Every driver in Wisconsin owes a duty of care not only to the passengers they carry in their vehicles, but also to everyone else on the road. When that duty is breached, accidents happen. The driver of a pickup truck is said to have breached that duty when he allegedly caused a fatal car accident.
According to the Superior Police Department, the driver of a pickup truck heading north on Hill Avenue made a left hand turn in front of an 18-wheeler. The tractor-trailer was unable to avoid colliding with the pickup truck. The passenger in the pickup truck suffered fatal injuries in the accident. The driver of the semi was not injured.
The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Essentia Medical Center in Duluth. The extent of the injuries suffered by the driver and the driver's current condition are not known at this time. Furthermore, it is not yet known whether any charges will be filed in connection with the accident based on the results of the Superior Police Department's investigation.
Even if charges are not filed, the family of the deceased passenger has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties deemed responsible for the death of their loved one. In accordance with Wisconsin law, if the family is able to show that another party's negligent actions caused or contributed to the death of the passenger, they may be awarded monetary compensation to reimburse them for the out-of-pocket expenses the family has incurred as a result of this tragic car accident. Filing a civil action won't fill the void left by the sudden loss of a family member, although a successful result may help reduce the financial impact of the accident.
Source: Superior Telegram, "Superior police investigate fatal crash," Jan. 10, 2013