From freight trucks that carry necessary groceries and other goods to construction vehicles that are essential in building infrastructure, trucks are a vital part of life for Wisconsin residents. Occasionally, careless driving or unfortunate circumstances lead to truck accidents. When injury or death occurs because of the action of a truck driver or trucking company, victims can seek compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

An investigation is still pending in a Wisconsin trucking accident that occurred on Thursday, Jan. 16. According to reports, a college student operating a Wisconsin Union truck ran over a woman. The woman died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

The medical examiner released the woman’s identity on Saturday, Jan. 18. She worked at Memorial Library as a senior academic librarian. Statements from the University of Wisconsin identified the woman as a data and library systems expert. Coworkers indicated that the woman was well liked and always made others smile.

The Wisconsin Union issued a statement offering condolences. The Union also stated that it is conducting a review of its safety practices in conjunction with the accident. City police are also conducting an accident investigation.

A personal injury lawsuit doesn’t require traffic or criminal charges from police, though such charges can be helpful in proving a plaintiff’s case. Prior to seeking a compensation claim, it’s a good idea to wait for official investigation results. Plaintiffs can then launch their own private investigations or build a case for negligence or fault using information gathered by law enforcement. In either case, understanding civil law requirements and the court system can help ensure the best possible result.

Badger Herald, “Medical examiner releases name of victim in Thursday’s truck accident” Cogan Schneier, Jan. 18, 2014