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Trucker accused of vehicular homicide regarding fatal accident

A truck driver will face charges of vehicular homicide regarding a fatal Wisconsin car accident that occurred two years ago. The incident involved an art teacher from Wisconsin Heights High School, whom the truck driver struck and killed.

The 22-year-old victim was driving a Saturn at approximately 7:30 a.m. in May 2012, when the truck driver's semi truck rear-ended her on Highway 14. The force of the crash caused the woman's car to be struck by an oncoming van. The van driver suffered minor injuries, and the woman was killed. The semi truck driver and his passenger did not suffer injury.

Does distracted driving really up the risk of a car accident?

Using a cellphone and engaging in other distracting behaviors while driving has been proven to increase the risk of a car accident in various studies throughout recent years.

Which behaviors are more dangerous, however, can depend on the age and experience of the driver. Distracted driving behaviors that involve cellphones include but are not limited to driving and texting, talking while holding a handset and browsing social media or other websites.

A study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at the different types of distracted driving behaviors, taking into consideration the driver's age and years of experience driving. That study found that some behaviors are riskier than others.

Talking on a handset was not linked to an increased crash risk in experienced motorists, but dialing a number on the phone while driving increased the risk of a car accident for drivers of all experience levels. Texting and driving, reaching for the phone or another object or engaging in any behaviors that require the driver to take their eyes off the road all increased the risk of a crash for both novice and experienced drivers.

Family files wrongful death suit against Wisconsin facility

A Wisconsin mental health complex has come under fire after a suit was filed against the facility, staff members and Wisconsin County Mutual insurance. The wrongful death suit claims that a 62-year-old man died at the facility after choking on a sandwich. According to reports, the man had been a patient of at the facility since 1998 and died after eating the sandwich in June 2011. The man had reportedly been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenic anti-social personality disorder and had choked on food multiple times in the past. Because of this, staff members were supposed to monitor the man during meals, and he was also prohibited from eating bread. According to reports, the man got a sandwich out of the trash and started choking when he ate it. The suit claims that the staff did not respond quickly enough because the closest phone was not in working order. The plaintiffs also allege that responders were not given the man's correct location, further delaying treatment.

4-car accident results in personal injury in Wisconsin

Three individuals have suffered injury in a four-vehicle accident that happened along Wisconsin 42, not far from Egg Harbor. According to the Door County Sheriff's department, they received the first call about the accident at 4:49 p.m.

The accident report indicates that two individuals were traveling in a southbound car along Wisconsin 42. Another car was stopped in a southbound lane ahead of them with a left blinker indicating that he was in the process of turning off the road. The first vehicle did not see the one ahead of it in time to stop, and a rear-end collision occurred.

Wisconsin semi accident kills 1

Driving is an everyday activity for most of Wisconsin's residents, and many drivers never give a second thought to what could happen while driving on their usual routes. A life can be changed in a split second, however, as one family found out after a recent accident.

A July 9 collision between a van and a tractor-trailer has claimed one life and injured another. According to reports, the crash occurred around 1:45 p.m. a short distance north of Wild Rose. The semi was apparently on State Highway 22, headed south, when it struck a van attempting to get on the highway from County Trunk P. A news release put out by the Waushara County Sheriff's Department said that the van had sustained serious damage and the tractor-trailer had overturned as a result of the impact.

General Motors offers ignition defect settlement plan

General Motors recently outlined a settlement plan to compensate victims of car accidents caused by its ignition switch defects. However, the families of two teen girls from Wisconsin who were killed in a faulty ignition switch-related crash have yet to decide if they will partake in the settlement.

The car accident, which resulted in the death of the girls, occurred in 2006. Both a 15-year-old girl and an 18-year-old girl were killed. They were driving home after a trip to Walmart when their vehicle suddenly stalled. The 17-year-old driver of the car lost control, and the vehicle went into some trees. Allegedly, the ignition switch defect caused the air bags to fail.

Teen goes left of center, injures 4

A two-car accident in Wisconsin has left five people injured. The incident, which happened around 9:30 p.m. on June 29, involved a 2003 GMC Sonoma and a 2008 Dodge Avenger. According to reports from the Rock County Sheriff's Office, the 17-year-old driver of the Sonoma was headed east on Highway 14 when the vehicle allegedly went left of center and crashed into the Avenger. The Sonoma apparently flipped over and landed in the road, while the Avenger went into a ditch.

According to deputies, it was found that the 17-year-old was still inside the Sonoma after deputies had to use a fire extinguisher on the vehicle because it was smoking. The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. There were four occupants in the Avenger: the 16-year-old driver, her mother and her two younger sisters, ages 11 and 12. All four were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive. The mother and two younger children suffered minor injuries, and the 16-year-old suffered internal injuries but was listed in critical but stable condition.

Alleged DUI auto accident causes critical injuries in Tomahawk

A head-on collision has resulted in critical injuries along Country Highway A, close to where it intersects with Highway 8, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. An alleged drunk driver caused the auto accident, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. on a recent Monday.

Both drivers suffered critical injuries in the accident and required transportation to a hospital for treatment. Emergency crews had to extract one of the driver's from his mangled automobile. No reports have been released at this time on the current condition of the injured drivers.

Wrongful death claims part of $100 million NuvaRing settlement

NuvaRing's $100 million settlement, approved by a U.S.district court judge in February, is set to move forward. More than 95 percent of the claimants involved have opted in.

NuvaRing -- a hormonal birth control -- has been used since 2002. It is a flexible ring that is placed in the vaginal wall. The suit alleged that the device was not properly designed or tested and that the risks associated with the device were not completely disclosed.

Restaurant appologizes after dog attack victim was kicked out

The nation responded with outrage after a young dog bite victim was told she needed to leave a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant because her scars and eye patch were bothering customers. The 3-year-old girl, who was recently victimized in a brutal dog attack involving pit bulls, is still in the process of recovering from her injuries. KFC was quick to apologize.

As a way of saying sorry, the company says it plans to donate $30,000 to the girl's family, which will help them pay for the extensive medical care she requires. The disfigurement caused to the young girl's face will require even more surgeries before her treatment is completed. Family members say that she will no longer look in a mirror and does not want to get out of the car to go into stores.

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