Distracted driver sentenced to prison after fatal crash

The driver who was involved in a fatal accident in Fond du Lac two years ago is expected to serve a jail sentence after she was found guilty, a June 25 article of Fond du Lac Reporter stated.

According to reports, 27-year-old Heather Cleveland testified in court on June 24, expressing her apologies to the family of Linda Trotter, 63. In 2014, Cleveland rear-ended a vehicle on State 23. The vehicle flew to the opposite side of the road and struck the vehicle driven by Trotter, who was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Court records showed that aside from using her phone while behind the wheel, Cleveland was speeding at the time of the accident. A three-year imprisonment and two-year probation sentence were imposed on Cleveland after she was found guilty in March.

The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® in Appleton represent families who lose their loved ones in accidents caused by reckless drivers. We can work on your behalf to help you receive potential compensations necessary for recovery. Learn more about your legal options today by calling 800-242-2874.


Categories of elder abuse in Wisconsin

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Day on June 15, the Sheboygan Press categorized the four most common kinds of abuse that many elderly people in the state suffer through.

  • Neglect- Elderly people in need of assistance or supervision are often neglected when their needs are not being met. An elderly person is experiencing neglect if he or she is not receiving adequate food, medication, clothing, or other necessities.
  • Financial exploitation- An elderly person is subjected to financial exploitation if other people take advantage of his or her finances due to their present condition. One example of this is when an elderly person is forced or harassed into giving money to other people.
  • Emotional abuse- An elderly person who is being humiliated, deprived of doing things he or she loves, or prevented  from seeing their family are likely suffering from emotional abuse.
  • Physical or sexual abuse- Any kind of physical violence or unwanted touching in a sexual manner is considered physical or sexual abuse.

All elderly individuals, especially those who are suffering from disabilities, are at risk of being neglected or abused.

If you believe your elderly loved one is being neglected or abused in the Appleton area, an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may be able to work for you. Find out how we can protect your loved one from negligent parties today by calling 800-242-2874.


3 hurt in Outagamie County two-vehicle accident

At least three individuals sustained injuries after the vehicle they were occupying was involved in an accident in Kaukauna, an article of Post-Crescent reported on June 5.

Kaukauna Police Officer Robert Momberg said that at around 1:20 p.m. police were notified of a two-vehicle accident on Fieldcrest Drive and Outagamie County CE. One of the three injured occupants was thrown from the vehicle during the crash. Authorities stated that all of the persons involved in the crash were adults. Momberg confirmed that the victims only suffered non-life-threatening injuries. State authorities, Kaukauna Fire, Fox Valley Metro police, and Gold Cross Ambulance were also at the crash scene.

All too often, car accidents are catastrophic events that claim innocent lives or leave victims permanently disabled. If you have been impacted by a serious car accident, working with a skilled personal injury team is an important step toward receiving the financial assistance you need for recovery. Speak with the Appleton legal team of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.


Viral Video Shows Appleton Motorcycle Crash

Video cameras mounted on the helmet of motorcycle riders recently captured a scene that is difficult to watch. The viral video shows a dog running in front of a pack of motorcycles, causing two to crash in an effort to avoid hitting the dog. Then, to make things even scarier, an oncoming semi truck barely misses one of the riders who was thrown off his bike.

The dog owners should have had the dog on a leash, but the Appleton motorcycle riders felt so lucky to be alive, they decided not to press charges. The driver of the semi truck also feels lucky, as he nearly landed in a ditch as he swerved in order to avoid the motorcyclists. Fortunately, no life threatening injuries were reported as a result of this accident.

Luckily, no one involved in this incident was seriously injured, though one rider has been experiencing post-traumatic stress and anxiety after his bike was totaled in the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident or semi truck accident, you may be eligible to take legal action against the party responsible for your injuries. Contact the Appleton motorcycle accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® for a free consultation by calling 800-242-2874.


Neenah residents express concern over hazardous roadway

Residents in the Town of Neenah are asking Winnebago County Board members to improve an intersection that has been described by some as “the intersection of death.” 

Neenah resident Patti Purcell, together with other residents, is petitioning to increase safety at the Winnebago County CB and Oakridge Road intersection where car accidents frequently occur. Approximately 2,000 residents have signed the petition as of April 25, in hopes that they can convince board members to make a change at the intersection which, according to them, is very dangerous. Since January 2003, the Town of Neenah Fire Department has recorded two accidents with fatalities and 20 accidents with injuries at the intersection. In March, a 19-year-old was killed at the intersection. Winnebago officials are currently working on ways to improve the roadway.

The lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® in Appleton understand that many people suffer debilitating injuries in car accidents, many of which are caused by dangerous roadways. If you or someone you love has suffered from a serious car accident, our dedicated legal team can help you explore the range of legal options available to you. Learn more by calling us at 800-242-2874. 


