What is the Role of Distracted Driving as Motor Vehicle Deaths Are on the Rise?

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the number of people killed on state highways — 58 — was the most recorded in October for the past six years. While the article doesn’t note specific causes, the rise in vehicle-related deaths mirrors a trend noted by a recent article in Bloomberg. According to the authors, there has been a surge in motor vehicle deaths — in 2016 “more than 100 people died every day in or near vehicles” in the United States … Continued

Tips for Helping Your Teen Be a Safe Driver

Sadly, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashes are the leading killer of teens with the risk highest for teens ages 16 – 17. As a parent or guardian, another important thing you can do to help your teen become a safe drive is to model good behavior. Do not use your cell phone when driving. If you need to make a call or send a text, ask your teen to do so for you. Buckle up … Continued

Be Prepared for Winter Driving

For those of us living in northern Wisconsin, winter can present particularly hazardous driving conditions. If you’re a parent, it can be very stressful to know your teen is driving in less than ideal conditions. When severe weather strikes, you and your teen should discuss the necessity of their getting behind the wheel. If possible, wait until the storm has passed and the roads have been cleared. It’s also a good idea to create a winter car kit for each … Continued

Halloween Safety Tips

According to the Center for Disease Control, children are four times more likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day in the calendar year. Distracted motorists and excited trick-or-treaters can lead to dangerous situations. For those of you driving during the holiday, be extra cautious, drive slowly, be certain to watch for children who may dart across the street and be extra careful when leaving driveways and turning corners.

What You Should Do If You Have Been Injured by a Phantom Vehicle?

If you are run off the road or injured by a “phantom vehicle” (a vehicle whose driver fails to make contact with you and leaves the scene), you are required by Wisconsin state law to do the following in order to be covered by insurance: Find a witness who can corroborate what happened and who does not have a claim as a result of the accident File an accident report with law enforcement within 72 hours of the incident File … Continued