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Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerEach year, thousands of innocent pedestrians die and tens of thousands suffer serious injuries from careless or reckless drivers. Of course, the harm that can result from a pedestrian being struck by an automobile, whether it is traveling slowly or fast, is significant, and may certainly lead to lifelong effects. The costs of medical care can add up quickly and exceed the annual income of most Wisconsin families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4,700 pedestrians were killed in 2012 due to traffic accidents while another estimated 76,000 suffered injuries related to traffic accidents across the United States. Based on these statistics, a pedestrian dies every two hours due to a car accident, and every seven minutes a pedestrian suffers an injury due to a car crash as well. Innocent pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than passengers in a vehicle.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

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Wisonsin personal injury attorney, Wisonsin car crash lawyer, Milwaukee truck accident attorneyWhile there are many dangers present on the road, one of the biggest is the presence of drunk drivers. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 10,000 people were killed by drunk drivers in 2012, which makes them responsible for almost one in every three traffic fatalities. While other drivers cannot keep people from drinking and driving, they can keep themselves safer. It is important for everyone on the road to know how to identify a drunk driver, as well as what to do when they encounter one to avoid a traffic accident.

Identifying a Drunk Driver

Identifying a drunk driver is largely a matter of spotting erratic driving, especially when it occurs late at night. However, there are certain poor driving behaviors that drunk drivers are more likely to engage in as a result of alcohol's specific effects on the body. One of the most common of these sorts of behaviors is making turns that are overly wide. Alcohol affects people's ability to properly judge distances, so they may end up taking up more space when they turn. Similarly, this inability to judge distances, combined with poor reaction time, may result in a drunk driver braking erratically.

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