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Wrongful death lawsuit could follow hit-and-run accident

In Wisconsin and across the country, car crashes happen every day. Sometimes, things like inclement weather, car trouble and the like are major contributing factors. Most motor vehicle collisions are attributed to negligence on the part of one or more parties. When this results in loss of life, grieving families typically have grounds to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit through the civil justice system.

Perhaps even more upsetting is when individuals selfishly attempt to escape accountability for their actions, like in hit-and-run crashes. Reportedly, just such an instance occurred recently in Milwaukee. Thankfully, the police have arrested the 19-year-old individual they believe to be responsible for the fatal accident.

Police reports indicate that the teen driver ran a red light on a recent Thursday morning. His vehicle collided with another that was traveling through the intersection. The teen allegedly left his car and fled from the scene.

The male driver of the second vehicle was hurt, though his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Tragically, the 48-year-old female passenger of that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. As the individual who apparently caused the fatal accident has since been apprehended by authorities, the grieving family of the deceased woman may choose to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the teen believed responsible as well as against any separate owner of the motor vehicle he was operating at the time of the accident. Similarly, anyone in Wisconsin who has suffered serious injury or lost a loved one due to the negligence  of another party may benefit from seeking the counsel of a personal injury attorney.

Source:, "Suspect arrested in deadly Milwaukee hit-and-run crash", Pete Zervakis, Oct. 5, 2017

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