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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyerIntended to improve road safety, self-driving cars may be one step closer to becoming a reality after the U.S. government pledged to invest $4 billion into advancing their testing and development. Unfortunately, there are still a number of hurdles to overcome before these high-tech vehicles become mainstream, particularly in terms of overall safety. Autonomous Cars – the New American Dream Each year, nearly 1.3 million people die on American roadways, and another 20-50 million are injured in automobile accidents. But what would life be like if we could completely eradicate these deaths? And how much easier would life be if we could drive to work while reading, using our devices, or enjoying the scenery without compromising safety? This is the idea behind autonomous cars — transportation that is both safer and more enjoyable. But is this technology truly a reality? Driver Disengagement Still Needed A handful of companies already have autonomous cars on the road, but they are still in the testing  phase. Unfortunately, recent data released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles suggests that they are not performing quite as well as  developers may have hoped. Frequent driver disengagements - moments that drivers had to take manual control of the cars - were noted by test drivers. Google performed the best, with 272 incidents total, and a rate of about one incident every 1,244 miles. Nissan, whose cars had a problem about once every 14 miles, fell at the other end of the spectrum, as did Bosch and Mercedes whose cars had disengagements that sometimes occurred as often as every one or two miles. Overall, these driver disengagements highlight a serious need for improvement in both safety and mobility. But some autonomous car skeptics say that these disengagements are the very least of concerns for the manufacturers hoping to get their self-driving cars on the road. Infrastructure, Communication, Acceptance, and Liability Developing technology that reduces or eliminates driver disengagement is only the beginning, experts say. Roads will need higher detail mapping, an infrastructure that will ensure the cars are going exactly where they are supposed to. Cars will also need to be able to communicate effectively with one another if there is any real hope for preventing accidents. Liability - determining who would be considered at fault if an autonomous car causes an accident - is also an issue. Finally, there is the matter of convincing drivers that it is safe for them to let go of the wheel. Get Help with Your Auto Accident Injury Case Overall, the evidence suggests that we are still a long way from having self-driving cars on the road; until they are, accidents and injuries will continue. If an accident has happened to you or someone you love, seek skilled and professional help from the Milwaukee automobile accident attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP. Dedicated determined, respected, and resourceful, they can handle the details of your case, protect your rights, and give you the time and energy you need to heal. To schedule your consultation, call 414-271-1440 today.

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http://latimes.com/business/la-fi-self-driving-cars-20160115-story.html

Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerIt appears that the dangers of distracted driving have fallen on deaf ears. Not only are drivers placing calls, tweeting and exchanging texts but they are now risking an even higher rate of personal injury by adding surfing the internet to the list of distracted driving practices. State Farm Insurance recently revealed the results of a seven-year study that concluded that 29 percent of drivers have admitted to surfing the web while behind the wheel, representing a 13 percent increase since 2009. Additional evidence also revealed that 21 percent of drivers still admit to checking Facebook and Twitter, while one third of drivers polled, openly admit to still texting while driving. Chris Mullen, director of technology research for State Farm, attributes this latest distracted driving trend to the increased prevalence of smartphones. Mullen noted that a healthy 88 percent of the 1,000 survey participants involved were smartphone users. Advanced smart phone technology has opened a Pandora’s Box of wider communication features and increased functionality. These advances have made it much easier to check internet activity rather than just giving in to the urge to send a quick text here and there. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, established under the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and dedicated to achieving the highest standard of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety, reports that although there had been a 0.1 percent decline in highway fatalities during 2014, they now report a 8.1 increase for the same reporting period of 2015. The NHTSA sees this as a troubling departure from the 2014 general downward trend. The NHTSA and other concerned state and federal agencies strongly urge our nation’s drivers to just say no to electronically communicating while driving.  Various states are currently pushing to make it illegal to even hold a smartphone or electronic device while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, drivers have not been able to break these potentially deadly habits and are pushing the limits as they take a wrong turn down a very dangerous road. If you have been involved in a car accident due to the distracted driving habits of another driver, the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP have an experienced team of professionals on hand to assess the damages. Our seasoned legal team has experience working with accident investigators, medical professionals and other personal injury experts to ensure our clients receive just compensation. To discuss your case, contact us for an initial consultation at 414-271-1440 today. Sources: http://kttc.com/story/30700337/2015/12/08/state-farm-report-finds-more-people-surf-the-web-while-they-drive http://nbc15.com/home/headlines/More-people-are-surfing-the-web-behind-the-wheel-360935901.html http://nhtsa.gov/About

http://nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2015/2014-traffic-deaths-drop-but-2015-trending-higher

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Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerTraffic accidents occur for a number of reasons. Distracted driving, impaired driving, and violation of traffic laws typically top the list of most common causes of accidents. Last year, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported nearly 120,000 motor vehicle crasheswith approximately 21,000 of them being speed-related and approximately 5,000 being alcohol-related.

However, there are other factors that affect drivers’ safety on the road such as weather conditions. It is not uncommon for Milwaukee drivers to experience harsh winter weather including cumulative snowfall of more than 60 inches per year.

Those native to Wisconsin may already be aware of what to do to winterize their vehicles, but it is important to keep these winter tips in mind to ensure safer driving during the colder months:

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Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerWhen you have been in an accident that has caused you to suffer either property damage or bodily injury, the last thing you need is for an insurance company to avoid living up to its obligations. Unfortunately, however, there are occasions when insurance companies deny benefits under an insurance policy without having a good reason to do so. When this occurs, you might have a lawsuit for bad faith against the insurance company.

Bad Faith in Wisconsin

To establish a claim against an insurance company for bad faith in Wisconsin, the insured must establish (1) the absence of a reasonable basis for a determination of a denial of benefits; and (2) knowledge or reckless disregard by the insurance company of the lack of a reasonable basis to deny coverage.

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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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