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.
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.
Obtaining a driver's license is a right of passage for many teenagers in Oshkosh. However, a teen's inexperience behind the wheel could lead to a car crash that injures or even kills other individuals. Teens also might not appreciate the dangers that speeding, distracted driving or drunk driving present. In fact, a AAA study has reviewed that teens have a higher rate of potentially deadly crashes in the summertime.
Spring is officially here, and Wisconsin residents couldn't be gladder. However, don't let the calendar deceive you. In our neck of the woods, sudden winter storms can hit - even in spring. The most recent blizzard left 131 vehicles piled up on Interstate 41, near Oshkosh. Sadly, one man was killed in the wreck, with several dozen others injured.
With severe winter weather conditions sweeping across the upper Midwest, Oshkosh is not excluded from the winter weather storms and dangerous driving conditions. Nearby deputies in Fond Du Lac County have reported dozens of car accidents over the last several weeks of storm systems. Many are attributed to winter weather conditions, like snow, poor visibility and excessive speed for the driving conditions. This is a big reason why drivers are cautioned to slow down.
The forces that are involved in an automobile collision can be incredibly strong and very damaging. When two vehicles collide on a Wisconsin road, the intensity of the crash can be compounded by the vehicles' speeds and trajectories. Vehicles are often destroyed in collisions, and the forces that tear apart metal and glass can also inflict serious injuries on the drivers and passengers who are inside of the demolished automobiles.
Not every lawsuit that is filed over personal injuries stemming from car accidents goes to court. Many cases are settled before they ever find themselves in front of judges. The settlement process is one option that victims of Wisconsin car accidents may pursue but readers are cautioned that settlement may not always be the best option. Those who have pending personal injury claims based on vehicle collisions may wish to speak with their attorneys before agreeing to settle their claims.
The number one cause of death of American teens is not shootings, suicides or disease. At the top of the list is distracted driving, says the education and outreach coordinator for Impact Teen Drivers. Heidi Deane says that drunk driving fatalities among teenagers has actually been on the decline, reckless and distracted driving has been on the rise.