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Hidden traffic sign leads to fatal accident in Wisconsin

A fatal crash on Aug. 1 in Rock County, Wisconsin, left two families reeling and nearby homeowners worried about traffic safety in their area. The fatal accident occurred at about 6 p.m. that Saturday, just a few miles west of the town of Evansville. Authorities say that improperly maintained signage may be to blame for the wreck.

Wisconsin ruling extends 'clock' on wrongful death suits

Would your family receive fair compensation if you died because of chemical exposure at work? A new judgment out of the Wisconsin Supreme Court might increase those odds. Thanks to a wrongful death claim that was decided in late June, a clarification has been issued about the statute of limitations in such cases. Now, more Wisconsin residents could have access to legal redress in the event of a fatal accident at work or other occupational incident.

What you should know about BUI boating accidents in Wisconsin

Although most people automatically think of an automobile accident when someone mentions a fatality caused by a drunk driver, it may surprise you to learn that many boating accidents that result in a fatality also involve drugs or alcohol. According to the United States Guard, boating under the influence, or rather a BUI, actually increases the possibility of a fatal accident while boating by approximately 34 percent.

Settlement reached in death of man killed in Morgan truck crash

In previous posts we have mentioned the option for family members of someone who has died in a truck accident, to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible. While these types of cases are filed on a regular basis in courts throughout the nation, after news outlets cover these horrific crashes, the public doesn't often hear about their outcomes.  Recently one potential wrongful death lawsuit came to a close.

Deaths of bicyclists on U.S. roads on the rise

While the colder weather beginning to move into Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota is likely prompting some residents to put their bicycles into storage for winter, there are others who will continue to use them year round. Many of these individuals use them to commute to their jobs. According to a report recently issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association those individuals may have something to do with the increase in bicyclists dying on roads throughout the nation. Between the years of 2010 and 2012 that number increased 16 percent.

Mother not happy with results of criminal trial in fatal accident

A mother who is still mourning the loss of her daughter feels as though the family is being victimized a second time. Her daughter was taken from her in a fatal accident in Aug. 2012 here in Wisconsin. Now, the court has decided that the man responsible for the crash was not in his right mind at the time of the accident.

Fatal accident on Wisconsin 164 under investigation

Every once in a while, law enforcement officials come upon an accident in which the cause is not readily observable. A recent fatal accident on Wisconsin 164 provided police with a number of issues to investigate. They are not even sure who was driving at the time of the crash.

Fatal accident takes the life of elementary school boy

What started out as a routine weekday morning for a Wisconsin family quickly turned into chaos. As an elementary school boy's mother was walking him to the school bus stop, he was run down by a car. Police in the area are still attempting to determine what happened in this fatal accident.

No charges to be filed in Wisconsin fatal accident between boats

A Wisconsin prosecutor made the difficult decision not to press charges against a boat driver involved in an accident in 2011. The district attorney believes that both boat drivers contributed to the fatal accident. Where this gives ample reason to file charges, the probability of a conviction is believed to be low.

Driver pleads no contest in Wisconsin fatal accident

A driver pleaded no contest recently to a reduced charge in connection with the death of a woman in Nov. 2012. He was originally charged with reckless homicide in the second degree and could have spent 25 years in a Wisconsin prison. However, by pleading to the lesser charge, his prison sentence was set at nine years. The plea was not only for this fatal accident -- other charges were included as well. He will also spend nine years on probation after completion of his prison term.

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