It's common knowledge: alcohol slows one's reflexes. That means injurious car accidents in which alcohol is a factor can take many forms, involving vehicles that are speeding, slowing down or parked. For instance, people in a stopped or slowing vehicle are very likely to sustain head and neck injuries if the vehicle is hit from behind, and unfortunately this kind of injury often proves fatal.
That appears to have been the case recently in La Crosse. One man was killed and another injured in a rear-end collision that occurred on Sept. 14 on Interstate 90. A 69-year-old man driving a Chevy Equinox was either slowing down or coming to a stop in the far right lane when a Dodge Durango approached from behind.
The resulting collision killed the 69-year-old man and injured the 42-year-old driver of the Durango. The older man's vehicle reportedly rolled after the collision. Police said that both drivers were wearing seatbelts and that alcohol appeared to be involved in the accident.
At the time of a local report, the crash was still being investigated by the Wisconsin State Patrol, and authorities have not indicated exactly who was drinking.
Fatal car accidents often leave families wondering how to move forward. The sudden loss of a loved one can be emotionally staggering as well as place an unexpected financial burden on the family. Medical expenses, funeral costs, lost companionship and lost wages -- these are all issues many grieving families have to confront in the wake of a fatal car accident. Wisconsin residents who have been hit with these unwanted surprises should be aware of the legal options our state provides.
Source: WTAQ.com, "La Crosse I-90 crash victims identified," Sept. 17, 2012