If your car is hit by another vehicle due to the driver's negligence, it is usually the other driver that is liable for damages. When the vehicle that hit you is a company vehicle, however, that may not always be true. In some cases, it may actually be the employer's responsibility to pay for the damages.
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.
Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle to drive could find that he or she is involved in an accident. While this is true, it is generally accepted there are certain demographics that are more likely to be involved in these types of incidents. Licensed drivers on either end of the spectrum--teens and the elderly--are included in these groups.
Several months ago we wrote about a wrongful death lawsuit that the families of two Wisconsin teens who were killed in a car accident filed against several defendants. In it, they allege that crash and deaths were the result of problems with the car in which they were travelling. The car accident occurred after the driver lost control of the vehicle when it stalled. The loss of control cased the car to run into trees after leaving the road.
While it is true that motor vehicle accidents regularly occur on roads throughout the nation, there are certain times of the year when these tend to increase. One of those times—Memorial Day weekend—is nearly upon us. Over the course of what is for many a long weekend, it is not uncommon for Wisconsin residents to take advantage of the extra day and drive to see friends and family.
A Wisconsin man told sheriff's deputies that ice on the road caused him to lose control of his vehicle. Yet, he also said that he and his friend had been drinking and driving around that night. As a result, the driver was taken into custody in connection with the suspected DUI accident.
Most everyone in Wisconsin knows that drinking alcohol diminishes a person's ability to make rational decisions. People that would agree that drinking and driving is dangerous may still make the wrong choice after drinking and still get behind the wheel of a car. When that happens, the probability of being involved in an alcohol-related accident increases dramatically, as does the possibility of someone being seriously injured or killed.
During a recent sentencing in criminal court, an Eau Claire man apologized for an accident he caused on July 20, 2012. After admonishing the man for his actions that day, the judge sentenced him to a prison term of 19 years for the DUI accident that led to the death of his friend and the critical injuries suffered by the passenger of another vehicle. Prior to his sentencing, the driver pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with the crash.
Officers from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol are still looking into a deadly crash that took place in Gordon just days ago when a truck collided head-on with an SUV carrying five people. The fatal accident is just one of many that have occurred across the state and highlights the dangers that are ever present on the roadways.
A Wisconsin man has vowed never to drink again. Unfortunately, he made that choice too late for himself and two passengers in a car he was driving back in Aug. 2012. At the time of the crash, he was driving under the influence.