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One dead, one injured in Wisconsin motorcycle accident

A woman lost her life and a man sustained non-life-threatening injuries during a motorcycle accident on Saturday, June 25. The accident occurred on County Truck Highway F in St. Croix County, Wisconsin.

According to preliminary investigations made by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Hastings, Minnesota resident Joshua Sykora was driving the motorcycle when the bike left the roadway, went into a ditch, and flipped over. Sykora sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident. His passenger, 38-year-old Prescott, Wisconsin resident Brooke Baker, was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Further investigation showed that alcohol may have proved a contributing factor in the crash.

The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are deeply saddened to hear that yet another tragedy has taken a life on Wisconsin roads. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the victims in this accident as they mourn the loss of their loved one.

Springville motorcycle-pickup truck collision hospitalizes one

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office reported a motorcycle-pickup truck collision that happened around 7:20 a.m. last Thursday, June 16. The incident occurred along Highway 151 at Springville Road in Springville, Iowa and resulted in the hospitalization of one individual.

According to preliminary investigations, 58-year-old Sheboygan, Wisconsin resident Timothy Temby was riding west along Highway 151 when a pickup truck heading north pulled in front of him at the intersection, causing a collision. The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 38-year-old Lisbon, Iowa resident Kenneth Reed. Temby, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to a nearby hospital for the treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries while Reed, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, was not harmed. Reed was given a citation for failure to yield.

Our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can fight for you and help you pursue financial compensation from those responsible for your motorcycle accident while you focus on recuperating. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, seek our legal assistance by calling 800-242-2874.

50 reported fatalities on Wisconsin roads in May

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has reported that 50 people lost their lives in traffic accidents on Wisconsin roads in May 2016.

WisDOT bureau of transportation safety director David Pabst said it’s “absolutely not safe” to drive too slowly in the “fast lane.” He added that the advent of apps on mobile devices has also added to the risk of accidents along roads and highways. “Texting while driving is an old term. The new term is smart-phoning. You can Facetime, Tweet, Snapchat. Anything you can do on your phone, can happen while you’re driving, and it’s dangerous.” Vehicle accident fatalities as of May 31, 2016 were higher by 10 from the same period last year and totaled 34 more than the five-year average.

If you were injured in a car or motorcycle accident in Wisconsin due to the negligence and irresponsible actions of other motorists, the attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to help you pursue financial compensation. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Turtle Lake man succumbs to injuries after motorcycle accident

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin has reported that 36-year-old Turtle Lake resident Michael Hagman, who was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in the 1700 block of County Road T in the Town of Beaver earlier this month, succumbed to his injuries on Friday, May 20.

According to preliminary investigations, Hagman had been driving his motorcycle north on County Road T when the accident happened. Due to a long skid mark seen at the scene of the accident, police investigators surmised that Hagman was trying to break before the crash occurred, although they have yet to determine whether other motorists on the road at the time may have been involved. Ultimately, investigators are still trying to determine the underlying cause of this fatal accident.

Hagman’s death is the fourth traffic accident fatality in Polk County this year, as of May 2016.

March lists a high number of road accidents in Wisconsin

March has been deemed a fatal month this 2016 in the state of Wisconsin as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation report found that thirty-three people died in vehicular accidents this month.

Even so, the record seemed to be actually less than 2015’s figures; deaths in March 2015 are listed at forty. In fact, March 2016 is actually tied for the seventh safest month of March in terms of vehicular crashes since the end of World War II. It was also stated that the safest month was March 2010, which listed twenty-three fatalities, while the most dangerous month was  March 1970, with ninety-nine listed fatalities. The report shared that, as of the end of March, traffic related accidents are currently at a higher rate than this time last year with over hundred individuals killed, including two motorcycle drivers. 

Our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. handle motorcycle accident cases in Wisconsin. Call our offices today at 800-242-2874 for a free evaluation of your case.

Motorcycle crash kills one in Spring Flood Run

Sixty-two-year-old Onalaska, Wisconsin resident Randall Beers was declared dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident on the evening of April 16th. Beers had been participating in the 51st Annual Spring Flood Run and was traveling south on Highway 61 in Kellogg, Minnesota on his Harley Davidson motorcycle shortly before 5 p.m.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, that was around the time that his motorcycle collided with a Pontiac sedan that was waiting in the eastbound lane of Highway 42 to turn left onto the northbound lane of Highway 61. The Minnesota State Patrol report concluded that neither motorist was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Roadway Defect Dangers for Motorcyclists

Roadway defects are a significant threat for any motorist. Everything from potholes to areas of water pooling can create unexpected hazards for drivers that can distract them, damage their vehicle, or impede their ability to maintain control on the road. However, as dangerous as these hazards are for car and truck operators, they are even more dangerous for motorcyclists.

