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Winter Driving in the Midwest

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Winter Driving in the Midwest

Winter Driving in snow in the Midwest

It is that time of year again. Winter driving conditions in the Midwest can change on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many days can be more dangerous than others.  According to Wisconsin Department of Transportation statistics, an average of about 50,000 vehicle accidents occur in Wisconsin each winter season when roads are covered with snow, ice, or slush.

Winter Safety Tips

To potentially avoid these accidents, drivers can do the following to stay safe on the roads: 

  • Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and other vehicles
  • Leave plenty of room for stopping
  • Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows
  • Use brakes carefully
  • Watch for slippery bridge decks
  • Do not use your cruise control in wintry conditions
  • Prepare an Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit

An emergency kit may be useful, in all seasons, but especially in the winter. Some beneficial items are listed below. 

  • Blankets
  • Extra Hats, warm socks, and gloves/mittens
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Booster cables and a windshield brush/scraper
  • Drinking water and high-calorie, non-perishable food (trail mix, energy/protein bars)
  • Sand or cat litter for traction
  • Cell phone adapter/charger

Vehicle Maintenance

Something to also keep in mind is vehicle maintenance. Harsh winters can be especially tough on vehicles, but the following will ensure a safer, smarter drive for you and your family. 

  • Keep your fuel tank at least half-full. This will help prevent fuel lines from freezing and provide necessary fuel should you become stranded
  • Ensure tires have good tread/traction and are properly inflated
  • Ensure that your battery, antifreeze, and cooling system are in good condition
  • Replace worn windshield wipers. Have adequate washer fluid
  • Make sure that headlights and other vehicle lights are operating properly
  • Before driving, clear snow and ice from your vehicle’s windows, front and rear lights, hood, and roof

For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Website. 

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CAR ACCIDENT

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$50,000.00

CAR ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$1,200,000.00

SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT

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$75,000.00

SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$700,000.00

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

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$5,000.00

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$180,000.00

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

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$0.00 - denial

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$159,000.00

DRUNK DRIVING VICTIM

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$0.00

DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT

Result with Nicolet Law 
$815,000.00

UTV ACCIDENT

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$5,000.00

UTV ACCIDENT

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$250,000.00
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Wisconsin Locations:

EAU CLAIRE:

402 Graham Ave.
Suite 305
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Phone: 715-226-4155
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HUDSON:

517 2nd Street
Unit #205
Hudson, WI 54016

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LA CROSSE:

119 N 19th St S
La Crosse, WI 54601

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NEW RICHMOND:

1500 Madison Ave.
Suite 220
New Richmond, WI 54017

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RICE LAKE:
337 North Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868

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RIVER FALLS
215 S 2nd St #20
River Falls, WI 54022

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SUPERIOR:
1200 Tower Ave.
Superior, WI 54880

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WAUSAU:
408 3rd Street
Suite 303
Wausau, WI 54403

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Minnesota Locations:

DULUTH:
306 West Superior Street,
Suite 606 West
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 651-427-3331
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HIBBING:
Howard Court Bldg.
302 Howard Street, Suite 123
Hibbing, MN 55746

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MINNEAPOLIS:
225 South 6th Street
Suite 3900
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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WOODBURY:
724 Bielenberg Drive
Suite 126
Woodbury, MN 55125

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