Wisconsin residents may have heard about a fatal car accident that occurred Sunday, September 23. The multiple vehicle accident occurred when an man driving on STH 11 suddenly turned into a business. A vehicle behind him containing seven occupants rear-ended him. The impact caused the first car to to veer into the west bound lane and hit a third vehicle driven by a 62-year-old Wisconsin man.
The first vehicle's 88-year-old driver and 80-year-old passenger were taken to Mercy Hospital with injuries. Five occupants of the second vehicle were also injured in the car accident and transported to Monroe Clinic Hospital for treatment.
It was later reported that the 88-year-old driver of the first vehicle passed away due to the injuries he suffered in the accident.
The crash is under further investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol. The driver of the second vehicle has been issued a citation for inattentive driving.
The fact that the driver of the second vehicle was cited for inattentive driving may indicate the she is at fault for the accident. If investigators find that she was negligent, she may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by her negligence.
To determine if a driver was negligent, courts look at whether the driver disobeyed traffic signs or signals. In addition, if the driver was driving over the speed limit, if he or she failed to signal a turn or was driving under the influence of intoxicants courts may find negligent driving.
Source: WIFR, "Freeport Man Dies in Car Accident," September 26, 2012