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Wisconsin crash takes lives of 3 German women

A Wisconsin crash towards the beginning of October took the lives of three women from Germany. The accident occurred on Sunday, Oct. 1, when the rental vehicle the women were driving struck a deer. After hitting the deer, the vehicle was hit from behind by a tractor trailer. All three women were in their 20's, according to officers.

The accident happened at night on Interstate 90 near the town of Sparta, which is located in between Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The women were 20, 20 and 22. According to authorities, the vehicle slowed down after hitting the deer, which caused the truck to slam into it from behind. After being hit by the truck, the vehicle was sent into a ditch. The truck overturned as a result of the accident. The driver of the truck, a 46-year-old man from Missouri, was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening at a local hospital.

What are risks motorcycle riders face on the roads?

Riding a motorcycle is thrilling and a bit scary all at once no matter how much experience you have under your belt. Milwaukee has plenty to offer motorcyclists, including incredible architecture, adventure, must-see destinations and much more. So, what are the risks motorcycle riders face on the roads of Wisconsin?

One of the biggest risks motorcyclists face on the roads has to do with visualization. Motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the roads, which means they can be hidden by other vehicles, by the rain or by anything else on the road. It's also difficult for some drivers to spot motorcycles simply because they aren't actively looking for them.

Fatal boat crash leads to wrongful death lawsuit

A fatal boat crash has led to a wrongful death lawsuit against a man from Hartland. The defendant's assets were frozen earlier in September by a Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge. The defendant has been accused of causing a fatal boat crash in Delafield this past August.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the husband of the victim. The victim was killed on Aug. 11 when a boat operated by the defendant collided with a pontoon boat that held the victim. The victim and her husband had been fishing at the time of the crash. The defendant was reportedly operating his boat while drunk. The accident occurred on Lake Nagawicka.

What are the top distracted driving habits of Wisconsin drivers?

We've all heard about the dangers of using a mobile phone when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. But, we don't hear much about the other distractions that can affect drivers when on the road. Today's post will discuss the top distracted driving habits in Wisconsin that don't have to do with mobile phone use.

One of the most dangerous distracted driving habits is when drivers have a pet sitting in their lap. It's just as bad if the pet is sitting on the front passenger seat. Pets can easily cause a distraction, which is why they should be in the rear of the vehicle or even secured in a crate.

Wisconsin manufacturer facing fines for various violations

A Wisconsin manufacturer is facing fines for various violations and worker injuries. The company in question manufactures steel pipes and tubes. The company has been identified as Felker Brothers Corp. It faces fines totaling more than $110,000 from the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Regulators from OSHA discovered 13 issues at one of the company's facilities, located in Marshfield, Wisconsin. OSHA confirmed that they know of at least one employee who has been exposed to high levels of hexavalent chromium. The employee in question works at the facility as the operator of a grinder. The employee, according to the OSHA investigation, was exposed at a rate of 1.8 percent more than what is legally allowed.

How is distracted driving defined for trucks?

Distracted driving has become a big problem across the state of Wisconsin and the entire country. With technology becoming more and more a part of everyday life, distractions have seeped into our vehicles. Driving distracted can be deadly, especially when around large trucks. Here is how distracted driving is defined for trucks in Wisconsin.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does not allow truck drivers to operate their rig for interstate commerce while using a hand-held device. Any driver who is caught using a hand-held device while operating his or her rig is subject to hefty fines and being taken off the road for an extended period.

Fatal motorcycle accident investigated in Franklin

Police officers in Franklin were dispatched for a reported motorcycle accident on Saturday, Aug. 26. The accident occurred around 1:30 in the afternoon. It happened at STH 100 and Whitnall Edge Road. The accident, which involved a motorcycle and one other vehicle, killed a 41-year-old man who was operating the bike.

According to officers from the Franklin Police Department, the motorcycle was traveling on STH 100 in the northbound direction approaching Whitnall Edge Road. This is when the motorcycle was struck by another vehicle. The other vehicle involved in the accident was being driven by a 62-year-old female resident of Waukesha.

Wisconsin salmonella outbreak linked to farmers markets

A salmonella outbreak in the state of Wisconsin has been linked to peas that were sold at farmers markets. As of the middle of August, seven people have been infected with salmonella across four counties in Wisconsin. They reportedly ate fresh shell peas that were sold at farmers markets. Four patients are from Brown County.

The investigation into the salmonella outbreak is being handled by the following entities:

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
  • Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
  • Four local health departments

Are heavier vehicles safer?

You're at the dealership, looking at a small car that sips fuel and a large pickup truck. Which one should you choose?

It depends what you're looking for. Fuel economy may be your top goal. If you're just looking for safety, though, statistics suggest you should buy the truck -- no matter what those crash test ratings say.

How do I become a better defensive driver in Wisconsin?

The best way to lower your chances of being involved in an accident on the roads of Milwaukee is by becoming a better defensive driver. This takes a lot of practice and time to accomplish, but it can be done. Defensive driving does not take the place of driving safely. It coincides with operating your vehicle in a safe manner. Here are some tips for becoming a better defensive driver.

Make yourself aware of the other drivers around you at all times. Letting your guard down is when you are most likely to be involved in an accident. You cannot assume that other drivers will be just as safe as you. You also can't assume that they will follow the rules of the road, the speed limit or obey the laws. When you anticipate other drivers being unsafe, you will put yourself in a better position to avoid an accident.

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