For a person running late, a traffic light can be a nuisance. The temptation may be there to simply ignore the light, especially if there appears to be little traffic in the area. However, traffic lights are in place for a specific reason — to protect drivers and their passengers by regulating traffic. A recent car accident in Wisconsin seems to indicate the importance of obeying these traffic signals.
The accident occurred just after 3 a.m. one morning in late July. Police claim that a 30-year-old man traveling north failed to stop at a red light. As a result, reports allege that the man struck a car traveling east and containing two adults before hitting a building.
The 27-year-old female passenger in the second car was pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment. Their current conditions are unclear. While no criminal charges have been filed against the first driver at this time, the case is being referred to the district attorney’s office. The deceased woman leaves behind two young children.
Regardless of whether criminal charges are pursued by Wisconsin authorities as a result of the car accident, the family of the deceased woman has the option of seeking legal recourse in a civil courtroom. As a result of the woman’s death, two young children are left without the emotional and financial support of their mother. If the reports regarding the accident are accurate, the family of the deceased woman may be able to successfully argue that her death was caused by the other driver’s negligence, potentially resulting in an award of monetary damages.
Source: fox6now.com, “One dead, two hurt after driver blows through traffic signal, collides with car“, Rachelle Baillon, July 30, 2014