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What are some common causes of truck accidents?

Large trucks, such as semi-trucks and delivery trucks, are a common sight on the roads throughout America, including Wisconsin. Unfortunately, that also means that truck accidents are common as well.

The difference between truck accidents and accidents that involve only passenger vehicles is that, although the risk of injury exists in both, the risk of severe injuries and even fatalities can be much higher in truck accidents. The reason is probably obvious to our readers: the sheer size of large trucks means that the damage that results from a collision with these types of vehicles can be devastating.

Pursuing legal options after a car accident in Wisconsin

It is quite common for most people to call a collision between two vehicles an "accident." However, the reality is that most "accidents" are actually caused due to another person's negligent or reckless conduct. Whether it is speeding, drunk driving or some form of distracted driving, negligent and reckless conduct is the cause of thousands of injuries and deaths in America each year.

Fortunately, anyone who has been injured in a car "accident" in Wisconsin may be able to pursue legal options. In a personal injury lawsuit based on a car accident, the victim will first need to show that a "duty" existed between the drivers involved in the wreck. That is fairly simple, as every driver has a duty to all others on the road to operate their vehicles in a safe and appropriate manner. Once it is established that a duty existed, the victim must prove the defendant's "breach" of that duty. That would be the alleged negligent or reckless conduct, such as proving that the defendant was speeding or using a cellphone and was distracted behind the wheel, for example.

A strong defense strategy to drunk driving charges

Anyone who has been charged with drunk driving in Wisconsin will probably become immediately aware of the potential consequences if a conviction occurs. Those consequences, for first-time offenders, will usually include a term of probation supervision, fines and probably a requirement to attend substance abuse counseling. For those who have multiple convictions for drunk driving, the potential penalties become even more significant, potentially even including serious jail time.

These consequences mean that anyone facing DUI charges needs to consider all available defense strategy options. For some people, the best option might be to enter into a plea agreement and get the case behind them. For others, it may be possible to fight the charges all the way to a trial. The options will depend on the facts of any given case.

Are you ready for a consultation with a personal injury attorney?

If you have suffered serious injuries in a Wisconsin car accident, your life may have changed forever. Your injuries could have lasting impacts, including physically or financially, that affect your day-to-day life. Because you did not cause the incident that resulted in your injuries, you are considering filing a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault.

Taking civil legal action after a serious car crash is not unusual. Of course, if you have never needed to take such steps before, you may understandably feel anxious about the idea of starting such a serious process. As a result, you may want to know more about what to expect when meeting with an attorney.

What do you need to know about wrongful death cases?

Losing a loved one to a sudden and unexpected accident can be devastating for a family in Wisconsin. But, the sad reality is that car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents cause thousands of deaths in America each year, including many in Wisconsin. In many cases, families are left behind with not just emotional distress but also mounting financial problems due to their loved one's death. In some of these types of incidents, a wrongful death claim may be an option.

So, what do our readers in Wisconsin need to know about wrongful death claims? Well, for starters, it is important to understand that these types of claims are brought forward in circumstances in which another party was responsible for the decedent's death in some manner. For example, in a car accident case, the death may have been caused because the other driver was distracted or drunk behind the wheel. The law enforcement investigation of fatal accidents can provide crucial details about how an accident may have occurred.

When you know danger, avoid it - that includes distracted driving

By now, most of our readers in Wisconsin know how dangerous distracted driving can be. In fact, this national plague on our roads has seemingly only been getting worse. A recent news article noted that, since 2000, an estimated 624,000 people have died in fatal traffic accidents in America. Many of these deaths were caused by distracted driving.

As we all know, the primary distraction for drivers is the ever-present smartphone. These days, cellphones are essentially mini computers that are capable of doing much more than just placing and receiving calls. Drivers are distracted by the ability to text, send emails and even look at the Internet while driving. Distracted drivers may miss important road signs, speed or swerve in their lanes. Any number of issues can occur when drivers take their eyes off of the road and attention away from the task of driving, even for a few seconds.

Failure to yield a part of deadly motorcycle crash?

When it comes to motorcycle accidents, one of the most common reasons that they occur is because drivers in larger vehicles, such as passenger vehicles, fail to yield to the smaller vehicle. This may have been the scenario in a recent motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, which occurred on July 21 in Ozaukee County.

According to the reports, the collision between a motorcycle and Ford Fusion occurred around 5:30pm on that date. It appears that the motorcycle, which had a rider and a passenger, was traveling east on a state highway when it collided with the Ford Fusion, which was being driven in a southbound direction on an intersecting state highway. As many collisions happen, the two vehicles collided at the intersection.

Consider all your options after a truck accident

Semi-trucks are a common sight in Oshkosh and all over Wisconsin. However, driving near a semi-truck can be a white-knuckle experience for some. This is because, no matter how carefully one drives, a distracted, drowsy, inexperienced or intoxicated trucker could slam into their vehicle. And, given the sheer size disparity between a semi-truck and a standard automobile, an accident between the two could cause substantial damage, injuries or even fatalities.

When a person is in a trucking accident, they may be offered an insurance settlement. But, these settlements often are not enough to fully compensate the truck accident victim for all the harms they suffered. Moreover, these settlements may not be enough for victims to feel like the responsible parties were sufficiently held accountable and justice has been done. Sometimes, to obtain enough compensation and obtain a sense of closure, it makes sense to file a lawsuit following a trucking accident.

Blunt force trauma and other issues cause these injuries

You never know how safe (or not) Wisconsin highways will be when you get behind the wheel to travel by motor vehicle. Like all motorists, you hope and reasonably expect that you'll safely reach your destination if you adhere to all traffic and safety regulations and practice caution when you drive. The problem is that you have no idea who you might be sharing the road with at any given moment.

There could be a drunk driver on the road with you, or someone might be texting or otherwise distracted. Another person might have worked a double shift and tried to drive home instead of getting some sleep first or asking someone else for a ride. All these issues and more place you at risk for collision and potential severe to life-threatening injuries. This is why it's so important to know where to seek support before you head out on the road.

Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents year-round

Wisconsinites may see an increase in traffic this Fourth of July weekend, and in fact, this is a time of year when more people are traveling to go to parties or festivals to celebrate our nation's independence. Unfortunately, when more people are on the road, the greater the chance is that car accidents will occur. Many of these car crashes will be caused by distracted drivers.

Distracted driving is a serious issue any time of the year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day around nine people across the nation lose their life and over 1,000 suffer injuries in collisions involving a distracted driver. In 2016 alone, almost 3,500 individuals died in distracted driving collisions. In addition, in 2015, around 391,000 individuals suffered injuries in car accidents involving a distracted driver.

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