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Wisconsin car accidents: 1 dead, 1 hurt in recent crash

Traffic fatalities happen frequently on Wisconsin highways and all across the country. While all fatal car accidents are horrific, those caused by the negligent actions of another person are all the more unfortunate. A recent crash in Wisconsin involving possible high speed claimed the life of one man and injured a woman.

A 50-year-old man was driving his car when another vehicle hit it with a great deal of force, causing it to bend into a crescent shape. Due to the nature of the impact, police suspect that speed was a factor. The man died at the scene of the accident, according to police reports.

The driver who hit the man apparently fled on foot after the accident. However, he was apprehended shortly after he fled in neighboring backyards. His passenger, a 23-year-old woman was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for two broken legs, a broken ankle and other injuries. Surgery was necessary for the woman's legs to be saved, according to the complaint.

A criminal complaint was filed in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Charges against the driver include hit and run resulting in death, hit and run resulting in great bodily harm and refusing to take an intoxication test after the arrest. He is also charged with driving after license revocation causing death and driving after license revocation causing great bodily harm. He remains in custody after pleading not guilty to the charges.

When loved ones die in car accidents as a result of someone's negligent behavior, surviving family members may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. A Wisconsin personal injury attorney can help families seek damages to help defray the costs of a funeral and provide compensation for pain and suffering. An experienced lawyer will work toward obtaining a successful outcome for his or her client's claim.

Source: greenfield-westallisnow.com, "Trial date set for driver in fatal West Allis crash", Jane Ford-Stewart, April 4, 2017

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