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Foggy Monday leads to multiple accidents in Milwaukee County

Getting to work after a weekend is a tedious, but necessary exercise. Some drivers may seem like they are still on their weekend cruise and may not be paying attention to other drivers around them. Others may hate traffic altogether and driving is just another necessary evil.

Yesterday, the fog that engulfed the greater Milwaukee area made the commute especially difficult; resulting in more than 30 accidents along the I-43 corridor. According to the Milwaukee County Sherriff's Office, this was more than five times greater than the number of accidents during a normal commute.

The FoxPoint-Bayside Patch highlighted two major accidents, which included a pickup truck hitting the center median while going southbound near the Good Hope Road overpass, as well as another accident in the northbound lanes near Capitol Drive.

The accidents underscore a driver's duty to drive in a reasonable manner, and to slow down depending on the conditions. Essentially, when roads are wet, icy (or in the case of Monday's commute) foggy, drivers have a duty to slow down and to allow extra space between cars so that accidents can be avoided. If this duty is breached, the offending driver could be held responsible for the injuries and damages that come out of an accident.

People injured in motor vehicle accidents can seek compensation for damages to their vehicles, injuries they suffer, as well as medical costs in treating such injuries. Wisconsin law also allows injured parties to be compensated for pain and suffering and any lost income due to injury.

Source: Fox Point-Bayside WI Patch, 32 Car Accidents on Milwaukee County Freeway Monday, December 3, 2012

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