Driving at high speeds requires a good deal of concentration, which is something most impaired drivers do not have. Virtually every Wisconsin driver knows that speed and alcohol can lead to a deadly car accident. Nevertheless, some drivers still get behind the wheel after they have been drinking.
It was around 2:45 a.m. on the morning of St. Patrick's Day. A vehicle occupied by six people was traveling on Interstate 90/39. As the vehicle left the Interstate to enter Wisconsin Highway 14, the driver lost control of the vehicle for reasons not yet known. One person in the vehicle died, and the five other occupants suffered injuries in the single car accident.
Sometime before 3 a.m. on March 9, a wreck occurred on Wisconsin Highway 51. When police responded to the scene of the single car accident, they discovered that the crash led to two fatalities. That portion of the highway was closed for close to five hours as law enforcement officers investigated and had the scene cleared.
The family of a Wisconsin woman is mourning her loss as they try to comfort and care for the 4-month-old daughter she left behind. The woman died what authorities say was a weather-related car accident. Her little girl was in the car as well, but the family says she is doing fine physically.
Two Wisconsin sisters were so close that they worked and lived together. Their morning routine had been the same for 15 years. Tragically, the morning of Feb. 24 was the last time the two would ever be together because one of the sisters died in a pedestrian vs. car accident.
In an update to a story we first reported on back on June 13, 2012 ("Motorcyclist killed, 9 others injured in Wisconsin crash"), a Wisconsin man was recently sentenced in connection with the death of two motorcyclists and the injury of eight others back in 2012. At his sentencing hearing, the man apologized and expressed his remorse regarding the car accident that took place. The driver received an eight year prison sentence, to be followed by extended supervision for 15 years and another seven years of probation after that.
Under ordinary circumstances, any number of obstacles can hinder a person's ability to safety navigate Wisconsin roads. In the wintertime, inclement weather such as snow and ice present a new set of dangers for drivers. Under these conditions, drivers not only need to be more cautious, but also need to make the determination of whether they should even attempt to be out on the roads. The risk of a car accident can significantly increase during times of bad weather.
Now that 2013 is over, the Accident Records Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is tallying up numbers regarding accidents on the state's roads. One of the first statistics the unit has released is the number of car accident deaths for the year. The results reveal that last year was the safest year the state has seen in some 69 years.
Not since World War II has the number of deaths due to car accidents been as low as it was as of Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. On that date, the number of Wisconsin car accident deaths in Wisconsin was at 519, which even beats the 2009 number of 542. The reduction is attributed to more traffic enforcement and education regarding the use of seat belts and the dangers of drunk driving.
Despite the amount of information available regarding the dangers of drinking and driving, many in Wisconsin continue to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. No one believes that he or she could cause a deadly car accident after drinking. Unfortunately, many drunk drivers do cause accidents that not only kill, but leave themselves and others injured as well.