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Milwaukee car accident lawyers, hit and run accident, car accident victim, accident liability, accident investigationGetting into a car accident can be a traumatic experience, and dealing with the resulting medical treatments, vehicle repairs, police reports, and insurance claims can be overwhelming in even the best cases. This process becomes even more difficult in the case of hit and run accidents, since victims will have difficulty determining the identity of the driver who was involved in an accident and holding him or her responsible for the damages caused.

Hit and Run Accidents Under Wisconsin Law

In Wisconsin, a driver who strikes a person or vehicle is required to stop his or her vehicle, investigate the scene of the accident, share his or her contact information and vehicle registration number with the other party, and provide any necessary medical assistance to anyone who was injured in the accident. Failure to do so is a felony.


Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyIn the past five years, almost 4,500 people have been killed in construction zones, and more than 200,000 have been injured. Sometimes, construction zone accidents are the fault of one or more drivers. Other times, the construction company or an individual worker acted with negligence. Then there are those incidents in which more than one party is at fault. Such was the case in a fatal crash along Interstate 75 in Tennessee, where as many as four different parties are being accused of negligence.

Multiple Parties Accused of Negligence in Fatal Crash

In a crash that killed six people, four different parties could face consequences for negligence. The first party is the semi driver who was allegedly intoxicated when he slammed into the vehicles in front of him. Consequently, the trucking company is also being named as a negligent party because they reportedly knew that the driver had been over federal driving limits. The final two parties being named are the construction companies. Court documents allege that they had been working at a dangerous and unauthorized time and location and that they had failed to implement an effective traffic control plan.


Posted on in Car Accidents

Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyerIn less than a two-week period, three people were killed along I-41 in Wisconsin. As a result, state patrol issued a warning, asking drivers to be cautious and slow down in construction zones. However, so many accidents within the same area suggest drivers may not be the only ones at fault. In some cases, these accidents may be a matter of construction zone negligence.

Safety in Construction Zones

As a driver, you must do your part of staying safe within construction zones. Stay alert, avoid distractions, buckle up, slow down, and watch for suddenly changing terrain and lanes. Also, it is critical that you keep an eye out for road workers, trouble up ahead, and avoid following the driver in front of you too closely. This can help protect you within a construction zone. However, there are also circumstances that may be out of your control. In these instances, you may be due compensation.


Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerIn February, a nearly 600-foot tall crane crashed onto the buildings, cars, and pedestrians in downtown Manhattan. One man, a Harvard-trained mathematician, was killed. Three others were injured. What rights do these individuals have under the law? Can they seek compensation? And just how difficult will the process be?

How Frequent Are Construction Site Injuries?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, approximately 1.6 percent of all roadway crashes occur within construction work zones. Of those, approximately 0.6 percent were fatal (576 fatalities), 30 percent resulted in injury, and 69 percent caused only property damage. Most occur during active work hours (70 percent).

Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyerAutomobile accidents happen every day, and every day, well-meaning individuals make poor decisions that could cost them in their case. An argument between a North Carolina senator and another driver highlights some of the biggest — and the most common—mistakes. Apologizing and Accepting Blame Immediately after the accident, the senator allegedly apologized to the other driver, saying he did not see her as he was pulling out of a parking space. Afterwards, he attempted to retract his apology in an email to the local news company. In it, he expressed that he had only wished to resolve the matter, but that he had always felt as though the other driver had been at fault for the accident. Unfortunately, the damage to his reputation had already been done. Lesson: Don’t focus on “blame” after an accident.  Make sure all parties are physically okay, including yourself. Accepting a Good Faith Arrangement Because he allegedly wanted to resolve the matter quickly and easily, the senator reportedly gave a good faith statement to the other driver, offering to pay for the damages to her vehicle. As a result, the responding officer did not investigate the accident any further. This created a problem for the other driver when, after being denied payment from the senator, she attempted to file a claim against his insurance. The entire incident became a matter of her word against his. Lesson: Do not enter a good faith arrangement with a complete stranger, regardless of the situation. Failing to File a Claim Because they had entered into a good faith arrangement, the other driver agreed not to file a claim with the senator’s insurance. Unfortunately, he never held up his end of the deal, and by the time she went to file the claim, it had been nearly a month since the accident. There was no real evidence, outside of the photos the senator allegedly took, and the police did not investigate blame. The other driver now only had the choice of paying out of pocket to cover the damages, or filing against her own insurance. Thankfully, it does not appear that she suffered any accident-related injuries. Lesson: If you are in an accident, contact both insurance companies immediately, or contact a personal injury attorney to advise you. Injured in an Automobile Accident? Hire a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney You may be entitled to compensation if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident. However, because these cases are often complex, it is crucial that you contact a skilled Milwaukee automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we are dedicated to providing aggressive and compassionate representation for accident victims. Contact our offices at 414-271-1440 today to schedule your consultation.



Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerWhen most people think about a cruise ships, they imagine exotic locations, excellent food, and lots of rest and relaxation. Of course, this is exactly how it unfolds for most, but for some, the cruise experience is more of a personal injury nightmare than a vacation.  It is most disturbing how few passengers are aware of the risk, and how cruise lines have taken every possible precaution to protect themselves from a lawsuit.

Slips, Trips, and Falls Most Frequent Injuries Aboard Cruise Ships

Although there are other types of personal injuries aboard cruise ships — such as the one suffered by a man who recently was awarded $21.5 million after being hit by an automatic door — the most frequently seen are slips, trips, and falls. Though so underreported that statistics are inconclusive, they are caused by everything from slippery surfaces to objects left in walkways to design issues aboard ships.


Posted on in Car Accidents

Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerTraffic accidents occur for a number of reasons. Distracted driving, impaired driving, and violation of traffic laws typically top the list of most common causes of accidents. Last year, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported nearly 120,000 motor vehicle crasheswith approximately 21,000 of them being speed-related and approximately 5,000 being alcohol-related.

However, there are other factors that affect drivers’ safety on the road such as weather conditions. It is not uncommon for Milwaukee drivers to experience harsh winter weather including cumulative snowfall of more than 60 inches per year.

Those native to Wisconsin may already be aware of what to do to winterize their vehicles, but it is important to keep these winter tips in mind to ensure safer driving during the colder months:


Posted on in Boating Accidents
Wisconsin injury attorney, Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin boating accident attorneyAccidents don’t just happen on land, especially in places like Wisconsin, where there is an abundance of waterfront property and watercraft for travel and recreation. There are over 600,000 boats registered in Wisconsin alone, and during the summer, there are hundreds of thousands of additional boats that navigate Wisconsin waters from neighboring Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.  There are multiple fatalities and even more injuries every year as a result of boating accidents, and in many boating accident cases, the operator of the boat at fault may not have taken any safety courses. The fact that so many people are maneuvering large vessels in limited spaces, often times without proper training or safety classes, means that boating accidents happen with regularity. This often leads to civil litigation in order to recover compensation for any serious injuries suffered in the accident on the water. Common Boating Injuries There are many potential legal claims that arise from boating-related incidents, including property damage claims. Personal injuries claims arise most often, however, and in a number of different ways. Often there is a collision between recreational watercraft, like jet skis, or a collision between one recreational watercraft and one boat. Many boating personal injury claims arise from accidents, illness or death sustained as a result of improper safety measures on a cruise ship. No matter what the circumstances were that gave rise to your personal injury claim for a boating-related injury, it is guaranteed to be extremely complex, as maritime law comes with many additional considerations not present in land based actions. Special Concerns When Bringing Boating Claims When accidents occur that involve maritime law, there are often complex and unique legal issues. Some legal actions will involve only Wisconsin law, if they occur entirely within the borders of the state and in Wisconsin waters. However, sometimes accidents occur outside of Wisconsin’s borders, or in between Wisconsin and bordering state, and in these situations, other state laws and even federal laws can be implicated in a subsequent lawsuit. Finally, if your boating accident occurred out at sea, there may even be international legal implication. We Can Help You Today

For all of the reasons set forth above, personal injury claims that arise as a result of boating accidents are more complex than ordinary personal injury claims, and it is critical that you contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney who can traverse not only Wisconsin law, but other state’s maritime laws and even federal laws when necessary.  Call us at 414-271-1440 or send us an e-mail today for a consultation.

Source: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/boat/crashinfo.html

Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis accident lawyer, Wisconsin car crashe lawyerRecently, two individuals suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of a three-automobile crash. A motorist driving an SUV rear-ended a motorist driving an Econoline Van, who was attempting to turn, causing the van to hit a pick-up truck. All it takes is for one negligent driver to set in motion a chain of events which results in a multi-vehicle accident. Typically, the more vehicles involved in the accident, the more complex the case will be.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in 2013 there were over 118,000 automobile accidents resulting in more than 39,000 injuries and approximately 527 deaths. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated that multiple vehicle accidents accounted for nearly half of the automobile deaths that occurred in Wisconsin during 2013.

Factors That Lead to Multi-Vehicle Collisions


Posted on in Personal Injury

Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconis wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin car crashe lawyerAutomobile accidents can be deadly when two automobiles are involved. When pedestrians are involved in automobile accidents, their injuries tend to be serious, and more often than not they lead to death.

Recently, a pedestrian was involved in accident caused by the automobile driver. The pedestrian was crossing the street when the automobile driver fatally hit him. Although these accidents are often devastating, they happen too frequently here in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in 2012, there were over 118,000 automobile accidents and 1,273 accidents involving pedestrians. As a result of those accidents, over 1,200 pedestrians suffered injuries while another 35 pedestrians were killed.

Traffic and Pedestrian Laws in Wisconsin

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