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Wisconsin Personal Injury Law Blog

Pedestrians must be careful after daylight savings time ends

If it feels like the days are getting shorter, it’s not just you. In a little more than two weeks, daylight savings time will end; essentially putting most people in hibernation mode until next March. While it is a sign that winter is coming, it is also a warning that pedestrians may face additional dangers. After all, the time change will mean that more people will be commuting (and more pedestrians walking) while it is dark.  

It may go without saying, but the risk of pedestrians getting hit by cars (and motorcyclists) increases because they are harder to see at night. So what can pedestrians do to protect themselves? This post will highlight some helpful tips.

Why it is important to deal with road rage

You’ve been cut off in traffic. The idiot in front of you now must have seen you. More importantly, they nearly caused an accident. This really upsets you and you feel like giving him or her a piece of your mind. So you jerk the wheel around and try to pull alongside of the culprit and roll down your window to get ready to scream.

Unfortunately, this scenario probably plays out on American roads countless times per day. The other unfortunate fact is that it sometimes manifests itself in road rage; violent acts that arise from benign traffic inconveniences or discourteous behavior. 

GM to start compensating those injured in ignition switch crashes

As the fall driving season begins in earnest, more drivers are likely to be on the roads to take in tours of the fall colors, and to get back and forth from football games across the state. In a prior post we highlighted the potential dangers that drivers may face as the seasons change. In light of the natural hazards that may befall drivers, many believe that there are still many mechanical dangers that are still unaddressed. 

Wal-Mart denies liability, says lack of seatbelts led to injuries

Wal-Mart recently filed an answer to the complaint filed by Tracy Morgan and several other people hurt in the June accident with a truck owned by the retail giant. It claimed that Morgan and his entourage were not wearing their seatbelts, and that this lapse of judgment essentially led to their injuries. In its pleadings, Wal-Mart claimed that if the injured parties were wearing proper safety restraints, their injuries could have been “diminished or minimized.”

Fall hazards Wisconsin drivers should be aware of

In a prior post, we noted how the fall weather can lead football fans to be on the highway during the season, and how drowsy driving can be dangerous during that time. With this post, we focus on additional hazards that can come about because of the change in weather and other factors that are apparent during the fall.

Drivers across Wisconsin should be aware of the following hazards.

Why drowsy driving may be dangerous during the fall

While the summer driving season has officially ended, football season across Wisconsin keeps drivers on the road during fall weekends. At this time of year, law enforcement officers are undoubtedly looking to keep drunk drivers off the road because of the hazard to the general public. However, it is worth wondering if the same attention is paid to drowsy drivers.

After all, it is reasonable to assume that drowsy drivers are equally as dangerous to the driving public as drunk drivers.  This is ostensibly why there are federal hours of service regulations that limit the number of time that commercial truck drivers can be behind the wheel. But since these rules do not apply to non-commercial drivers, the potential for accidents involving sleepy drivers is worth paying attention to. 

Why uninsured motorist coverage is important

Let’s face it, insurance coverage commercials are the most entertaining on television. From Aaron Rodgers’ encounter with Hans and Franz, to the Geico pig and Gecko, car insurers appear as if they are more concerned with entertaining viewers to make a name for themselves rather than advertising the beneficial aspects of their policies.

This is likely because insurers understand that a large majority of consumers will only purchase the minimum amount of coverage allowable, which in the state of Wisconsin is $10,000 for property damage, $25,000 for the injury or death of one person, and $50,000 for the injury or death of more than one person in a vehicle.

Good things to do after an accident

You do quite a bit to keep safe and avoid accidents. You wear your seatbelt, maintain safe speeds and avoid distractions while driving. However, you may still be involved in an accident. Despite all the safety precautions, nothing can really prepare you for what you need to do when one occurs. Nevertheless, there are a number of helpful tips that you can employ in order to preserve your rights.

This post will identify a few.

Three things that auto insurers won't tell you

Shopping for car insurance should seem simple. You look for a policy you can afford, you get information about the levels of coverage, and that should be enough to make a decision. Indeed, many insurers try to get your attention through promotions and catchy commercials (this is why Flo from Progressive and the gecko from Geico are famous). Nevertheless, through all the hype and money saving promises that car insurers throw out to consumers, there are a number of things insurers won’t tell you that if you knew about them, you probably wouldn’t do business with them.

This post will identify a few.

Can cars be safer if they watch a driver's eyes?

With automakers releasing their 2015 model year vehicles this month, it is expected that many will include crash avoidance systems such as lane integrity warnings, back up cameras and blind spot warning systems. Some models will even include park assist systems, which employ small cameras and radar systems to guide a car into a parking spot.

These systems are the precursors to fully automated cars, which are expected in the next decade. But self-driving cars may not be the only advancements that automakers are working on. General Motors is working on a technology that will track a driver’s eyes to determine if the driver is at risk of falling asleep or is distracted by an electronic device (such as a cell phone).