Milwaukee County installing LED signs on highways

Wisconsin residents in Milwaukee County saw an average of 33 occurrences of wrong-way driving per year from 2006 to 2012. Accidents resulting from these events are needless and unnecessary. They are also very dangerous because cars are heading straight at each other head-on at high speeds. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, along with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, is trying to prevent these types of accidents by adding LED warnings signs and real-time notification alerts to the county's roadways.

Blinking lights to save lives

Nine on-ramps in Milwaukee County were fitted with alert systems, and two of them had blinking signs installed that alert drivers if they are driving the wrong way. In addition, notifications are sent to both the Sheriff's Office and the State Traffic Operations Center to allow a quick response to a wrong-way driver. There is also an option to install traffic cameras in these areas.

Wrong-way traffic car crashes

Many car accidents arise from vehicles driving the wrong way into traffic. People involved in these accidents can be severely harmed because they are often driving at high speeds and are not able to react quickly enough to avoid the other driver. Negligent driving is against the law, and the driver-at-fault in a car accident can be held responsible for the damage caused.

However, it can be hard to prove who was at fault for a car crash or whether anyone was at fault at all. During a lawsuit, the court will consider many factors and may specifically look at the following:

  • Speeding
  • Driving inappropriately for the weather or traffic problems
  • Disobeying traffic laws and signals
  • Not using signals when turning

Courts will also look at whether drivers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs since doing so contributes to many unnecessary accidents every year. About 80 percent of the wrong-way traffic incidents in Milwaukee County from the past six years involved drunk drivers.

Sometimes, accidents are caused by other factors like poor weather conditions, bad lighting or improper road maintenance. If the accident was caused by problems with the road, the government may be the defendant in the lawsuit.

Car accidents and personal injury protection

Wisconsin law can provide remedies for people injured in car accidents. An injured motorist or passenger may be entitled to damages in the form of monetary relief for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other compensation. Injured motorists would be wise to contact a qualified Wisconsin personal injury attorney who can help them determine what their best options for relief are.