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Yelchin’s vehicle is part of FCA safety recall

The SUV involved in the recent Los Angeles accident that claimed the life of actor Anton Yelchin was one of the 1.1 million vehicles covered by a safety recall issued by Fiat Chrysler (FCA), an article of CNN reported on June 20.

According to reports, Yelchin, 27, died on Sunday, June 19 after his Jeep SUV suddenly rolled out of its place and struck him. Yelchin’s SUV was one of the millions of vehicles covered by a safety recall issued by FCA in April. The auto company decided to issue a recall after receiving complaints that the vehicles may move out of place after drivers exit their vehicles due to an issue with the gear selector. Though Yelchin’s death was the only recorded fatality, FCA is aware of 117 accidents caused by the issue.

The Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® wrongful death attorneys in Stevens Point send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends devastated by the loss of their loved one.

Stevens Point man facing 5th drunk driving charge

A driver in Stevens Point was recently charged with a drunk driving offense after the Wisconsin State Patrol stated his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was far beyond the legal limit, a June 6 article of the Stevens Point Journal reported.

Reports said 48-year-old Bernard Thompson was arrested on June 4 due to suspicion that he was driving while under the influence in the vicinity of State 22 and Portage County AA. Court documents revealed that Thompson’s BAC during the arrest was 0.151 percent, while the state’s legal BAC is 0.08 percent. Thompson, who has four previous OWI convictions, was confined to Portage County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond. He is expected to appear at trial on June 20 and is at risk of up to six years in jail if found guilty of the offense.

Although no one was injured in this OWI arrest, the lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® know that drunk driving accident victims are often left seriously injured or permanently unable to work. If you have been the victim of a drunk driver, we may be able to help you receive the compensation you need to sustain your living while disabled. Call us at (715) 345-0004 to begin taking your legal action against negligent parties.

WisDOT records 50 road fatalities in May

An article of TMJ 4 on June 3 revealed that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) recorded 50 traffic fatalities in the month of May, despite constant road improvements in the state.

WisDOT official David Pabst did not confirm if the recent speed limit increase on Wisconsin highways was a factor in deadly accidents. Pabst, however, did suggest that motorists who travel too slowly while in the left lane may be likely to cause crashes. Driving at a slow speed while in the left lane is considered reckless driving in other states, reports also mentioned. Michigan authorities, in a separate report, confirmed Pabst’s claim, saying accidents are likely to happen if drivers on the left side of the road that are traveling fast try to move around slower vehicles that are in the fast lane. In the 217 road fatalities recorded in Wisconsin from January to May, intoxicated driving, speeding, and distracted driving were huge factors in the fatalities.

In the heartbreaking situation that you lose a loved one in a car accident, enlisting a qualified personal injury attorney is one way to hold a reckless driver accountable. Get in touch with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (715) 345-0004 to begin your legal action against negligent parties.

Nissan recalling millions of vehicles with airbag and seat belt issues

Nissan North America recently issued a recall on 3.2 million vehicles of various models due to problems with the airbag and front passenger seat belt.

Nissan says the faulty sensors may fail to detect whether a passenger in the front seat is an adult or a child or whether there is a person in the seat at all. The problem can cause serious injuries to front seat passengers if the sensor erroneously disables the airbag. Nissan further explained that airbags may fail to deploy if the seat belt brackets are damaged as a result of using child restraint systems. Though the automaker intends to notify the owners of the recalled vehicles so they can receive a free repair, they have not decided how best to repair the problems.

If you sustained injuries as a result of using a defective vehicle in Stevens Point, the legal team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may be able to you help you receive compensation. Find out more about your legal options by calling (715) 345-0004.

Cell phone use kills cyclist

55-year-old Lorie Ann Miller of Rib Lake faces homicide charges in Marathon County. Miller is accused of homicide by negligent driving after killing Donna David last summer, facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

At the scene of the accident, Miller denied cell phone use. Police used a special device that determined Miller was in fact using her phone when she hit the cyclist, but deleted the texts sent during the time of the accident. Miller now claims she sent the texts right before driving, but a deputy recently disproved her statement. Miller was traveling at about 55 mph, so in the brief time it took her to write and send her message, her car likely traveled 800 feet while her eyes were not on the road. The timing also supports the deputy’s theory as the time between the sending of the message and the 911 call by witnesses was just 3 minutes.

