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New device may help curb distracted driving epidemic

Technology is at the root of the distracted driving epidemic…but it also poses a promising solution to the problem. A new device uses facial scanning and artificial intelligence to alert drivers when they’re heading into the danger zone. And it may help curb the staggering number of accidents that are due to distracted and drowsy driving.

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Winter safety tip: Driving isn't hockey

The winter months in Wisconsin are risky for drivers, but you'll undoubtedly see people driving aggressively. Some drivers need a reminder: operating a vehicle isn't like hockey. There's no slapping a puck down the rink or checking an opponent against the glass -- or there shouldn't be. But that's sort of what happens sometimes, and that's what we call aggressive driving -- a leading cause of winter car accidents.

Being tough works in hockey -- but not on winter roads. If an aggressive driver injures you, you shouldn't have to cover the costs. You need to know your options for getting your medical bills and other expenses fully covered. 

Some toys look fun but are not safe for kids

That joyous expression when a child unwraps a cool toy is priceless. But the adults have to do a little homework. Just because a toy is sold does not mean it is safe.

Consumer safety group W.A.T.C.H. has unveiled its “10 Worst Toys of 2018” warning. Share this with friends and family so they don’t make a tragic mistake, or so they at least understand the dangers.

Safe Winter Driving in Wisconsin

It’s only November but we’ve seen our share of unseasonably cold weather here in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, this means snow and snowy commutes are just around the corner.
Whether you’re a Wisconsin native or new to the area, we can all benefit from a few reminders regarding safe winter driving.

Steer clear of deer on Wisconsin roads in the coming months

It's that time of year: The mornings are crisp, the leaves are turning and deer season is just around the corner. In Wisconsin, archery is already open, and gun season starts mid-November.

But it's not only hunting season; it's also peak season for hitting deer on the roads.

The State Of Driver Safety In Western Wisconsin

Statewide vehicle accident statistics can be misleading, depending on where you live. When ranking the 72 counties in Wisconsin for car crashes, Milwaukee County comes in number 1. While driver safety in Milwaukee is important, it doesn't mean much for drivers negotiating roads in Hudson, Eau Claire or Amery. Here in the western half of the state we have our own concerns when it comes to car accidents.

How Western Counties Stack Up

Slowing down Wisconsin’s traffic accident clock

Wisconsin has one of the lowest rates of traffic accidents in the country. But we are still talking about tens of thousands of accidents. And injuries and fatalities have crept up in recent years.

The Department of Transportation has a plan to reduce these preventable tragedies. To put the  numbers into perspective, their “Highway Safety Clock” shows just how often people’s lives are changed or cut short by motor vehicle accidents.

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

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