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Technology and the Personal Injury Lawyer November 12, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving, Personal Injury Law.
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I was recently introduced to Lawyers Weekly USA.   They wrote an article about investigating social networks in civil cases.  If you scroll down this page you’ll see my previous post on this topic.

I’m not surprised that this has become a “hot topic.”   I can’t stress enough how important it is for personal injury attorneys (or any litigator for that matter) to be aware of today’s technology.  How long does it take type a name in google and yahoo? 

Liability disputes in car accident cases and especially drunk driving cases are ripe for social network investigation.   If someone is drunk and causes a car accident it is important to know if they had a history of drunk driving.  Was that drunk driver aware of the potential harm they could cause by getting behind the wheel while drunk again?  Comments on their blog or myspace page are important to discovery before filing a lawsuit.  It could mean the differnence between filing a claim for only compensatory damages or adding a claim for punitive damages.

Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in West AllisSheboyganPlymouthand Germantown.

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Update On Efficacy of Drunk Driving Laws October 29, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving.
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Mike and Sean commented on my earlier drunk driving post.  They asked whether stiff drunk driving laws reduce accidents and injuries.  Good question.  I did my usual google search and found a study that dates way back to 1987.   It was a Purdue University study that found that drunk driving accidents decreased by 20% after stiffer laws were enacted.  But, the number of hit and run accidents increased by 8%. 

I’ll keep looking for a recent statistic.  If you find one please comment!

Thanks for the comments!

 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Marinette, Milwaukee, Milton and Wauwatosa.

Operating While Under the Influence Poll October 27, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving.
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WordPress just made polls available on their blogging service.  So, let’s put it to good use. 

 

UPDATE: H/T Sean Sweeney.   The graphic from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel states “Number of OWI arrests before it becomes a felony.”  I think Sean is right.  It should say “Number of OWI convictions.” Good catch Sean!

Thanks for your input!

Another Drunk Driving Statistic October 23, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving.
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According to the Journal Sentinel series on Drunk Driving that I recently posted about Wisconsin:

Wisconsin has the largest percentage of binge drinkers and the largest percentage of drunken driving accidents, yet several states take a harder line on alcohol issues than Wisconsin. Click the topics below to see how Wisconsin compares to the rest of the U.S.

You need to see this diagram.  It looks like Wisconsin makes up almost 1/4 of the nation’s drunk driving accidents.  Wow.   I don’t know really what to say to that.  It’s embarrassing.  In this case it is NOT good to be #1.

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Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in West AllisCrivitzPlymouthand Germantown.

Series on Drunk Driving October 22, 2008

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in Drunk Driving.
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If you haven’t read the Journal Sentinel these past few days you are missing out on a good five part series on drinking in Wisconsin.

Tuesday’s article talked about Wisconsin’s lax drunk driving laws.  You can get a sense of my opinion on this topic by checking out my tag cloud over on the bottom right of my blog. 

Listen to this.  I hope you are as shocked as 

In 1999, the maximum penalty for a fifth offense translated to 40 months in prison.  After that, it changed to a three-year prison term with the possibility of three more years for those who break the law again.  But in Milwaukee County, no five-time drunken driver received the maximum, the Journal Sentinel found.

So, if a 5 time drunk driver doesn’t get the maximum then who will?  The reports talks about how sentencing varied widely between judges.  In short some judges are more liberal and some are more conservative when it comes to sentencing. 

I don’t want to cut and past the entire article here.   I hope you’ll read it and keep pressure on our legislators to make a change in the right direction.  

http://www.jonpgroth.com

 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Marinette, Milwaukee, Milton and Wauwatosa.