From Madison to Mellen, Wisconsin requires a car to experience fully. For an overwhelming majority of towns across the Badger State, cars and other personal vehicles are the only reliable way to get around. Commutes and trips to the mall are easily forgettable, as they happen in the hundreds, but accidents always stand out.
There's no way around it. You're not going anywhere in Wisconsin if you're not on the road. Although Milwaukee and Madison have some public transit options, and the train can be caught in the southern heartland, cars and trucks are the best way to get around the Badger State.
Driving in Wisconsin is the main way to get around, and it is safe for a huge majority of people in cars and trucks. Some hazards are avoidable with clear thinking and quick reflexes, but not every risk can be mitigated when we share the road with others.
Winter months bring all sorts of hazards to roads in Wisconsin. Ice can turn hardy road surfaces into glass with the slipperiness of a skating rink. Snow logs in tire treads, bringing vehicles to a stop or sometimes making it hard to stop. But a year-round hazard is brought into stark relief by the fallen leaves and white background: animals.
With winter in full swing throughout the northern United States, the risk of winter weather is on the mind of most drivers. A record cold snap with large amounts of precipitation brought many Wisconsin communities to a standstill, but many drivers see no alternative to taking to the road to get to work or run errands.
Drivers share the roads of Wisconsin with every type of vehicle. Car and pickup truck drivers often see tractor-trailers on the interstates and other limited-access highways, and some people heading down smaller roads may even see a bicycle or cross-country skier. But there are few combinations more dangerous on the road than car drivers and truck drivers who are not prepared for each other.
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.
There wouldn't be much to buy at the mall or the grocery store without trucks. Even devotees of online shopping must admit deliveries rely on trucks. Although they can pose problems on the highways, trucks and truckers are due respect for keeping our economy moving.
Truck accidents injure far too many Americans each year. Unfortunately, residents of Wisconsin are just as much at risk of suffering severe injuries in a truck accident as residents of other state are. With all of the widespread knowledge about why truck accidents occur in the nation, we believe that they should almost never happen in today's world.
Two people passed away in a tragic accident in Wisconsin on Wednesday, August 1. The wreck happened in Juneau County.