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Milwaukee Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Involved in a bike accident? Our attorneys may be able to help

Filing a personal injury in a bike accident case can be a time-sensitive matter, which is why we recommend acting quickly to hold the responsible party accountable in civil court. No matter the nature of your injuries, you deserve financial compensation to pay for medical expenses and get you back on your feet -- and hopefully back on your bicycle.

Let's face it: Many drivers fail to pay attention to bicycle riders, even if they are following the law and using designated bike lanes. A motor vehicle accident involving a bicycle can lead to a variety of serious accidents, including traumatic brain injuries -- even for those wearing a helmet. Other physical ailments can include lacerations, fractures, spinal cord damage and road rash. More serious conditions resulting from bicycle accidents include potential amputation or paraplegia and paralysis.

Young boy dies in Wisconsin car accident

The streets of Wisconsin can be dangerous, with many vehicle and pedestrian accidents occurring on a regular basis. While many of these accidents are minor, some result in serious injury or death.

According to Dodge County authorities, a 9-year-old boy was killed in a three-vehicle accident on Aug. 15 in the town of Beaver Dam.

Useful tips for bus trip planners to avoid bus accidents

In the United States, there are over 4,000 motorcoach companies that are currently listed with the federal government as for-hire operators. This means that they are authorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to convey passengers in exchange for a fee. As the cost of travel increases, many churches, social organizations and other groups of friends are turning to hiring a commercial bus as a less expensive way to get their groups to their destinations.

If you have been tasked with finding a motorcoach company on behalf of your organization, there are a few steps you can take to ensure the safety of your group.

Electric motorcycle offers chance to discuss motorcycle accidents

Most Milwaukee residents are aware of the storied history that motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson Inc. shares with our beloved city. Recently, the legendary motorcycle company who is with world renowned for the throaty sounds of their beefy frame bikes have unveiled a much quieter electric version.

Former NBC "The Tonight Show" host, Jay Leno, recently featured the new electric motorcycle on another program with the same broadcaster. On the show called "Jay Leno's Garage," Leno teamed up with the director of Harley-Davidson's global marketing operations to feature the new bike.

Driver sentenced in pedestrian accident that killed toddler

A Wisconsin judge has handed down a significant sentence to the driver who caused a toddler's death during a hit-and-run in late 2013. The man, age 25, pleaded guilty to two felonies during a hearing in July. He was charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle in connection with that pedestrian accident.

Official reports show that the defendant was accused of striking a 21-year-old mother and her 18-month-old child while he was behind the wheel of a rental truck. The girl was apparently in her mother's arms when they were struck by the vehicle. The pair was crossing a street on Milwaukee's south side -- in a designated crosswalk -- when the driver turned onto the road and struck both victims.

Know the rules of the road in Wisconsin

As a resident of Wisconsin with the ability to operate a motor vehicle, you realize that you have a big responsibility on your hands every time you take to the road. Not only do you have to make decisions that will keep you safe, but you need to take others into consideration a well.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there are rules of the road that must be adhered to all times. It is easy to believe that some rules and regulations are more important than others, but any bit of driver negligence can lead to an accident that causes serious injury or death.

Federal driving regulations reconsidered after truck accident

By now, most people are aware of the tragic tractor-trailer accident on a New Jersey Turnpike which seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his friend in June. The accident allegedly involved a fatigued Wal-Mart tractor-trailer operator crashing into a limousine, which was carrying the "30 Rock" comedian and his entourage.

Morgan has partially recovered from the accident and has since filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart accusing the company of negligence with regards to regulations permitting long hours. Some industry insiders say those regulations, which took effect July 1, 2013, may actually be contributing to more accidents.

New standard proposed aimed at lowering bus accident injuries

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for the safety of those who travel on the country's roadways. The organization has proposed a new safety standard meant to protect passengers traveling on motor coaches and other large vehicles, such as buses.

The new federal motor vehicle safety standard is aimed at protecting passengers in the event that the vehicle in which they are traveling rolls over. If this safety standard is passed, it would establish a variety of performance requirements that would improve the safety of vehicles in this category. The proposal would do the following:

Police: Teen driver in fatal car accident did not have a license

A Wisconsin community is mourning the deaths of two young people after the driver of an SUV lost control of the vehicle. Eight teens were also injured in that car accident, which occurred as the group was traveling to the Dells of the Eau Claire Park. One of those youngsters remains in critical condition at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital after the Aug. 8 crash.

Official reports show that the group intended to visit the Eau Claire Dells to swim and picnic for the day. The driver of the SUV lost control at about 10 a.m. near Wausau. Two 12-year-old girls were killed in the single-car crash when the vehicle rolled several times; one of them was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other died later in the day at the hospital. Seven of the youths were treated at nearby medical facilities and have already been released.

Wisconsin state bus accident statistical information

According to 2012 statistics compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, someone is either hurt or killed on a school bus in the state of Wisconsin every 75.1 hours. Now that statistic may seem rather high, but it's important to remember the school bus accident isn't just when the bus collides with another vehicle. In fact, many school bus accidents occur as riders are either entering or exiting the bus. The following are some interesting "crash facts" statistics from the WDOT:

-- The time of the day most bus accidents occur in Wisconsin is between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., with 112 reported accidents in 2012.

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