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Milwaukee hopes technology will reduce accidents

Accidents caused by wrong-way drivers on Wisconsin interstates often result in serious injuries or death to the victims. Any victim of a car accident caused by such negligence needs to understand their legal rights to compensation.

Authorities in Milwaukee County know of 31 incidents of wrong-way driving so far this year. They are hoping to use technology to help decrease the occurrence of such accidents in the future, however. The Department of Transportation and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office recently announced that they have installed sensors on off ramps in the area. They say these new sensors will tell authorities when a driver is pulling onto the interstate using an off ramp. The sensors also collect data to help identify and fix other issues at certain ramps that are problematic.

One local victim of a wrong-way driver, who happens to be a police officer, has no recollection of the accident that left him with a ruptured diaphragm, a split pelvis and damage to his feet. While he doesn't know if the new technology could have helped prevent his crash, he believes that the system could give emergency responders notification that will help them arrive on an accident scene faster.

This local project is a positive development. However, current technology is still limited in the ways it can reduce accidents. Shy of solutions that make all accidents a thing of the past, victims of accidents must understand their legal rights to better protect themselves from losses caused another person.

Source: WISN-TV, "Authorities to use technology to curb wrong-way drivers," Nov. 16, 2012

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