Because of the relative size and weight of motorcycles, and the fact that these vehicles have only two wheels in contact with the ground as opposed to four or more, even small roadway defects can threaten the stability and safety of a motorcyclist. Additionally, any debris that is left on a roadway, such as work materials from a construction site or debris left after the scene of an accident, can easily fly up and strike a motorcyclist who has little to no external protection.

Because of the incredible dangers that roadway defects pose to motorcyclists, it’s important for municipalities and the parties responsible for maintaining roadways in the state of Wisconsin to do everything they can to keep roads safe, well-maintained, and free of unnecessary hazards. Sadly, this doesn’t always happen. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident because of an unsafe road, learn more about the legal options available to you by calling Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today.

J.W. Speaker crafts adaptive motorcycle headlight

Original lighting equipment manufacturer J.W. Speaker Corp. of Germantown in Washington County, Wisconsin has developed the world’s first motorcycle headlight that adapts to its surroundings to allow riders a better lit view during turns, thereby improving motorcycle safety.

J.W. Speaker has announced that pricing and availability information will be released for the new headlight on Friday, February 26.

According to J.W. Speaker, while some cars employ technologies such as self-leveling lights to better illuminate the road during a turn, no motorcycles have been manufactured with the same feature so far. This new light fixture could revolutionize night-time motorcycle riding.

J.W. Speaker’s aftermarket product sales director Michael Stoeckel said that their newly-developed headlight’s sensors and electronics determine how a motorcycle leans into a turn in order to control the light pattern so as to afford better visibility for the rider as well as to make the motorcycle more visible to other drivers. Stoeckel noted of the light mechanization: “It’s all done in a very smooth, intelligent and natural way.”

Our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are excited by any news of safer motorcycle and automobile features that can reduce the number of accidents and injuries for individuals. However, we know that there are still negligent drivers who will cause wrecks no matter what. That’s why we handle motorcycle accident cases in Wisconsin. Speak with our experienced lawyers regarding your legal rights and options by calling us at our offices today at 800-242-2874.

Baraboo man gets six years in jail for fatal Jeep-motorcycle accident

Baraboo, Wisconsin resident Kevin Vaness was sentenced to six years of imprisonment in a Sauk County court last Monday, February 22, for causing a June 2013 drunk driving accident that resulted in one of his friends dying and another individual sustaining serious injuries.

According to police investigators and court records, Vaness had been driving a Jeep when he rear-ended a motorcycle that was operated by his friend Benjamin Brooks, causing the motorcycle to push into an intersection and Brooks and his passenger, Tory Frenzel, to be ejected from the bike. The Jeep did not stop and crashed into a retaining wall. Tragically, Brooks passed away from injuries he sustained in the crash.

According to the district attorney assigned to the case, the three men involved in the accident had been bar hopping before the fatal collision occurred.


Wisconsin traffic fatalities increase by 13% in 2015

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 556 individuals were killed in auto accidents along state roads in 2015. That’s 62 more fatalities than the 494 that occurred in 2014, or a 13 percent increase in car accident deaths. Among those killed in 2015 were 15 bicycle riders, 55 pedestrians, and 77 motorcycle operators.

In a statement that accompanied the release of this data, Bureau of Transportation Safety director David Pabst said, “Warm spring weather, substantial drops in gas prices, and an improving economy in 2015 likely contributed to an increase in the number of vehicles on the road and the miles they traveled.”

Wisconsin Bike Fed program director Jessica Binder also commented on the new information, saying that even if bicycle fatalities rose in 2015, the average number of bicycle fatalities for both 2015 and 2014 remain the same as the five-year average. She noted that “there are relatively low numbers of fatalities that can make yearly fluctuations look big.”

DoT data also showed that Wisconsin had fewer fatalities in the months of June, July, and August of 2015 as compared to the same months during 2014, even though summer months usually have the highest number of traffic fatalities.

Our attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. are dedicated to helping victims of motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin and their families obtain the financial and legal support they need through these difficult times. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling our offices at 800-242-2874.