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Car accident on Wisconsin Hwy 51 closes road for hours

Sometime before 3 a.m. on March 9, a wreck occurred on Wisconsin Highway 51. When police responded to the scene of the single car accident, they discovered that the crash led to two fatalities. That portion of the highway was closed for close to five hours as law enforcement officers investigated and had the scene cleared.

According to a preliminary report, police surmise that the vehicle was heading south on the highway when the driver apparently lost control. The vehicle then careened off the road and slammed into a utility pole. Both the driver and the sole passenger in the vehicle suffered fatal injuries.

Neither vehicle occupant survived long enough to be taken to a hospital, and authorities pronounced both of them dead at the crash site. Police are still attempting to determine what caused the crash. Authorities may be exploring options such as alcohol and speed as potential causes of the crash.

Even though the authorities will not be filing criminal charges against the driver at the end of the investigation, that does not mean that determining exactly what happened is any less important. It is important for the families to know how their loved ones died. Further, the passenger's family may use the results of the investigation in a wrongful death suit, should they choose to pursue one.

In order to successfully litigate a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with this fatal Wisconsin car accident, the passenger's family must prove the driver was negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the crash and resulting death of the passenger. If the court is satisfied that negligence is proved, the family may receive an award of damages. An award of financial restitution could help defray the costs associated with the sudden loss of a loved one.

Source: host.madison.com, Two killed in Highway 51 crash near Beloit, Taylor Nye, March 9, 2014

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