Losing a loved one unexpectedly is difficult at any time, but during the holiday season, it can be especially heartbreaking. Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes prematurely claim many lives no matter the time of the year. A Wisconsin family is feeling the loss of two loved ones this December after a fatal car accident.
While traveling on a county road, a 40-year-old driver of a dump truck reportedly ran a four-way stop. Further investigation may reveal whether his alleged traffic violation was intentional or just carelessness. Whatever the reason, it caused a collision with another car. The crash sent both vehicles into a ditch.
The dump truck driver survived with some injuries and was transported to a nearby medical center for treatment. Sadly, both the driver and passenger in the other vehicle were killed and died at the site of the accident. The victims were father and daughter. The father was 91, and the daughter was 56.
Instead of planning family holiday activities, the family is left with two funerals. Along with unexpected grief, they will also face double burial expenses. An experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorney will be able to advise the family of the victims of their rights regarding a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court against the truck driver and/or the company where he worked. A judge will consider the evidence offered, including findings from the car accident investigation, to determine whether financial liability has been formally established. The family may be entitled to damages for loss of companionship, loss of the victims’ income, burial expenses and other losses recognized by applicable laws.
Source: nbc15.com, “Car-dump truck crash in NE Wisconsin kills father, daughter“, Dec. 9, 2016