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Icy roads and responsible driving in Wisconsin

Everyone knows that icy weather and unusual road conditions can lead to a car crash, but it's a also a responsibility of every driver to exercise due caution in inclement weather. If a driver fails to take the dangerous conditions into account, and if that failure results in another person's injuries, then the injured party may have grounds to pursue compensation for damages. Those injured in a car accident need be aware of their legal options for covering the cost of injuries.

La Crosse-area residents are already fully aware that winter has set in, and auto body mechanics are quite aware as well. Icy roads and negligent driving have led to overwhelming demand for the services of some Wisconsin auto repair shops.

In Milwaukee, the Sheriff's Office stated that officers had been sent to respond to 25 crashes between Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, which is unusual. Normally, officers would not be called to more than six crashes in a day.

One repair shop owner said he thinks people are driving too fast for the winter conditions. He went on to say that a mild winter day can be deceiving because when the sun goes down, the temperature drops and the roads quickly become slippery.

Whether people involved in an accident have skidded on ice or have been the victim of a driver who wasn't paying attention, it's important to know the rights and responsibilities of each person involved.

Source:, "Icy roads send cars to body shops," Jan. 14, 2013

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