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Staying Safe On Wisconsin Roads - Who are you sharing the road with?

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According to the experts, 1 in 10 U.S. drivers do not own a license

Whether their reasons are financial or legal (revoked or suspended licenses), countless drivers make the dangerous choice of driving without a license and/or with no car insurance.  Imagine all those vehicles going back and forth on the roads while you are doing the same. Add the extremely unstable human factor, and it won’t be difficult to imagine why Wisconsin roads can be incredibly dangerous.

Distracted driving is one of the main reasons why car accidents happen.  However, despite all the precautions YOU might take, an accident is an accident: You have no control over someone else’s mistakes, whether it is caused by distraction or a lack of driving abilities.

Indeed, if being focused on the road is essential to the security of everyone, just imagine the situation in which unlicensed drivers put themselves into. Being consumed by stress every time you are on the road because you know you have no right to do so. 

In other words, if you were involved in a car accident with someone who was driving with no license, you could help potential future victims by reporting unlicensed drivers. Maybe your car accident was just about scratches on your old car, but someone else might not be so lucky.

  • One fatal crash in five (20%) involves a driver who is unlicensed or whose license is suspended, canceled, or revoked.
  • Unlicensed drivers are almost five times more likely to be in a fatal crash than are validly licensed drivers.
  • Two-thirds of drivers continue to drive while under suspension.
  • Over half of all drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated, and almost two-thirds of drinking drivers who were fatally injured, had a blood alcohol content higher than 0.15. This is nearly twice the legal limit in most states.
  • About 23 percent of all drinking drivers are problem drivers and this group makes more than 40 percent of all drinking-driver trips.
  • About 21 percent of American drivers admitted they had driven after drinking in the past year. Drinking drivers make approximately 950 million trips each year.
  • The chance that a drunk driver will be arrested on any given trip is less than 1 in 50. Many drunk drivers do not believe they will be stopped, arrested, or convicted.
Many of those driving without a license have lost their license do to DUI or other impaired driving.   Drunk driving is a major problem here in Wisconsin.  Just check the news after any major holiday and you'll hear about people being arrested that have 3, 4 or even 5 DUIs already!   

All the above listed factors impact the safety of our roads.

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, contact the attorneys at LDM&M.   Acting promptly to preserve your rights is essential after any accident.  

For over 40 years, the attorneys at LDM&M have been helping individuals across Wisconsin receive the legal satisfaction that they deserve.  Contact our offices for a free, personal consolation.