When driving, there are a variety of different traffic signals and signs that each driver must obey. Though it may be easy for some to overlook the importance of these laws, failure to obey them can have serious consequences. In fact, the failure to obey a stop sign is believed to have been the cause of a recent fatal car accident in Wisconsin.

The accident happened one evening on a day in early July. According to reports, a 19-year-old male was headed north on a Wisconsin road when he failed to stop at a stop sign. As a result, his vehicle allegedly struck a vehicle before hitting a business.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 56-year-old man, was flown to the hospital for treatment but ultimately passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. The teenage driver and his 19-year-old female passenger were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. The latter now faces a charge of failure to stop at a traffic sign causing great bodily harm. 

Unfortunately, a family is now facing the unexpected, preventable death of their loved one. Often, such a loss can leave families struggling with a precarious financial situation as they cope with lost wages, medical costs and funeral expenses. When a loss is caused by a car accident due to a negligent driver, many victims — including surviving family members in the event of a fatality such as this — may choose to seek recompense in a Wisconsin civil court by filing a personal injury lawsuit. A successfully presented case could result in a financial award that will help victims and their families cope with the financial consequences of their loss, potentially allowing them to focus on their emotional recovery.