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Wrong-way driver causes fatal car accident — 3 dead, 2 injured

When a crash is caused by a driver who entered the highway at an exit ramp and travels in the wrong direction, there are typically many questions to ask. However, if such action leads to a car accident in which that driver dies, those questions will likely remain unanswered. One such an accident recently caused critical injuries to two people and killed three others in Wisconsin.

Reportedly, the crash occurred in Brown County on a recent Friday. A preliminary crash report indicates that, for unknown reasons, a 38-year-old Green Bay man entered Highway 57 at an exit ramp, resulting in him heading south in the northbound traffic lane. Authorities say a head-on collision followed with a sedan traveling north.

An 84-year-old woman and her 56-year-old daughter — both back seat passengers in the northbound car — died at the accident scene. A 32-year-old female driver — a relative of the two deceased passengers — and her father, age 58, who was in the front passenger seat, were transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries of unknown severity. The wrong-way driver who was also hospitalized did not survive.

The surviving family members will have to cope with the deaths of two loved ones and the suffering of two more. Lawsuits can be filed in a Wisconsin civil court to pursue financial relief. On behalf of the deceased, wrongful death claims can be filed for the recovery of expenses related to end-of-life arrangements, and the injured victims may file personal injury lawsuits to recover medical expenses and other losses. Because the person whose negligence caused the car accident succumbed to his injuries, the civil lawsuits will have to be filed against his estate.

Source: lacrossetribune.com, “Authorities ID victims in wrong-way crash that killed 3”, Oct. 29, 2017

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