One-way streets were originally intended to speed up traffic and improve circulation on local streets. A recent fatal motor vehicle accident in Milwaukee was blamed by witnesses on the one-way streets in the neighborhood. One witness characterized the situation as “pretty savage out here.”
According to police investigators, a sedan was headed west on Lincoln Avenue when another vehicle heading north on 33rd Street ran the stop sign at the Lincoln intersection and collided with the vehicle on Lincoln. The speed of the northbound vehicle caused the sound of the impact to be heard a significant distance from the intersection. One person in the northbound vehicle died in the collision, and three others were injured. News reports were not clear about whether the deceased person was the driver or a passenger in the northbound vehicle.
The main witness was awakened by the noise of the accident at about 3:30 a.m. He told officers that the noise was “pretty loud.” The man told police that northbound 33rd Street is one-way and that drivers “take advantage” by running stop signs. He described one person, most likely the driver of the northbound vehicle, as “handcuffed in the back of a police car” and “covered in blood.” Police have not released any details of the accident or whether either driver was impaired.
The injured victims in this accident may wish to explore a personal injury lawsuit in an attempt to recover damages for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. The family of the deceased may likewise look into recovering damages for loss of companionship. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one under similar circumstances may wish to consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney for advice on the likelihood of recovering damages from the person at fault.