Most everyone in Wisconsin knows about the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving. But when they think of drunk driving cases, they normally imagine a car, truck or motorcycle being involved. But operating other vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol can also lead to criminal charges, as well as a wrongful death civil lawsuit when a fatality is caused. Driving a boat while drunk or high, or both, can certainly lead to disastrous consequences.
Wisconsin has some busy roadways, and Highway 29 between River Falls and Prescott is no exception. A portion of the highway was closed for a couple of hours on July 1 due to a head-on collision. Both drivers sustained injuries that were initially characterized as non-life-threatening.
As a driver, you take on a great deal of responsibility not only for your own safety, but also for that of your passengers or other people on the road. And if you are a passenger, you effectively relinquish control of your safety and have to rely on the skill and experience of the driver. When riding a motorcycle, these roles are magnified due to the greater severity of injuries that are typically sustained in motorcycle accidents.
A recent car accident in Wisconsin has taken a young boy's life. At the time of the crash, the 7-year-old and his family were having dinner at a picnic table behind his father's workplace in Madison. Without warning, a car suddenly sped off the street and careened into a tree, which caused the vehicle to become airborne and land on the picnic table. The car accident killed the boy and seriously injured his mother. His father and younger sister escaped with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Interstate 94 in St. Croix County near Hudson was recently the scene of a serious accident. According to members of the Wisconsin State patrol, the car accident took place midmorning on June 7 and involved three private vehicles and two semi-trucks. The initial cause of the series of collisions is not yet known.
If you are involved in a car accident you may eventually encounter what is known as subrogation. Subrogation refers to an insurance company's right to be repaid for claims on which it has made a payment. If an insured sustains a loss and the insurance company pays on a subsequent claim, the insurance company could become a subrogated party. A subrogated party may initiate a lawsuit on their own or join into a lawsuit initiated by someone else. How subrogation affects you depends on whether the accident was your fault or another party's fault.
The term, "personal injury" is often used, but what exactly does it mean? "Personal Injury" is a blanket term for cases and legal actions relating to harm suffered by one or more individuals. Lawsuits stemming from bodily harm sustained by car accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, defective products, or other incidents
involving a lack of due care would all be considered personal injury cases.
When a person is injured in an accident involving an automobile it is standard practice for the injured person to make a claim against the driver who injured them as well as that driver's insurance company. Including the insurance companies is important because individual drivers do not usually have sufficient assets to reimburse the people they injure. But what happens if the driver does not have insurance?
The fact that the owner of a dog is generally responsible for any injuries caused by that dog is usually fairly straightforward. However, as evidenced by Pawlowski v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 2009 WI 105 (Wis. 2009) sometimes just determining who should be considered the owner of the dog can become quite complicated.
Automobile insurance is an important aspect of life which most people do not pay much attention to until they are in a collision. Unfortunately, when a collision occurs some people may find that their insurance coverage is inadequate and that their insurance company will not defend them throughout the litigation which may ensue.