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Alleged DUI auto accident claims passenger's life

Drunk driving accidents in Wisconsin are as prevalent as in other states, often claiming the lives of innocent victims. The Wisconsin State Patrol recently reported the preliminary details of a fatal auto accident that involved a driver who was allegedly impaired by alcohol. The incident occurred in Washburn County on the afternoon of Aug. 21.

The accident report states that this was a single-vehicle crash that occurred on County Highway A. The circumstances that led to the wreck were not provided, except that the vehicle was operated by a 48-year-old woman from Springbrook, and that she had a 54-year-old passenger who suffered serious injuries. An ambulance transported the injured passenger to a local hospital from where she was later airlifted to another medical facility. However, she did not survive.

Reportedly, authorities at the accident scene suspected the driver of being impaired by alcohol. She was also first taken to a local hospital, from where she was flown to another hospital. However, this was not done before blood was drawn for toxicology tests. This driver was initially charged with DUI causing injury, but since the passenger succumbed to her crash injuries, the charges will likely be changed.

Losing a loved one in a preventable auto accident is naturally a traumatic experience for anybody. Relieving the financial burden may ease the trauma, and this can potentially be done by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court. Sometimes, surviving family members choose to seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney to handle the legal proceedings of establishing negligence and presenting the claim in the Wisconsin court for them.

Source: Hudson, WI Patch, "Woman Who Died In Drunk Driving Accident Identified", Scott Anderson, Aug. 27, 2017

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