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Wisconsin car accidents: Driver admits to heroin use

Drivers on Wisconsin roadways expect others operating vehicles to exercise caution and follow traffic laws when traveling. Most drivers have no incidents and arrive at their destinations safely. However, when drugs are involved and impaired drivers cause car accidents, the potential for serious injury or death is increased. A man who recently caused a crash in Dane County apparently admitted to using heroin.

According to officers from the Sheriff's Office, a 40-year-old man was traveling eastbound in a minivan. He ran into another eastbound vehicle, a tractor driving by a 55-year-old man. A 36-year-old woman was a passenger in the minivan. The woman was unresponsive when rescue personnel initially arrived at the scene.

The woman regained consciousness at the site and was transported to a local hospital. She is expected to survive, but is being treated for significant injuries suffered in the accident. The minivan driver was also taken to the hospital. The driver of the tractor was treated at the scene of the crash for a cut on his hand.

Police officers report that drug paraphernalia was spotted in the minivan. They stated that the driver reportedly said he had used heroin prior to the accident. Once he is released from the hospital, the man faces criminal charges, including driving while under the influence. The accident remains under investigation.

When car accidents occur in Wisconsin, police officers work diligently to determine the causes. If the evidence suggests that a driver who caused an accident acted negligently, the victims may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. A successful lawsuit could compensate victims for unforeseen medical expenses, loss of potential earning and emotional stress. An attorney familiar with personal injury law can work with clients to achieve a favorable outcome.

Source:, "UPDATE: Police say driver admits to using heroin before crash wi", Lauren Oesterling, April 26, 2017

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