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Everyone has a role in reducing motorcycle crash rates

Collisions involving motorcycles result in some of the most catastrophic injuries on Wisconsin’s roads. Motorcyclists tend to be at an increased risk of injury or death due to the high levels of exposure and added risk factors associated with riding these two or three-wheeled vehicles.

Motorcyclists and their passengers know the increased dangers that come with riding these vehicles and they need to take extra precautions. That said, everyone on the road can help reduce the frequency of motorcycle crashes through a few quick and simple steps.

Criminal defense: 3 teens charged in Wisconsin incident

Teenagers in the United States are capable of doing great things. Unfortunately, even the most accomplished teenagers may feel unable to create an adequate criminal defense should they find themselves facing criminal charges. Unfortunately, three teens in Wisconsin are now likely worrying about their legal options following their recent arrest.

Police say that they received a call about a reckless driver, specifically that the driver was seen driving into oncoming traffic and swerving. The vehicle reportedly stopped at a gas station before police could catch up to it. Officer says that when they approached the vehicle, they discovered a 15-year-old driver, a 19-year-old mother and her infant and another teenager.

Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents: Charges follow crash

Many drivers likely think little of briefly crossing a fog or dividing line in a roadway. Unfortunately, something that may seem insignificant can ultimately have serious consequences, including resulting in motor vehicle accidents. In fact, states like Wisconsin have created Move Over Laws that require drivers to slow down or change lanes when they come across maintenance or emergency vehicles with flashing lights. Unfortunately, a recent accident demonstrates the harm that failing to do so could create.

The incident reportedly happened around 8:45 p.m. on a day in early September on the southbound lanes of a Interstate I-41. According to reports, a state trooper pulled over a vehicle that reportedly had a defective headlight. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a driver crossed the fog line after the trooper returned to his vehicle.

Wisconsin car accident leads to arrest

Most people understand that with the number of people traveling on Wisconsin roadways, an accident may occur. Because of this potential, all drivers are expected to remain vigilant at all times. Additionally, drivers are expected to remain at the scene if they are involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, a woman is now accused of fleeing the scene that left a pedestrian suffering from serious injuries.

The accident is said to have occurred around noon on a day in late July. According to reports, a car driven by a 27-year-old woman struck a 22-year-old woman who was out for a run. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries in the accident, including "significant bleeding" on her brain.  Medical professionals induced a coma, and the woman required emergency surgery.

Dad arrested for drunk driving leaving Wisconsin State Fair

Anyone who has attended a fair in Wisconsin has likely experienced the traffic headaches that are associated with them. Often, the heavier, slow-moving traffic that often accompanies such events can make it possible for people to be involved in a traffic accident. Unfortunately, one man is now charged with drunk driving after a recent accident.

The incident reportedly happened after the man left the Wisconsin State Fair. Police say they were called to the scene of a hit-and-run crash. Reports indicate that when police arrived at the scene, they came into contact with a 30-year-old man whose vehicle had reportedly sustained significant damage to its front. The man's 7-year-old daughter reported that she was experiencing chest pain. The man claims that a driver cut him off, and he avoided a collision with that vehicle by changing lanes; unfortunately, he reportedly rear-ended a vehicle in the new lane while doing so.

Wisconsin car accident kills 1, injures 2

As a person in Wisconsin drives, he or she likely encounters multiple traffic signs. While these signs may carry important information, it may be easy to become desensitized to them unless conscious effort is put into paying attention to them. Unfortunately, such desensitization comes with serious consequences. In fact, a man was recently killed in a car accident when police say a driver failed to obey a traffic sign.

The accident happened one afternoon on a day in July. According to reports, a 49-year-old male was headed northbound on a Wisconsin road. Unfortunately, a 17-year-old female driver allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign.

Sauk County case serves as reminder to watch for elder abuse

You did your homework and selected the best possible nursing home for your parent. By all available accounting, the residents of the home you selected were receiving good care. Despite best efforts, one out of every ten elderly residents will experience elder abuse. As if that number weren’t high enough already, there is concern that more incidents go unreported than reported.

Wisconsin driver faces multiple charges after car accident

It is easy to overlook the importance of certain traffic features that drivers come across every time they drive. For example, traffic lights may seem commonplace, but they play an extremely important role in keeping motorists safe. In fact, officials in Wisconsin claim that a recent car accident that sent several people to the hospital was caused by a man who failed to stop at a red light.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. on a day in late June. According to reports, a 28-year-old man was under the influence of alcohol and speeding at the time of a collision. Reports indicate that the man drove through a traffic light, striking four vehicles.

Wisconsin Supreme Court: Implied consent applies to blood tests

"Implied consent" is the legal theory that drivers, by accepting a state driver's license, agree to provide a breath sample upon request when a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe the driver is drunk. For a time, many states believed that drivers inherently agree to provide a blood sample to an officer with probable cause.

In 2015's Birchfield v. North Dakota, however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that blood samples are so intrusive that a simple statement of probable cause is not enough. Instead, the officer's belief that they have probable cause must be affirmed by a judge. In other words, a warrant is required before blood can be drawn.

Eight things to do if you’re in a bicycle accident

Bicycle commuting is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Not only is riding a bike good for your health, it is also good for the environment. According to Statista, the number of bicyclists has increased dramatically in recent years, from 51 million bike riders in 2012 to more than 66 million bike riders in 2017.

With more bicycle commuters, that also means more potential for bicycle accidents. Below are eight things to do if a car hits you while you are on a bicycle.

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