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Wisconsin fatal car accident under investigation

It is easy to overlook the role that certain traffic signs play. For example, stop signs serve an important function in regards to maintaining order on Wisconsin roadways. Failure to obey such signs can have devastating consequences. In fact, police believe that a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign caused a fatal car accident.

The accident happened just before 8:30 a.m. one morning in August. A pickup truck driven by a 47-year-old man and a highway department truck driven by a 35-year-old man were involved. Reports indicate that the highway department employee was hauling recyclables at the time of the accident.

Car accident numbers higher in the month of July

It is not unusual for the number of motor vehicle accidents to increase during the summer months. School is out, and there are more people on the road, including young drivers, which usually leads to more car accidents. This summer, the month of July was particularly dangerous for Wisconsin drivers as 60 car accident victims lost their lives. 

Authorities believe that many of these accidents could have been prevented. The leading causes of car accidents include alcohol, distracted driving and reckless behavior, all of which can be alleviated when drivers make smart and responsible choices. There is also an increased risk of injury or death when a person is not wearing a seat belt when involved in a vehicle collision.

Wisconsin car accident results in 2 fatalities

Most people in Wisconsin likely put little thought into the role of traffic signs on roadways. However, what may seem as a simple sign, perhaps even a nuisance in a daily commute, has likely saved many lives. Unfortunately, police are currently investigating a recent fatal car accident involving a tractor-trailer that reportedly took two lives.

According to police reports, the 27-year-old driver of an eastbound tractor-trailer failed to stop at a stop sign. As a result, the truck struck a northbound vehicle. Two people in that vehicle, a 69-year-old man and 66-year-old woman, died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Wisconsin car accident involving tractor-trailer injures 5

Some drivers are willing to take risks while using Wisconsin roadways by failing to obey traffic signals and speed limits. While most obey all traffic laws and drive defensively, safe drivers and others are still in danger from the negligent acts of others. Police are currently working to investigate a recent car accident involving a tractor-trailer that sent five members of a family to the hospital.

Reports indicate that the accident happened just before 11 a.m. one morning in late July. According to reports, a 48-year-old man was driving a pickup truck that was towing a trailer. The man's wife and four children were also in the vehicle. Their trailer was allegedly rear ended by a semi-truck driven by a 35-year-old man.

Wisconsin drunk driving accident results in criminal charges

Despite the attempts to educate drivers about the potential consequences of driving under the influence, people in Wisconsin and across the country continue to gamble with their lives as well as the lives of their passengers and others with whom they may come into contact by driving after consuming drugs and alcohol. Police are currently investigating an accident that sent three people to the hospital and ultimately resulted in a fatality. The driver now faces multiple criminal charges.

Witnesses of the accident, which happened in the early morning hours, claim that the the vehicle involved in the accident sped away from a red light. The car is then said that have fishtailed before the driver lost control and struck a light pole. The 35-year-old female driver as well as two passengers were trapped in the vehicle.

Wisconsin man pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run car accident

There are a variety of different ways to legally use roadways. In fact, many people choose to ride a bicycle in order to save money, promote health and protect the environment. Unfortunately, some bicyclists may be in danger if there are negligent drivers on the roadways. For example, a man in Wisconsin recently pleaded guilty to charges related to a fatal hit-and-run car accident involving a bicyclist.

The incident happened one evening in August 2015. Police were first alerted to the crash by a passerby who informed them about an injured motorcyclist. When officers arrived, however, no motorcycle was discovered. However, a deceased man was discovered lying in the grass, and there was debris in the road indicating that an accident took place.

Legal action following a negligent car accident

The majority of drivers in Wisconsin and across the country are good drivers, dedicated to protecting their own safety as well as other motorists and pedestrians with whom they may come into contact. Unfortunately, not all drivers have this mentality, which can lead to the death or injury of innocent people as a result of a car accident. In fact, over 5.6 million accidents were reported in 2012, leaving victims attempting to recover from injuries or coping with their grief over the unexpected death of a loved one.

Because the financial ramifications of a car accident can be high, many victims choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. Drivers are required to demonstrate reasonable care, and those who do not could be held liable for the consequences of an accident they caused. In order to successfully present a case, a plaintiff must prove that the other driver was negligent, causing an accident that resulted in harm.

Driver in wrong-way car accident in Wisconsin arrested

Most parents are dedicated to protecting the safety of their children, including ensuring that they are properly restrained in their vehicle. While these measures can keep them safe in the event of a car accident, they cannot prevent an accident. Unfortunately, police are investigating a recent crash that sent a woman and her two children to the hospital.

Police say that the 28-year-old woman was traveling on a Wisconsin interstate with a 5-year-old and 8-year-old child. Unfortunately, their vehicle was allegedly struck head-on by a man who was driving the wrong way. According to reports, the 36-year-old driver of that vehicle could not remember where he had been prior to the accident but did report he had been drinking.

Adult, child killed in Wisconsin car accident

Most drivers are aware of actions that are potentially reckless. For example, the average person is likely aware that driving while under the influence of alcohol or speeding could potentially place their lives -- as well as the lives of their passengers and others -- at risk. In one recent tragedy, two lives were lost in a Wisconsin car accident reportedly involving  a car that had simply came to a stop in traffic.

The incident happened just before noon one day in June. According to reports, the 23-year-old driver stopped her vehicle behind a tractor-trailer. Unfortunately, another driver, a 32-year-old man, reportedly did not stop in time, slamming into the back of the woman's vehicle.

Personal injury: Woman and toddler mauled by 2 dogs

Dogs and other pets are often wonderful additions to a family. Unfortunately, some pet owners may overlook the potential harm that a beloved family pet can cause to others. For example, a mother and her toddler suffered a personal injury in Wisconsin in an attack that police are describing as unprovoked.

The incident happened around noon on a day in June. According to reports, two neighbors heard the attack and intervened. One of the witnesses describe the dogs as pit bulls. A police officer claimed that without the intervention of the two neighbors, the incident could have been fatal.

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