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Wisconsin high school students injured in separate car accidents

The high school years are often full of cherished memories of favorite teachers and activities. Sadly, students at two separate Wisconsin high schools may have those memories tarnished by thoughts of four classmates who were seriously injured in two similar but unrelated car accidents. All four students were struck as they were crossing roads near their schools.

In the first incident, police responded to a report of two students walking to school who were struck by a vehicle. Both of them were in an intersection when they were hit by a car driven by a staff member. The teens were transported by emergency personnel to a local medical center for treatment. The nature and extent of their injuries was not disclosed. The motorist remained on scene and is said to be cooperating with investigators.

Weather may play a role in deadly car accidents

The decision to travel when weather conditions are less than favorable could end in tragedy. Though most people take precautions when the road conditions deteriorate, some drivers fail to compensate and wind up causing serious car accidents. Wisconsin officials believe that rain may have been a factor in one recent fatal crash.

According to the reports, a 60-year-old woman was traveling along a local route with her 57-year-old husband as her passenger. Traveling along that same route in the opposing travel lane was a 31-year-old man driving a pickup. He was accompanied by a 21-year-old female passenger. As the older woman attempted to navigate a curve in the road, her minivan veered over the center line.

Animal bites can lead to risks of serious infections, illnesses

Though dogs are described as "man's best friend," there may be times when they can also become one's worst nightmare. Dogs pose a serious danger through animal bites and can also be the source of serious infections that can cause dangerous illnesses or even death. Though the vast majority of dog bite victims will physically recover in time, one Wisconsin man discovered that even an innocent encounter can lead to devastating ill-effects.

One 48-year-old man suspected that he was suffering from a flu-type virus when he started feeling ill. However, when he noticed that his face was undergoing a disturbing change in color, he sought medical attention. The bluish coloration spread to other parts of his body, and doctors at the medical center discovered a serious infection in his blood stream. He was diagnosed as suffering from an infection caused by bacteria that is commonly found in the saliva of cats and dogs.

How the U.S. Social Security Administration defines “disability”

For Americans who have disabilities that are severe enough to prevent them from making a living, simply staying on top of day-to-day expenses can be a tremendous struggle. Social Security disability benefits exist to aid people who have serious, long-term disabilities that are unlikely to improve over time. If you count yourself among the many residents of Wisconsin who have such a disability, you may be planning to apply for benefits from the U.S. Social Security Administration in an effort to help you get by.

Ultimately, whether the administration will consider you eligible for Social Security disability benefits depends on a number of factors.

Failure to pay attention is frequent cause of fatal car accidents

From the time people receive their driver's licenses, they are taught the importance of obeying the rules of the road. Unfortunately, not every motorist will take the time to pay attention to all traffic signs, which can result in serious -- or even fatal -- car accidents. Sadly, one Wisconsin crash has left one family mourning the loss of their loved one.

Early on a recent Friday morning, a report came in concerning a two-vehicle crash at a local intersection. According to officials who responded to the scene, a 23-year-old man was driving his vehicle northbound as he approached the crossroads. The report indicated that the motorist apparently failed to heed the posted stop sign and proceeded into the intersection.

Some Wisconsin families may have basis for wrongful death claim

The act of helping one another is what helps people feel connected in difficult circumstances. Unfortunately, the expression, "no good deed goes unpunished," has proved to be tragically true in one Wisconsin incident. Families who lose loved ones in untimely accidents may have a basis for filing a wrongful death claim in certain situations.

According to official sources, a fatal pedestrian accident was reported along I-39 shortly after 7 p.m. on a recent weeknight. A 53-year-old man was driving his pickup on the interstate when a tire on the camper he was towing went flat. Shortly after he pulled off onto the shoulder of the highway, a 62-year-old man driving a tractor-trailer stopped to lend a hand.

Mandated use of ELD may help reduce numbers of truck accidents

Over the past several years, there have been countless horrific crashes involving tractor-trailers. In an effort to combat the possibility of sleep-deprived drivers causing deadly truck accidents, a federal law was enacted that requires electronic record-keeping to prevent drivers from falsifying driving logs and exceeding federal limits regarding on-the-road hours. Many tragic accidents along Wisconsin highways have forever changed the lives of victims and their families.

In Dec. 2017, the federal government passed a bill that requires most long-haul trucking companies to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) in place of paper logs. Since the implementation of this law, trucking companies are realizing the benefits of automated monitoring of both vehicles and drivers. In fact, some companies have reported that they have increased efficiency and performance within the first two months of installing these devices. Though companies can install a basic device that records hours behind the wheel, location and mileage, there are many other options that companies can utilize that increase the safety of their drivers on the nation's highways. 

Some breeds are much worse when it comes to animal bites

It seems that every generation has contended with the dangers posed by certain breeds of dogs. Though any pet can bite, there are some types of dogs that pose a greater danger due to the reasons why they were first developed. There have been several Wisconsin cities and towns that have banned this type of breed in an effort to reduce the risk of residents suffering the pain and trauma of serious animal bites.

Recently, one city reported a rash of dog bites that resulted in either death or injuries. In both of the most recent maulings, the animals involved were of the pit bull type. One of the dogs had to be shot by police officers, but it was too late to save the life of the female victim. In the second incident, a neighbor struck the dog with a garden tool in order to save the two women being attacked.

Who are worse drivers: men or women?

A common stereotype in the U.S. is that women are bad drivers, but just how accurate is that perspective? The answer is neither gender is worse at driving than the other. Too many factors, such as personal background and individual skill, play a role to make a definitive judgment on an entire group of people.

However, statistics do tell us information about who gets into crashes. This data is important to know so you can reduce the likelihood of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Why you should take fender benders seriously

When you get into a fender bender, you may feel both anxious over the accident and great relief that it was only a minor collision. However, your gratitude for escaping a traumatic event may cloud your judgment as you consider whether to report the incident. 

What should you do? The right answer is to treat it like any other car accident, because there is no way to know what the long-term consequences will be.

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