Gratiot Township, WI (September 27, 2023) – The Lafayette County Coroner’s Office confirmed that two people lost their lives due to a truck accident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, September 26.
At around 1:55 p.m., authorities were called to the scene of a collision on State Highway 11.
According to reports from officials in Lafayette County, a semi-truck, which Swift Transportation Company owned, was traveling west in the 8000 block of State Highway 11 when it collided with an eastbound Ford F-150 pickup truck. The impact of the crash sent both vehicles into the guardrail on the north side of the road.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 27-year-old man from Monroe, and the rear-seat passenger, a juvenile female, were both fatally injured. The two victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The crash prompted officials to shut down the roadway for around five hours as they investigated. The investigations into the accident are ongoing.
We offer our sympathies to the families of the two victims who died in this crash.
Fatal Truck Accidents in Wisconsin
In 2022, a total of 595 people lost their lives due to automobile accidents in Wisconsin. Recent statistics show that around 411 people have died in a total of 379 fatal accidents statewide. Despite the number of laws we have in place to ensure drivers operate their vehicles carefully and with consideration for other people sharing the road, we continue to see hundreds of lives lost every year due to auto collisions.
When families lose loved ones in fatal truck accidents, the consequences are often far too much to bear. Families are often overwhelmed by emotional consequences, which leave them struggling to deal with the financial consequences these crashes bring.
After the loss of a loved one, families have the ability to file wrongful death claims against those who are responsible. If your family is dealing with the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death claim can help you recover medical expenses and other out-of-pocket costs that you face. In addition, you have the ability to recover non-economic damages as well.
In most cases, the amount of compensation that a person can recover after losing a loved one is $350,000 for noneconomic damages. However, if the deceased victim was a minor at the time of the accident, the amount of compensation for loss of society has a limit of up to $500,000. Economic damages do not have any maximum amounts as they provide families with the opportunity to recover the full amount of economic damages they face. Even though no amount of money can ever replace your loved one, having the financial resources that you need during this very difficult time is critical. Working with a Gratiot Township wrongful death lawyer can help to ensure that you are able to maximize the compensation you recover for the losses and damages you face.
Our dedicated truck accident lawyers at Zerbst & Kluck S.C. have decades of experience fighting to protect the rights of families who have lost loved ones due to negligence. At your earliest convenience, contact our lawyers at (608) 471-5365 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and the available options.
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