Yes, I live in Wisconsin. Yes, we get snow…sometimes lots-o-snow. Yes, people are involved in car accidents because of the snow. But, 16 in one morning?!? Come on Wisconsin! We are better drivers that that!
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that there were two serious injuries:
A 34-year-old West Allis woman is in critical condition after a two-vehicle car crash this morning on National Ave. near Oakdale Drive in the Town of Vernon, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Capt. Karen Ruff said.
“The roads were very icy,” Ruff said. The sun was shining so ice was melting, but it was also cold enough that there were still icy spots, she said. Some of the crashes on I-94 may also have been caused by people watching other crashes or following too close, she said.
These car accidents occurred during a 90 minute span. Be careful Wisconsin!
Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Milwaukee, West Bend, New Berlin and Wauwatosa.
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the intersection of Highway F and I94 in Waukesha County (Pewaukee to be exact) has been the site of 280 motor vehicle collisions since 2003. The County Safety Engineer states that simply adjusting the traffic signals so drivers can only turn with an arrow might help. They also note the high amount of traffic at that intersection.
I have some personal experience with this intersection. I worked at a law firm located near that stretch of road in 2002. Even then it was busy. Since then, a number of commercial buildings have popped up. At 5 o’clock it is a pain to drive anywhere near there.
What to do? Contact your county supervisor, aldermen, mayor and County Executive. Hopefully, the more complaints the sooner they will take action.
Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Oconomowoc, Racine, Waukesha and Wauwatosa.
I wish I could tell you to avoid “such and such” road if you don’t want to become the victim in a personal injury matter. Collisions can happen anywhere. A few days ago I mentioned a discussion of the “most dangerous roads” in Wisconsin. Well, I could not find that information. I did find a report from the Department of Motor Vehicles discussing which types of roads are dangerous and when most crashes occur. Email me if you’d like more info.
In 2006 the most injuries and fatalities occurred in May, June and July. The most fatalities occurred in July.
I’d avoid driving around bar time in Wisconsin. The most fatalities occur between 1am and 2am. I’m not surprised (I handle a great number of perosonal injury cases where the victim was injured because of a drunk driver).
The greatest number of collisions occured on Non-Intersection locations. Almost three times as many fatalities occurred on Non-Intersections when compared to Intersections.
As an FYI, there were approximately 16,450 motor vehicle collisions in Milwaukee County in 2006, 1096 in Sheboygan and 3,643 in Waukesha. Marinette County had only 316 and Rock (Janesville and Beloit) had 1784.
The moral of the story: Don’t drink and drive and be careful no matter where you are driving.