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Wisconsin crash could lead to wrongful death claim

A Wisconsin car accident may lead to devastating results. The likelihood of a tragic outcome is even greater when that car accident involves a head-on collision. A recent crash claimed the life of a passenger when his vehicle was struck by a driver travelling in the wrong lane. The family members of victims in similar accidents often seek information about filing a wrongful death claim.

The crash occurred on Highway 96 near Industrial Drive in the town of Dale around 5 p.m. on January 13. The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office reported that an SUV travelling westbound on the highway hit an eastbound SUV head-on after it crossed the center lane. A passenger in the eastbound vehicle was pronounced dead after the crash and the driver and another passenger had serious injuries. The man driving in the wrong lane was not harmed in the accident. However, another passenger in his vehicle was transported to a hospital with injuries suffered in the collision.

According to the sheriff's office, alcohol is not considered to be a factor in the accident at this time. However, investigation of the crash is still ongoing. Pending notification of the victim's family, the names of those involved in the accident will be released to the public.

Although alcohol is not currently considered to be the cause of the accident, other factors may be identified as the investigation continues. Police may determine that negligence or another harmful action contributed to the accident. Wisconsin families who have experienced the loss of a loved one in similar accidents may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim. While a successful claim cannot bring a loved one back, a settlement can help families deal with unforeseen expenses, such as medical bills or funeral costs. An attorney familiar with wrongful death cases can assist families dealing with such a loss by helping them seek rightful compensation for the tragedy they have experienced.

Source: wbay.com, "One killed, 3 hurt in Highway 96 head-on crash", Ted Miller, Jan. 13, 2017

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