The winter holiday season and wintry precipitation come together in Wisconsin to form a perfect storm of sorts that can wreck havoc on the roadways. With the uptick in traffic because of holiday travel, it is easy to see why all drivers have to be extra cautious around the holidays. For this reason, we would like to take a few minutes to remind drivers of some basic state laws that help to keep motorists safe.
In our blog post last week, we discussed the story of the 20-year-old man who died when his vehicle was broadsided by another vehicle. That horrible tragedy might have some of our Wisconsin readers wondering exactly what happens in a wrongful death lawsuit. Getting the answers to some very basic questions might help our readers to understand more about what it means when someone files a wrongful death lawsuit.
Almost all drivers know that if a police car or other emergency vehicle is running with lights and sirens active that they are supposed to yield the right of way. What many people might not realize is that the drivers of the emergency vehicles still have a duty to exercise due caution to avoid causing accidents. A recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court highlights that fact.
Making sure that construction equipment is in good repair and properly maintained is one of the basic responsibilities of companies that own these heavy and dangerous machines. When a company fails to meet that most basic of responsibilities, tragedy can occur. A recent accident at Ithaca High School in Wisconsin shows just how catastrophic accidents involving heavy machinery can be.
Paying attention to what other drivers are doing on the road can help to keep the occupants of your vehicle, as well as the occupants of other vehicles safe. When drivers don't pay attention to the vehicles around them, they can easily miss vehicles slowing down or turning. In those cases, serious accidents can occur. A recent accident along Highway 23 in Wisconsin proves this point.
Going on a family camping trip should be lots of fun. When you are heading out to a campground managed by the Department of Natural Resources, you probably assume that you are going to a place that is reasonably safe. One of the last things you should have to worry about is falling tree limbs, especially when you consider that Wisconsin state law demands that all trees be inspected twice per year for safety. Sadly, however, these inspections don't necessarily mean that you can camp without worrying about being injured by one of these trees.
Some teenagers in the Milwaukee area enjoy going to Summerfest as a way to enjoy music and spend time with their friends. For three people who went to Summerfest in 2010, that decision proved to be tragic. A 13.5-ton concrete panel fell from a parking garage owned by Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. That failure resulted in two injuries and a death. A teen who was killed was only 15 years old.
Driving when the road conditions are less than ideal requires vigilant attention to what is going on around you. If you lose control of your vehicle for a split second, tragedy can occur. With the recent wave of icy, snowy conditions in Wisconsin, even the most experienced drivers may have been experiencing difficulties while driving. For one 29-year-old woman, an accident in Marathon County led to a horrible tragedy.
A 44-year-old man is facing a felony charge for a November car collision that left a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sports broadcaster injured. Formal charges include causing injury while driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance.
Semi-trucks that are in the hands of drivers who aren't paying attention to what is going on around them can be deadly weapons. The sheer size and weight of these trucks are huge factors when it comes to how other vehicles on the road fare when an accident with a semi occurs. One truck driver from Wisconsin is now facing charges in another state for a fatal accident that occurred while he was driving a semi-truck in January of 2013.