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Potential of wrongful death case after fatal multi-vehicle crash

If a driver causes an accident, it may be proven that he or she exhibited negligent behavior. Unfortunately, this negligence may result in the death of someone involved in the accident. In these cases, survivors often pursue wrongful death claims to help them offset costs and other damages they have incurred. However, what happens if the driver who caused the accident dies as well? A Wisconsin family recently experienced this situation.

An 84-year-old man was driving north on Highway 47 near Bonduel in a sedan. A semi-truck driven by a 61-year old man was also traveling in that direction. The driver of the sedan attempted to pass the semi when he crashed head-on into a compact car operated by a 57-year old man.

Common injuries in the office

You may think the office is a not a dangerous place to work in because it is not filled with the same dangers and hazards as other work environments in Wisconsin. However, many office workplaces have their own set of dangers that you may not be aware of. To avoid accidents and injuries that could interfere with your ability to perform your job, you should take some time to learn about some common office injuries that can occur.

Man injured by animal bites; dog involved bites again

Dog bites that occur in Wisconsin and elsewhere across the country often result in serious injuries. An incident involving animal bites by a dog that has bitten multiple people took place recently in another state.  The dog had already been classified as dangerous when the latest accident happened.

Late last year, a 110-pound dog was being walked by a friend of its owner. The dog encountered a man running in the area. The runner stated that though the dog was not provoked in any way, the animal latched on to his arm and bit him several times. The bites caused severe damage to the man's arm.

Wrongful death possible after crash with controlled substance use

Losing a loved one in an automobile accident is a traumatic experience. When the accident is caused by someone under the influence of an illegal substance, it becomes even more distressing for the surviving family members. A Wisconsin man was recently found guilty of vehicular homicide with a detectable amount of marijuana in his system. It was not reported whether wrongful death litigation has been pursued in civil court. 

In Oct. 2014, deputies reported that a Jeep Cherokee traveling near Fort Atkinson hit a tree at a high rate of speed after failing to make a curve. A 17-year-old passenger died at the scene of the accident. The driver, who claimed he was unfamiliar with the roads, was taken to a local hospital. There, he told police officers he had smoked marijuana earlier that evening. The State Crime Lab confirmed that his blood contained marijuana.

Motorists and pedestrians must watch out for each other

Studies indicate that walking has become a more dangerous activity than it was a couple of decades ago. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian injuries have been on the decline, but in 2012, the statistics took a jump and injuries now stand at about 4,800 annually. As with all methods of travel, there is a certain amount of risk. However, there is no accurate data to tell us how many minutes or hours people spend walking every day, or how often they cross the street, thereby becoming exposed to traffic dangers. Although vehicles are not found to be the primary cause of pedestrian accidents, they do hold a significant place on the list of reasons behind the injuries and fatalities suffered by walkers.

Animal bites kill 1 child, injure another

Dog bites in Wisconsin and throughout the country can be catastrophic. A recent tragedy in another state claimed the life of one child and critically injured another. The children were mauled by two dogs as they walked to their school bus stop one morning. As a result of these animal bites, the owner of the dogs has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The police also report that the man has also been charged with two counts of reckless conduct.

The 911 calls from the attack reveal the intensity of the situation. The dogs kept attacking the children, despite the attempts to chase them away. Dispatchers gave instructions to help control the children's injuries, but the dogs had not been captured and were running free.

Wisconsin crash could lead to wrongful death claim

A Wisconsin car accident may lead to devastating results. The likelihood of a tragic outcome is even greater when that car accident involves a head-on collision. A recent crash claimed the life of a passenger when his vehicle was struck by a driver travelling in the wrong lane. The family members of victims in similar accidents often seek information about filing a wrongful death claim.

The crash occurred on Highway 96 near Industrial Drive in the town of Dale around 5 p.m. on January 13. The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office reported that an SUV travelling westbound on the highway hit an eastbound SUV head-on after it crossed the center lane. A passenger in the eastbound vehicle was pronounced dead after the crash and the driver and another passenger had serious injuries. The man driving in the wrong lane was not harmed in the accident. However, another passenger in his vehicle was transported to a hospital with injuries suffered in the collision.

Children at day care center injured after animal bites

Injuries suffered from a dog bite can be serious and require extended medical care. Animal bites in Wisconsin or in other area are frequently caused by an animal that has never previously bitten anyone.  However, a bite from an animal that has bitten before and was classified as high-risk may be even more devastating.  Such an incident recently occurred in another state.

A 33-year old woman was charged with two counts of child endangerment with bodily injury in November after her dog attacked twins in her care. The woman was responsible for the children at her home day care center. Her pit bull terrier allegedly mauled the children, resulting in injuries that included lacerations, cuts and bleeding, as well as infections from the bites. The injuries were discovered by the parents and were treated at a hospital immediately. Police indicate that the day care provider did not notify the police or the parents of the incident, nor did she obtain medical help for the children.

Factors affecting pedestrian accidents

Being the pedestrian is one of the most vulnerable positions to occupy when involved in a car accident. The outcome for those not inside a vehicle depends on several factors, including the person's age, gender and intoxication level. The time of day, impact point and vehicle type can also play a role in how severe the injuries are.

Deaths in Wisconsin car accidents often caused by drunk driving

Families must often deal with the loss of a loved one. No matter the circumstances, the loss of a family member is a tragedy. However, when deaths occur in car accidents because of drunk driving, the losses become even more devastating. A Wisconsin family recently experienced such a loss.

A 29-year old Lake Geneva woman was struck by a southbound vehicle when crossing the intersection of Edwards Boulevard and State Highway 50 on foot. The accident occurred around 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, according to the Lake Geneva police. The woman died on Thursday, Dec. 29, as a result of injuries suffered from the accident.

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