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What to Do When News of a Fatal Car Accident Comes in the Middle of the Night

Now that you’re an adult, a phone call at 3 a.m. is likely different than the type of call that you usually receive at 3 p.m. Nobody is calling with a business question, to find out what time you will be home, or to catch up. Instead, a phone call at 3 a.m. typically brings bad news.

It Could Bring News of a Fatal Accident

It is hard to know exactly what to expect when you pick up the phone. Will the caller be the police or the hospital telling you that your child, spouse, or parent has died in a car accident on Airport Freeway in southern Milwaukee County, the Zoo Freeway in western Milwaukee County, or a local road?

Regardless of where the fatal accident occurred, it is important to:

  • Listen as carefully as you can. You need to know who was involved and if the police need you to come identify your loved one.
  • Wake up someone in your house or call a loved one to come over. Do not attempt to handle this shock alone.
  • Get additional help in the morning. In the morning, you may need to notify other friends and relatives, your clergyman, your employer, and others who can help you during this horrific time.

In the days and weeks ahead, there will be time to get your questions answered and to get the legal help that you need. When you feel up to it, we encourage you to read the free wrongful death library articles and frequently asked questions on this website to learn more about how to protect your legal rights. We also encourage you to contact us directly to schedule an initial consultation and to have your personal questions answered.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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