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Wisconsin Personal Injury Law Blog

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). 

Three things to keep motorcycle riders safe on Labor Day weekend

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, and it is expected that roads will be jammed with drivers trying to get to weekend destinations for one last summer party. For motorcycle riders, this will be nothing new, but they must be especially careful this weekend. With the more cars on the road, the possibility of being hit and injured by aggressive drivers, distracted drivers, and especially drunk drivers increases.

With that, this post reminds our readers who are motorcycle riders of what they can do to avoid being in an accident

New in-car display may not ward off distracted driving

Labor Day is the annual occasion where automakers try to clear out supplies of model year inventory to make room for the next year’s models. This is most likely why consumers are seeing sales of 2014 models, so that 2015’s can be brought in. Not only do new body styles create a new buzz of interest, so do new features.

One of these features has to do with hands free systems that allow drivers to control multimedia systems as well as their cell phones. 

Why traffic violations can affect a car accident case

When you hear about the latest Kardashian news, it likely comes from E! News about the latest photo shoot, or the release of a new clothing line. With as much as the family is in the news, they do not usually deal with negative press. However, a recent car accident involving Kylie Jenner may be one of those instances where the family has to wait for an unflattering story to blow over.