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Wisconsin State Patrol investigating fatal single car accident

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating a single car accident that resulted in one fatality. The damp roadway may have been a factor in the crash. Until their investigation is complete, authorities have not decided whether any criminal charges will be filed against the driver as a result of the car accident. Authorities do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The Wisconsin State Patrol knows that a pickup truck was in the process of merging onto I-39 south from U.S. Highway 14. As the pickup truck began to merge, the driver accelerated. When he did that, the pickup lost traction and went sideways, rolling over twice into a ditch. After busting through a fence, the vehicle somehow landed right side up.

Unfortunately, during the accident, a passenger in the front seat of the pickup was thrown from the vehicle. His injuries were severe enough that he did not survive the accident. The remaining passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries despite the fact that three of the four occupants of the pickup truck were not properly restrained at the time of the accident. Two of the other three occupants of the vehicle were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Regardless of whether charges are filed against the driver, the family of the deceased passenger retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the vehicle. If they are able to prove that the driver was negligent and that his actions caused or contributed to the death of the passenger, they may be awarded the costs and damages sustained as a result of the car accident. No amount of money can replace a loved one, but a successful litigation can address the financial losses the family has suffered.

Source: jsonline.com, "Janesville man killed, three hurt in rollover crash," Gitte Laasby, Dec. 2, 2012

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