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1 dead after collision with police car in Wisconsin

It is the law in Wisconsin for motorists to yield to emergency vehicles. When motorists hear the sound of a siren or see flashing lights of an emergency vehicle approaching, they are required to pull over to the right and stop. In instances where there is no room to stop, motorists should slow down as much as possible. In turn, emergency vehicle drivers should keep an eye out for motorists and operate their vehicle in as safe a manner as possible to avoid causing an accident.

A fatal car accident that involved a squad car in West Allis, Wisconsin on March 26 is still being investigated. Although the details of the collision are not yet clear, a man who lived in a house nearby the scene of the accident said he did not hear any sirens prior to the big bang when the crash happened.

64-year-old pedestrian hit and killed by pickup truck

When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle on the streets of Wisconsin, serious injuries and oftentimes death can occur. Pedestrian accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but when a person is walking across the street in a designated crosswalk and a driver hits the pedestrian, that driver may be held liable for the accident and may face charges.

A 25-year-old man who may have been under the influence of an intoxicant caused a pedestrian accident in West Allis, Wisconsin recently. Authorities are still investigating the accident and have warrants to search the driver’s vehicle and cellphone. They say they are looking into allegations that the driver was intoxicated when the collision occurred on March 8. He was the only person in the vehicle at the time; there are no indications that he was injured in the crash.

Weather may have contributed to a 2-vehicle crash in Wisconsin

The weather here in Lacrosse, Wisconsin can wreak havoc on our roadways and make driving a potentially dangerous and even lethal activity. Snow and ice can cause vehicles to slide, particularly if they are negotiating a curve or attempting to stop. Water that pools on the roadway from heavy rains can pose a hydroplaning danger. Drivers who are traveling in these conditions need to be extra vigilant and slow down in order to negotiate the roads safely.

Weather is believed to be a factor in a car accident that occurred recently in the Town of Coon, Wisconsin. A 48-year-old man from Cashton was driving his pickup truck west on U.S. Highway 14 when another vehicle driven by a 23-year-old woman from La Crosse crossed the center line and crashed into him, sending him into a snowbank on the side of the road. The woman evidently had lost control of her car due to the snow and slush on the highway. After the crash, the woman’s car started on fire, but was soon put out.

Drunken driving accidents often caused by first time offenders

In the state of Wisconsin, when a person is convicted for the first time of OWI, he or she does not have any criminal liability. Yet according to a new report released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), most deaths that occur from drunk driving accidents are caused by intoxicated drivers who have never been convicted of OWI. In addition, the group says that it is estimated that before a driver is ever convicted of OWI, he or she has driven while intoxicated at least 80 times.

Wisconsin scored one of the lowest grades in the nation in MADD’s annual report card. They took into consideration a WisDOT study that looked at drunk driving crashes that resulted in fatal or serious injuries between 1991 and 2002. They found that 75 percent of drunk drivers in these cases did not have an OWI conviction on their Wisconsin driving record.

Semi-truck and pickup collide in Wisconsin

With the amount of semi-trucks on the roadways of Wisconsin, motorists need to be aware of them and consider the unique challenges they face. Semis often carry heavy loads that required the truck driver to begin slowing down early in order to make a complete stop in time. When a car pulls out in front of a semi, the truck driver typically cannot just slam on his or her brakes and stop on a dime. This type of scenario can lead to serious injuries, and oftentimes even death. There have been a number of these types of truck accidents because motorists fail to pay attention to the roadway around them.

An accident that occurred between a semi and a pickup truck near Withee, Wisconsin appears to have happened due to the negligence of the pickup truck’s driver. A 42-year-old truck driver was traveling west on highway 29 when a pickup truck that was headed north on County Road O pulled out in front of him. The truck driver tried to avoid the pickup by swerving, but evidently did not have enough time to maneuver before crashing into the driver’s side of the pickup.

Wisconsin hit-and-run driver charged in pedestrian accident

It’s hard to imagine causing a car accident and then leaving the scene without checking to make sure the occupants of the other vehicle are okay. Yet sadly there are those who engage in this kind of behavior. In the state of Wisconsin, it is considered a crime to leave the scene of a car accident in which you were involved. In addition, if someone was injured in the accident and the person who caused it leaves, he or she could be sentenced to jail.

A 56-year-old man who was delivering newspapers on his tricycle on January 25 was hit from behind by a drunk driver from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Although the man became stuck in the windshield of the vehicle, the drunk driver was not deterred. He continued on to his home without stopping. Even when he arrived at his destination, he did not help the man, but instead just walked away from the vehicle. The injured man was eventually able to get out and traveled on foot for about a block before he was found by police.

Storm blamed for multiple car accidents in Wisconsin

With the snow and ice that accompany Wisconsin’s winters, the roadways can become potentially deadly places. This is why it is so important for drivers to be aware of the conditions and adjust their speed accordingly. Obviously if the road is wet, icy or snow packed it is smart to slow down and proceed with caution, particularly when attempting to navigate turns or pass other vehicles.

A recent storm during morning rush hour wreaked havoc on traffic. The weather was blamed for a number of collisions and slide-offs. One car accident occurred near Elkhorn on Highway 12/67 when a car crashed into a power pole, causing power lines to fall across the road. The highway was closed while authorities worked to clear the roadway, a task that was estimated to take up to eight hours.

Drunk driver accepts plea deal after causing fatal accident

It is scary to think that even if you follow all the rules of the road and are a safe and cautious driver in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, you are still at risk for being involved in a car accident. This is due to the fact that no matter how safe a driver you are, you still share the road with other motorists who may not take their driving responsibilities as seriously as you do. There are numerous drivers who operate their vehicles while distracted or after they have drank alcohol or are otherwise impaired.

This was the case for a driver who caused a fatal car accident in Kildare, Wisconsin on October 16, 2011. The man’s blood alcohol level was measured at 0.104 around an hour after the crash took place.

Icy conditions may have contributed to fatal crash

Driving in Wisconsin during the winter can present a whole slew of challenges. Ice is a big one of these and has the potential of creating dangerous roadway conditions, especially on bridges. This is because bridges tend to ice over much more quickly than roads. Ice forms on bridges for a couple of reasons. The first is that cold air circulates around all sides of the bridge, so that heat is lost on all sides. On a road, the ground underneath it keeps it insulated for longer. The second reason is that a majority of bridges are constructed of materials like steel and concrete that conduct heat well and therefore the heat moves away from the bridge to the surface where it is lost.

Drivers can be traveling comfortably on an ice-free road, but the instant they drive onto a bridge, they may start to slide due to the ice. This may be the case for one man who lost control of his SUV while driving over a railroad overpass bridge on Interstate 90/39 in Janesville recently. Another motorist who witnessed the accident said conditions on the roads that day were icy.

UW-Madison employee killed in accident with delivery truck

Although there may not be as many pedestrians walking across the streets in Wisconsin in the cold winter months as there are when there are warmer temperatures, automobile drivers still need to keep an eye out and be aware of their presence. Failing to do so could lead to serious injuries and even death, consequences that no driver wants to have on his or her conscious.

A fatal pedestrian accident occurred recently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Although an investigation is still being conducted into the cause of the accident, and not all the details are clear, it is known that a delivery truck hit and killed a campus employee. The delivery truck was backing up, and the driver evidently did not see the woman, who was in her 60s, walking behind the truck. The driver said he going slowly and his truck was delivering a warning beep as he backed up. The injured woman was transported to the hospital for treatment, but later succumbed to her injuries and died.

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