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La Crosse County truck accident injures two

Motor vehicle accidents involving a car and a semi truck can typically result in injuries for the personal motor vehicle, simply due to the huge weight disparity. That holds true even when the motor vehicle is a Hummer.

That was the case recently in a La Crosse County truck accident involving a tractor trailer and a Hummer. According to news sources, the driver and passenger of the Hummer were both injured and the semi truck driver was uninjured.

The accident took place at the intersection of County Highway C and County Highway T. Google maps shows us that this is a rural intersection with clear open views and farmlands. The news source states that County Highway T has a stop sign and County Highway C does not. With wide open views, it would seem as though one of the two drivers was negligent in some manner. The police are investigating, however preliminary comments released from the police state that neither alcohol nor speeding seem to be a factor in the accident.

The driver of the Hummer, a 38-year-old woman, was seriously injured and reported in critical condition at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Her passenger was also injured but has been treated and released. The 23-year-old semi truck driver was uninjured.

When there is an accident with personal injuries, and negligence is involved, the negligent party can be held liable for damages including pain and suffering. In this case, the passenger could hold the Hummer driver negligent if the 38-year-old did something such as not stop at the Country Highway T stop sign. Or both injured parties could hold the truck driver responsible if he was inattentive due to exhaustion or some other factor.

Often, it takes time for an investigation to determine the cause of an accident. When the cause is known, civil litigation may follow.

Source: La Crosse Tribune, "Two injured in La Crosse County crash," April 24, 2012

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