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Volkswagen Emissions Control System Recall

recallAccording to Consumer Reports, Volkswagen has admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in about 482,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2008 with the 2.0-liter diesel engine, leading many people to refer to the situation as ‘Dieselgate.’ It is believed that as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide may be affected.

In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen for failure to comply with Clean Air Act regulations. The EPA found that certain Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen models were emitting more pollutants than legally acceptable. There has been an ongoing investigation into which engines and models have violated the laws.

It is reported that the car maker has set aside 6.7 billion euros to help cover the costs of the recalls and another 2 billion euros for compensation payments related to its manipulations of carbon dioxide emission levels. According to the Center of Automobile Management in Germany, the costs of fines, lawsuits, and vehicle refits caused by the rigging of the diesel emissions tests could exceed 30 billion euros (about 34 billion dollars), making this one of the most complex and costly fixes in automobile history.

According to Consumerreports.com, the impacted models are:
• Audi A3 (2010-2015)
• Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
• Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
• Audi A8/A8L (2014-2016)
• Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
• Audi Q7 (2013-2015)
• Porsche Cayenne (2014-2016)
• Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible (2012-2015)
• Volkswagen Golf (2010-2015)
• Volkswagen Golf SportWagen (2015)
• Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen (2009-2015)
• Volkswagen Passat (2012-2015)
• Volkswagen Touareg (2013-2016)

Find more info about the recall here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/guide-to-the-volkswagen-dieselgate-emissions-recall-

The 10 Worst Days of the Year to Drive

Motorcycle-in-traffic-thumb-240xauto-4553According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA, and other various sources, there are a number of days each year where it is clearly more dangerous on the road. The following are the top ten worst days of the year to drive:

1. Memorial Day Weekend – This holiday weekend is often considered to be the start of summer. Many people make special plans that typically involve traveling and there is an increase in alcohol consumption. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that about 44% of all traffic fatalities that occur over Memorial Day weekend are alcohol-related.

2. The first Monday after Daylight Saving Time starts – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that traffic fatalities on the Monday after changing to Daylight Saving Time increases by about 17 percent.

3. Black Friday – People flock to malls and stores, leading to overcrowded parking lots and increased traffic in concentrated areas. Progressive Insurance found that the number of claims on Black Friday doubled and parking lot claims rose by 36 percent, with many of the accidents being rear-end accidents.

4. NFL Game Day – The Highway Loss Data Institute did a study that revealed claim frequency around a stadium increases on game day. A home-team win only raises collision claims by about 3 percent, while a home-team loss raises claims by about 9 percent, likely due to aggressive driving.

5. Friday the 13th –A large UK insurance company, Aviva, found that collision claims went up by about 13 percent on Friday the 13th when compared with other days during the same month. No matter what season Friday the 13th fell in, the numbers always increased. The study also found that about 9 percent of drivers keep a lucky charm in their car.

6. New Year’s Day – Surprisingly it is New Year’s Day, not New Year’s Eve, which is more dangerous. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data, January 1st ranked as the number 1 day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol. New Year’s Day is also one of the highest days for car theft.

7. The 4th of July – According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July 4th is the second deadliest day of the year for drunk drivers with about 42 percent of accidents involving a drunk driver.

8. Thanksgiving – An increased amount of cars on the road across the U.S. makes Thanksgiving one of the busiest travel periods during the year. Since Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, many travelers are also on the road on that Wednesday.

9. Christmas –The Christmas season can be stressful for people, which can lead to more accidents. A state farm survey found that 32 percent of drivers were more likely to be aggressive and have road rage during the holidays.

10. St. Patrick’s Day – St. Patrick’s Day festivities typically include a lot of alcohol intake. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that two out of five car crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day involved a drunk driver.

Remember to take extra precautions when driving on these dangerous days!

Stolen Vehicle Crash Fatalities Up in Milwaukee

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This year alone, 10 people were killed in Milwaukee car crashes involving a stolen vehicle. The victims were either occupants of a stolen vehicle or were in another vehicle involved in a stolen vehicle crash. This is a significant increase compared to previous years. According to the Milwaukee police, there were only 2 fatalities due to stolen vehicle accidents in 2014. The amount of stolen vehicle deaths this year represents about 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in Milwaukee in 2015.

What is even more troubling is that some of these accidents have involved teenagers. In November, two teenagers were killed in separate crashes in Milwaukee involving underage drivers without licenses. To see a list of all of the incidents involving stolen vehicles this year, see the article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/deaths-from-crashes-in-stolen-vehicles-up-sharply-in-milwaukee-b99623076z1-357239181.html

To avoid car theft, remember to always lock your car doors, park in well-lit areas, and lock garage doors. You should never leave your car running unattended or leave your windows open. For added security, you may want to consider installing a GPS tracking system or alarm system on your car. Also, do not leave valuable personal property in your car. Many car thefts happen when a high-value item is visible in a vehicle.

Holiday Travel Driving Tips

holidaydrivingtrafficThe holiday season (from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day) is typically the busiest travel time of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, during the Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips (50 miles or more) increases by about 54 percent. During the Christmas/New Year’s travel period, the number rises by 23 percent, compared to the average number during the rest of the year. While airports, bus stations, and trains get major traffic during the holidays, most long-distance holiday travel is done by personal vehicle.