Texting and driving is extremely dangerous, causing drivers to lose focus on the road. Please stay vigilant when driving to prevent harming others. Our thoughts are with David’s friends and family. 

Suspected drunk driver arrested for crashing into Madison business

A women’s clothing store in Madison recently sustained damage after a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated crashed her vehicle into the establishment, a report from stated on April 13.

Information coming from the Madison Police states that on April 12, they arrested 64-year-old Alicia Wilson for crashing into the facade of “Uplift,” a store located along East Johnson Street. The accident happened at around 5:00 p.m. and thankfully, did not result in any injuries.

Uplift owner Lindsay Leno stated that she and several others had just finished decorating the store’s facade minutes before the accident happened. Lindsay’s husband and a lone customer who were inside the store when the accident occurred were not injured. An OWI charge was initially filed against Wilson and authorities booked her at the Dane County Jail.

Thankfully, no one was injured in this suspected drunk driving accident, but in far too many instances, this is not the case. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a drunk driver, let the experienced team of attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® help you through this difficult time. Call us today at (715) 345-0004 to learn more about what we can do for you.

3 seriously hurt in Grand Rapids drunk driving accident

At least three people suffered serious injuries in Grand Rapids, Wisc., after they were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, a March 22 article on reported.

Reports said charges await Logan Steinhilber, 17, after police arrested him on suspicion of driving drunk and causing an accident on March 21. Information from the Grand Rapids police department states that the SUV being driven by Steinhilber in the eastbound lane of Wood County W crossed over into the opposite lane and struck an oncoming vehicle.

The two occupants of the other vehicle and a passenger of Steinhilber’s vehicle were airlifted to a nearby hospital due to serious injuries they sustained in the wreck. The identities of the injured people were withheld. As of reporting, Steinhilber has been discharged from custody after posting a $25,000 signature bond. The Wisconsin State Patrol assisted authorities in their accident investigation.


Nearly 3M Toyota vehicles recalled due to seatbelt flaw

According to a report from USA Today on February 18, Japanese automaker Toyota recently issued a recall of an estimated 2.9 million vehicles worldwide due to a potential seatbelt problem that could cause harm to vehicle occupants in the event of an accident.

According to reports, over 1.1 million of the affected Toyota vehicles were sold in the U.S. Toyota stated that the seatbelts in the second-row passenger seats may tear off in an accident. The problem may occur due to the bare metal of the seat cushion frame. Both window side passengers are at risk of suffering injuries when the seatbelts fail to restrain them in a heavy-impact frontal crash. Earlier models of Toyota RAV 4s, including the electric versions, were part of the recall. Toyota will address the problem by covering the metal frame of the affected vehicles for free.

Serious and even fatal injuries can occur because of defective vehicles or vehicle components. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident, our experienced team can help you determine if a negligent auto manufacturer is responsible for your suffering. Learn more by contacting Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at (715) 345-0004.

US traffic deaths increased by 9.3 percent in 2015

According to a report on, federal officials recently observed that nationwide traffic-related deaths in 2015 increased by 9.3 percent after more than decade of continuing decline.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 26,000 individuals were killed in road accidents from January until September of last year. Recorded traffic deaths in 2014 were considerably lower when compared to the year 2015.

In a recently held summit, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said that they are taking initiatives by improving bad driving behaviors. Rosekind also said that they are going to address recurring traffic issues like failure to wear seatbelts and drunk driving. The summit, titled “Driving Behavioral Change in Traffic Safety,” was held in California on February 5 and will also be launched in other states.

Severe traffic accidents are still an all-too-common occurrence, and at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we believe that taking legal action against dangerous drivers can help put an end to carelessness and negligence behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been harmed in a car accident, contact our Stevens Point car accident lawyers today at (715) 345-0004 to learn what we may be able to do for you.

Driver critically injured in Rock County accident involving school bus

A driver is in critical condition and three students are suffering from minor injuries after an accident between a vehicle and a school bus happened in Town of Center, Wisconsin. According to reports, the two-vehicle accident happened on Highway 14 on Tuesday, January 5.

Responding deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office found a vehicle trapped under the back portion of the school bus. The critically injured driver, whose name was withheld, was brought to the hospital after being extracted by crews. Three students from the bus were also treated for minimal injuries. Authorities have not pressed charges or issued citations regarding the incident at this point.

If you are dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of a car accident that you did not cause, contact the legal team of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (715) 345-0004 to learn how an experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation from the negligent individual whose actions led to your suffering.

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