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Texting While Driving Accidents

Distracted and texting while driving accidents are dangerous, claiming 3,450 lives in 2016 in the United States. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system--anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Family of Wisconsin shooting victim sues for damages

When a fatal accident happens, the most many of us can do is mourn a tragic loss earlier than its time. In some cases, in which someone else may have caused a loss, the best that family members and other survivors can do is try to claim financial damages to make the loss less damaging.

A 21-year-old man from Milwaukee was fatally injured when he was shot by a sheriff's deputy firing at a fleeing suspect. The victim was sitting in a parked car outside a restaurant in East Troy when the driver of the car tried to leave the area ahead of approaching police cars. The shooter claimed the car was heading towards him, justifying the use of lethal force in self-defense.

Construction on I-94 brought crash woes to Wisconsin

It would surprise few drivers to learn that construction can add risks to a day out on the road. Construction zones often combine several hazards like restricted lanes and reduced visibility into a small area of road, which can be dangerous for both workers and drivers.

A recent season of construction on Interstate 94 is drawing to a close after it took a toll on regional traffic patterns and cars. The section between the St. Croix River and the town of Hudson in St. Croix County saw 162 crashes since April 2018. This is nearly double the number of accidents for the same section of road during all of 2017. The time, including May and June 2018, was the worst with 61 accidents, while no month in 2017 had more than 18 accidents.

How can avoid truck accidents in Wisconsin?

If you buy some clothes or food in Wisconsin, the odds are that your purchases came to you on a truck. Four out of five American communities receive all goods by truck, and this service can come at a price. Truck driving is one of the nation's most dangerous professions, and the casualties are not only truck drivers.

What are the main factors in harmful or deadly truck accidents?

Left Turn Right of Way

In Wisconsin left turn right of way goes to the oncoming car and the car making a left turn must yield and only proceed when its safe. See Wisconsin Statute Sec. 346.18 (2) TURNING LEFT OR MAKING A U-TURN AT INTERSECTION. The operator of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left or make a U-turn shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. See Wisconsin Civil Jury Instructions:

Some Wisconsin workers have grave injury compensation issues

One of the few comforts available to workers injured on the job is the expectation that one's employer will look after their needs during recovery. Workers' compensation laws, on the books in Wisconsin for a century, theoretically guarantee employees' rights to financial help while recovering for work-related health problems. But the guarantee does not always relieve workers' concerns.

Wisconsin's three-person Labor and Industry Review Commission has ruled on hundreds of workers' compensation cases. Although an administrative judge ruled a victim of a serious workplace injury as permanently disabled, the commission denied relief beyond three months after the incident in question. This was in line with the employer's claim that the worker could have returned.

Landscaper Workers Comp Injury

A landscaper workers comp injury, or groundskeeper injury, are very common due to the heavy and strenuous physical labor they must do. Landscaping injuries can happen from a single traumatic lifting incident or fall at work, resulting in a herniated disc for example. Or they can come from degenerative disc disease over time in part from the heavy physical labor required by the job duties

How dangerous is motorcycle riding in Wisconsin?

Motorcycles are a lot of fun compared to cars and trucks, but they also come with dangers unmatched by other vehicles. The lack of external protection for drivers and passengers can spell danger or even death in the case of a collision.

How dangerous is riding a motorcycle in Wisconsin?

Wrongful death lawsuit alleges culpability for explosion

It is hard to accept that someone's negligence or poor decision-making could cost someone their life. Sometimes, surviving loved ones can gain some measure of justice by seeking financial damages in a civil lawsuit.

A Wisconsin company is one of several defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit brought on behalf of a man who died in an explosion while he helped build a hospital. The 30-year-old man died three weeks after a boiler burst in a physical plant for a future structure.

I was hurt in a car accident at work.

If I was in a car accident at work can I sue the other driver if my employer paid me worker's compensation benefits? Yes, you can have a personal injury case in Wisconsin against the other driver who caused the car accident at work, even if you make a workers compensation claim at same time. If workers comp pays benefits for time missed from work and to the doctors and hospital for medical bills, it has a right to get paid back out of the car accident case but its under a formula in the Wisconsin statutes, Sec. 102.29, which guarantees a recovery for the injured worker regardless of the amount paid by workers compensation. Many law firms handle automobile accident cases, far fewer that handle worker's compensation cases, and there are very few who have extensive experience with both automobile accident and worker's compensation cases. There is an interplay between the two systems and it makes sense to have representation who knows their way around both in order to maximize your recovery.

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