Accidents can occur at any time, which is why people are encouraged to invest in life, car and other types of insurance that mitigate some of the financial damage caused by accidents. There are also laws on the books designed to help injured Wisconsinites obtain legal redress for the damages sustained because of another person's negligence.
These issues are likely on the minds of a family in Wisconsin. A retirement community is mourning the loss of one of its residents who died in a recent pedestrian accident.
According to an Aug. 20 report, a 92-year-old resident of Muskego's Tudor Oaks Retirement Community was struck and killed by a car while he was sitting in a smoking area on the property. The car, driven by a 63-year-old man, continued driving approximately 100 feet after hitting the victim. The car then crashed into a garage. The driver was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
At the time of the news report, authorities were unsure as to what caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle. If any form of negligence is discovered to be factor, then civil litigation may ensue.
In cases in which a pedestrian is killed by a motor vehicle, the victim's estate could be entitled to compensation for damages through a wrongful death claim. It is important that family members of deceased victims in Wisconsin are aware of our state's wrongful death laws. This kind of action helps grieving families throughout Wisconsin receive the answers and compensation they deserve.
Source: 620 WTMJ, "Freak accident kills man, 92, outside Muskego retirement center," Todd Hicks, Aug. 20, 2012