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January proved fatal for 40 motor vehicle accident victims

When the Wisconsin Department of Transportation totaled January's fatal accidents in the state, there was good news and bad news. The good news was that four fewer people died in traffic crashes than a year ago. The bad news was that with 40 fatalities, the total was still three higher than the state's five-year average. Most of the fatalities were drivers, and a few were either passengers or pedestrians.

In 2010, January saw half as many fatalities, and in 1964, more than twice as many were killed. One state patrol believes a lot of the problem comes down to distracted driving in one way or another. Someone might be on a cell phone, or looking for something in their car, or trying to do a number of different things while driving,

With snow and ice making a strong contribution to difficult driving conditions, January is among the most dangerous months on Wisconsin roads. So, experts stress that paying attention to the road and eliminating distractions is even more important. Both visibility and traction are affected by snow, ice, sleet and even fog during the winter. Drivers can never be too careful.

Even when there isn't a fatality, winter car crashes can cause both major and minor injuries and may also damage a vehicle. In so many areas of life people are encouraged to multi-task in order to be more efficient. However, driving is one activity that deserves a person's full attention. Someone's life may depend on it.

Our Wisconsin wrongful death attorneys help families who have lost loved ones in crashes seek compensation and send a message to reckless drivers.

Source: LaCrosse Tribune "49 state traffic deaths in January above five year average" February 8, 2013

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