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Green Bay auto accident attorney for speeding and drunk drivingAccording to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there are almost 130,000 car accidents in the state each year, on average. Only about 25 percent of these crashes result in injuries or fatalities, but there are certain kinds of accidents for which the rate is much higher. If you have been injured in one of these dangerous crashes, you may need a personal injury attorney who can help you pursue financial compensation for your damages.

Wisconsin Car Accidents With a High Risk of Injury or Death

Any kind of accident can cause an injury, but these are some of the most likely to result in serious harm:

  • Alcohol-related accidents: Over half of Wisconsin accidents involving at least one drunk driver result in injuries. Alcohol also accounts for more than 30 percent of all annual car accident fatalities.
  • Speed-related accidents: Speeding is a factor in about 30 percent of Wisconsin car accident fatalities, and around 40 percent of speeding accidents result in injuries.
  • Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycles account for less than 2 percent of all traffic accidents in Wisconsin, but 14 percent of all accident fatalities. Motorcyclists involved in an accident almost always suffer some kind of injury.

What Should I Do if I Am Injured?

Because of the severity of these kinds of accidents, you should be sure to accept or seek a medical examination and treatment as soon as possible. You will also want to contact an attorney promptly and begin gathering evidence that can establish another party’s fault for the accident. It is especially important to obtain photographs of your injuries, the accident scene, and the vehicles involved. In addition to taking these photos, our attorneys can help you collect witness testimony, police reports and 911 transcripts, and traffic and security camera footage.

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In the state of Wisconsin, thousands of drivers make the reckless decision to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol each and every year. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, more than 28,000 people were arrested for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) throughout 2015 alone. Despite the fact that driving while impaired can come with significant legal ramifications, drivers still choose to put their own life and the lives of others at risk by driving drunk. If you or a family member are injured in a drunk driving collision, you need and deserve professional legal assistance. 

Thousands Are Injured Each Year 

While alcohol-related crashes have decreased in the state of Wisconsin in recent years due in large part to the diligent work of law enforcement officials thousands of people are injured due to the negligence of drunk drivers each year. Statistics compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation state that there were more than 5,000 alcohol-related collisions statewide in 2015. Tragically, alcohol-related collisions are the cause of 34 percent of all traffic fatalities statewide. More than 2,000 people in the state of Wisconsin suffer injuries that require medical attention due to the reckless behavior of drunk drivers on an annual basis. 

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Appleton personal injury attorney for drunk driver liabilityEvery day, approximately 30 people throughout the United States are fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions involving drunk drivers. In all, more than 10,500 people were killed in drunk driving accidents throughout 2018, accounting for just under 30% of all fatal motor vehicle collisions. Driving while inebriated can impact a person’s motor skills, reaction time, and decision making, affecting their ability to drive safely and avoid collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians. If you or a member of your family have been injured in a drunk driving accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you determine your options for pursuing compensation for your injuries and damages. 

Seeking Compensation From a Drunk Driver

To recover compensation, car accident victims will typically need to demonstrate that a driver was at fault for an accident and that the driver’s negligence was directly responsible for their injuries. If a driver was intoxicated at the time of the collision, this will likely be considered negligence, and the driver may be held responsible for the damages suffered by victims.

A personal injury claim against a drunk driver may seek to recover compensatory damages to address the injuries inflicted in the crash. Victims may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost income, damage to a vehicle or other property and physical and emotional pain and suffering.

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Drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states, and the consequences are very serious if a person is caught driving under the influence. Drunk drivers do not only put themselves at risk when they get behind the wheel, but they also endanger everyone else on the road. While people’s opinions about how much alcohol is necessary for them to be considered “drunk, ” the law is very clear about the level of intoxication at which it is illegal to drive.

What Are the Wisconsin Laws Regarding Drunk Driving?

The state of Wisconsin has a specific definition of what is considered drunk driving, and there is little room for ambiguity. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, it is illegal for someone 21 and over to operate a car, truck, or other motor vehicle under the following conditions:

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Wisconsin drunk driving accident attorneysEach year, an estimated 10, 000 deaths occur because of drunk driving. Scientific experts, who say that these deaths are “completely preventable, ” recently issued a report that encourages states to take another look at their drunk driving thresholds. If their suggestion to lower the current BAC threshold is headed, the number of criminal drunk driving cases in the United States could dramatically increase. Drunk driving accident victims, who often have to fight for fair compensation after a crash with a drunk driver, may also start to experience better overall outcomes in their personal injury cases. 

Changes to the BAC Threshold May Be on the Horizon 

Although drunk driving was first ruled as “illegal” in 1910, efforts to reduce the number of drunk driving deaths did not truly start until the early 1980s. Before that, around half of all traffic deaths had been attributed to an intoxicated driver. Over the next 30 years, those deaths would decrease by half; the enactment of a national per se law that made it illegal for a driver to operate a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 or higher, irrespective to any signs of intoxication, was an instrumental part in this decline of drunk driving deaths. 

Sadly, experts say the numbers have grown stagnant in some states and are rising in others. They believe that a lower BAC threshold of 0.05 could drive the numbers back down. One state, Utah, has already enacted such a law, but it is not set to take effect until December of 2018. 

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