As Wisconsin residents are well aware, it is not uncommon to see pedestrians out and about along the roadways. Because of this, it is absolutely crucial that vehicle drivers pay attention and are aware of pedestrians when present. Negligent or distracted drivers may not see pedestrians, which often results in auto-pedestrian accidents. These collisions can result in serious injuries or fatalities, so practicing appropriate safety measures is crucial for both pedestrians and drivers.
In every city across the state of Wisconsin there are always those busy streets that scream danger and are responsible for a majority of the serious accidents within city limits. For the town of Neenah in Winnebago County, those streets are Commercial Street and Wisconsin Avenue where a number of pedestrians say they have encountered a number of close calls because of the high volume of traffic and inadequate crossing zones in the area.
Far to our east in Redgranite a community is grieving this month for the loss of an 81-year-old local man who lost his life just days ago in a tragic accident involving another vehicle. Police say that the man appears to have been abiding by all traffic laws just prior to the accident-a fact that unfortunately did not prevent him from being involved in the fatal crash.
The man had just left his home and was on his way to a family member's house to cut their grass. The man was driving his riding lawn mower in the shoulder, making the 10-block trip to the family member's house, when he slowly began drifting to his left into traffic. It's at this point that he was hit by an SUV driven by a 56-year-old Milwaukee man.
The family of a woman severely injured in an hit-and-run accident recently laid her unborn child to rest in a Wisconsin cemetary this month, nearly losing the mother as well. While charges have been filed against the man responsible for the wrongful death of the child, it's not clear whether the family will seek civil action once a conviction has been made.