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SUV involved in accident that killed Anton Yelchin recalled

The SUV involved in the recent Los Angeles accident that killed the young actor Anton Yelchin had a defect and was recalled, a June 20 article of CNN stated.

Police in Los Angeles told reporters that Yelchin, 27, was killed at his home after the Jeep SUV he owned suddenly moved out of place and struck him. Yelchin’s vehicle, along with 1.1 million more, was recalled by Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) in April. The potential issue allowed drivers to exit their vehicles without the vehicle being in the “park” position. The problem often caused vehicles to roll out of place and was linked to 117 accidents and dozens of injuries, federal authorities noted. FCA was sympathetic to Yelchin’s family and said they are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

The wrongful death attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends mourning the recent loss of their loved one.

WisDOT: 50 killed in roadways in May

There were 50 vehicular-related fatalities recorded in Wisconsin last month in spite of continuous road improvements to increase the safety of motorists, a report of TMJ 4 stated on June 3.

WisDOT’s director of the bureau of transportation safety, David Pabst stated last May’s fatality record, according to statistics, ranked sixth after the Second World War. As the state recently increased the speed limit of major highways, Pabst told reporters that the department was unsure this change was a factor in the fatalities. Pabst, however, noted that driving at a slow speed while on the left side of the road might cause mishaps. Drivers in other states reportedly are cited when they drive slowly while on the left side of the road. Due to the 217 recorded road fatalities from January to May, Pabst has advised the public to drive sober, slow down, eliminate distractions, and buckle up to prevent serious injuries and fatal accidents.

In Sheboygan, the attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® understand the difficulties many families face when caring for a loved one injured in a road accident. When in this situation, it is important to consider your legal options to hold negligent parties accountable when seeking the financial assistance you need for recovery. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (920) 459-8000.

Millions of vehicles added by 7 manufacturers in massive Takata recall

An estimated 4.4 million vehicles from 7 auto manufacturers were recently added to the broadened Takata airbag recall, a June 2 article of NBC News reported.

Well-known manufacturers Mercedes-Benz, GM, Daimler Vans, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Jaguar-Land Rover announced the expanded recall on June 2 and pledged their cooperation with federal authorities. The faulty airbag inflators of Takata have caused several fatalities and hundreds of injuries. Reports revealed that among the manufacturers, GM had the highest number of recalled vehicles at 1.9 million. Metal shards from the inflator may hit drivers and front seat passengers if the airbag has been deteriorated by heat or humidity. The Takata airbag recall is the largest product recall in American history. 

If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured as a result of using a defective vehicle, working with a personal injury lawyer is an important step toward receiving the hospital expenses you need for recovery. Speak with a Sheboygan lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (920) 459-8000 to learn more about your options.

Hit-and-run driver sentenced to 12 years in prison

A Milwaukee driver received a 12-year conviction after pleading guilty to a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened last year. The 21-year-old driver, Jatavious Kwan Webster, was also sentenced to six years under probation by a Milwaukee County Circuit Judge.

Webster admitted to the court that he was responsible for the 2015 accident, which left Adrian McGaughy dead. McGaughy was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Kendra Hammond. According to Hammond, Webster appeared to be drag racing with another vehicle when the accident occurred. Prosecutor Grant Huebner later noted that Webster’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the accident, so he should not have been driving in the first place.

The lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® represent the people of Sheboygan who have been the victims of hit-and-runs and other accidents. After the pain of losing a loved one in an accident, our attorneys may be able to help you lessen your burden by pursuing claims against a negligent driver. Find out how we may work on your behalf by calling (920) 459-8000.

Two wrecks in one day in Sheboygan

Two accidents took place in Sheboygan county within a span of thirty minutes. Each one sent an individual to the hospital, though both of their injuries were not life-threatening.

The first, at 8:30am, occurred on Highway 28 when 22-year-old Savannah Lewis hit a traffic sign and mailbox, causing her car to roll over. Police officials stated it is undetermined why the driver drove into the shoulder, giving her a ticket for inattentive driving.

The second accident took place just 30 minutes later at 9am on Highway 32. 18-year-old Montana Faust rear-ended a 50-year-old woman, who was braking as the cars ahead of her reduced their speed in preparation of a turn. After the woman was taken to the hospital, Faust was ticketed for following to close to her vehicle.

Even when injuries are non-life-threatening, recovering from them can be both costly and time consuming. No matter the severity of an injury, Sheboygan car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® would like to speak with you if you have been the victim of an accident. Call their office today at (920) 459-8000 for a free consultation.

