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Wisconsin's basic speed law illustrates important point

Like other states, Wisconsin has what is called a basic speed law. While many residents of Northeast Wisconsin might not think of it, the posted speed limits they see are actually limits for ideal road conditions. In other words, the speed on the sign is the speed one can legally travel when the weather is clear, the surface is flat, paved and level and there is relatively light traffic.

Wisconsin motorists have a separate legal obligation to observe what is commonly called the basic speed limit. The basic speed limit requires all drivers to use what is called a reasonable and prudent speed. This means that when the weather is bad or there is a particular hazard on the road, like snow or ice, for example, then drivers must slow down enough to account for the conditions.

Rising to the challenge in slip-and-fall cases

Proving a slip-and-fall accident is the fault of another person, or business, can be challenging.

For one, even generally honest and upstanding people are going to be reluctant, for a lot of reasons, to admit that they are at fault when someone falls on their property. After all, they may just not want the headache of the liability involved. Likewise, the owner's insurance companies may be reluctant to a pay a person's slip-and-fall claim.

Wisconsin bicyclist killed in hit-and-run accident

An 18-year-old bicyclist died shortly after being run down by a driver of a motor vehicle. The driver of the motor vehicle, a 71-year-old man, left the scene of the accident after hitting the young man and leaving him in a ditch and unresponsive.

Fortunately, police were later able to track down the driver involved in this fatal car accident. Police arrested the man and plan to work with area prosecutors to formally charge him with a crime in connection with his leaving the scene.

Do you know what to do if an uninsured motorist hits you?

Few events can ruin your day faster than an automobile collision. If the driver who hits you does not have insurance, however, your bad day becomes even worse. Because Wisconsin law does not specifically require motorists to carry liability insurance, you must have a plan for coping with an accident involving an uninsured driver. 

Following any automobile accident, you must act quickly to protect yourself, recover from injuries and assert your legal rights. As such, always obtain the other driver's name and insurance information. Also, seek medical treatment to be certain you minimize long-term health consequences. When the driver does not have insurance coverage, you must also do four other things. 

Truckers have stricter standards when it comes to alcohol

As most Northeast Wisconsin residents know, legally, residents of and visitors to this state must not operate a vehicle after they have had too much to drink. Specifically, if an officer stops them and finds that they have more than .08 blood alcohol content, or BAC, that person can be facing a serious criminal charge.

This is especially true when one changes the facts slightly to say that the driver caused an accident.

Can my attorney help expedite a disability appeal?

Even when a Northeast Wisconsin resident has what could rightly be called a strong case to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, they may wind up having their application for benefits denied at the initial stages.

Thus will begin a waiting game of weeks or months and, in some cases, even more than a year, for an applicant to get his or her application for benefits in front of an Administrative Law Judge authorized to review the application to see if benefits should be awarded. While the backdating of benefits is customary if it turns out an applicant wins his or her hearing, they are going to have to figure out how to manage on limited finances while they await a review.

When truckers break the rules, we hold them accountable

Truck drivers and the transportation companies they work for have certain rules they must follow.

In addition to the normal traffic laws to which every motorist must adhere, truckers also will often have to follow special federal and state regulations designed to make sure that they operate their large vehicles in a matter that keeps everyone else on the road safe.

Three Wisconsin Girl Scouts killed, 1 critically injured

A group of Girl Scouts, along with a woman, who were alongside a rural Wisconsin road picking up trash were hit by the driver of a pickup truck, who then fled the scene of the accident. Three Girl Scouts and the woman died because of the accident, while another Girl Scout was critically injured. The driver eventually surrendered to authorities.

This story has attracted the attention of the national news media and also prompted an outpouring of sympathy and support, including a message from the national Girl Scouts of the USA.

Improving your luck with uninsured motorist coverage

While modern cars come with a variety of safety features, there is no substitute for safe driving. Even if you drive as safely as possible, though, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. Simply put, you need a bit of luck to avoid collisions on northeast Wisconsin roadways.

If you are lucky, the driver who rear-ends your vehicle has enough insurance to cover the cost of both your medical bills and the damage to your vehicle. Unfortunately, if your luck is running a bit thin, you may have to deal with an uninsured driver. In that case, your own Wisconsin uninsured motorist coverage may come to the rescue.

Girl dies in Northeast Wisconsin accident

An accident involving a go-kart claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl from Northeast Wisconsin recently.

Authorities say the accident happened on private land. The girl, who was driving the go-kart, apparently struck a parked vehicle. This accident apparently happened while the girl was visiting relatives.

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