Police and accident reconstruction specialists are hard at work investigating a chain-reaction auto accident that happened about 60 miles north of Milwaukee in Dodge County. Their findings will likely be very important to the recovery of the victims, as well as to prosecutors who may choose to file charges against the at-fault driver.

Reports are that one person was killed in the crash. The five-car, chain-reaction car accident also injured six others. Preliminary investigative accounts suggest that several vehicles traveling eastbound were stopped in rush hour traffic when a pickup truck allegedly failed to stop. Hitting the rear end of a stopped vehicle, the truck’s impact caused the vehicle to hit the next in line. In total, there were 12 people and five vehicles involved. The injured were taken to two local hospitals for treatment. Their conditions are not reported at this time. The sheriff confirmed the investigation is ongoing.

Every accident has a degree of challenge when it comes to seeking compensation for damages. Even when there are no injuries, it’s possible that insurance companies will attempt to minimize payouts. It can be exceptionally challenging in cases such as the one reported here because it’s likely there will be several insurers involved – each with its own agenda. Regardless of how obvious the fault seems to be, sorting out the facts through the police reports and, if necessary, privately run investigation, is a necessary piece of the puzzle.

A personalized, detail-oriented approach can be helpful to victims facing medical bills, lost wages and other costs related to the accident. For the injured and those who have lost a loved one, emotional recovery is as important as future financial security. Strong negotiations with insurance companies can lead to fair settlements. If that doesn’t work, there are other legal remedies that can be considered to improve their chances of a full recovery.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, “5-car chain-reaction crash in Dodge County kills 1, injures 6” Abigail Becker, Sep. 17, 2014