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What is a wrongful death?

Accidents on Wisconsin roads and highways often result in minor injuries and damage to the parties' personal property. However, some accidents are so horrendous that they claim the lives of the victims involved in the crashes. When a person dies in an auto accident and the cause is the conduct of another party, the loved ones of the deceased party may have a legal claim for their wrongful death.

Negligence is often the basis of an accident-based wrongful death claim. If a person dies in an accident a court will examine if the other party or parties acted negligently. Negligence involves a breach in the duty of care that individuals owe to each other to act reasonably given their circumstances.

Number one cause of teen deaths: Distracted driving

The number one cause of death of American teens is not shootings, suicides or disease. At the top of the list is distracted driving, says the education and outreach coordinator for Impact Teen Drivers. Heidi Deane says that drunk driving fatalities among teenagers has actually been on the decline, reckless and distracted driving has been on the rise.

“Thirty-seven percent of your brain is gone when you are dealing with a device,” she recently told a gathering of high school students. “Studies have shown that drivers do not perceive the time or the distance it took them to travel the length of a football field while distracted.”

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