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Two people injured in Sheboygan crash

A fiery crash in the 3200 block of Washington Avenue in Sheboygan, Wisconsin sent two victims to the hospital. The car accident took place when a box flew off the back of a pickup truck and was then struck by a car, resulting in that vehicle rear-ending the truck and bursting into flames. The 72-year-old pickup truck driver and the 43-year-old car driver were not injured, but two passengers in the truck, a 61-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman, were transported to an area hospital, both suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

It is unclear from the reports if any citations were issued, either to the driver of the car for rear-ending another vehicle or to the driver of the truck for failing to secure a load. Both charges are possible given the circumstances of the crash and could play a role in determining who pays for the victims' medical expenses and injuries.

In most cases, drivers of cars that rear-end other vehicles are held accountable for following too closely to maintain safety. A driver that rear-ends another car is usually assumed to have lacked control over his or her vehicle, and may be responsible for damages resulting from such a crash. However, when the driver is inhibited by an object thrown from the leading vehicle, the circumstances may change, and the liability may rest with the driver who failed to secure the object on the back of the truck.

Victims who have suffered injuries related to such a crash may be able to collect damages from one or both of the parties involved. These victims may wish to consult a personal injury attorney about their rights.

Source: WHBL, "Update: Two injured in fiery crash," March 11, 2013

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