January 23rd, 2014|
Distracted driving is a growing problem in Wisconsin. There were a total of 3,328 people killed and another 421,000 who were seriously injured as a result of distracted driving Car Accidents in 2012. The latter figure was a nine percent increase from the 2011 total.
Distracted driving is especially dangerous in construction zones, where a buzz of activity can quickly lead to a crash when drivers are not vigilant at all times. To address this issue, state lawmakers in Wisconsin are considering a ban on cellphone use in construction zones.
The only exception in the new law would be if drivers use hands-free devices with their phones. Proponents of the bill say they may even consider allowing motorists to make emergency phone calls.
According to an article from FOX 11 News, current law already prohibits drivers from texting while driving, and also prohibits inexperienced probationary motorists from using the devices while operating a vehicle.
The bill now is now being debated in the state senate.
The Appleton Personal Injury Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz applaud the actions being taken to help reduce the number of distracted driving and construction zone accidents in Wisconsin and are hopeful the efforts are a success in achieving this goal!
October 31st, 2013|
October 31, 2013
Speeding is one of the leading causes of fatal motor vehicle collisions in the United States, and it’s fueling controversy about whether or not Wisconsin should raise its speed limit. The Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz point out that one state legislator is pushing a bill that would increase speed limits in the state to 70 mph.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, those in favor of the change say Wisconsin is the only state in the Midwest with a speed limit of 65 mph. Furthermore, proponents of the change say the increase would bring improvements to traffic flow, while allowing motorists faster commutes that would provide more time at home with their families.
Opponents of the changes claim the increase would lead to more accidents with more serious injuries. Many called for the bill to also include clauses that would stiffen penalties for distracted driving or failing to be properly restrained in a vehicle. The costs of changes to signage were also cited as a reason to hold off on the changes.
Lawmakers are considering voting on the measure during the next legislative session.
The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers at Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz want to remind Wisconsin drivers to stay aware of changing road conditions and to always obey posted speed limits.
August 1st, 2013|
August 1, 2013
Drinking and driving is a major problem in Wisconsin, with an estimated 44,000 motorists convicted on charges of operating while intoxicated (OWI) last year alone. These individuals were responsible for causing Wisconsin Car Accidents that claimed 238 lives and left another 4,000 motorists injured.
The number of repeat OWI offenders in the state is on the rise. In 2009, a total of 1,129 people were arrested for their fourth OWI offense. Last year, 1,153 people were facing their fourth OWI charge.
State lawmakers have been working for years to find ways to reduce the number of repeat drunk drivers. There was an effort to create stricter drunk driving law three years ago when it was decided to make a fourth OWI offense a felony. Now, according to an article from WBAY News, legislators are once again considering stiffening the penalties against drunk drivers by making a third offense a felony.
Most law enforcement officials support the stricter measures, citing statistics from this year showing there have been 17 people arrested on their third OWI charge in Green Bay, while two others received their fourth charge.
The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz applaud the efforts being made to reduce the number of drunk drivers in Wisconsin.
July 25th, 2013|
July 25, 2013
A Wisconsin Car Accident this weekend left three motorists with injuries. Records show the crash happened at around 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the intersection of South Trail Road and Wisconsin 42 in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
A story published by the Green Bay Press-Gazette explained that a woman from Wilmette, Illinois, was driving along Wisconsin 42 when a vehicle suddenly pulled out into her path from South Trail Road. The woman was unable to stop in time and the two vehicles collided.
The impact of the crash left both drivers and a passenger from one of the vehicles seriously injured. Paramedics transported the victims to a local hospital for treatment.
The driver responsible for causing the crash was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way after she claimed she did not see the other vehicle.
The incident underscores the need for motorists to be more aware of their surroundings when driving.
The Green Bay Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain motorists eliminating distractions in their vehicles, such as cellphones and loud stereos, can achieve this goal. Drivers should also remember to always look both right and left twice before entering traffic at an intersection.
The firm is hopeful these tips will help prevent future accidents!
July 18th, 2013|
July 18, 2013
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently signed a bill aimed at giving sanitation workers the same protections on the road that are given to emergency responders. Reports indicate an injured worker, who lost a majority of one leg and had the other seriously damaged in a Wisconsin Car Accident, lobbied for the law to be approved.
According to an article from the Deseret News, the worker was injured as he was collecting trash along his route in the town of Stoughton, Wisconsin. The victim explains that as he was walking around the side of his truck, a vehicle struck him and pinned him against his own vehicle.
He continues to recover from the loss of his leg and is only able to walk short distances due to injuries his other leg sustained in the incident.
His story prompted lawmakers to adopt a bill that doubles the fines for motorists caught speeding or driving recklessly near a garbage truck. The punishment is now the same as what an offender committing these acts near any emergency vehicle would face.
The injured worker had lobbied for the new law months before his accident, but says the passage of the bill helps make all he has gone through worth it.
The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz hope the new law will effectively protect the safety of sanitation workers in Wisconsin.
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.
April 25th, 2013|
April 25, 2013
Experts say that wearing a seat belt can decrease the chances of death or injury in a car accident by more than 50 percent. Randy Meyer, the Mayor of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, claims he is living proof of these numbers.
Meyer was involved in a Wisconsin Car Accident earlier this month that claimed the lives of an elderly couple and left him and his wife seriously injured. WISN 12 News reported the crash happened on April 7 at the corner of Highway 32 and County Road J. The mayor’s wife was driving along Highway 32 at roughly 55 mph when a vehicle pulled out in front of her. The woman did not have time to stop and the two vehicles collided.
While the two passengers in the vehicle that entered the highway died at the scene, while the mayor sustained serious internal injuries, a shattered hand, broken ribs, and deep bruising. His wife suffered an injury to her wrist.
Having survived the accident, the mayor is now using the experience to educate others in the community about the importance of buckling up. He plans to discuss the incident during several upcoming engagements.
The Appleton Personal Injury Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz ask that motorists do their part to stay safe by fastening their seat belt every time they get into a vehicle.
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.
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.