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Fatal crash occurs in Wisconsin

A woman died as a result of a crash that occurred near Holmen on Friday, Aug. 23. The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department reported that a woman lost control of her SUV around 4:30 p.m. north of Highway 53 by County Highway HD. She was traveling south when she lost control of her SUV, drove across the median and hit a car that was traveling north. The accident caused Highway HD to be closed to traffic for three hours.

The driver of the SUV was transported to Gunderson Health System with injuries that weren't life threatening. However, the driver of the other car was killed in the crash. According to initial investigation reports, alcohol was not a factor in the crash. However, the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department said that further investigation was pending, as were additional blood tests. Additionally, the Wisconsin State Patrol is reconstructing the fatal accident.

The driver of the SUV may not be facing any criminal charges, but she could end up facing a civil lawsuit. The family of the woman who died in the collision could decide to wage a wrongful death lawsuit against her to seek compensation for their loved one. The family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their loved one's hospital bills and funeral expenses. They may have depended upon their loved one for financial support, in which case they might be entitled to compensation for her lost earning power.

A personal injury attorney might be able to help the surviving family prepare a personal injury claim. An attorney might also be able to help secure them a settlement outside of court.

Source: WXOW, "One dead in crash near Holmen", August 23, 2013

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