March 20th, 2014|
Drunk driving results in thousands of Wisconsin Car Accidents that leave motorists injured or killed each year. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the number of operating while intoxicated (OWI) convictions has risen steadily in recent years with 38,324 motorists in the state facing the charge, compared to the 35,753 individuals arrested for drunken driving in 1990.
State legislators are now considering changes to the law that would increase the penalties for drunk drivers found responsible for injuring others. An article from the Appleton Post-Crescent explains the current penalty is a prison sentence of between 30 days and one year in jail. Under the reformed version of this law, those convicted of injuring another person while driving drunk will face a minimum of 30 days behind bars.
Furthermore, those convicted of OWI for a seventh, eighth, or ninth time would face a minimum sentence of three-years in prison.
The bill has passed the state senate and will now go before the house of representatives before receiving final approval from the governor.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz applaud the efforts being made to combat drunk driving in Wisconsin and ask all citizens to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Instead, utilize a designated driver, cab, or loved one to get you home safely.
December 19th, 2013|
December 19, 2013
Two factors that can increase the chances of motorists being involved in collisions are cellphone distractions and construction zones. The Appleton Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say that is why state lawmakers are considering passing legislation that would prohibit drivers from using cellphones while in construction zones.
According to an article published by the Insurance Journal, the bill was submitted on Dec. 6 and is being sponsored by Sen. Jerry Petrowski. It seeks to prevent motorists from using cellphones when workers are present in highway construction zones. Under the proposed new law, an offense would be punishable by a fine of between $20 and $40 for first-time offenses, while all secondary offenses would be subject to fines of up to $100.
Current state law only prohibits motorists from texting while driving and also bans new drivers from cellphone use while at the wheel.
Petrowski says he hopes the new law will reduce both highway fatalities and the number of distracted driving offenders the state punishes annually.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz applaud the actions being taken to better protect the public from dangers they face on the highway each day and are hopeful the efforts are a success!
November 7th, 2013|
November 7, 2013
Teens are at the greatest risk of being involved in motor vehicle collisions caused by drunk or distracted driving. The Appleton Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that is why an event aimed at raising awareness of these dangers amongst local high school students was held at the Performing Arts Center in Appleton on Wednesday.
According to WBAY 2 News, the event was called Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youths, or PARTY, and featured several speakers. These individuals told stories to the group about how their lives were impacted by distracted or drunk driving. One individual told the teens of how her life had been changed as the result of killing a motorcyclist in an accident after a night of drinking, while another discussed what life in a wheelchair is like following a collision caused by distracted driving.
Many of the students and parents in attendance at the event later stated how the words from the speakers would make them think twice before engaging in these behaviors in the future.
The law firm and their team of Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to raise awareness of the dangers teens face on the road and are hopeful to see more events like this in the future!
April 11th, 2013|
April 11, 2013
A 19-year-old woman responsible for causing a Wisconsin Car Crash that claimed the lives of three friends was ordered to pay $70,000 in restitution to the families of the victims.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette stated the crash happened last year when the teen was driving more than 100 mph along Beechnut Road in Campbellsport, Wisconsin. Reports indicate the driver lost control of the vehicle moments before it flipped several times. The impact of the collision killed three teenage girls riding in the vehicle.
The driver was sentenced in November to one-year in jail, along with six-years of probation once she is released and 600 hours of community service.
On Wednesday, a restitution hearing was held where the parents of the victims could ask for reimbursement for expenses incurred as a result of the accident. Some of the costs included funeral and burial expenses, money for time taken from work, and funding for a memorial bench to be installed at each of the victim’s grave sites. The judge hearing the case sided with the families, saying full restitution should be paid considering the families “didn’t ask to be in this situation.”
The Appleton Personal Injury Attorneys at Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one to an accident can be. The firm hopes the decision brings some closure to the families of the victims.
March 7th, 2013|
March 7, 2013
An Appleton Car Accident that occurred yesterday afternoon left a 38-year-old woman seriously injured. According to a story from the Appleton Post-Crescent, the collision happened at around 11:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of U.S. 41, near College Avenue.
Police say the woman was attempting to merge onto the highway in a Toyota Echo. As she began to move into the left lane though, a driver of a tractor-trailer failed to see the smaller vehicle and ran into the vehicle’s rear-end. This caused the driver of the Echo to lose control, allowing the car skid out of control and roll several times.
The driver of the Echo was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. Paramedics transported the woman to a local trauma center in order to receive treatment.
Investigators say they are continuing to look into what other contributing factors caused the crash.
Accidents like this can often leave motorists wondering what they can do to help prevent being involved in a collision. The Appleton Personal Injury Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz say the best way is to allow tractor-trailers enough room to see their surroundings.
The firm explains the sheer size of tractor-trailers creates very large blind spots. That is why it’s so important to allow these vehicles extra space on the road. One rule to remember is if you can’t see a tractor-trailer’s mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you.
January 24th, 2013|
Jan. 24, 2013
Distracted driving is a major problem across the United States. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that, in 2010 alone, nearly 4,000 people were killed and more than a half million people were injured in crashes involving distracted driving. In fact, almost 20 percent of all crashes in 2010 involved some type of distraction.
