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Wisconsin wrongful death: Couple dies in head-on collision

The Richland County Sheriff's Department has requested a Wisconsin State Patrol accident reconstruction team to help them determine how a head-on collision occurred. A husband and wife died in the accident, and another person was taken to Richland Hospital. The driver of the vehicle said to be responsible for the accident may end up facing a wrongful death action from the family of the husband and wife that were killed in this tragic accident.

A white truck traveling on State Highway 80 at County Trunk Highway AA collided head-on with the vehicle occupied by the husband and wife. Even with a helicopter standing by, the injuries the couple sustained were too great, and they were both pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff's deputies do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol are continuing to conduct interviews and review the evidence in an effort to determine what happened. It is unknown whether any charges will be filed. As authorities conduct their investigation, the family of the married couple will have to bury them and tend to the final preparations that inevitably follow these types of tragedies.

As the family struggles to come to terms with what occurred, the family has the right to file a wrongful death action in connection with the accident. If they are able to show that the other driver was negligent and that driver's actions caused or contributed to the death of their loved ones, they may be awarded monetary compensation for out-of-pocket expenses such as funeral costs, as well as other damages recognized under our state laws. No amount of money can replace a lost loved one, but it may help the family recover from the financial impact of the accident and perhaps achieve some sense of closure.

Source: nbc15.com, "Husband, Wife Killed In Richland County Crash," Nov. 10, 2012

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