Automotive travel comes with an inherent risk of becoming involved in an automobile accident. There are a range of conditions that can cause a Wisconsin accident, including vehicle malfunction, roadway obstructions and weather conditions. However, there are a great many accidents that take place which are entirely preventable. One recent apparent drunk driving accident provides an example of how the choices that drivers make can influence the lives of others with whom they share the road.

The crash took place on a recent Friday. Police responded to calls concerning a three-vehicle crash in Calcedonia, Wisconsin. Upon arrival, they found only two vehicles. The 22-year-old driver of the missing vehicle who is believed to have caused the wreck fled the scene.

Police located the man shortly thereafter. He was walking at the time and told officers that he was unaware where he had left his car. They found his vehicle in a ditch several hundred yards away. Police assert that the vehicle had significant damage, and had apparently struck a mailbox and a street sign before coming to rest in the ditch.

There are no reports of the nature or severity of injuries sustained by the individuals in the other two vehicles. However, as of the time of this report, the 22-year-old driver is charged with causing injury while intoxicated and reckless endangerment. Police state that his blood-alcohol level was at 0.16 percent when tested at an undisclosed time after the crash.

The occupants of the two vehicles involved in this Wisconsin accident have multiple avenues of legal recourse available to them. Depending on the severity of their injuries, they may be able to move forward with personal injury claims against the man said to be responsible for the drunk driving accident. A successful personal injury suit can help them recover the costs of their medical treatment as well as any lost wages incurred from missed time at work.

Source: Caledonia, WI Patch, “Man Charged in Friday Drunk Driving Crash,” Joe Petrie, Nov. 13, 2012