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Milwaukee Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

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.

Woman killed, husband injured in Milwaukee car accident

A 27-year-old woman from Wisconsin is dead after a two-car collision in Milwaukee during the early morning hours on July 30. The car accident, which occurred on the city's south side at about 3:15 a.m., also left two other people injured. Authorities say that the decedent in this case was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a negligent driver.

Investigators report that the 30-year-old at-fault driver was reportedly driving north on S. 11th Street when he disregarded a red light at the intersection with W. Mitchell. The man plowed into the decedent's vehicle, which was eastbound at the time of the collision. Authorities say that the at-fault driver suffered serious injuries in the collision. They anticipate filing charges if that man recovers from his injuries.

Driving simulator proves dangers to Wisconsin drivers

No matter if you live in Wisconsin or another state, you realize that texting and driving is a serious problem today. Technology has brought a lot of good to the world, but in the car, it can lead to accidents, injuries and even death.

The Wausau Police Department is looking to help people avoid accidents in the future, bringing the state's only texting-while-driving simulator to the area during a health fair that took place at Bryan and Stratton College.

Victim of drunk driving accident recalls fatal crash

Police officers are heroes. Every day they put on their uniforms, strap on their vests and plunge into a dangerous world to protect us from other citizens behaving badly. Perhaps it's because we regard police officers in such high esteem, it is sometimes difficult for us to remember that they can also be victims of preventable accidents just like the rest of us.

On July 28, a Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy gave testimony about how a drunk driver's decision to get behind the wheel in an attempt to evade police has dramatically changed his life. The officer was talking about an Oct. 29, 2010 incident in which he was pursuing a 41-year-old drunk driver at speeds exceeding 100 mph when the driver suddenly lost control of his vehicle, which collided with the police cruiser.

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