Crash leaves three injured, one dead
November 17, 2015 1:59 pm

An accident in St. Croix County on Sunday, November 8, left a 61-year-old River Falls man dead and three other people injured. According to a witness, an 18-year-old man was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on STH 65 just past Wagner Drive when his vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a northbound 2007 Buick Lucerne that was being driven by the 61-year-old victim.

The St. Croix County Medical Examiner pronounced the Buick driver dead at the scene. The 18-year-old driver of the Pontiac was brought to Hudson Hospital and was later transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The Pontiac was also carrying two passengers, a 26-year-old woman from Chippewa Falls and a 26-year-old man from Eau Claire. The passengers were also injured and transported to Regions Hospital as well.

According to reports, everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seatbelt except for the male Pontiac passenger.

STH 65 was shut down for five hours after the accident. The crash remains under the investigation of St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.


Driver trapped in truck after crash
October 17, 2015 5:21 pm

At around 12:30 a.m. October 6, on Interstate 41 in Germantown, a dump truck hit the Freistadt Road Bridge, causing the vehicle to roll over and temporarily trap the 62-year-old Milwaukee driver in the cab.

Investigations found that the dump truck was hauling asphalt around the area for road improvements. The operator failed to lower the truck box after delivering a load, allowing the elevated box to collide with the bridge. This caused the truck to separate from the box and roll over onto its roof.

The Germantown Fire Department removed the driver, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, from the vehicle. He was transported to Froedtert Hospital in a Flight for Life helicopter.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for approximately three hours following the accident.

Speed and alcohol were ruled out as causing factors in the crash.

This was a very fortunate situation in which no one was severely injured. There are many cases, however, in which a truck driver’s negligence causes significant damage or injury to innocent individuals. If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact the attorneys at [firm-name] by calling our Lake Geneva office at [phone-number].

19-year-old facing 3 counts of homicide after crash
September 30, 2015 4:24 pm

Earlier this month, 19 year old Andre Carroll was involved in a crash that killed three people in East Troy, Wisconsin. The fatal accident occurred when Carroll fell asleep at the wheel. According to Lake Geneva Regional News, Carroll is now being charged with second-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a valid license causing death. If Carroll is convicted of all charges, he may face 56 years in prison and a total of $160,000 in fines.

Two witnesses both stated that they saw Carroll’s SUV cross the center line on South Highway 20 before observing a ball of flame erupting suddenly. Carroll’s SUV was said to have hit two motorcycles carrying three individuals. One man was pronounced dead on the scene while his wife and the third individual both sustained serious injuries.

Carroll admitted to the police that he had never held a valid driver’s license. He had been drinking and smoking marijuana the previous day and still proceeded to drive despite a noted lack of sleep.


Police car responding to a crash hit by another vehicle
September 29, 2015 4:26 pm

A county sheriff’s police car was hit by another vehicle while it was parked at the scene of another accident. The incident took place on the morning of September 18 at I-43 on 6th Street.

Deputies responded to the scene of an accident at around 5:16 am, and while properly parked in the road’s distress lane, a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee hit one of the police cars. No deputies were injured in the collision, but the driver of the Jeep had to be removed from his vehicle by members of the Milwaukee Fire Department. He was taken to the hospital after suffering non-fatal injuries.

The police department of Milwaukee has an on-going investigation into the car accident and reports have not been released.

Accidents like this occur all over the United States, and in far too many, unsuspecting and innocent motorists are forced to deal with serious injuries and devastating property damage. If you were injured because of a negligent driver, please speak with our Lake Geneva personal injury lawyers at [firm-name] by calling [phone-number] and learn more about what our experienced team can do for you.

Keyless ignition system sparks suit against car makers
September 9, 2015 6:34 pm

Major car makers have been sued by 28 plaintiffs after alleging a defect in keyless ignition system that has resulted in several deaths and injuries, the International Business Times reported.

The lawsuit said many drivers believed vehicles equipped with a keyless ignition system would shut down automatically as soon as they took their electronic key fobs out of the car. This misunderstanding on how the key fobs work caused many drivers to leave their car running unattended in their garages, posing a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. The lawsuit adds that installing an auto-off feature that would automatically turn the engine off if left running for a long period of time could have prevented the risks associated with the issue.

