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New Law Helps Protect Sanitation Workers from Wisconsin Car Accidents

by Keith Adkins | May 16th, 2013

May 16, 2013

A new Wisconsin law is aimed at better protecting sanitation workers from the dangers of Wisconsin Car Accidents. Reports indicate the law was approved in a 32 to 1 vote on Tuesday.

According to an article published in the Appleton Post-Crescent, the bill would make it illegal for a vehicle to pass a stopped garbage truck without first having slowed down. The fines for those caught recklessly passing sanitation vehicles are also doubled under the new piece of legislation.

Rep. John Jagler introduced the bill after he learned of a sanitation worker from his district that was injured in a motor vehicle collision while working. In January, the worker was dumping trash when a speeding vehicle suddenly attempted to pass the stopped garbage truck and hit the worker. The victim was left with serious injuries that required extended medical attention.

Accidents like this aren’t uncommon. According to the National Solid Wastes Management Association, up to eight workers are killed annually as a result of collisions with passing motor vehicles.

The law is aimed at offering sanitation workers similar legal protection that is offered to emergency responders.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers at Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize the dangers sanitation workers face each day. The firm is hopeful the new regulations will better protect these workers from the on-the-job risks they endure daily.

Driver Who Caused Fatal Wisconsin Car Crash Ordered to Pay $70,000

by Keith Adkins | 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.

Wisconsin State Patrol Pulls City Vehicles for Safety Violations

by Keith Adkins | November 1st, 2012

Nov. 1, 2012

Following two Wisconsin residents due to city trucks mounted with leaf vacuums that can obscure the truck driver’s view of the road, the Wisconsin State Patrol is ticketing drivers or owners of the vehicles if they are driven on the road.

The Herald Times-Reporter reports that last fall, an 18-year-old boy from Sheboygan was killed while crossing the street after being struck by one of the trucks with the front-end vacuums. Then this month, a 43-year-old Neenah man was critically injured after being hit in a Appleton Car Accident with one of the vehicles.

The common factor seems to be ductwork from the front-end vacuums that can block a driver from seeing the road. In response, the Wisconsin State Patrol has ordered cities across the state to halt use of the vehicles immediately until the safety concerns could be addressed.

The Public Works Director for the city of Oshkosh stated an operator of one of the city’s vehicles was issued a warning citation on Monday by the State Patrol for driving one of the vehicles, resulting on the city’s fleet being pulled and modified. Neenah has also had to pull all of its leaf trucks off of routes as well until modifications can be made that will bring the trucks up to code.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz understand the importance of ensuring vehicles are safe to drive before they hit the streets and are hopeful the changes can be made quickly and efficiently.

Distracted Driver Faces Charges for Fatal Wisconsin Car Accident

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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