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Appleton, WI auto accident lawyer seat belt use

Any automobile sold or operated in the state of Wisconsin must be equipped with proper working safety belts. All drivers and passengers above the age of four are required to wear seat belts when the vehicle is in use, and children under the age of four must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. Children over the age of four must use a booster seat until they are eight years old, over 80 pounds, or taller than 4’9”. Since a car crash can happen in the blink of an eye, seat belts are designed to reduce injuries and save lives. However, what if a person who was injured in a car accident was not wearing a seat belt? Can they still recover compensation from an at-fault driver?

What Is the Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law?

Seat belt laws across the United States are divided into two categories: primary and secondary. 34 states, including Wisconsin, have enacted the primary option, which allows law enforcement to issue a ticket to the driver or passenger who is not wearing a seat belt, regardless of whether another traffic offense took place. For these offenders, the state of Wisconsin will issue a fine of $10, although there will be no points assigned to a person's record. 


Green Bay auto accident attorneysAmericans are always on the go, and many are suffering from sleep deprivation. Unfortunately, this could also be increasing their risk of accident. In fact, a recent study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that losing even just a couple hours of sleep can double a driver’s risk of a car accident. What might this mean for you and your family, even if you are not sleep deprived? The following explains.

Understanding the Risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately one in three adults suffer from sleep deprivation. So, even if you are driving well-rested, chances are, several of the drivers around you are struggling to stay awake. Their reflexes are dulled, and their risk for an accident could be as high as a drunk driver’s. Indeed, this is the risk for those who are driving on five hours of sleep or less.


Green Bay spinal cord injury attorneysWhen someone suffers from a spinal cord injury, they may spend less time outdoors. This could potentially lead to a vitamin D deficiency, which sometimes results in bone pain and muscle weakness, and has been linked to an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment. Being that muscle weakness can also be an issue for spinal cord sufferers, one research team tried to see if supplementation of vitamin D would lead to improvement. The following outlines what they found.

Muscle Strength, Depression, Fatigue, and Vitamin D Supplementation

The study, which looked at 42 patients with spinal cord injuries (20 with acute spinal cord injuries and 22 with chronic spinal cord injuries), examined the effect of high-dose and recommended dose supplementation on muscle strength, depression, and fatigue. What they found was that, overall, the group assigned to high-dose vitamin D experienced a quick and dramatic reduction in their symptoms of depression and muscle weakness.


Wisconsin personal injury lawyersThere are places in the world where people are executed for speaking out against injustice, or for voicing an opinion. Americans are protected from this through their First Amendment rights – the right to free speech. Unfortunately, some believe this gives them unprecedented freedom, and that their words do not come with consequence. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in some cases, “free speech” can sometimes become an issue of liability.

Words Have Power

The presidential campaign has brought up a lot of issues, but none quite so prominent as the freedom of speech, and when it is being taken too far. In fact, the media has been rampant with concerns over recent utterings at debates and rallies that could be – according to some – considered an encouragement to cause undue harm to others. This is a prime example of free speech gone wrong, but there are many others, and they are not always political in nature.


Appleton personal injury attorneysSpinal cord injuries are one of the more serious injuries one may experience. It can permanently change a person’s strength, sensation, and bodily functions. In some cases, it could even lead to paralysis and decreased life expectancy. Most concerning of all is that many spinal injury sufferers are victims of an accident – one that was caused by the negligent actions of another. If you or someone you love has been in an accident and a spinal cord injury has occurred, know what to expect and how you may be able to seek compensation.

Spinal Injuries Explained

Spinal cord injuries are injuries in which the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal are damaged. Ability to retain control the limbs or other parts of the body is determined by where the spinal cord was injured and the severity of the injury. Pain or intense stinging in the back, neck, or head; difficulty breathing; numbness, particularly in the extremities; loss of bowel or bladder control; and loss of sensation or movement are often the first signs that an injury has occurred. Failure to seek medical treatment immediately after an injury, or being moved without proper care, can worsen the injury.


Green Bay personal injury attorneysIn theory, the Pokemon Go game could be a good thing. It could serve as an incentive to get Americans out and about, exercising. Unfortunately, the reality is not quite as pleasant. Car accidents, property damage, and even death have occurred because of the Pokemon hunting game. Considering the risks associated with the game, it is critical that you understand your rights should you become a victim of the latest Pokemon craze.

Auto Accidents and Pokemon Go

The last thing drivers need is yet another reason to be distracted behind the wheel. Sadly, Pokemon Go has given them one. The app, which can be engaged while driving, allows drivers to hunt for and even catch Pokemon while cruising the highway and residential streets. This puts everyone at serious risk for injury and even possible death.


