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Wisconsin motorcycle accidents: 1 dead following crash

Motorcycles share Wisconsin highways with a variety of vehicles every day. Many cyclists ride safely alongside cars, vans, trucks and tractor-trailers across the state without incident. However, motorcycle accidents can occur when safety rules and other laws are not followed. A recent incident claimed the life of a Cornucopia rider.

On the evening of June 10, a 64-year-old man was riding his motorcycle southbound on a state highway, according to reports from the Wisconsin State Patrol. Another man was traveling northbound in his car on the highway. The northbound man, a Bayfield resident, was making a left-hand turn off the road when he struck the motorcycle.

Wisconsin car accidents: 1 dead, 2 injured in crash

Wisconsin drivers spend a significant amount of time in their vehicles, going from one place to another. Many miles are traveled without incident, for the most part. However, when car accidents occur, they can result in injury or even death. A recent crash in Walworth County claimed the life of one person and injured two others.

The Walworth County Sheriff's Office reported that an accident had occurred on the morning on June 5. A 32-year-old man was driving east and did not stop at a stop sign. His vehicle struck a southbound car that was driven by a 47-year-old man. The southbound lane did not have a stop sign.

What you should know about dog bite insurance

There are plenty of horror stories involving dog bites that would reasonably make anybody nervous around aggressive or large canines. According to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited by Canine Journal, there are around 40 deaths related to dog bites in the U.S. annually. Dog bite insurance purports to offer a solution to dog bites by covering owners' liability.

If you have been a victim of such an attack, there are a few things you should know about such insurance policies. It is probably a good thing if the dog's owner has coverage, but you should not assume that it will be sufficient in helping you recover from the incident. The following are a few reasons why.

How to protect against animal bites

Many children in Wisconsin and all around the country play with dogs safely every day. However, there are roughly 4.5 million dog bites every year, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that children between the ages of 5 and 9 years old are more likely to be the victim of animal bites. A recent attack in another state is representative of the CDC data.

A 4-year-old girl had reached for a toy when a dog belonging to her neighbor attacked her. The male terrier mix bit her face and legs multiple times. The girl underwent surgery after being airlifted to a nearby hospital and is currently in stable condition.

Wisconsin car accidents: 4 dead, 5 injured in fatal crash

Running a stop sign may not seem to be a major offense for Wisconsin residents. However, in some circumstances, the action may lead to serious car accidents, significant injuries and even loss of life. A recent accident involving failure to stop at an intersection near Cornell claimed the lives of four people.

According to the Chippewa County Sheriff, an SUV traveling north ran a stop sign. It struck a westbound truck hauling a trailer. The impact caused both vehicles to leave the highway and go into a ditch.

Car accidents and traumatic brain injury

Car accidents can leave their victims with years of impaired health due to various injuries. Traumatic brain injury is one type of condition that often results from a crash and can continue to affect your life for years to come.

TBI can happen when your brain endures a violent impact. Along with falls and assaults, car crashes number among the top causes of TBI. Even if you do not hit your head against a surface, TBI may occur if you come to an abrupt halt while traveling very fast due to the brain's impact againt the interior of the skull.

Fear often the cause of animal bites

Households in Wisconsin and around the nation have dogs as pets more than any other animal. Millions of families love and care for their dogs every day, without incident. However, dogs account for the majority of animal bites that occur in the country each year. A veterinarian from another state has offered suggestions on how to prevent dog bites.

Animal experts remind owners that any dog breed is capable of biting someone, no matter what size. Rather than size or breed, the common denominator in animal bites more likely appears to be fear. Veterinarians report that most dogs are not naturally aggressive, but they typically bite because they are fearful in certain situations.

Wisconsin car accidents: Alcohol possibly caused head-on crash

Many thousands of drivers share the roadways in Wisconsin and around the country safely every day. Car accidents may occur because of weather, road conditions, vehicle malfunctions or distracted driving. In some cases, a driver is impaired, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A recent crash near Janesville is under investigation to determine if alcohol was a factor in the incident.

A Janesville police sergeant reports that the accident occurred on Highway 51. A pickup truck was traveling northbound in the southbound lane. The truck hit a sports utility vehicle head-on near the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

Animal bites: which breeds are more likely to bite?

Whenever a deadly dog attack occurs, many Wisconsin residents question which breeds are the most aggressive. A dog owner in another state recently died after being attacked by her pit bull mix. While national statistics on animal bites are not maintained, the Animal Welfare Division of a national veterinary association published a report with data on the number of attacks by breed. The numbers are proportionately weighted based on the popularity of the breed.

In data compiled from 1971 to 2011, the report showed that German shepherds and pit bull mixes top the list of the most serious dog bite injuries. Other breeds on the list include Rottweilers, spaniels, and Labrador retrievers. All of these breeds are also considered to be the most popular breeds in the country, according to Kennel Club data.

Wisconsin car accidents: Driver admits to heroin use

Drivers on Wisconsin roadways expect others operating vehicles to exercise caution and follow traffic laws when traveling. Most drivers have no incidents and arrive at their destinations safely. However, when drugs are involved and impaired drivers cause car accidents, the potential for serious injury or death is increased. A man who recently caused a crash in Dane County apparently admitted to using heroin.

According to officers from the Sheriff's Office, a 40-year-old man was traveling eastbound in a minivan. He ran into another eastbound vehicle, a tractor driving by a 55-year-old man. A 36-year-old woman was a passenger in the minivan. The woman was unresponsive when rescue personnel initially arrived at the scene.

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