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Car accidents may lead to fatalities when speed is involved

Tragedies occur every day on our nation's highways. Many factors contribute to car accidents in Wisconsin and throughout the country, such as weather and road conditions. Driver behavior such as distracted driving or road rage can also contribute to an auto accident. Recently, a fatal crash near Madison was apparently caused by speeding.

Madison Police Department officials report that a 25-year-old man was driving east on Highway 30 when he lost control of his vehicle. According to eyewitnesses, his car went airborne after it had initially gone into a ditch. His car then crashed onto a sport utility vehicle.

Two other cars were involved in the accident when the SUV struck them. The drivers of these vehicles were not injured in the incident. The driver of the speeding car was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. However, the 37-year-old driver of the SUV died at the scene of the accident. A 34-year-old woman who was a passenger in the SUV suffered life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.

The accident remains under investigation. When speeding is confirmed as the cause of car accidents, drivers may face charges of negligent driving. If a death has occurred, surviving family members of the deceased may consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. While a successful claim can never replace a lost loved one, compensation received can help family members cover funeral and hospital expenses and replace lost future income. An experienced Wisconsin attorney familiar with personal injury law can assist families in similar situations as they pursue a favorable outcome in their claim.

Source: wkow.com, "Speed a factor in fatal Highway 30 crash", Feb. 13, 2017

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