There are a variety of potential causes for a single car rollover accident. Icy conditions, a pothole, poor visibility or a deer crossing are all potential causes. Other driver-related causes are excessive speed, drowsiness, distracted driving or drunk driving.
A single car rollover accident in Vernon County was potentially caused by drinking and driving, or excessive speed, or both. The 25-year-old male driver and his 24-year-old female passenger were both injured in the car accident.
According to a news report, the car was being driven on Wisconsin 56 at around 9 p.m. when the car left the road. Apparently, the car went into a ditch and rolled over after hitting an embankment. It landed right side up. The 24-year-old passenger, who was wearing her seatbelt, was injured but able to get herself out of the car. The 25-year-old driver, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was thrown from his car at some point and was seriously injured.
Both the driver and the passenger were taken to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The driver was reported to have severe injuries. The passenger's injuries were reported as not being life-threatening.
If it is proven that the driver was speeding, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he may be facing civil as well as criminal charges. When a driver's negligence causes an accident that results in injury to another driver, pedestrian, passenger or other person then the driver may be held liable for damages, including pain and suffering.
Although criminal charges or civil litigation has not yet been reported, the accident is under investigation.
Source: Capital Times, "Two injured in Vernon County rollover crash," Bill Novak, April 3, 2012