There are a variety of reasons that someone who resides in Western Wisconsin might cross the border into Minnesota. When they do, the first city that they encounter is the state’s capital, St. Paul. While often considered the quieter half of the Twin Cities, nonetheless, St. Paul has restaurants and bars that are popular with people who live throughout the metro area. Recently, patrons of one of those establishments, the Bulldog Bar, were undoubtedly shocked when a vehicle crashed into the building, shortly after midnight.
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.
Senator Jerry Petrowski is trying to make the roadways just a little bit safer in the upcoming year with his proposal for a new bill that would bar drivers from using their cellphones while driving through construction zones where workers are present. The plan of the new bill, which was proposed recently and is seeking other co-sponsors, is to not only make conditions safer for construction workers but reduce the number of distracted driving accidents in Wisconsin.
While sun glare may have been a factor in a fatal accident that claimed the life of a 58-year-old Madison woman, it may not be enough to stop Wisconsin police from pressing charges of negligence against the driver responsible for hitting her. Now, as the investigation continues, people in the community and the victim's family are likely wondering what will happen after the investigation is completed.
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.
Every driver on the roads in Wisconsin is counting on other drivers to be in control of their faculties, obey the rules of the road, and be alert for obstacles. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking, they are forgetting about everyone else on the road and selfishly risking the lives of everyone around them. Driving drunk dramatically increases the possibility of having a car accident.
Failure to yield the right of way. This may just be one of the most common citations written after a car accident. When a driver fails to pay attention and properly yield to another car when required, the end result is often an accident at worst and a near miss at best. Every driver in Wisconsin has at some point felt that rush of adrenalin that comes with knowing that you narrowly missed either hitting a car or being hit by a car because you weren't paying attention.
The Wisconsin roads are full of all kinds of vehicles--from 18-wheelers to bicycles. Bicycles, of course, are some of the most vulnerable vehicles on the road. The riders have little to no protection if they become involved in a car vs. bicycle accident.