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Three taken to hospital after collision on Wisconsin 57

A car wreck in Brussels, Wisconsin, that occurred on March 9 left three people with injuries that required medical attention in a hospital. Early reports suggest that the car accident happened when the 19-year-old driver of a Ford Winstar failed to yield the right of way to a 65-year-old driver who was traveling east on County C. A 19-year-old driver, who is Brussels, claimed that the victim of the wreck was in her blindspot. The driver even stopped at a yield sign before pulling onto County C, but she still somehow managed to not spot the other driver. It is reported that both vehicles involved in the accident were severely damaged.

2 injured, 1 dead in Afton Bridge accident

On Mar. 3, two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision on the Afton Bridge in Janesville. In the aftermath, the 55-year-old driver of one vehicle was taken to a local hospital while the driver of the other vehicle, whose information was not released, died at the scene. A 21-year-old passenger in the second car was taken to the hospital and reported to be in stable condition.As a result of the car accident, Afton Road was closed to traffic for several hours. Police did not release the identities of the drivers nor the cause of the accident. However, they stated that they believed alcohol was a contributing factor.

Family of victim involved in rental car accident may be entitled to additional compensation

A ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court earlier this month may make it possible for victims of car accidents to obtain compensation under their insurance policies if damages exceed the maximum amount that rental car companies can be required to pay.

Drunk driver will spend two years in jail after fatal crash

Earlier this month, a sentence was handed down against a 28-year-old Wisconsin man who was driving under the influence and caused a car accident in Wheaton in June 2010. The crash resulted in the death of the man's 26-year-old passenger. Two others were seriously injured in the crash.According to a criminal complaint, the driver's blood alcohol level was 0.131 at the time of the accident. Records show that the man was driving when his Pontiac GTO hit a tractor-trailer that was traveling southbound before crashing into a Mazda 6 that was traveling northbound.

Injured in a hit-and-run accident? Your options may be limited.

 Simply having the liability insurance mandated by the state of Wisconsin is not enough to protect cautious drivers in some circumstances. When a negligent driver flees the scene of an accident he or she caused, the cost of medical bills and auto repairs or replacement fall on the party who was not at fault. It seems unfair, but a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident could leave the injured party without recourse to the law, unless the at-fault driver is caught. A collision policy or riders on the liability policy can help with costs so it is important understand your particular policy. Liability insurance only covers damages to others that result from the policy-holder's actions. It is impossible to bring a lawsuit against or receive any type of compensation from the missing, at-fault party unless you have the right insurance coverage. Financial hardship resulting from hit-and-run accidents may be mitigated in a couple of ways, but there is no substitute for collision insurance, or locating the hit-and-run driver and holding him or her responsible for damages.

Milwaukee man charged with OWI in 5-car accident

A five-car crash that left at least one person injured was due to drunk driving, according to Wauwatosa police. The car accident occurred on Mayfair Road when a 45-year-old man from Milwaukee was allegedly speeding with a blood alcohol content of 0.15, nearly twice the limit for drunk driving in Wisconsin.

Serious crash results in Wisconsin woman's death

Two car crashes in two days in Anoka resulted in death for one Wisconsin victim. The second accident occurred when the Wisconsin resident attempted to make a U-turn in the middle of the road. She drove directly into the path of an SUV driven by a teenage girl, according to police sources. Although this crash happened in a neighboring state, the same scenario could have easily played out on Wisconsin roads. The crash killed the Wisconsin driver instantly and sent the SUV driver and a passenger to the hospital with injuries. The accident is under investigation to determine if a wrongful death occurred. The Anoka Police Department, the Anoka County Sheriff's Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol are involved in the investigation of the crash.

A decade in prison for texting while driving

A Wisconsin man convicted of causing a fatal accident is looking at 10 years in prison, possibly the toughest sentence ever handed out for texting while driving. The 23 year-old was convicted 2nd degree reckless homicide for causing a December, 2012 crash that killed one man in Wood County. The young man admitted to police that he was texting his girlfriend and trying to respond to numerous other text messages when he blew through a "Stop" sign and struck another vehicle. The impact bounced his car into a third car with such force that the seat-belted driver was ejected and died on the scene.

A mother's neglect ruins four lives

One of the things that children learn in middle school science is the physics of moving objects. They learn that objects at rest tend to stay at rest, and objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Those same laws pertain to cars. If the vehicle you're riding in stops suddenly, unless you are belted you keep moving at the same speed you were moving before. Car stops, you keep going; out the window, through the windshield or through the roof. Elementary physics. It's too bad a young Bayfield woman didn't pay attention in class.

Death haunts Wisconsin motorcycle riders

It appears that 2012 is shaping up to be a very bad year for Wisconsin motorcyclists. Three-quarters of the way through, the death toll already stands at 102. Even if there are no more fatal motorcycle accidents this year, the number of bikers killed will be fourth highest in the last 26 years. And it's not the new riders or reckless young people who are dying. Officials say the average age is 48, up from age 30 just ten years ago.

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