Drivers in Wisconsin may not always realize that they are responsible for the safety of their passengers. If a driver's negligence causes a car accident that kills or injures a passenger, he or she may be held liable for damages. A recent collision on Highway 38 may lead to such a civil lawsuit.
According to a report by the Caledonia Police Department, the crash occurred shortly before noon on a recent Tuesday. It happened in an intersection on Highway 38 when a driver allegedly turned north without yielding to a southbound vehicle. The impact of the crash led to serious injuries to the occupants of the car that pulled directly into the path of the other vehicle.
A 55-year-old passenger who was critically injured was airlifted to a medical facility, but he succumbed to his injuries the next day. The driver of that car and the other passenger were both transported to a different hospital. Reportedly, their conditions were not believed to be life-threatening. Authorities say the accident investigation is ongoing.
Any Wisconsin family that has to cope with the loss of a loved one who was a passenger that died in a car accident as the result of a driver's negligence may pursue financial relief. However, for a wrongful death lawsuit to be successful, the surviving family members will have to establish proof of negligence before the court can determine liability. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist with that process. Furthermore, the lawyer can also help with the drafting of documented claims for financial losses and emotional damages to present for adjudication by the court.
Source: journaltimes.com, "Man dies due to injuries sustained in Highway 38, Caledonia crash", Jan. 12, 2018