Traffic safety experts have made the point for years that speed is one of the most common ingredients in serious car accidents that leave people injured.
Excessive speed might well have been a factor in a recent four-vehicle crash 70 miles east of La Crosse that sent six people to area hospitals with serious injuries.
Law enforcement officials said the series of wrecks on Wisconsin Highway 21, west of Necedah, began when a Minnesota driver, 20, attempted to pass several vehicles at one time in his car. As he tried to pass, he lost control of his car and slammed into a sports utility vehicle driven by a 38-year-old Onalaska man.
The Minnesota vehicle then crashed into another eastbound car, driven by a 24-year-old Stevens Point woman, that had been trailing the SUV.
At that point, a fourth vehicle, an SUV driven by a La Crosse woman, 49, veered off the highway and into a ditch in order to avoid slamming into the other vehicles.
The Minnesota man and four passengers -- three 19-year-olds and a 20-year-old -- in his car were all taken to a nearby medical center with injuries described as serious.
The Stevens Point woman was also reported by a media outlet to have sustained serious injuries in the crash.
The Minnesota driver was ticketed for reckless driving and other violations.
In cases such as this one, a reckless driver can be held financially responsible by accident injury victims for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
Accident victims should discuss their legal options with an experienced attorney.
Source: Star Times: "Six hurt in Highway 21 crash," Peter Rebhahn, Jan. 25, 2012