Distracted driving has become a major problem on roads throughout the nation including those in the state of Wisconsin. The busier we all get the more multitasking people undertake. While this behavior may not be a big deal in some settings, when the person engaging in it is behind the wheel of a car, the outcome can be disastrous.
Many people in the state of Wisconsin enjoy this time of year. The cool temperatures and beautiful colors of the leaves as they change prompt many people to spend as much time out and about as possible. Despite these things, the fall season can be dangerous when it comes to automobile accidents. There are multiple reasons for this.
It is always upsetting to learn that someone has died in a motor vehicle accident. This is particularly true when it is a young child who is killed. To help keep the very young safe in case a car accident should occur, states throughout the nation, including Wisconsin, require that car seats be used until children reach a certain weight and height.
With schools throughout the nation starting for the year after a summer with a more relaxed schedule, many high school students have to change their sleep schedule to wake up early enough to make it to school on time. In recent years there has been much discussion revolving around just how early that should be. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently weighed in on the topic. It does not think that any high school should start before 8:30 a.m.
From time to time different entities take action to try to reduce the number of car accidents that occur on our nation's roads. Though those campaigns are often locally based, this past weekend a national group took action. The International Association of the Chiefs of Police sponsored a challenge that is focused specifically on Interstates 90 and 94 which run from coast to coast. Called the I-90/94 Challenge, the point of the four day long safety campaign was to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to traffic accidents.
Despite the fact that few spend much time thinking about it, motor vehicle accidents occur. There are many reasons that such an incident might occur, including impaired driving. Whether the impairment is due to alcohol or drugs, the end result can be devastating.
Readers are likely aware that there are many reasons that car accidents occur. Drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving are often factors in these incidents occurring. Depending on the specific circumstances surrounding each incident it is possible that serious injuries could be the end result. In an effort to minimize the injuries suffered in car accidents car makers continue to improve the design of the vehicles they produce, adding safety features as they become available. A study recently conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that these safety features are something parents shopping for vehicles for teen drivers should be cognizant of.
A serious crash took place recently on Wisconsin Highway 44. Fortunately, the only occupants of the two vehicles involved in this serious car accident were the drivers. Both men ended up being transported to area hospitals.
Every decision an individual makes has potential consequences. When that decision is to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, the consequences can be deadly. One Wisconsin man discovered at his sentencing hearing just how much his poor decision to drink and drive has affected -- and will affect -- the people he hurt in the car accident that he caused.
Some accidents require the expertise of an accident reconstruction specialist in order to determine exactly what happened. For instance, a car accident that occurred in June 2012 left authorities wondering which of the vehicle's four occupants was driving at the time. A Wisconsin State Patrol reconstruction specialist stepped in to answer as many questions regarding the accident as possible.