Wisconsin speed limits are designed to give drivers the speed at which they can safely navigate a stretch of road. Driving above those speed limits can lead not only to a ticket, but to an accident, possibly even a fatal accident. Many drivers feel that they are able to control their vehicle at speeds higher than those posted without having an accident. Unfortunately, part of the reason they are called accidents is because no one expects them to happen.
One Wisconsin man is finding that out the hard way. The 20-year-old has been charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide and three counts of first-degree reckless injury after an accident that killed one teen and injured three others, two of them critically. The accident occurred when the 20-year-old lost control of his vehicle and it went into a ditch. When authorities were done reconstructing the accident, they determined that the vehicle was traveling between 122 and 124 miles per hour.
Everyone makes mistakes, but when those mistakes could have been avoided, there are consequences. In addition to the criminal charges pending against the driver, he may also face personal injury lawsuits and a wrongful death action. Nothing will make the lives of these families whole again, but knowing that some justice has been done based on evidence of negligence may help them move forward.
Losing a loved one in a fatal accident that may have been avoided must be absolutely devastating. The other two critically injured victims are still recovering from their injuries, and their lives may never be the same. In addition to the emotional trauma and loss, there are medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and the like that families have to cope with in the aftermath of the accident. Seeking advice on what to do next may help give the families some reassurance in their difficult journey ahead.
Source: postcrescent.com, "Green Bay man faces reckless homicide charge over fatal crash," Aug.14, 2012