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Wisconsin skateboarder injured in accident; driver ran red light

Basic traffic laws exist for good reason. If a person drives too fast or fails to stop at an intersection, they are raising the risk of a motor vehicle accident. In the case of a recent pedestrian accident in Wisconsin, it appears as though a motorist failed to abide by multiple traffic regulations.

Reports say that a 23-year-old woman on a skateboard was struck and injured by a person driving a van. Unfortunately, it appears as though the driver didn't stop at the scene of the accident, but authorities were able to catch up with the man not far from the crash site. When they finally caught up with the van's driver, it became apparent that he was under the influence of alcohol and had run a red light just before striking the woman.

As a result of the pedestrian accident, the woman was brought to a hospital for treatment. Even though the woman didn't have the added protection of a vehicle around her, she was listed  in stable condition at the time of reports and is expected to recover.

Police have filed multiple charges against the at-fault driving, including driving while intoxicated and failure to obey a traffic signal. Even though the criminal aspect of the case will move forward, it's not the only legal pressure the driver could face. The accident victim may be able to file a personal injury suit in order to recover the financial and emotional damages caused by the accident.

In order for a personal injury suit to succeed in civil court, it's typically necessary to prove that the at-fault party was acting with negligence. Breaking multiple traffic laws may be enough to demonstrate that the driver was not acting with proper caution and care.

Source: WITI News, "Woman struck, injured by vehicle near 16th & Wisconsin," Ashley Sears, June 19, 2013

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