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Investigation underway following fatal Wisconsin car accident

Those who utilize Wisconsin roadways likely have the reasonable expectation that all drivers will strive to ensure that they do not the jeopardize the safety of others. This includes declining to consume drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, some people -- despite knowing the risks of driving under the influence -- continue to make the choice to drink and drive. Police apparently believe that one man's decision to engage in such behavior cost another man his life in a recent car accident.

The accident happened at approximately 2 a.m. one morning in September. According to reports, a van driven by a 23-year-old man crossed the centerline of a Wisconsin road. As a result, the van struck a sedan driven by a 22-year-old man.

Unfortunately, the man in the sedan suffered serious injuries. A helicopter was requested but was unable to be utilized due to weather conditions; instead, he was transferred to the hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead when he arrived. The driver of the van and his passenger suffered minor injuries; both were treated at the hospital and released. Upon release, the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. If convicted of the charges against him, he could spend 25 years in jail and/or face a significant fine.

It is hard to imagine the pain that a family experiences when they learn of the unexpected loss of a loved one -- especially when that loss is completely preventable. Unfortunately, families are often left to cope with much more than the emotional ramifications of their loss. Many struggle to manage the financial consequences, including medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of wages. Fortunately, there are options that could lead to recompense. If it can be proved that negligence caused a car accident, a civil court could award them damages to help surviving family members cope with such costs.

Source: channel3000.com, "Sheriff: Impaired driver struck car, killing 22-year-old", Sept. 24, 2016

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