These dangers were highlighted in a story from FOX 11 News that discussed how a 19-year-old woman from Little Chute, Wisconsin, is now facing homicide charges after causing a car accident while texting and driving.
The Appleton Car Accident happened during the early morning hours of July 28 along Kimberly Avenue in Outagamie County as the young woman was traveling eastbound. She was texting on her phone when she veered toward the shoulder and struck a 46-year-old victim who was riding a bike. Witnesses called paramedics to the scene and rushed the victim to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the man died as a result of his injuries several days later.
Following a complete investigation into the accident, it was announced yesterday that prosecutors would be charging the woman with negligent homicide as well as several other minor charges.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz w encourage motorists to do their part to keep Wisconsin’s highways safe by never using an electronic handheld device while driving.
January 17th, 2013|
Jan. 17, 2013
Victims of a collision between a motor vehicle and a group of ten motorcyclists are beginning to file civil lawsuits against the driver responsible for causing the crash. According to an article from the Appleton Post-Crescent, the crash happened on May 31, 2012, along State Highway 151 in the town of Taycheedah, just north of Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin.
Reports show the 26-year old man driver of the motor vehicle that caused the accident was driving under the influence when he crossed the centerline of the highway and struck a passing group of motorcyclists. Two bikers were killed as a result of the Appleton Car Accident, while other members of the group were left seriously injured.
Court documents indicate that one of the victims was rushed to a local trauma center in Neenah, where he spent nearly 100 days hospitalized after suffering the loss of a leg due to the incident. The victim’s medical bills add up to more than $400,000. Another victim was placed on life support following the accident with more than $100,000 in medical bills. Both are seeking compensation for their injuries and associated expenses.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz are hopeful a decision in the cases will help bring a sense of closure to the tragedy for the victims, as well as their friends and families.
December 6th, 2012|
Dec. 6, 2012
National Safety Council statistics show that as many as 14 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States are caused by failure to yield to the right of way. These accidents result in more than 7,000 lives being lost each year.
One such car accident occurred in Appleton yesterday, leaving five people with injuries. The Appleton Post-Crescent reports that the crash happened at around 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Outagamie County Roads JJ and N.
The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department states that a 51-year-old woman was heading north in her vehicle on County Road N. She came to a complete stop as she approached the intersection and then proceeded on her way. However the 75-year-old driver of a vehicle heading eastbound on County Road JJ failed to come to a stop at the intersection and collided with the woman’s car.
The impact of the Appleton Car Accident was so severe that the rescue crew had to transport both drivers and two passengers from the vehicles to a nearby hospital by ambulance. A fifth passenger was airlifted to another hospital with more severe injuries.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz have had great success protecting the rights of auto accident victims and are here to answer the questions you may have if you have been hurt in a crash through no fault of your own.
October 11th, 2012|
Oct. 11, 2012
A 65-year-old Prescott, Wisconsin, man is facing charges of negligent homicide and second-degree reckless homicide in a St. Croix County Court for his part in a fatal distracted driving accident. An article from RiverTowns.net stated the collision occurred in Sept. 2011 in Joseph, Wisconsin.
Reports indicate the man was talking on his cellphone when he attempted to pass a truck hauling a trailer. As the vehicle began to overtake the truck, wet road conditions complicated by the vehicle’s acceleration caused car to fishtail.
In an effort to regain control of the vehicle, investigators determined the man threw his cellphone to the floorboards of the vehicle, but was unable to steer out of the way of an oncoming car driven by the 37-year-old victim from New Richmond, Wisconsin. The woman died at the scene.
Officials investigating the incident determined the man responsible for causing the fatal Wisconsin car accident was driving at speed upwards of 95 mph in a 55 mph zone in the moments before the crash.
Two years ago, Wisconsin lawmakers banned texting and driving across the state and have considered a ban on the use of any handheld device while behind the wheel, but no bills on the subject have ever been brought for review.
The Appleton Personal Injury Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz ask that drivers each do their part to keep Wisconsin’s roadways safe by putting your phone down when driving.
October 4th, 2012|
Oct. 4, 2012
Teen fatalities from Wisconsin motor vehicle accidents are well above national averages, with a drunken driving fatality occurring in the state approximately every fifteen minutes. Students from a high school in Kimberly, Wisconsin, recently received a lesson aimed at teaching them about the hazards of the road.
NBC 26 News reports that six student actors, in conjunction with local law enforcement and fire crews, set up a mock crash scene in the parking lot of Kimberly High School yesterday. Students were able to have a hands-on look at the dangers of drunk driving.
The scenario was set up as if a drunk driver had struck another vehicle, killing one occupant and injuring others. Ambulances and life flight helicopters whisked away injured victims, and the drunk driver was given field sobriety tests and arrested on charges of driving under the influence. The most sobering moment may have been when the body bag was closed around a victim who had “died” in the Appleton car accident.
Police say teen drinking and driving in the area is a problem, and confirmed they will be out in full force during the homecoming weekend.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz ask that we each do our part to protect one another form the dangers of drunk driving by never getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Instead, call a taxi, friend, or family member to get home safely.