One person was injured in a four-vehicle, chain reaction crash on Highway 51. A truck towing a trailer was northbound in Rib Mountain when the trailer overturned. The incident caused other vehicles to swerve around the truck. One motorist lost control and was struck by another vehicle. A fourth vehicle then swerved to avoid the head-on collision, spinning into a ditch and rolling over.
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In a personal injury action, the “Emergency Doctrine” would likely mean the motorist who lost control trying to avoid the trailer, the driver who struck that motorist’s vehicle and the fourth vehicle which lost control trying to avoid the second collision all are not negligent for how they responded to the emergency, depending on the other factors which often come into play as well. A Wisconsin jury would be instructed that when considering the negligence of a driver who was confronted by an emergency, not brought about by his own negligence, “the driver is not negligent if he or she makes a choice of action or inaction that an ordinarily prudent person might make if placed in the same position…and…this is so even if it later appears that her or his choice was not the best or safest choice.”
Multiple-vehicle crashes present complex factual scenarios that usually require immediate investigation by your attorney. If you have been injured in such a crash, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney right away. At Bremer & Trollop Law Offices, your consultation with our office is free and we are paid no fee unless we win your case.