Ten of the largest car manufacturers are involved in the lawsuits, including Toyota, Chrysler, General Motors, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan. According to the plaintiffs, 13 have died and several others have been injured due to this defect.

To know more about taking legal action against an automaker after being harmed in an incident caused by a defective car, speak with our team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-7205 today.

NVIDI SHIELD tablet computers recalled over fire hazard
August 13, 2015 5:06 pm

About 83,000 NVIDIA SHIELD tablet computers are being recalled by California-based technology company NVIDIA Corp. after receiving reports that the device’s ion-lithium battery may overheat and pose a fire hazard, according to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday, July 31.

The company is aware of four incidents with the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet batteries overheating, two of which resulted in damaged flooring. The affected tablets have serial numbers between 0410215901781 and 0425214604018 and include model numbers 1761, P1761W and P1761WX. The defective electronic gadgets were made available at different GameStop stores nationwide and at different online sites from July 2014 to July 2015.

Customers should contact the company for information on how to get a free replacement tablet computer.

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we help Lake Geneva residents seek the compensation they deserve after being harmed by a defective product. Speak with our team by calling 800-242-7205 to discuss if you should file a product liability claim.

Salmonella risk prompts recall of nearly 2 million lbs of chicken
August 6, 2015 8:30 pm

Nearly 2 million pounds of chicken products were recalled by Aspen Foods after it was found that the products might be contaminated by salmonella, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on July 17.

Brands affected by the recall are the following: Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Princess, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, Spartan, and Sysco. Affected products were manufactured from April 15, 2015 to July 10, 2015, and have a “best if used by” date between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016. An establishment number of “P-1358” can be seen inside the USDA inspection mark.

Three salmonella cases associated with the recalled products were recorded in Minnesota. Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella may result in fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps, and could be fatal for those with weakened immune systems.

To learn more about taking legal action after being harmed by a defective food product in Lake Geneva, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-7205 today.

Ford recalls units in North America over software bug
July 17, 2015 4:08 pm

More than 432,000 cars are being recalled by Ford in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico after learning that a software bug in the car’s body control module may prevent the engine from shutting down even after turning off the ignition switch and removing the key, according to a report by UPI on July 3.

The affected cars are 2015 Focus and 2015 C-MAX manufactured within specific periods at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. Certain 2015 Escape vehicles from the Louisville Assembly Plant are also covered by the recall. The company said it will notify the affected consumers for a body control module update, which will be done at dealerships for free.

Technologies in cars are aimed to provide added convenience and improved performance. However, when designed, manufactured, and installed incorrectly, these technologies may compromise safety and cause injurious car accidents. If you have been involved in a car accident in Lake Geneva, learn more about your legal options for recovering your losses by speaking with our team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call us at 800-242-7205 today.

14 bottled water brands recalled due to possible E. coli contamination
June 25, 2015 8:11 pm

Niagara Bottling Company is recalling 14 of its bottled water brands after learning that two of their water sources tested positive for E. coli, CNN  reported on Tuesday, June 23.

Brands affected by the recall include Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-Eleven, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue and Wegman’s. The affected items were produced from June 10 to June 18 at Niagara’s two Pennsylvania facilities. The company has already terminated its deal with water supplier Far Away Springs, where samples that tested positive for E. coli were found.

To learn more about taking legal action against the manufacturer after being hurt by a defective food item in Lake Geneva, consult with a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-7205 today.

Apple recalls Beats Pill XL speakers over fire risk
June 18, 2015 2:03 pm

Apple is recalling about 222,000 Beats Pill XL speakers after receiving eight reports of battery overheating, causing one customer to burn a finger and another to damage a desk, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported on June 3.

The defective speakers were sold in five different colors – black, white, pink, metallic sky, and titanium. The “b” logo is printed on the speaker’s grille, while the brand name “beats pill XL” can be seen on the speaker handle. The products were sold at different Apple Retail Stores nationwide from January 2014 to June 2015.

Affected consumers will be receiving a postage-paid box to return the product to Apple. They will also be entitled to $325 worth of Apple Store credit or electronic payment.

You don’t have to deal with the repercussions of an injury caused by a defective product alone. Our team of product liability attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to provide you legal guidance and representation in a suit against the manufacturer involved. Call our Lake Geneva office at 800-242-7205 to learn more about taking legal action today.