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Rear-end car accident injuries motorists should be aware of

When a vehicle clips or bumps into the car in front of it, the result is a rear-end accident. Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of accidents that occur on the roads in the La Crosse area. There are many ways to prevent them, but sometimes those methods are not enough. 

Because car accidents are the source of major injuries for many motorists, it is imperative for them to learn about the types of injuries they may have to deal with. Here is a brief overview of the three most common injuries that occur in rear-end motor vehicle collisions. 

Car accidents: Amputation required after hit-and-run accident

Hit-and-run drivers leave everyone searching for answers following an accident. While police officers search for the perpetrators involved in these car accidents, victims are left to deal with the emotional trauma, damage to vehicle or even personal physical injuries. A Wisconsin man recently suffered a devastating injury following a hit-and-run incident.

According to Milwaukee police officers, a 71-year-old retiree was walking toward a school one morning. As he crossed a street near an intersection, a car struck him. Reports show that the driver did not stop and kept driving. The impact crushed the man's legs, broke his ribs and elbow and dislocated his shoulder. He also suffered damage to his spine.

3 ways TBI can result from a car accident

Of all the injuries that can result from a car accident, few are as serious as a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of this ailment are often temporary and possible to overcome, but any TBI case can potentially cause permanent and severe damage. If you have been in a car accident, it is imperative that you get medical attention and ensure that you have not sustained any dangerous head trauma.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations among adolescents and individuals between 15 and 44 years old. There are a few different ways that TBI can occur from a collision, and you should be aware of all of them.

Wisconsin car accidents: 3 dead, 2 injured in head-on collision

Many things can happen on Wisconsin roadways that are used heavily by cars and other types of vehicles. While the majority of them travel safely without incident, accidents still frequently occur. These car accidents can result in damage to vehicles, injuries to drivers or passengers, and even death. A recent head-on accident in Brown County claimed the lives of three people and left two others with serious injuries.

Police officers responded to the accident that occurred on a state highway near the Dyckesville exit. Reports show that a car drove the wrong way onto an off ramp, then got onto the northbound lane of the highway traveling south. The driver, a 38-year-old man from Green Bay, then struck a northbound vehicle.

Animal bites: Woman injured by dog bites receives award in trial

Many dog owners in Wisconsin or other states around the country love to walk their pets in their neighborhoods. For most of the time, they do this without incident. However, a woman in another state suffered multiple animal bites when a neighbor's dog attacked her while she was walking her own dog in 2015.

Reports showed that a 73-year-old woman was walking her dog when she was attacked by another dog belonging to a neighbor. The woman had avoided the dog when she initially spotted it. However, the animal charged at the woman, knocked her down and bit her lower body. She suffered a concussion and other serious injuries. The woman filed a lawsuit against the couple who owned the dog and the wife's parents who own the home near where the accident occurred.

Wisconsin animal bites: Child dead following attack by pit bulls

Children in Wisconsin and elsewhere around the country are often fascinated by animals, particularly dogs. Many approach dogs they see playing or interacting near them. Unfortunately, approaching unfamiliar dogs may result in animal bites. This was the case recently in another state when two pit bulls fatally attacked a young child.

Police officers report that a 7-year-old boy went into a fenced area where two pit bulls were. According to neighbors, the dogs then began to attack the boy. Multiple calls were made by witnesses to emergency personnel. Reports indicated that the dogs would not release their hold on the child.

Wrongful death lawsuit could follow hit-and-run accident

In Wisconsin and across the country, car crashes happen every day. Sometimes, things like inclement weather, car trouble and the like are major contributing factors. Most motor vehicle collisions are attributed to negligence on the part of one or more parties. When this results in loss of life, grieving families typically have grounds to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit through the civil justice system.

Perhaps even more upsetting is when individuals selfishly attempt to escape accountability for their actions, like in hit-and-run crashes. Reportedly, just such an instance occurred recently in Milwaukee. Thankfully, the police have arrested the 19-year-old individual they believe to be responsible for the fatal accident.

Wisconsin animal bites: Woman injured, dog dead following attack

Many Wisconsin residents and others all across the country have dogs as their family pets. Most dogs interact safely with their families as well as acquaintances and passersby. However, serious animal bites can occur when a dog attacks people or other animals. A recent attack in another state left a woman seriously injured and her dog fatally wounded.

According to police reports, a 58-year-old woman heard noises outside her home. She saw three dogs attacking her dog. When she tried to help her dog, the pit bull mixes began attacking her.

Wisconsin truck accidents: woman injured after crash

Mothers frequently drive their children to various locations in Wisconsin and around the nation. Whether the drive is to work or school or simply for recreation, it is a time for family members to be together. However, when car or truck accidents occur, a routine drive can prove to be catastrophic. A recent accident involving a tow truck has left the victims with a variety of serious injuries.

Last month, a woman was riding in her van, accompanied by her son and daughter. According to police, a 29-year-old woman towing a car with a tow truck ran a stop sign. The complaint states that the truck crashed into the van. All three occupants of the van had to be sawed out of the vehicle.

Wisconsin car accidents: Woman dead after crash with drunk driver

Losing loved ones is a tragedy, no matter what the circumstances. However, the losses seem even more devastating when they occur in car accidents by the reckless actions of another person. Recently, a Wisconsin woman was killed in an accident involving a drunk driver.

According to reports from the Waukesha Country Circuit Court, a 23-year-old woman was traveling south on a highway after 11:00 p.m. one evening. She crossed into the northbound lanes, prompting another driver to swerve to miss her car. The driver, a 59-year-old man, suffered minor injuries when his car flipped after he swerved. The woman stayed in the northbound lanes, then crashed head-on into a car driven by a 44-year-old Milwaukee woman. The county medical examiner's office pronounced that woman dead at the scene from multiple injuries.

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