Woman ask motorists in Appleton to become responsible behind the wheel

A woman in Appleton who lost her spouse in an accident made a plea to the public to make sure that road construction workers are safe, an article of Post-Crescent reported on April 12.

Karen Burkhalter’s spouse, Derrick is among the 12 workers who were killed in the workplace last year in Calumet County. Derrick, 50, died of serious injuries on May 4 last year when the sweeper vehicle he was operating was struck from behind by another vehicle. Karen stressed the need for motorists to pay attention and slow down when approaching road workers. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and other agencies are expected to work together to keep road workers safe from motorists. DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb advised vehicle drivers to be 100 percent attentive when passing work zones.

Unfortunately, many families are left suffering from great emotional, physical and financial loss after losing a loved one in workplace accidents. If you have found yourself in this situation in Appleton, a wrongful death lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may work for you . Call us today at 800-242-2874 to begin taking legal actions against negligent parties.


Manitowoc students injured in school bus accident

Several middle school students of Monroe Elementary suffered injuries after their school bus on March 21 struck a garbage truck, an article of WBAY reported.

The accident reportedly happened about 8:00 a.m. at Clover Road and County CR. The bus, hauling six students, supposedly pulled out and struck a garbage truck of Blue Water Services. Some school bus occupants suffered minor injuries and one other was airlifted to a hospital. The school bus driver, who is in his 60s, sustained head and back injuries that were considered serious. The garbage truck driver also sustained minor injuries in the mishap. Brandt Buses owner, Steve Roekle, stated that the involved driver has “no accident history” and has driven for over five years  during employment in the company. Establishments near the crash scene experienced power interruption after a utility pole was damaged, Wisconsin Public Service stated.

When a loved one is injured from an accident, it is important for you to work with a skilled lawyer so that you have the best chance to acquire the financial assistance you need for recovery. If this happens to you or a loved one in Appleton, get in touch with an experienced Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® lawyer today by calling 800-242-2874.


Lack of Reporting in On-Campus Sexual Assaults

According to “Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct,” approximately 90% of those who are sexually assaulted on college campuses never reveal the crime. Specifically, this study also revealed that almost 28% of female undergraduate students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported being victimized. These shocking results have encouraged the development of policies at many colleges in an attempt to reduce sexual violence on campus, and now, a sexual assault amnesty bill has been passed .

Studies have shown that over 50% of sexual assault crimes involve alcohol. Accordingly, the aim of this bill is to provide those who were assaulted with a safer and more understanding environment on campus, a place in which citations for underage drinking would not follow the reporting of an assault. Essentially, the victims of sexual violence, along with those who helped the victim, will be excused of all penalties, in the hopes that more people will come forth about an assault without the added fear of potential fines or negative repercussions.


Toyota adds more than 350,000 to recall over air bag dangers

Earlier this week, automaker Toyota announced that it would be adding 356,000 vehicles to its existing recall of automobiles equipped with dangerous Takata air bag inflators. Of the more than 350,000 vehicles included in this newest recall, nearly 2 million are registered in the United States.

To date, Toyota has recalled more than 3 million vehicles in the U.S. and 15 million vehicles worldwide over concerns posed by the defective Takata-made airbags. In affected vehicles, these air bags can inflate with too much force, sending metal shards throughout a vehicle and putting drivers and passengers at risk.

Globally, concerns connected to this recall have resulted in the recall of 29 million Takata air bag inflators in more than 19 million automobiles. Additionally, auto safety experts in the United States are currently debating whether or not to add an additional 70-90 million vehicles to the existing recall.

Vehicles included in this specific Toyota recall include 2008 model year Corollas and 2008-2010 Lexus SC430s.


Propane explosion rocks Appleton construction site

A construction site in Appleton recently caught fire after a tank containing 1,000 pounds of propane gas erupted, an article of Fox 11 News reported on February 9.

According to reports, no one suffered injuries in the explosion and fire that took place at a construction site near the intersection of E. Glenhurst Lane and E. Milestone on February 8. A technician was notified after workers in the area noticed a strong propane odor and feared a slow leak. As the technician was attempting to fix the issue, a piece of the tank broke and propane began to flow freely from the vessel. The technician, whose name was withheld, immediately began telling all workers to vacate the area moments before the propane erupted into flames. Aside from the construction site, some parked vehicles in the vicinity sustained damages. Authorities are investigating the workplace explosion incident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an explosion accident at a work site in Appleton, contact the legal team of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® right away to learn more about your legal options in the wake of this extreme and devastating incident. You can speak to an attorney today by calling 800-242-2874 now.