An alleged distracted driver caused a serious Wisconsin car accident on April 11. The collision occurred in the town of Rosendale, on Highway 26 near Olden Road. Four people were injured in the car accident.
As a result of the investigation, police say the 20-year-old southbound driver, an Appleton resident, reached down to pick up his cellphone, which caused him to veer off the right edge of the highway. Attempting to rectify his error, he apparently over-corrected and crossed the center line. His vehicle then struck a northbound vehicle being driven by a 37-year-old man from Neenah. The impact caused both vehicles to finally come to a rest in a ditch on the eastern side of the roadway.
The Neenah man had to be extricated from his vehicle and was flown to Theda Clark Medical Center in his home town, with injuries said to be non-life threatening. The driver who apparently caused the collision was also taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the accident. Passengers in both vehicles were also transported for medical care, though their precise injuries and further medical conditions were not reported. The investigation is still ongoing, though Wisconsin authorities indicated that speed and alcohol do not appear to have contributed to the car accident.
Nevertheless, those injured in the collision may have the legal basis to file a personal injury claim against the allegedly negligent driver. All involved are likely to have incurred medical costs as a result of the car accident. While the seriousness of the injuries is not yet known, some victims may have a long road to recovery ahead and may also need to miss time from work as they focus on getting better. A successful claim against any party deemed negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the crash may help in recovering monetary damages to pay for hospital bills and other expenses related to the collision. A thorough review of the official accident report and other available evidence may be a good first step to deciding what, if any, legal action to initiate.
Source: fdlreporter.com, "4 people injured in Highway 26 crash in Fond du Lac County," April 12, 2012