County Road U near Bangor runs parallel to Interstate 90. It is a relatively straight two-lane road. Under normal conditions there would be no reason to leave the road. However, accidents happen. A deer could dart across the road causing a driver to swerve and lose control of a car. A driver could be sleepy and doze momentarily. More and more often, drivers are distracted by cellphones and texting.
Those examples were not reported as the potential cause of a fatal car accident in La Crosse County. Instead, the cause is another common set of conditions -- speed and alcohol.
It was reported that a 23-year-old man from Sparta and a 23-year-old male passenger were on County U near the intersection with Huhn Road when the car hit the shoulder; the driver overcorrected, crossed the center line and went into the ditch on the south side of the road. Still traveling in the ditch, the car struck a driveway embankment and flipped at least two times. Wisconsin State Patrol suspect drunk driving and speeding as the cause of the car crash. The accident took place at 3:24 a.m.
One of the 23-year-olds was thrown clear from the car at some point during the accident and died at the scene. The other 23-year-old was trapped in the vehicle. After he was freed, he was transported to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The accident is being investigated. If the facts of the case are as the Wisconsin State Patrol initially believes then the driver, or the driver's estate, could be held liable for this single car crash and for the personal injuries or wrongful death of the second 23-year-old man.
Source: WXOW-19, "Crash in La Crosse County kills Sparta man," July 21, 2012
At our La Crosse law firm we represent individuals who suffer personal injuries in car accidents as well as surviving family members who lost a loved one in a wrongful death.