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Wisconsin truck accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyer,Wisconsin wrongful death attorneySince 2009, the number of deaths and injuries related to semi-trucks have increased 17% and 28% , respectively. And, in the last six years, Congress has been left with few alternatives to remedy some of the major contributing factors behind everyday dangers on the highway. The solution was to forge a bill that, on one hand, might improve safety, but — according to safety advocates — will turn around and diminish it again by giving in to some potentially dangerous concessions sought by the trucking industry.

The Big Concern over Truck Safety

While they fulfill a vital role in our economy today, semi-trucks pose a serious danger to other drivers. Large, oversized, and frighteningly powerful, they have the ability to cause chaos in an accident. A large number of drivers that come into contact with them are fatally injured. The majority of those remaining are often seriously injured. Of course, not all accidents are actually caused by the semis —but when they are, victims are often slighted, not just in life, but also in compensation.

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis accident lawyer, car crashesRecently, the Wisconsin state Assembly voted on a measure that would increase the speed limit on certain highways from 65 mph to 70 mph. The bill passed by a vote of 76 to 22, and it now moves to the Senate where it is also expected to pass. The bill, Assembly Bill 27, gives the Department of Transportation the authority to increase the speed limit on freeways and expressways in the state. However, there are some concerns that the new speed limit will lead to an increase in the number or severity of traffic accidents. Consequently, drivers should be one the lookout for new speed limit signs, and should exercise extra care on highways.

The New Bill

If the new bill passes the senate, it would increase the speed limit on freeways and expressways across the state. Importantly, the bill has special definitions of freeways and expressways, so that the increase will be uniform. A freeway is a state highway with four or more lanes separated by a barrier that has limited intersections. An expressway is defined similarly, though the expressway must also be recognized as such by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

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