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Milwaukee Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

3 injured in 2-vehicle Wisconsin crash; driver cited

Wisconsin authorities report that three people were injured in a crash on Sept. 20. The wreck occurred in Brussels around 8:20 p.m. near Wisconsin 57 and County C.

Sources indicate that a 35-year-old woman was driving a Jeep eastbound on Wisconsin 57 at the same time that a 20-year-old woman attempted to cross the highway in a Chevrolet Malibu heading northbound on County C. The police allege that the Malibu failed to yield the right of way at the crossing and traveled into the path of the Jeep. Although the driver of the Jeep attempted to swerve around the vehicle, she was unable to avoid a collision.

Wisconsin crash on Highway 133 kills trucker

A fatal accident involving a semi-truck occurred on Hwy 133 in Grant County on Sept. 18, authorities reported. A 44-year-old truck driver died in the collision. According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, the Potosi Township incident occurred at approximately 5:32 p.m.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident with help from an inspector and reconstructionist from the Wisconsin State Patrol, reportedly. The collision occurred when a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo traveling north on the highway crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound Mack truck, officials said. The collision caused the semi-truck to catch fire. The driver of the semi-truck, a 44-year-old man from Illinois, suffered critical injuries and received emergency transport to Grant Regional Health Center. He ultimately died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at UW-Madison Hospital after being transported there by Med Flight.

Steps that victims should take following a crash

Even safe and responsible Wisconsin drivers sometimes experience traffic accidents, especially when they share the road with negligent or reckless motorists. However, drivers who suffer damages as a result of an accident caused by another party's actionable behavior may seek civil remedies, provided that they know the course of action to take following the incident. The initial steps are key.

The first step injured parties should take in the aftermath of a collision is to obtain proper documentation of the event. This includes but is not limited to detailed notes and pictures, receipts and anything tangible related to the accident or medical treatment stemming from the accident.

1 killed, 14 injured in school bus crash

An accident involving a school bus and a car that occurred on Sept. 2 in Wisconsin caused the death of one woman and injuries to 14 other people, according to police. Authorities believe that the school bus driver failed to yield the right-of-way.

A 24-year-old woman who was in the car died in the crash, and her 27-year-old fiance was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries. There was no information on the conditions of those on the bus who were injured.

Texting on a cellphone while driving is distracted driving

Since accidents are more likely to occur when drivers use handheld cellphones, many states have bans in place against talking on handheld phones or texting while driving. Wisconsin does not allow any drivers to text and drive, but only novice drivers cannot use handheld cellphones when driving. While there is no national ban on cellphone usage, states have passed laws regarding texting while driving because this form of distracted driving is likely to lead to injuries or fatalities.

According to The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the risk of a crash is 23 times more likely when a driver texts than when driving while not distracted. In 2010, 3,092 people died and approximately 416,000 people suffered injuries in crashes caused by distracted drivers. To avoid distracted driving, individuals can set rules for themselves and use hands-free communication devices while in their vehicles.

Wisconsin car crash kills 1, injures 2

A four-vehicle crash in Milwaukee on Sept. 6 resulted in the death of one man and significant injuries to two others. According to police reports, the 12:30 a.m. crash was allegedly caused by a drunk driver.

The 22-year-old driver who reportedly caused the accident is facing multiple charges that include vehicular homicide while intoxicated, injury to another while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license. According to the arrest records, his blood alcohol concentration was registered at .12 percent.

Parents 'horrified' at light sentence for car accident driver

The mother of a teenage victim who died in a 2012 car crash says she is "horrified" by the plea deal that has been given to the at-fault driver. The man behind the wheel at the time of the fatal crash near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, received a two-year deferred prosecution agreement and a fine of just about $400. He pleaded no contest to causing the car accident that killed a 17-year-old victim.

Official reports show that the victim died when his vehicle was struck by the defendant's Jeep. The at-fault driver was traveling more than 20 mph faster than the speed limit. It appears that the victim had stopped at a stop sign before pulling out to cross the highway. The defendant made an evasive maneuver, and his actual culpability in the crash was hotly debated for more than two years.

Responsibility of commercial vehicle drivers in Wisconsin

Commercial vehicle drivers in Wisconsin must follow the rules of the road, just the same as those who are driving a regular vehicle. This includes bus drivers, moving truck drivers and delivery van drivers among others.

In addition to the actual commercial truck drivers, their companies must also know the rules of the road while taking on the responsibility of operating and maintaining their vehicles in a responsible manner. This includes but is not limited to the following:

Can I sue a teenager for my drunk driving injuries?

The short answer is yes. Technically it is possible to sue a teenager because Wisconsin considers an individual of 18 years as an adult. That also includes minors who are under guardianship. Guardianship expires the moment a minor turns 18. However, individuals 18 years old are considered minors. A civil lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries would need to be directed toward their parents or guardians.

Wisconsin state law prohibits alcohol consumption by individuals under 21. This means that the person or organization who provided the alcohol to the teenager who caused your drunk driving injuries may also be liable. Here are some examples of violations of Wisconsin's underage drinking laws:

Bus accident kills 1, leaves 13 injured in Wisconsin wreck

A school bus accident near Pulaski, Wisconsin, has left one person dead and more than a dozen injured. The bus accident, which occurred at about 9 p.m. on Sept. 2, occurred when a northbound bus collided with a westbound passenger vehicle on Wisconsin 29. A passenger in the smaller vehicle died in the fatal crash.

Official reports show that the driver of the smaller vehicle also has life-threatening injuries. The decedent in this case was a 24-year-old woman, and the driver is a 27-year-old man. The names of the victims have not been released.

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