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Are drivers becoming safer and more responsible

If you are like most people in Wisconsin, you are very conscious about your safety and the safety of your passengers and other motorists when you drive. In seeing so many new safety features being added to new vehicles, you might believe that the emphasis on safety is something that is growing among all drivers. Unfortunately, there are still many people who refuse to give up their reckless ways. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 613 vehicular fatalities in Wisconsin in 2017. Of those, 190 occurred in crashes in which alcohol was a factor. That means that nearly 31 percent of all deaths in car accidents statewide that year were attributed to drunk driving. Speeding was associated with 180 of the fatalities which represents more than 29 percent of the total.

Should you throw a divorce party?

Most people do not go into a divorce or even come out of one feeling incredible happiness. That is why the idea of a divorce party may seem very odd to you. However, once you learn more about this type of party, it becomes easier to understand why they are becoming a bit more popular. You may also begin considering throwing your own divorce party in Wisconsin.

The name may make you think you will celebrate your divorce, which can be off putting, but it is kind of misleading. The reason most people throw a divorce party, according to Psychology Today, is to honor the marriage or to celebrate a new beginning. It really depends on your situation as to how you structure the party.

What are some forklift safety tips?

In a warehouse, stockyard or similar environment, there are many safety hazards to watch out for. However, one common piece of equipment proves to be very dangerous time and again: the forklift. If you use or are around forklifts in your work environment in Wisconsin, then it is a smart idea to become familiar with forklift safety.

OSHA offers some safety tips for you to use when you are around or operating this type of machine. You should always make sure of clearance around the vehicle whether you are driving or working around the machine. A forklift needs quite a bit of clearance. You should stay far away from a machine in operation and when using it, make sure to keep an eye out for anyone around it.

Can you get a copy of another driver's record?

Nowhere in Wisconsin, and in fact nowhere in the United States, would it would be legal for you to look up another person's driving record or license information. In fact, if you posed as another person online to look up this information, the affected party could potentially sue you in federal court for any damages your actions caused.

There are several exceptions to this rule. For example, you would probably be able to obtain the driving record of another party in a motor vehicle accident. However, you would have to follow proper procedure to avoid potential consequences.

What are symptoms of spinal cord injury besides paralysis?

Generally, we think of a spinal cord injury as a condition that creates paralysis. It is true that some spinal cord injuries can permanently impair a person’s ability to walk, use the arms and legs, or have any feeling in the extremities below a certain point. However, some spinal cord injury symptoms can be smaller in scope. Wisconsin injury victims may not even experience them soon following the injury event.

The Mayo Clinic explains that some spinal cord injuries may make it difficult, though not impossible, to walk. You could have trouble with your balance as you take steps. You might brace yourself on walls or furniture to help you along. Injury victims can also have problems raising a leg or moving an arm. Sometimes a person simply feels weak, but does not connect the weakness to a potential spinal cord problem.

What can you do if you're a victim of paternity fraud?

As a Wisconsin father who has gotten a divorce or is otherwise no longer together with your spouse, you will likely still be financially involved with the family via child support payments. However, matters change if you discover you're the victim of paternity fraud.

Paternity fraud is the deception of a man, usually by the mother of a child, to get him to think he is the father of said child when he is actually not. This is often done because child support payments are only enforceable on the father of the child. Therefore, if the child isn't biologically related to you, you don't have to pay child support. It should be noted that misattributed paternity can be done unintentionally as well, though.

Can you have a personal injury claim from a snowmobile accident?

Northern Wisconsin hosts many wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities. Now that winter is here, the sound of snowmobile engines won’t be far behind. Unfortunately, Wisconsin saw 166 snowmobile accidents that resulted in injury in 2017, and 16 fatalities. You may wonder if you could have a personal injury claim from a snowmobile accident. The answer is yes, but success depends on how the accident happens.

 

Why do insurers deny some workers' compensation claims?

There are many reasons that Wisconsin insurers might reject a workers' compensation claim you made. It is entirely conceivable that you could have made a mistake when filling out the complicated paperwork associated with workplace injuries. It would also be possible for something to happen behind the scenes with your employer or your insurer that could have prevented you from receiving the benefits to which you were entitled.

In fact, there are many potential causes for a rejected claim. Rather than ask why it happened, the most useful question in these circumstances would likely be what to do next. Handling a rejection correctly could have the dual effect of securing payment and revealing the source of the denial.

Tax changes create rush to divorce

Racing to complete a divorce is hardly what most people in Wisconsin might think of doing. Instead, much care and often time is required when figuring out how to split a marital estate. This year, however, that may be very different due to a big change in the federal tax code that is set to take effect on January 1, 2019.

In marriages where one person might end up paying spousal support to the other after a divorce, the consequences of an agreement will look very different in just a matter of weeks. For multiple decades, it was the receiving spouse's responsibility to make income tax payments on alimony. As Bloomberg notes, that will all change as it will be the paying spouse's responsibility to make income tax payments on alimony.

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