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A warning to sports fans for the coming weekend

If you are a sports fan (much less a football fan) you probably have February 1 circled on your calendar. Okay….who uses calendars anymore. But the point is that you know that Super Bowl XLIX is on Sunday, you know the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are playing in it, and chances are that you have a rooting interest because of a bet you may have placed.

Aside from the wagering that will be put on the game, Super Sunday is also known as one of the deadliest Sundays that will happen during the year. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, there is a huge difference between the number of alcohol related crashes and injuries on Super Bowl Sunday compared to other Sundays during January and February. 

Are Good Samaritans protected after accidents?

If you watch “Good Morning America, ” “Today,” or “CBS This Morning,” you may grow tired of the leading news story being a snowstorm on the eastern seaboard. After all, it’s not like snow only falls in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, here we are again with another top news flash about a “Nor’easter” that is bearing down on the region.

Just so you know, we just dealt with a snowstorm yesterday…no major headlines. 

A number of claims to arise from overpass collapse

In our posts, we have written a great deal about the dangers that semi-truck pose to the driving public. Since they are easily the largest vehicles on the road, the stand to inflict the most damage to drivers should there be an accident. However, there are instances where truckers can be in danger to. One trucker saw it first hand on I-75 near Cincinnati, Ohio.

According to an ABC report, work crews were in the process of taking down an outdated bridge when something went “terribly wrong.” The balance of the bridge collapsed to the roadway below just as a semi-truck was crossing under the bridge. The truck crashed into the bridge as it fell. Pictures of the scene describe the front portion of the truck essentially crushed into a mangled mess.

Could 2015 be the year of the recall?

If you were tired of hearing about all the auto recalls in 2014, you probably were not alone. It seemed like every other week there was another recall announced. From General Motors’ ignition switch debacle that appeared to grow with every announcement, to the Takata airbag issue that harmed people it was supposed to save, a record number of cars were announced to be recalled last year.

Unfortunately, recall notices applied to a number of vehicles that were on the second hand market. This means that a considerable number of used cars were subject to recalls, but since their original owners no longer had the cars, chances are that the vehicles were not returned to a dealer for repair. 

What is the statute of limitations in Wisconsin?

In all of the posts we have written about car and truck accidents, including how drivers can avoid them, what they should do in the event they are in a crash and the different compensation awards that may be available, we have not written on the time frame in which personal injury claims may be brought.

Essentially, accident victims must bring a lawsuit to seek compensation within three years of an accident according to Wisconsin law. This is called the “statute of limitations.” This means that if an injured party fails to bring a claim within this time frame, they may lose the right to bring such a claim altogether. 

Relaxed regulations may lead to more sleepy truckers on the road

During the winter, the specter of truck accidents is high given how much snow and ice can impact road conditions. Indeed, snow plows can help alleviate dicey conditions, but when it comes to drivers being awake and alert, there may be additional problems brewing as the federal government moves to adjust hours of service regulations on a temporary basis.

Essentially, truck drivers were prohibited from working more than 82 hours per week as part of new safety guidelines implemented two years ago. The number of working hours included the hours that a driver could be behind the wheel before taking a break significant enough to “restart the clock” for drivers so that they may begin a new work week. 

Winter safety tips for pedestrians

It may be difficult to fathom people braving such cold temperatures on foot during this time of year; especially with terrible winter weather bearing down on us. Nevertheless, people do it; which means that pedestrians must be especially careful. Indeed, the treacherous conditions may make walking difficult because the ice concealed by a fresh snow pack. However, people may not realize how dangerous pedestrians may have it because of how difficult it may be to drive in inclement conditions.

With that, we offer the following safety tips for winter pedestrians

The importance of avoiding ice missiles

Imagine you are travelling along I-90 after a major snow storm. Indeed, you may be taking it easy because the snow plow trucks may not have completely cleared the roads, or there may be blowing snow as remnants of the latest snow may impair your view. While the road may provide its share of hazards (e.g. black ice) drivers should also be wary when driving around (or at least behind) semi-trucks.

Why, you may ask? Because of the prospect of ice missiles.

More vehicles receive IIHS Top Safety Pick award

If you have been paying attention to commercials for retailers, chances are that you know that they are offering compelling and competitive discounts for 2015 models. However, the commercials probably have not touted whether the car has won any awards for safety. If not, just wait; the accolades are coming.

After all, a record number of vehicles were awarded the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award. This year, 71 vehicles achieved this honor, up from 39 last year. The IIHS also honored vehicles in the top safety tier: Top Safety Pick+.

Safe travel tips during Christmas

A few weeks ago it appeared that we would have an long, epic winter since snow was falling in our region before Thanksgiving. Now, after a few weeks of mild weather, it appears that the week of Christmas will have challenging driving conditions, given that rain and snow are expected.

The combination of bad weather and heavy traffic could be a recipe for disaster. After all, the American Automobile Association expects millions of Americans to take to the road in anticipation of the holiday. As we have highlighted with parking lots in our previous posts, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care in anticipation of the conditions. A driver who fails to do so could be held liable if an accident occurs.

With that, we offer the following tips to our readers who will be on the road.