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Wisconsin Supreme Court approves mandatory 3-year sentences for chronic DUI offenders

When Wisconsin drivers drive while intoxicated, they are often punished severely. Unfortunately, some drivers do not learn from their previous mistakes and become chronic offenders, which increases the likelihood that they will cause an auto accident in the future. Recent legislation, however, requires that all chronic drunk drivers receive prison sentences of at least three years, excluding supervised probation.

Three years after a Wisconsin man appealed the sentence he received for his seventh drunk driving offense, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of a three-year minimum sentence requirement for chronic drunk drivers. It is not clear whether someone who has had more than two drunk driving convictions will be subject to the law, or if a driver must have three, four, five, six, or even seven convictions before he or she is considered a chronic offender.

Truck driver pleads guilty in crash that killed 2, injured 6

Because of the unique driving abilities and the differences in handling a semi-truck compared to a regular sized passenger vehicle, truck drivers are required by law in Wisconsin to obtain a commercial driver’s license. In order to get one, drivers must undergo specialized training and testing to ensure that they can safely operate a semi-truck. This is done to help drivers be safer on the roads and reduce the number of truck accidents.

A Wisconsin truck driver who took the lives of two people in an accident last year appeared in court recently. The driver was approaching an intersection just as the light turned green, but failed to slow down for the line of cars that were stopped for the previous red light.

Authorities catch up to Wisconsin hit-and-run driver

It is the law in Wisconsin for those involved in an automobile accident to stop, no matter how small the damage may be. You are required to exchange information with the other driver including your name, address and registration number. If the other driver asks to see your driver’s license, you must comply. If anybody in the other car is injured, you are responsible to get help for him or her. Failing to do these things may constitute a hit and run.

This is the case for a car accident that occurred recently in Hamburg, Wisconsin. The 25-year-old driver who allegedly caused the accident ran away from the scene on foot, leaving his crashed vehicle on someone’s lawn.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against drunk driver

Driving a motor vehicle in Lacrosse, Wisconsin comes with a lot of responsibility and is not something that should be taken lightly. In order to operate a car in a safe manner, people must have their faculties about them. Because alcohol and drugs can interfere with a person’s reaction time and ability to think clearly, drivers must avoid them in order to operate a vehicle in a safe manner.

A 36-year-old woman is accused of driving drunk when she caused an accident that led to the death of a 22-year-old mother of two. The drunk driver was taken into custody and faces felony driving under the influence in which death results charges. Her blood alcohol level was a .20 following the accident.

Motorcyclists face criminal charges for accident

When a motorist causes an automobile accident in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, the law states that the motorist must stop and check on the other people involved in the crash. It is also necessary for those who are involved in the accident to stay on the scene and wait until authorities arrive. Failing to do so can constitute a hit-and-run and land the person who flees the scene in hot water with the law.

This is the case for a motorcyclist who left the scene of a truck accident in Richmond, Wisconsin. The 26-year-old was just one of two motorcyclists involved in a collision with a semi, but instead of staying and waiting until authorities arrived, the man left and did not report the accident. Because the other motorcyclist was injured in the accident, the man was charged recently with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failing to report it.

Wisconsin man sentenced to two years for drunk driving accident

Operating an automobile after drinking can have devastating effects not only to the drunk driver, but all those with whom he or she shares the road. This is why authorities in Lacrosse, Wisconsin are so concerned with cracking down on drunk driving.

A 69-year-old man who was convicted of driving under the influence near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin will spend two years behind bars. The judge said that because of the man’s age and the fact that he did not have a prior criminal record, the two year sentence was appropriate for the homicide by drunk driving conviction. He will also be on probation for four years following the prison time.

Truck driver charged with vehicular homicide after fatal accident

Because truck drivers in Wisconsin spend a great deal of time on the road, it can be easy for them to become complacent about their driving and not pay as much attention as they should. In an effort to get a load delivered on time, truckers may push their limits and try to drive for an extended period of time, often times going without sleep. Because this can be so dangerous, federal laws have been put into place that dictate that drivers cannot drive more than 11 hours on any one shift.

A Walmart truck driver who may have been sleep deprived caused an accident that left one person dead and four others injured recently. Walmart said that as far as they knew, the driver had met the federal rest guidelines while he was operating the truck. It is not known how authorities concluded that the driver had not slept for over 24 hours.

Family of pedestrian killed by city truck files legal claim

When a pedestrian is struck by a car in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, the consequences can be serious, and sometimes even deadly. The severity of injuries sustained can vary depending on the size of the vehicle and the speed at which it was traveling.

A pedestrian died after being hit by a Sheboygan city vehicle in November 2011. The 18-year-old was on his way to school when he attempted to cross a street. A leaf collection truck driven by a city employee was traveling between 20 to 25 mph when it struck the teen. The truck’s driver said he did not even realize he had hit the pedestrian until he saw him lying in the street in his rear view mirror. He thought that he had just broken a chain off the leaf collector.

Motorcyclist dies after colliding with tractor

With summer right around the corner, farming season in Wisconsin is in full swing. This means that drivers need to be aware of the potential for farm machinery to be out on the road. It is completely legal for farming machines to be on public roads, however certain restrictions apply. For example, machines that travel slower than 25 miles per hour are required to have an orange triangle or SMV emblem displayed on the back. This warns faster moving vehicles that they are approaching a vehicle that is moving slow so they can adjust their speed in time to accommodate the slower moving vehicle. It is also important to remember that tractors and other farm machinery do not handle the same way that automobiles do when turning, slowing down or speeding up.

A fatal motorcycle accident occurred recently in Manitowoc County when a biker crashed into the back of a farm machine. The machine was a corn planter that was driven by a 55-year-old man. It was headed eastbound when the 53-year-old biker, who was also headed eastbound, collided with it at around 7:15 a.m. The tractor operator was not injured in the accident, but the biker, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered fatal injuries.

2 hospitalized after car and school bus collide

When parents put their children on a school bus in Wisconsin, they likely don’t think twice about their safety. Buses are typically a safe way to transport students to and from school and to their various activities, but every now and then, accidents do occur that can lead to injuries for bus passengers.

This was the case for an auto accident that occurred recently in Grafton, Wisconsin. The bus was taking students home from a middle school just prior to 4:00 p.m. when a car that was attempting a right hand turn crashed into the bus.

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