A school bus involved in a motor vehicle accident in Hortonville, Wisconsin, Thursday morning was empty of students at the time that a passenger car collided with it. Nevertheless, the accident resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy who was a passenger in the car that struck the bus. Preliminary findings from an autopsy are not yet available, but authorities did pronounce the young boy dead at the scene. He had been sitting in the backseat of the car and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
The aftermath of a car accident in Wisconsin can be scary and confusing. You may be aware of your rights to file claims for medical expenses and/or vehicle damage, but you might not know what, if any, other forms of compensation are available to you.
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.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives startling statistics about traumatic brain injury, which is sometimes catastrophic. Across the U.S., the CDC says, "TBI is a major cause of death and disability... [contributing] to about 30 percent of all injury deaths." For Wisconsin residents wondering how this could impact your lives, read on.
Texting while driving can be a dangerous practice, increasing the possibility of the driver getting into an auto accident, which is why Wisconsin state law has banned the use of texting while driving. According to Wisconsin Statute 346.89, subsection 3, drivers are forbidden from composing or sending texts or emails in electronic form while driving. This would easily apply to smart phones that many Wisconsin residents own and use in their daily lives. However, state law does provide exceptions to texting prohibitions.
Drunk driving is a serious issue in Wisconsin. In fact, it is deadly, killing people every year. Most often, the victims are innocent people. Getting behind the wheel when you are drunk is a huge mistake. Not only could you hurt someone but it is also very possible that you will get caught. If you are caught, you face some serious consequences. According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, if convicted of a DUI, you could lose your license, go to prison and pay huge fines.
As a driver in Wisconsin, it is your duty to ensure you understand all road laws. This becomes even more important when you become a parent or when you are transporting a child in your vehicle. The state has specific laws regarding child safety seats and other restraints that you must follow. You could face serious penalties if you are pulled over and a child in your vehicle is not properly restrained.