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Police officer killed in head on collision

With the holiday weekend approaching, accidents are of particular concern. After all, more than 40 million Americans are expected to travel this week; especially on Wednesday and Sunday. With higher traffic volumes comes the possibility of accidents, so drivers must be especially careful about what they do behind the wheel.

The tragedy that can come with car crashes is exemplified by a crash that took the life of a McFarland police officer. According to a recent report, the officer was driving west on Highway N about three miles from Edgerton when a pickup truck driven by a DNR agent crossed the center lane and crashed head on into the officer’s squad car. 

The crash is under investigation to determine if any citations are warranted. This is important because investigations (particularly accident reconstructions) are critical in determining fault. If the investigation reveals that the DNR agent was at fault, the police officer’s surviving family members could bring a wrongful death suit to seek monetary damages.

A wrongful death suit is a lawsuit that asks for compensation based on a person’s death. Essentially, surviving family members can receive compensation for a person’s future lost wages, pain and emotional harm from enduring the person’s death, as well as compensation for loss of companionship.

It remains to be seen whether the investigation will reveal any wrongdoing.

As the holiday weekend approaches, we implore our readers to be vigilant while driving. In the event you are in a crash and need to know what your legal rights are, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. 

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