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2 dead, 1 hospitalized after Monroe County car accident

On Feb. 1, a two-vehicle collision resulted in the death of two individuals. The car accident occurred in the morning hours on Highway 16 in Adrian. A 47-year-old male driving a Dodge Stratus attempted to pass another vehicle and lost control of his vehicle. As the vehicle fishtailed, it struck a Dodge Grand Caravan Sport Van driven by a 32-year-old female.

The driver of the minivan had to be extracted from her vehicle by law enforcement officials. She was transported to a local medical center to receive treatment for injuries sustained in the accident. A front-seat passenger in the Dodge Stratus died at the scene of the accident, and an infant in the backseat of the car died later at a local medical center. The driver of the Stratus and another passenger were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the minivan may experience significant medical expenses for her hospitalization and medical treatment. In addition, she may also experience expenses related to vehicle repairs and lost wages. While a price cannot be put on her pain and suffering, this is an additional cost of the accident that was caused by the actions of another party.

The accident is still under investigation to determine if the driver of the Dodge Stratus will face criminal charges. Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, the driver who was not at-fault in the accident may seek damages in a civil court by filing a personal injury lawsuit. This lawsuit may provide the driver with financial compensation for her expenses and pain and suffering that occurred as a result of the intentional or negligent actions of the other driver. Those who have experienced a car accident in the La Crosse area may contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about their legal rights.

Source: La Crosse Tribune, "Sheriff: Infant dead after Monroe County crash last week," Feb. 4, 2013

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