Drivers have the responsibility to be safe on the roads, and this includes not driving while under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving accidents can result in permanent life-altering injuries as well as death. Someone involved in a car accident at the hands of a drunk driver in Wisconsin may have a lifelong struggle ahead of them, and it's only fair that the victim receives compensation for injuries.
According to authorities, on Feb. 7 a 64-year-old Wisconsin man got behind the wheel of a car when he was very drunk. Reportedly, he started driving the wrong way down the freeway, crashing his red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into a white Toyota RAV4.
Police reports indicate that the accident occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 794, near the Hoan bridge. The Milwaukee County deputies on the scene arrested the 64-year-old, and he was charged with recklessly endangering safety, driving the wrong way on the freeway and operating while intoxicated. It was reported that he was so intoxicated that he could not remember where he was or how he had gotten on the freeway in the first place.
Both vehicles were severely damaged in the head-on crash, and the Toyota's driver suffered a broken arm.
Because of the likelihood of serious injuries in a drunk driving accident, driving while under the influence is one of the most serious types of negligence. Those who are injured at the hands of drunk drivers need to understand how Wisconsin laws affect these cases. Injured parties have the right to seek compensation and hold the drunk driver accountable in civil court.
Source: 620 WTMJ Newsradio, "Wrong Way Drunk Driver Causes Head-on Freeway Crash," John Mercure, Feb. 8, 2013