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January 2015 Archives

A warning to sports fans for the coming weekend

If you are a sports fan (much less a football fan) you probably have February 1 circled on your calendar. Okay….who uses calendars anymore. But the point is that you know that Super Bowl XLIX is on Sunday, you know the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are playing in it, and chances are that you have a rooting interest because of a bet you may have placed.

Are Good Samaritans protected after accidents?

If you watch “Good Morning America, ” “Today,” or “CBS This Morning,” you may grow tired of the leading news story being a snowstorm on the eastern seaboard. After all, it’s not like snow only falls in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, here we are again with another top news flash about a “Nor’easter” that is bearing down on the region.

A number of claims to arise from overpass collapse

In our posts, we have written a great deal about the dangers that semi-truck pose to the driving public. Since they are easily the largest vehicles on the road, the stand to inflict the most damage to drivers should there be an accident. However, there are instances where truckers can be in danger to. One trucker saw it first hand on I-75 near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Could 2015 be the year of the recall?

If you were tired of hearing about all the auto recalls in 2014, you probably were not alone. It seemed like every other week there was another recall announced. From General Motors’ ignition switch debacle that appeared to grow with every announcement, to the Takata airbag issue that harmed people it was supposed to save, a record number of cars were announced to be recalled last year.

What is the statute of limitations in Wisconsin?

In all of the posts we have written about car and truck accidents, including how drivers can avoid them, what they should do in the event they are in a crash and the different compensation awards that may be available, we have not written on the time frame in which personal injury claims may be brought.

Relaxed regulations may lead to more sleepy truckers on the road

During the winter, the specter of truck accidents is high given how much snow and ice can impact road conditions. Indeed, snow plows can help alleviate dicey conditions, but when it comes to drivers being awake and alert, there may be additional problems brewing as the federal government moves to adjust hours of service regulations on a temporary basis.

Winter safety tips for pedestrians

It may be difficult to fathom people braving such cold temperatures on foot during this time of year; especially with terrible winter weather bearing down on us. Nevertheless, people do it; which means that pedestrians must be especially careful. Indeed, the treacherous conditions may make walking difficult because the ice concealed by a fresh snow pack. However, people may not realize how dangerous pedestrians may have it because of how difficult it may be to drive in inclement conditions.

The importance of avoiding ice missiles

Imagine you are travelling along I-90 after a major snow storm. Indeed, you may be taking it easy because the snow plow trucks may not have completely cleared the roads, or there may be blowing snow as remnants of the latest snow may impair your view. While the road may provide its share of hazards (e.g. black ice) drivers should also be wary when driving around (or at least behind) semi-trucks.

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