Sheboygan family to get $250K compensation for loss of family member

A Sheboygan family who lost a family member in a 2011 truck accident is expected to receive $250,000 in compensation after a jury concluded that the city’s truck design contributed to the fatal accident, an April 15th article of the Sheboygan Press reported.

Reports said that Jaime Olivas died in 2011 after he was struck by a city truck driven by Gary Niemann. Though Olivas was partially at fault in the incident due to his inattentiveness while crossing the street, the jury ruled that the truck’s design, which had a leaf collector attached to the front, was a factor in the crash.

Niemann’s visibility of the road at the time of the crash was limited due to the leaf collector mounted in front of the vehicle he was operating. The Olivas family, who was initially seeking $1 million in compensation, and the city are not expected to file an appeal in the case.

Students aboard school bus injured in accident

Several middle school students from Monroe Elementary suffered injuries after the school bus they were riding in collided with a garbage truck in the southern part of Manitowoc County, a March 21 article on wbay.com reported.

The accident, involving a school bus and a Blue Water Services garbage truck, took place just before 8 am. It was not confirmed how many of the six students aboard the school bus sustained minor injuries, but one person involved in the wreck was airlifted to a nearby medical facility in Neenah.

The bus driver, who was an employee of Brandt Buses, sustained head and back injuries in the crash. The garbage truck driver also sustained injuries in the incident. Brandt Buses owner Steve Roekle stated that the bus driver, who was in his 60s, had not been involved in any other accidents. The accident caused power loss to several establishments along Clover Road, as a utility pole was damaged in the crash.

OWI offender busted in Sheboygan vehicular mishap

A driver was recently arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated by Sheboygan authorities after he was involved in an accident, according to Fox 6.

At about 7:14 p.m. on February 17, the Sheboygan Police and Fire personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Lakeshore Road and Pine Bluff Drive. Initial investigations revealed that a pickup driver, only identified as a 48-year-old man, struck the rear portion of an unoccupied parked vehicle on Lakeshore Road. Both of the vehicles reportedly spun several times as a result of the impact.

The driver who caused the accident sought medical treatment due to minor injuries and was taken into custody after being released from the hospital. Aside from the OWI violation, he was also charged with driving a vehicle with a revoked license, reckless driving and disorderly conduct. This marks the seventh OWI offense for this driver.

The Sheboygan lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® represent people who have been injured in car accidents. If you have been hurt by a drunk or reckless driver, contact our legal team today by calling (920) 459-8000.

14 accidents reported in Sheboygan during snowstorm

At least 14 vehicular accidents were recently reported in Sheboygan County due to poor road conditions caused by a snowstorm. Before 10:00 a.m. on February 2, the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office began receiving reports of traffic-related incidents.

In all the accidents reported during the day, only one, a collision that occurred in the town of Greenbush, resulted in minor injuries. Almost all of the crashes resulted in property damages, and some incidents ended with vehicles landing in ditches alongside the roads. Lieutenant John Detienne reported seeing destructive effects of these collisions, including several “crunched bumpers” on vehicles that were involved in accidents.

In one of the incidents, a tractor driver was cited for failing to yield at an intersection and causing collision with a semi-truck on Scenic View Drive.

The attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® in Sheboygan represent people who have been injured in car accidents. We strongly believe that reckless drivers should be held accountable by their victims after an accident that could have been avoided. If you are interested in pursuing a car accident claim, call our offices today at (920) 459-8000 to find out how we may be able to help you.

Darlington man dead after semi-truck accident

A Darlington resident operating a farm tractor was killed in a recent accident in Lafayette County involving a semi-truck, a January 15 report of Channel 3000 stated. According to investigators, deputies from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office were notified of a collision involving two vehicles on State Highway 81, just east of County Road O, at 5:35 on the evening of Thursday, January 14.

A 65-year-old man was reportedly driving a farm tractor west on Highway 81 when his vehicle was struck from behind by a semi-truck driven by a 45-year-old man. The tractor operator was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while the driver of the semi-truck was transported to the hospital to receive treatment for the  minor injuries he sustained in the collision.

Aside from Lafayette County authorities, personnel from the Wisconsin State Patrol and Darlington fire and medical crews provided assistance in the crash scene. Vehicles on Highway 81 were momentarily rerouted for several hours while authorities conduct their investigations.  

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