Because the dangers of drinking and driving are well-known, many people choose to utilize the services of companies such as Uber. Unfortunately, three women recently lost their lives in Wisconsin after the car they were in — driven by an Uber driver — collided with a vehicle police say ran a red light. Investigators are still searching for the occupants of the vehicle who they say fled the scene of the car accident.
The accident happened just before 3 a.m. one morning in October. According to reports, the driver of a southbound vehicle allegedly failed to stop at a red light. As a result, the vehicle struck a westbound vehicle driven by an Uber driver.
The second vehicle contained three female passengers. Two of them, ages 30 and 32, died at the scene. The third woman died at the hospital. It is unclear whether the Uber driver was injured. Police are looking for the two men who were in the vehicle that allegedly caused the accident.
Thousands of people on Wisconsin roadways make smart, safe decisions every time they get in vehicles. Unfortunately, there are still people who engage in risky behaviors — such as failing to obey traffic signals — who cause life-altering accidents. Although the police are still searching for the occupants, with current technologies, it is likely they will soon be located and the driver potentially charged with a crime, if authorities choose to do so. Family members of the deceased young women also have paths to justice they can take. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit as a result of the fatal car accident, they could receive an award of damages that not only ensures that the driver is held accountable for his actions but also that they are protected from the financial complications caused by their loved one’s death.
Source: Milwaukee, WI Patch, “Three Women Dead in Downtown Milwaukee Auto Accident“, Scott Anderson, Oct. 23, 2016