Traveling with more cars on the road can make your travel experience stressful. If you plan on driving somewhere during the holidays, take a look at our holiday travel driving tips to make your trip a little easier:

• Get your car examined – Before driving a long distance, it is a good idea to get your car looked at, especially if you will be driving in winter conditions. Getting a quick tune-up can give you peace of mind and help you to avoid unfortunate car troubles.

• Be prepared for a change in course – Before you depart, familiarize yourself with your travel route and take a look at what the weather will be like. Be aware of and prepared for detours, construction, road closings, and traffic, which could increase your travel time. In heavy traffic areas, tune in to a local radio station to find out about delays. By staying flexible with your plans, you can decrease the stress and anxiety that might come with traveling.

• Stay alert and make frequent stops – Dehydration can quickly lead to fatigue and decreased alertness. It is important to stay hydrated, pack food, and make regular stops. With more traffic, and possibly winter conditions, driving can be exhausting. Take time to stop, stretch, get fresh air, and take bathroom breaks. Also, fill up with gas whenever you are able to. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and you’ll be thankful that you have gas in your tank when you are stuck in traffic.

• Pack a safety kit – Pack safety essentials in your car, such as a cell phone, car charger, rope, jumper cables, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, etc.

• Remember basic car safety – Always wear your seat-belt, use extra caution in work zones, and don’t follow other vehicles too closely.

• Stay in touch – Let someone know your destination, route, and expected arrival time, so that they can contact you if something arises.

Attorney Leah Michaelson-Link Obtains Settlement for Rear-end Automobile Accident

leahIn this case, our client sustained injuries after being rear-ended by an underinsured motorist. The accident resulted in our client suffering a shoulder tear, a cervical sprain, and back pain. Attorney Leah Michaelson-Link settled the case for an amount in excess of the insurance company policy limits and negotiated significant reductions on the client’s medical bills.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Attorney Andrew Larson Turns Liability Dispute into Recovery for Family of Three

andrewIn this case, three family members sustained injuries in an automobile accident when a negligent driver attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of them. After the family members received medical treatment and care for their various injuries, the at-fault driver’s insurance company disputed liability insisting that the driver of the family’s vehicle was majority at fault. Unwilling to accept the insurance company’s self-serving view of the facts of the case, Attorney Andrew Larson filed a lawsuit. The case ultimately settled, and each of the family members received compensation for the injuries they endured.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Attorney Leah Michaelson-Link Settles Deer Accident Case

leahIn this case, our client struck a deer on the highway, disabling the vehicle. The client’s injuries took place when an inattentive driver struck the client’s disabled vehicle on the highway after the deer had been hit. The client sought out the services of Davis & Gelshenen, and ultimately Attorney Leah Michelson-Link obtained a favorable settlement for the client.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Two Wisconsin Deaths Bring the Total Bicycle Fatalities to Highest Since ’90s

black bikeA Milwaukee bicyclist recently died after being hit by a motor vehicle, bringing the total Wisconsin bicycle fatalities to 15 for the year. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the number of bicycle fatalities this year is the highest annual total since 1999, when 18 deaths were recorded.

The total number of bicycle fatalities this year is an alarming difference from last year, when only 4 bicycle fatalities were recorded in Wisconsin. Although the circumstances and responsibility vary with each accident, about 60% of adult bicycle crashes are the result of motorist error, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The most common motorist error is making a left turn across the path of an oncoming bicycle. The most common error among bicyclists is riding the wrong way in traffic. To decrease the amount of bicycle crashes and fatalities, everyone on the road must follow the rules of the road, stay alert, and always be aware of their surroundings.

Unfortunate Spike in Wisconsin Traffic Fatalities

According to statistics provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were 67 deaths on Wisconsin roads in September. The Wisconsin D.O.T. says that this is about a 22% increase from the same time period in 2014. Death rates on Wisconsin roads have been trending down as a whole, but this spike is definitely worthy of consideration.

As with every year, the weather in Wisconsin will turn during the colder months, and road conditions will carry even more of a risk. Icy and snowy conditions require more attentive driving, so it is important to refrain from texting or checking your cell phone while behind the wheel. Keep your eyes on the road at all times, drive at reasonable speeds, and remember to always wear your seatbelt.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Attorney Andrew Larson Fights Insurance Company Denial; Gets Client Recovery

andrewIn this case, our client was a bicyclist struck by a motor vehicle while turning into a fast food restaurant parking lot. The at-fault motorist’s insurance company denied liability, stating that the bicyclist failed to signal and abruptly turned into the side of the car. After investigating and evaluating the case with the client, Attorney Andrew Larson filed a lawsuit. The at-fault motorist’s insurance company continued its denial based upon its own interpretation of the facts. Unwavering in his client’s case and right to compensation, Attorney Andrew Larson litigated the case to a settlement that accounted for all medical treatment and the client’s pain and suffering.

At Davis and Gelshenen, our attorneys stand by our clients and are not afraid to take the insurance companies head-on.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Results may vary based on specific injuries and the circumstances surrounding each individual case. The results listed above are not a predictor of the same results in similar cases.