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How to prevent and treat animal bites

Summertime in Wisconsin and around the nation brings increased time outdoors for families and their pets. This interaction leads to more opportunities for animal bites. As statistics show that around 4.7 million dog bites occur in the country annually, emergency medical personnel offer suggestions on how to prevent and treat such injuries.

If someone is bitten by a dog, the first course of action should be to clean the wound thoroughly. Family members can initially wash the area around the bite and stop any bleeding before seeking medical attention. The risk of infection following a bite increases, so cleaning is vital. Individuals should seek immediate medical attention if a bite is deep or bleeding won't stop. It is also important to know if a dog has had the rabies vaccine.

Wisconsin motorcycle accidents: Rider dies following crash

Motorcyclists frequently enjoy riding on the beautiful roads and highways across the state of Wisconsin. Most of them travel safely as they ride, whether simply for pleasure or to reach their destinations. However, motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic when other vehicles are involved. Recently, a motorcycle driver lost his life in a crash in Outagamie County.

The Outagamie Sheriff's Department reports that a 62-year-old man from Appleton was traveling west on a state highway. Witnesses to the accident stated that a car crossed the center line of the highway and struck the motorcycle in a head-on collision. The impact of the crash caused the man to land on the road after being ejected from his motorcycle. According to reports, the man died at the scene of the accident and had not been wearing a helmet.

Tips for cyclists to avoid accidents on the road

The most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that 818 bicyclists died on American streets in 2015, while another 45,000 cyclists received injuries in traffic. The number of cyclist fatalities increased 12.2 percent over 2014. This may not sound like a lot of deaths, but many of these fatalities could have been prevented if motorists were more aware of cyclists on the road. 

In 37 percent of the crashes, alcohol was involved. Either the driver or cyclist had been drinking and had a blood alcohol content over 0.01 g/dl. Almost two-thirds of the crashes were not at intersections, and most of the crashes occurred in an urban setting. Male cyclists were injured and killed at far higher rates than female cyclists. 

Car crashes can cause traumatic brain injury

If you think traumatic brain injury sounds frightening, you are correct. Damage to the brain - the vital control center of your entire body - can result in extensive and not always predictable harm.

Car accidents rank among the more frequent causes of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, as they often create the kind of violent impact most likely to traumatize brain tissue.

Animal bites: how to avoid them and how to recover from them

Many families in Wisconsin and across the country have dogs or are around dogs often. Most interactions with dogs are without incident; however, it is important to remember that any dog can bite someone under certain circumstances. There are roughly 4.5 million dog bites in the nation annually, more than any other type of animal bites. Knowing how to avoid being bitten and what to do if someone is bitten are both useful pieces of information to know.

To avoid a dog bite, it is best to not approach a dog that is not familiar. However, if one comes near a person, the best thing to do is to remain quiet and avoid making eye contact with the animal. An authoritative voice is also helpful. One should also never bother a dog when it is eating or sleeping. It is also wise never to interfere if dogs are fighting as they may assume a person is an opponent as well and attack.

Understanding car accident damage awards in Wisconsin

Wisconsin residents considering filing a lawsuit to recover damages from a car accident often want to know how damages awards work. Understanding what you may expect to recover can help you achieve a realistic view of your prospects and to fend off pushy insurers who try to get you to settle for less.

While knowing the outline of how damages work can help you, every case is different. An experienced attorney can give you more information based on the facts in your individual situation.

Wrong-way accidents may result in wrongful death claims

No one goes through life expecting it will be without some sorrow and heartache. However, the wrongful death of a special person may seem like the end of the world for those who mourn, especially when the victim is a member of a small and close-knit family. A Wisconsin family is still in shock following the horrific accident that took the life of their loved one and two of his friends.

The senseless act occurred in the early evening after police received numerous calls reporting that a car had crossed the median and was driving in the wrong direction on the interstate. After traveling about three miles west in the eastbound lane, the car collided head-on with another vehicle. That vehicle burst into flames.

Wisconsin car accidents: 3 dead after head-on crash

Vacations with family and friends are much-anticipated events for many Wisconsin residents. Getting away from everyday routines and obligations is often a welcome relief in the summer. Three residents of Twin Cities were recently headed toward their annual getaway. Car accidents were likely the furthest things from their minds. However, a crash on the interstate proved fatal for the three men.

A 27-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a 32-year-old man were traveling one evening in a gray vehicle on I-94 in the western part of the state, headed to a friend's cabin. Dunn County police report that a black car had crossed the median and was driving on the wrong side of the road. After driving about three miles, the black car struck the gray car carrying the three men.

Wisconsin animal bites: Young boy attacked by dog

Children love to play outside in Wisconsin and around the country, especially in the summertime when school is out and the weather is best suited for outdoor fun. However, fun can fade quickly when accidents involving animal bites occur. A recent incident in another state resulted in an injury to a young boy.

A 7-year-old boy was returning a scooter he had borrowed to a neighbor's home. A video surveillance camera revealed that a pit bull mix dog chased the boy down and attacked him in the street. Officers from the local police department stated that the attack was unprovoked.

Wisconsin motorcycle accidents: 2 injured by alleged drunk driver

Motorcyclists travel on Wisconsin roads and highways every day. While motorcycle accidents can occur, it is particularly troubling when those incidents happen due to another person's negligent actions. A crash involving a car and two motorcycles recently occurred on the Fourth of July.

According to a report from the Racine County Sheriff's Department, a 46-year-old woman was driving her car near the entrance to a local park. The report states that the woman failed to yield the right of way to two motorcycles traveling eastbound. Both motorcyclists were injured when their bikes struck the car.

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