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Wisconsin whiplash injury lawyersWhiplash has not always been an issue. In fact, it was not until the early 1800s that medical professionals starting seeing such types of injuries. They were occurring in railway accidents – specifically ones in which the cars had been hit from behind. At first, practitioners thought the injuries were merely sprains, but the injuries were not healing like sprains to other parts of the body. With no real physical proof of the pain, the only answer they could come up with was that the forceful jarring had caused injury to the spine and tendons and muscles within the neck.

The Rise in Whiplash Injuries

As automobiles became the preferred mode of transportation and more accidents occurred, it became clear that the number of whiplash injuries that occurred each year was increasing. Healthcare professionals were still mystified by the injuries – especially those that did not heal within just a few weeks – but they could not dismiss the pain their patients were experiencing. Then, in 1995, the Quebec task force came up with a classification system for what medical professionals were now calling “whiplash injuries.”

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Green Bay car crash lawyerEven after roads have been plowed and treated to melt the snow and ice, road users need to be aware of potential dangers. This is especially true when it comes to the presence of black ice. Often caused by areas that have melted and then refrozen, it is most often an issue in the early morning hours because it is so difficult to see while driving in the dark. It is also one of the most common causes of car crashes in the winter. If one has happened to you or someone you love, the following can help you understand your right to pursue compensation.

Driving in Icy Conditions

While most crashes are due to the fault of a driver, some that relate to inclement weather are unpreventable and unavoidable (unless, of course, you do not drive). Icy conditions - particularly conditions that create black ice - are a prime example. As stated, the best method of preventing such accidents is to avoid driving in the early morning and late night hours. Unfortunately, not everyone has this option. So, if you must drive, go slower than normal, watch overpasses and bridges, and ensure your vehicle is winter-ready.

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Appleton car accident attorneys, Green Bay car accident attorneys, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., vehicle pileup, winter driving, winter storm survival kit, Wisconsin winter drivingA fiery crash involving 193 vehicles recently shut down Interstate-94 near Galesburg, Michigan, for over 12 hours. The pileup served as a stark reminder of how dangerous winter driving can be in the Great Lakes region.

Thirty-four cars and 26 tractor-trailer trucks were involved in the wreck on the eastbound side of the interstate. Eighty-three cars and 50 tractor-trailers crashed on the westbound side. One person was killed and 22 were injured. Officials believe the high winds, snow blowing across the highway, and slippery ice formations were the most likely cause of the crashes. More than six inches of snow fell in the region the night before the devastating accident.

Additionally, one crashed truck contained fireworks, which caused a fire to break out out on the eastbound side of the interstate. Multiple trucks caught on fire, and several police departments, fire departments, and medical responders were needed to contain the scene.

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aggressive drivers, aggressive driving, Appleton car accident attorneys, Green Bay car accident attorneys, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., Wisconsin car accident attorney, tailgating, enforce traffic laws, aggressive driving habits, Wisconsin car accidentsMost motorists are familiar with aggressive drivers—those who speed excessively, change lanes frequently and often without signaling, pass improperly, or run stop signs and red lights. Aggressive drivers may even resort to tailgating, flashing lights, honking, or making gestures to intimidate other drivers or air their frustrations. According to the National Safety Council, aggressive driving is on the rise as roadways become more congested and law enforcement struggles to maintain and enforce traffic laws. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that after six years of declining vehicle crashes, a 3.3 percent increase in traffic fatalities was seen in 2012. Speeding accounted for nearly 30 percent of the fatalities. However, as the risk of encountering aggressive drivers increases, there are important steps motorists can take to protect themselves and their passengers.

Reduce Your Own Aggressive Driving Tendencies

Drivers may not recognize their own aggressive driving habits. Therefore it is important to focus on your own driving habits and recognize circumstances in which your emotions may run high, when you might take higher risks on the road, or when you may be distracted. Strive to be a considerate driver and plan ahead, allow for delays, be aware of the motorists around you, and adhere to the local speed limit and traffic laws.

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