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Traffic congestion may be causal factor in recent car accidents

Recent incidents on a Wisconsin highway may have been caused by traffic congestion. In addition to road construction, distracted and negligent driving may also play significant roles in car accidents that occur on heavily traveled roads. Officials are currently investigating the series of collisions that seem to have occurred in the same area.

One of the crashes occurred on a recent Tuesday and resulted in a fatality.The flow of traffic was reportedly fluctuating due to construction on the highway. At approximately 11:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer operator reportedly slowed down because the car in front of him had stopped. A flat-bed vehicle then allegedly struck the massive truck from behind, causing it to smash into the car in front of it. The driver of the flat-bed truck was killed in the crash.

Authorities say they noticed a lot of rubbernecking in the aftermath of the accident. Traffic appears to have become congested with cars stopping and going, even though no accident debris was obstructing lanes of travel. Motorists were reportedly taking photographs and videos of the crash scene while they were driving.

This type of behavior behind the wheel  can obviously cause dangerous driving conditions. One spokesperson said he witnessed a passenger take control of the wheel of a vehicle so the driver could operate the video app on his cell phone with two hands. There seems to have been two other car accidents along the same stretch of highway in just two weeks' time. Often, such car accidents lead to civil litigation in Wisconsin when injured victims or surviving family members of deceased victims file claims against those deemed responsible.

Source: fdlreporter.com, "Power co. meets with DOT about I-41 crash", Madeline Zukowski, July 7, 2016

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