Because an accident can happen quickly, giving little time for a response, it is necessary for drivers to remain vigilant at all times. Even a single moment of inattention can cause a car accident that could have devastating consequences. For example, police are still investigating a crash in Wisconsin that resulted in the death of a teenager.

The accident happened during the morning hours of a day in late March on a Wisconsin interstate. According to reports, the driver of a westbound SUV lost control of his vehicle, causing the vehicle to cross the median into lanes of eastbound traffic and strike an SUV. A 17-year-old female in the eastbound SUV died at the scene of the accident.

The deceased victim’s sister, also 17, suffered life-threatening injuries and remained hospitalized days after the accident. Two other occupants of the eastbound SUV were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries as was the driver of the westbound vehicle. The driver of a third vehicle involved in the crash was uninjured.

It is unclear if criminal charges are expected to be filed. In the meantime, the family of the deceased Wisconsin teenager must now cope with their unexpected loss as a result of the car accident while also dealing with the recovery of her sister. Often, an accident such as this can create significant financial burdens that add more stress to an already difficult time. Fortunately, the family has the option of seeking a monetary award by filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in a civil court against the driver believed to be responsible.