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Wisconsin car accident attorney, Wisconsin car crash lawyerAccording to the National Safety Council (NSC), fatal car crashes rose by nearly 8 percent and killed more than 38,000 people in 2015. Nearly all were due to the negligence of one person or another – a red light runner, a distracted driver, someone intoxicated behind the wheel – and yet we often call these crashes “accidents.” One advocacy group is striving to change all of that. They want crashes to be seen for what they really are: a devastating situation where one person is a victim and the other is at fault.

Why Change the Wording?

Calling car crashes “accidents” might seem inconsequential, but society has a way of getting hung on up the words. So, when a crash is called an accident, it sounds like something that could not be foreseen or prevented. This is rarely the case. In fact, studies have found that human error is a factor in 94 percent of all crashes. Only 6 percent can be attributed to vehicle malfunctions, weather, or other factors. Doing away with the word “accident” reminds everyone – including lawmakers – that most car crashes are preventable, avoidable, and – more importantly – someone’s fault.

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Wisconsin motorcycle lawyer, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyEven with the protection of gloves, leathers, helmets, boots, and safety goggles, motorcycle riders are at an extremely high risk for serious injury. This is due, in part, to the lack of encasement around them. However, they are also at an increased risk because, more often than not, other drivers simply do not see motorcycle riders. What injuries are riders most likely to sustain in a motorcycle accident? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) have both conducted studies to find the answer.

Most Common Non-Fatal Injuries

Based on hospital records of 1,222,000 motorcycle crash victims, the CDC’s study of non-fatal motorcycle crash injuries determined that the feet and legs of riders were most likely to be injured in a crash (30 percent of all injuries). However, in a very close second, injuries to the head and neck accounted for 22 percent of injuries. This includes injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI, also known as a concussion), paralysis, whiplash, and others. Injuries to the chest, back, shoulders, hips, arms, pelvis, and other areas of the body made up the remainder of non-fatal injuries sustained by riders.

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Wisconsin ATV accident attorney, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerSince invented, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) have offered hours of rugged, outdoor fun. But that fun also comes with a risk – the possibility of a severe injury or fatality. Those risks can often be reduced through responsible operation, proper gear, and course instructions but many riders forget the importance of these key preventative measures or are not aware of their importance. So, before you ride, make sure you know the causes and risks of ATV accidents and how you can best avoid them.

ATV Accident Statistics

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 100,000 ATV injuries occurred in 2012 (the most recent data). Of those, 27 percent were to the head or neck, 29 percent were of the arms or hands, 22 percent were to the torso area, and 21 percent were to the legs or feet. In addition, approximately 568 adults and 144 children die each year from ATV-related accidents.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyerEach November, the Department of Transportation releases preliminary information on the state’s automobile accidents and fatalities. Sadly, it appears that there were more injuries and fatalities in 2015 than 2013 and 2014. This was also an increase in alcohol-related injuries and fatalities, which were both higher than the previous four years. General 2015 Accident and Collision Statistics According to preliminary results, there were 111,791 total accidents and collisions in 2015. Of those, 82,191 resulted in property damage and 29,036 resulted in injury. There were also 509 total fatalities. These death and injury rates are higher than both 2014, in which there 451 fatalities and 28,801 injuries, and 2013, in which there were 491 fatalities and 28,474 injuries. Overall fatality rate increased by .11 percent from the previous year (0.89 percent in 2014 compared to 1 percent in 2015). Alcohol-Related Crashes With a total of 5,491 crashes in 2015, drunk driving accidents were significantly higher in 2015 than in the previous four years (4,932 in 2014; 4,954 in 2013; 5,024 in 2012; and 5,297 in 2011). A total of 218 fatalities and 3,171 injuries occurred because of  drunk driving accidents in 2015. These, too, were higher than in previous years (162 fatalities and 2,694 injuries in 2014; 185 fatalities and 2,660 injuries in 2013; 2,907 injuries in 2012, and 2,984 injuries in 2011). However, the fatalities from drunk driving accidents in 2011 and 2012 were higher than in 2015 (225 and 223, respectively). Speed-Related Crashes In all, Wisconsin saw 18,389 speed-related accidents, which caused 7,828 injuries and 167 fatalities. Overall, there were fewer crashes than in the previous two years (20,887 in 2014 and 21,290 in 2013). However, more fatalities were attributed to speed-related crashes in 2015 (163 in 2014 and 156 in 2013). Motorcycle Crashes For motorcyclists, 2015 proved to be a more dangerous than the previous two years, with 2,376 total crashes, 91 fatalities, and 2,161 injuries. These rates are compared to 2,101 accidents, 67 fatalities, and 1,914 injuries in 2014, and 2,150 crashes, 83 fatalities, and 1,927 injuries in 2013. Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents Pedestrians were involved in more crashes in 2015 than in 2014 (1,244 versus 1,183). They also experienced more injuries (1,244 in 2015 compared to 1,119 in 2014) and fatalities (45 in 2015 compared to 42 in 2014) than in the previous year. Bicycle accidents were also higher for 2015 than the year, with 1,055 accidents in 2015 (compared to 925 in 2014). Fatalities (10 versus 4) and injuries (976 versus 844) were also higher for 2015 when compared to 2014 bicycle accident rates. Involved in an Accident? Seek Representation with a Skilled Accident Attorney There are likely a number of factors have contributed to the overall increase in accidents during 2015, however, regular, everyday, working individuals are still in pain, receiving medical care, missing work, or no longer alive because of these accidents. If you or someone you love happened to be one of them, you may be entitled to compensation. The skilled Milwaukee automobile accident attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, can help. Dedicated to serving the needs and best interest of automobile accident victims, they can ensure your rights are protected and will thoroughly investigate your situation to build a strong case. To find out more, call 414-271-1440 and schedule your consultation today.

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http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/about-wisdot/room/statistics/final.aspx

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