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Category: State Law

Enjoy Bicycling During National Bike Month – But Watch out for Dogs

Posted on May 3, 2017 Animal Bite,Bicycle Injury,State Law

Since 1956, the League of American Bicyclists has sponsored a National Bike Month in May to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage more folks to try bicycling. To keep bicycling safe this May, it is helpful to review Bicycling Magazine’s tips Bicycling Magazine’s tips for dealing with aggressive dogs. The average dog can sprint… read more

Premises Liability: Can You Recover for Slipping on an Icy Surface?

Posted on April 12, 2017 In The News,Local News,Personal Injury,Slip & Fall,State Law,What Does This Word Mean?

Winter might be winding down, but there is still ample opportunity for snow, ice and other wintry precipitation in the Badger State, which can make for slick sidewalks, parking lots, driveways and roads. While icy conditions are dangerous for drivers, pedestrians are also at risk. In January, the La Crosse Tribune reported that numerous hospitals… read more

The Right to Jury Trial in Civil Personal Injury Cases

Posted on January 5, 2016 Car Accidents,Federal Law,General,Myth Debunker,Personal Injury,State Law,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?,Your Trial

Persons injured in motor vehicle accidents often ask if they have a right to a jury trial on their claim.  In federal court and in many state courts, the right to a jury trial in civil cases seeking money damages is a constitutional right.  That means that if a party properly invokes the right to… read more

Drunk Driving in Minnesota May Give Rise to Punitive Damages

Posted on December 23, 2015 Car Accidents,Distracted Driver Accident,Drunk Driving,Personal Injury,State Law,Vehicle Accidents

In Minnesota, intoxicated drivers face criminal consequences.  In addition, the victim of a drunk driver may file a civil action for damages against the drunk driver.  “Damages” refers to an award of money the jury may impose against the drunk driver.  The victim who is injured by the drunk driver may seek compensatory damages, which… read more

With Violent Aggressive Driving On The Rise, Take Steps To Avoid Becoming a Victim of Road Rage

Posted on May 6, 2015 Car Accidents,Distracted Driver Accident,General,In The News,Personal Injury,State Law

According to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, there are no sure techniques to avoid becoming the victim of road rage. Its website lists the following behaviors that should be avoided due to the risk of offending aggressive drivers: CUTTING OFF: When you merge, make sure you have plenty of room. Use your turn signal to… read more

Alcohol Related Driving Fatalities Increase on St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on March 16, 2015 Car Accidents,Drunk Driving,Holiday Travel,In The News,Local News,State Law

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that St. Patrick’s Day represents a significant increase in drunk-driving fatalities.  Their data estimates that on March 17 from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in St. Patrick’s Day drunk driving crashes.  Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish… read more

New Minnesota Court of Appeals Ruling Favors No-Fault Claimants

Posted on January 8, 2015 Car Accidents,General,In The News,Insurance Disputes,Local News,Minnesota No-Fault,State Law,Vehicle Accidents

Minnesota law provides for no-fault benefits for persons injured in auto accidents in the state.  Minnesota’s no-fault act requires every “owner of a motor vehicle of a type which is required to be registered or licensed or is principally garaged in” Minnesota to carry no-fault insurance.  Minn. Stat. § 65B.48 subd. 1.  A person injured… read more

To Assure Uninsured Motorist Coverage, Pay Special Attention to Accidents Involving “Phantom” Vehicles

Posted on December 30, 2014 Car Accidents,Distracted Driver Accident,General,Insurance Disputes,State Law,Vehicle Accidents,What Does This Word Mean?

One purpose for “uninsured motorist” coverage is to protect the insured in the event of an accident involving a negligent driver who leaves the scene and remains unidentified.  By definition, there will be uninsured motorist coverage if the accident qualifies as a “hit-and-run.”  Wis. Stat. § 632.32(2)(g)3.  However, to qualify as a “hit-and-run, “ there… read more

In Wisconsin, Drunk Bicycling Can Be a Serious Offense

Posted on September 16, 2014 ATV Accidents,Bicycle Injury,Drunk Driving,General,Golf Cart Accidents,Motorcycle Injury,Personal Injury,State Law

States differ on whether intoxicated use of a bicycle on a public road constitutes operating while intoxicated, or OWI.  In Wisconsin, the OWI statute applies to operation of a “motor vehicle,” which includes all manner of motorized conveyances.  But a separate offense exists for OWI causing injury while operating a “vehicle,” a term that even… read more

Texting and Driving Public Service Announcement Goes Viral

Posted on September 4, 2014 Car Accidents,Distracted Driver Accident,In The News,Local News,State Law,Texting Driver Accident

A compelling YouTube video titled “Last Words” has gone viral on Facebook.  The video was published on August 11, 2014, by TranterGrey Media in partnership with 1 Hour Optical and WJBF News, Channel 6 in Augusta, GA to raise awareness about the danger of texting while driving.  It is hoped that the video will convince… read more