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Southwestern Wisconsin woman killed in rear-end car accident

Wisconsin residents who drive on a regular basis may be aware that in an accident in which one car slams into the rear of another, it's more likely that the rear-end driver is at fault. That's because any driver who follows another vehicle has a responsibility to maintain a safe following distance. When he or she fails to do so and subsequently crashes into the car ahead, there is often a clear reason. It may be that the driver wasn't paying attention to slowing traffic. In other cases, the driver was following too closely in inclement weather and unable to stop in time on a snow- or ice-covered road. In cases like this, an insurance claims adjuster or personal injury attorney will usually look for evidence of negligence on the part of the driver of the following car.

An investigation into the crash that killed a woman from Hager City, Wisconsin, is continuing. The crash happened earlier this month on U.S. Highway 63, not far from the woman's home near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The woman who died was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car driven by a woman in her early 20s from Ellsworth. Also in the car was a 3-year-old child.

The three were headed south on U.S. 63 when the driver slowed down and attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway. The driver of the car behind them apparently didn't notice they had slowed, and rear-ended the vehicle. The 50-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the driver and the toddler were both rushed to a Minnesota hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the following car, who wasn't injured, may find himself on the wrong end of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if the driver or the fatal victim's family decides to seek compensation for the accident. Even if police authorities decline to file criminal charges, a finding that the driver who caused the accident was negligent could result in a settlement or award for the victims or their loved ones.

Source: WQOW.com, "One person killed in two vehicle crash in Hager City," March 9, 2013

  • Our firm handles fatal car accidents in the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area. To learn more about our practice, visit our wrongful death page.

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