was able to escape the incident without bodily injury. A crash investigation team continues to focus on learning more details about the fatal crash.
Motor vehicle accidents that result in passenger deaths often lead to litigation. In these circumstances, immediate family members are allowed to file claims on behalf of a deceased loved one to seek compensation for damages. When wrongful death claims are successfully litigated, Wisconsin families often use the money they receive to cover medical expenses for any care rendered before death, as well as funeral expenses and other monetary damages related to their loved ones’ deaths.
Source: wiscnews.com, “One person dead in Highway 151 crash in Dodge County”, Terri Pederson, Accessed on July 11, 2017
Motor Vehicle Accidents Involving Head-On Collisions Often Fatal
At least six occupants were traveling in a mini van on a Wisconsin road just after 9:30 p.m. on a recent Friday night. Their lives were forever changed when a terrible collision occurred. Motor vehicle accidents like this one often leave entire communities reeling in grief for months.
A 38-year-old man appears to have caused the horrific accident. For some unknown reason, his vehicle was allegedly traveling east in a westbound lane. The mini van carrying two young children and four others was moving in the same lane in the proper direction at the time. The man’s vehicle reportedly smashed directly into the front of the vehicle carrying six people.
Sadly, the two children, ages 9 and 7, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The driver of the van deemed responsible for the collision also died. Four other occupants in the same vehicle as the children suffered injury and were transported for appropriate medical treatment.
Recovery following Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents may be no small feat. In addition to the tremendous physical challenge that may be associated with a particular injury, undue financial hardship may be thrust upon families as well as they try to obtain the best care possible for their loved ones. When the motorist deemed responsible for a crash has died, justice may be sought against his or her estate. Children’s deaths are especially tragic, and while no amount of compensation can replace loss of life, court-awarded restitution may help alleviate some of the financial strain associated with a particular incident.
Source: wsaw.com, “3 killed, 4 injured in Shawano car crash“, Maria Szatkowski, Sept. 9, 2017
Motor Vehicle Accident Sends Car Plunging into Nearby Marina
In Wisconsin or anywhere, when there is a loss of life in a car crash, lives are forever changed. A recent motor vehicle accident ended in a fatality. Another person also suffered injuries in the collision.
As is often the case, there are many unanswered questions regarding the accident, such as what caused the vehicle to careen off the road. When police were called to the scene, the car was submerged in a marina near a boat ramp. It was approximately 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday when the call was made to the sheriff’s office.
First responders immediately helped an injured woman out of the Sister Bay Marina. The victim told her rescuers that there was another person in the vehicle. Paramedics took quick action and dove into the cold water. They made several attempts to reach the other accident victim, but water temperatures prevented them from doing so. Divers were called to the site; they reached the person who was still in the car.
The woman and the first victim were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Both women involved in the Wisconsin collision were age 24; the woman who got out of the water first survived her injuries. Sadly, the second woman did not; she was pronounced dead at the hospital. In a motor vehicle accident like this, a driver is often found to have been negligent. When that is the case, any other person injured may file a personal claim in court to seek compensation for damages; if the party believed responsible is deceased, the claim can be filed against his or her estate.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, “1 Woman Dies, Another Survives Marina Accident“, Oct. 16, 2017
When Families Lose Loved Ones in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Wisconsin roadways, like most others throughout the nation, are often dangerous places. Sometimes, distracted, intoxicated or otherwise reckless drivers are on the road. The problem is that personal driving choices don’t only affect the driver making them but can cause long-lasting consequences in the lives of others, especially when fatal motor vehicle accidents occur. The law protects those who suffer due to other people’s negligence by allowing them to pursue recovery for their losses in court.
A collision involving two cars happened on a recent Sunday evening at approximately 7:30 p.m. The accident had tragic results that undoubtedly changed the lives of two families forever. The crash occurred when a vehicle veered out of its lane and crossed the center yellow line dividing traffic.
The car was being driven at the time by a 35-year-old man. When his vehicle drifted into the other lane, it collided with another car. A 60-year-old woman was operating that vehicle. Sadly, the impact of the crash killed both drivers.
The resulting devastation of Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents like this one often intensifies when authorities contact family members to inform them of their sudden, unexpected losses. The weeks and months that follow a collision may not only be filled with grief but often financial complications as well, especially if families are unprepared to meet expenses associated with their loved ones’ passing. When a wrongful death has occurred because of driver negligence, and the driver deemed responsible is also deceased, an immediate family member of the victim may file a legal claim against the decedent’s estate.
Source: nbc15.com, “Victims identified in Town of Dane car crash“, April 9, 2018
Support for Families Following Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents
At approximately 4 a.m. on a recent Monday in Wisconsin, a crashed vehicle was found along a highway. A local sheriff’s department reported two fatalities in connection with the collision. When fatal motor vehicle accidents like this occur, it often leaves grief-stricken families feeling a strong desire to pursue justice after learning that driver negligence was a likely causal factor in their loved ones’ deaths.
The sheriff’s department stated that once preliminary investigations occurred, it was determined that the crash had actually occurred several hours before the vehicle was found. Sadly, two men, ages 28 and 27, were pronounced dead at the scene. The man believed to have been behind the wheel at the time of the crash was ejected from the vehicle upon impact, likely due to the fact that he was not wearing proper seat restraint at the time.
The body of his passenger, who had apparently been buckled into his seat, was still in the car. Police say investigators determined that the car had careened off the road around a bend. They said the vehicle appears to have rolled over several times before coming to a halt.
Authorities also stated that excessive speed was probably the biggest causal factor in the collision. When Wisconsin families suffer the untimely deaths of their loved ones in motor vehicle accidents that could have likely been prevented, they often seek justice by filing wrongful death claims in civil court. Successful litigation often provides compensation for damages that grieving families can use to help offset expenses associated with their loved ones’ deaths.
Source: host.madison.com, “2 killed in Windsor car crash, officials say“, Bill Novak, March 26, 2018
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