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How Does A Computer Car Decide Who Dies In an Accident?

For many people, the idea of self-driving cars lives in science fiction movies and novels. In reality, this technology might only be years away. And, while the actual mechanics might already exist, computer algorithms designed to make decisions might be a decade off.

The main problem – Decisions With Fatal Results.

Not So Fast! Speeding Solves Nothing . . .

While distracted driving is commonly considered the leading factor in serious motor vehicle accidents, a strong argument can be made for speeding or reckless driving. To make up lost time, drivers tend to throw caution to the wind and ignore all posted safety signs and speed limits. In so doing, they become dangerous to others on city streets, highways or county roads.

Drivers might choose to go faster, weave through traffic or take unsafe shortcuts while behind the wheel. However, how many of these actions lead to a time savings? Or, in fact, are drivers simply turning a safe road into a danger zone?

The not-so independent medical examiner

Workplace injuries are not unusual. So many people are hurt while working that an entire system had to be created to address the problem. While an injury at home or on the roads may involve a finding of negligence, workplace injuries avoid that. Workers who are injured are, for the most part, barred from pursuing personal injury lawsuits against their employers. In exchange, employers must carry workers' compensation insurance which will pay for costs such as medical care, some lost wages and expenses tied to long-term disability.

Unfortunately, employers and their insurers are sometimes reluctant to live up to even the minimal requirements of workers' compensation law. One way they seek to avoid their responsibilities is through the use of "independent" doctors who are quite reliably not independent

More Fun Than Wisconsin? How?

WalletHub is at it again, this time compiling a list of the most fun states to visit across the country. After declaring us the 6th least stressed state, the group is back and telling us that Wisconsin is the 15th most fun state to visit. While we scoff at the notion that there are 14 states that are more fun than Wisconsin, we went ahead and looked at the ratings to see where they went wrong.

Night time is the right time

Sports betting in Wisconsin: What you need to know after the Supreme Court's decision

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the 1992 federal ban on sports betting was unconstitutional. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), was meant to protect people from the damaging effects of sports betting and to defend the integrity of sports. Twenty-six years later, PASPA is history and sports betting looks to be the future. 

Hudson dentist accused of professional misconduct

Going to the dentist is something few people enjoy. The whole experience can be made worse if a dentist engages in practices that put patients in danger - especially when those patients are children.

A former pediatric dentist who practiced in Hudson is facing dozens of allegations of misconduct by former patients. Dr. Andy Mancini, former owner of La Petit dental clinic, is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

41 new laws hit the books in Wisconsin

Last month, Governor Scott Walker signed 41 bills into Wisconsin law, affecting areas such as criminal justice, drugs and medication, students and recreation. As attorneys, it's our job to stay up-to-date on developments in Wisconsin law (and, when laws get weird, it can be lots of fun). How will this new crop of statutes affect Wisconsinites? Read on to learn about some highlights and what they could mean for you.

Curious about other laws going into effect this year? Take a look at our post on new Wisconsin laws in 2018.

Explosion At Refinery In Superior, Wisconsin

On the morning of Thursday, April 26th, an asphalt tank at the Husky Energy refinery exploded. Shockwaves from the location reverberated more than 15 miles away, as people in surrounding areas reported that it felt as though an earthquake was moving through the area.

An evacuation order was put into place and stayed in effect until the morning of Friday, April 27th, due to the enormous amount of toxic smoke that was generated by the explosion and subsequent fires. The evacuation zone covered nearly 72 square miles, most of which was located south of the refinery. This included all 27,000 residents of Superior, as well as roughly 13,000 people in the surrounding area.

How Stressed Are Wisconsinites?

We often blog about stressful topics - car accidents, work injuries, appealing a denial of disability benefits, and many other high-stress situations - that affect our fellow Wisconsinites and our neighbors in Minnesota. As such, we were intrigued when we saw a recently created ranking that shows which states are the most and least stressed. While we often encounter people at some of their most stressful times in life, it's interesting to see how the state population (as a whole) ranks in relation to stress levels.

How did Wisconsin fare in these rankings? Are Wisconsinites as chilled out and steady-handed as we like to think? Or are we secretly stressed out and don't even know it?

Rural Roads vs. City Streets: Which Are Safer? (2018 Update)

Last year, we examined the statistics that compare urban streets to rural roads in terms of car crashes and overall safety and wrote a blog about what we found.

New data was released after that post was published, so it's time to once again examine whether the perception that rural roads are safer than crowded urban streets is actually true.

Awards & Recognition

Our peers and independent third-party organizations have recognized the hard work and dedication we put into every case. This has led to numerous awards and accolades.

  1. Rated By Super Lawyers | Russel D. Nicolet
    Super Lawyers Rising Stars
    Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Personal Injury Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Bankruptcy
  2. The American Association of Legal Advocates Wisconsin Association for Justice BBB Accredited Business - A+
  3. Minnesota State Bar Association American Bar Association State Bar of Wisconsin
  4. BV Distinguished | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability The National Trial Lawyers

Office Locations

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Hudson Office
511 2nd Street Suite 203
Hudson, WI 54016

Phone: 715-802-0872
Hudson Office

Woodbury Office
724 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 126
Woodbury, MN 55125

Phone: 651-243-2872
Woodbury Office

Amery Office
228 Keller Ave N., Suite 3A
Amery, WI 54001

Phone: 715-802-0872
Amery Office

Superior Office
1720 North Twelfth Street
Superior, WI 54880

Phone: 715-802-0872
Superior Office

New Richmond Office
1500 Madison Ave., Suite 2A
New Richmond, WI 54017

Phone: 715-802-0872
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Rice Lake Office
337 N. Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Phone: 715-802-0872
Rice Lake Office

Eau Claire Office
402 Graham Ave, Suite 305
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone: 715-802-0872
Eau Claire Office

Nicolet Law Office, S.C. helps people throughout Western Wisconsin and Minnesota including; Hudson, Eau Claire, Superior, Amery, Rice Lake, Chippewa Falls, River Falls, Menomonie, Hayward, New Richmond, Spooner, Bloomer and Barron.

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