Green Bay personal injury attorneys, risks of electrocutionSpring has arrived and summer is just around the corner. Cookouts, camping trips, days at the beach, and swimming pools will soon be a way of life. Most people will go home each night tired and maybe a little red from the sun. However, there will be others who suffer an injury, are hospitalized, or never make it home—hiding within all that fun, there are unseen risks. Electrocution risks in swimming pools are one of the first to be addressed after a Burlingame father's death.

Easter Weekend Becomes a Tragedy for One Family

According to NBC News, a father of three was hosting a pool party at his Palm Springs home when the water in his pool became electrically charged. The man noticed the children in the water were turning blue and he dove into the pool to try and save them. One of the children was his daughter. The father died at the hospital and his nine-year-old daughter is intensive care. Four other swimmers from the party were released and a 10-year-old boy remains in stable condition.


Green Bay personal injury attorneys, traumatic brain injuryOnce thought to be mostly a minor injury that required only a few weeks of healing, head injuries are now known to have effects that can last for months, and possibly even the rest of someone's life. A recent study, which found a link to Alzheimer plaques in concussion sufferers, has now been added as a possible consequence of a head injury.

The Brain Trauma and Alzheimer's Link

Alzheimer's is a degenerative cognitive disorder that affects the brain and causes memory loss, confusion, disorientation, difficulty speaking, and eventually death. No cure currently exists and, although there are some theories, its causes are mostly unknown. However, researchers continue to analyze when and how Alzheimer's occurs and continue to hope for a way to either stop it or slow it. Thus, a recent study has led to the discovery of a link between brain injury and Alzheimer's.


Green Bay personal injury attorneys, phone app, driver safetyPhone applications help everyday people stay organized, connect with the world, track calories, and give more access to books and magazines. However, could they one day help to lower your insurance premium and promote safe driving? That is what Liberty Mutual is hoping with their currently developing app, RightTrack.

Different From Other Safe Driving Apps

Most safe driving applications seek to shut down your cellular device or, at the very least, limit the notifications you receive while driving. Though helpful, they offer little incentive for driving safely, and most can be overridden with a simple flick of the screen. The RightTrack application seeks to handle things a little differently by giving drivers a reason to improve their driving techniques: better insurance premiums.


Green Bay personal injury attorneys, after an automobile accidentEverything that happens after an automobile accident can impact if or how much compensation a victim might receive for his or her injuries. Unfortunately, many are uncertain of just how damaging the wrong decisions and actions can be to their case. Do not let this happen to you. Instead, know what to do in the hours, days, weeks, and months after an automobile accident occurs.

Be Prepared Ahead of Time

Handling an accident is not just about knowing what to do when one happens, but being prepared ahead of time if one should. Keep the essentials on you—a charged cell phone, ID cards, emergency contacts, health insurance cards, and a vehicle safety kit.


Appleton personal injury attorney, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., hit-and-run accident, hit-and-run driver, traffic accident, hit-and-run victim, Green Bay personal injury attorneys, Wisconsin car accident, Wisconsin personal injuryTraffic accidents are inconvenient at their best, and at their worst they can forever change the lives of those involved. Fortunately, the legal system allows victims to recover for their injuries, and helps people get back on their feet. In order for this to occur, however, victims need to know who caused their injuries in the first place. Hence, hit-and-run accidents are particularly problematic. Wisconsin has implemented a statute that gives drivers a duty to remain on the scene of a traffic accident. Sadly, not all drivers obey that duty. But, victims still have options for tracking down a hit-and-run driver and recovering—even if the driver cannot be identified.

Identifying the Driver

The ideal way to recover from a hit-and-run accident is to identify the driver and bring him or her to court. Traffic accidents can be disorienting, so this may be difficult. Therefore, immediately after the accident, a victim should try to recall any information about the fleeing vehicle. Vehicle specifics such as color, make, model, and license number are all helpful. Also,  there may be witnesses on the scene who can help provide identifying information. In addition, some witnesses may have had the presence of mind to take pictures or video of the fleeing driver, which can be beneficial. Similarly, traffic cameras or other surveillance video may also help a victim identify a driver.


airplane injury, Appleton personal injury attorneys, aviation accidents, combative passenger, defective overhead luggage bins, falling luggage, Green Bay personal injury attorneys, Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd., severe turbulence, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyRecliner Rage in the News

Recently dubbed as “recliner rage” by the news media, people behaving badly on airplanes is a current hot topic. Over the last month, no fewer than three commercial flights were re-routed and forced to land due to passenger scuffles in the United States. One such United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver was diverted to Chicago when two passengers became unruly and combative due to a passenger's use of a device known as the “Knee Defender.” This device disables the seat to which it is attached, rendering the recline function inoperable. Not surprisingly, the use of such a device resulted in some tense situations between passengers.

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