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By Attorney Jaclyn Kallie 

When a car accident, pedestrian accident, or wrongful death causes harm to you or someone you love, it can disrupt your entire life. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a department within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 39.5 million people are injured around the globe every year. You should not be stuck with lost wages, medical bills, and additional financial burdens because of your injury. The best way to settle your case and receive maximum compensation is to hire a skilled personal injury attorney.

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Milwaukee, WI winter car accident lawyerBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn

Wisconsin is known for its long, relentless winters. Wisconsinites experience more than 30 snowstorms each year, forcing us to adapt to work, play, and drive in harsh conditions. To those who are no strangers to the snow, driving in inclement weather is normal, but accidents still happen. If you have been in a collision, understanding the factors surrounding liability for a winter weather car accident claims can prepare you for how to proceed.

Determining Liability

Rain or shine, drivers are expected to follow safe driving laws. When winter weather hits, it is important to take extra precautions by taking it slow, allowing extra travel time, and remembering that sudden braking and steering can cause loss of vehicle control. Not all car accidents cause life-altering injuries, but property damage is likely to occur in even the most minor fender benders.

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By Attorney Christopher Strohbehn

Milwaukee, WI Car Accident Attorney

You may be driving on a road in a place where you travel all the time, when suddenly the road changes in some way due to construction. Construction zones pose significant risks to motorists, because they can unpredictably change a road, and drivers may be unsure about the proper ways to navigate these changes. In addition, construction zones can create dangerous roadway conditions if care is not taken to properly set up detours or closed lanes. Due to these factors, car accidents in construction zones are common. In fact, Wisconsin sees about 2,000 work zone accidents each year.

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Milwaukee winter car accident injury lawyerLearning to drive in Wisconsin’s winter weather is a skill unto itself. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures all increase the difficulty level of driving and, unfortunately, they also increase the chances of a car accident

Anyone getting behind the wheel this winter should familiarize themselves with the following tips in order to keep the roadways safe for everyone:

1. Use the Right Equipment

Winter tires are recommended in temperatures less than 44 degrees. Many people operate under the false notion that all-season tires are able to adequately handle winter driving. However, the rubber compound in all-season tires begins to freeze when temperatures go below 44 degrees. This means that such tires will be less effective at gripping the road. If you do not have winter tires, proceed with caution and the understanding that your car may not be able to handle all winter road conditions.

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Wisconsin car accident injury attorneyBeing involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. The physical and emotional distress that a person experiences in a collision can make it difficult to keep a clear head in the immediate aftermath. As a result, many people make mistakes that affect their ability to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. If you are involved in an auto accident, be sure to avoid the following:

  1. Admitting fault - Common courtesy often leads people to take at least partial blame for a collision. However, doing so can make it more difficult to establish liability for the accident and recover compensation for your injuries. When discussing the crash with other drivers, police officers, or insurance company representatives, state the facts about what happened without admitting any fault.
  2. Not receiving timely medical care - After an accident, it can be easy to shrug off your possible injuries, especially if they seem minor. However, it is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible. This will establish medical records documenting the full extent of your injuries, ensuring that you are able to recover compensation that will address your immediate care as well as any health complications related to the accident that may arise in the future.
  3. Failing to file a police report - It may seem like a good idea to avoid involving law enforcement after a collision, but it is ultimately best to report the accident to police. Doing so will establish a record of the accident and ensure that it is not just your word against the other driver’s.
  4. Not gathering evidence - If possible, you should get as much information as you can about the accident to demonstrate its causes and who was at fault. Take pictures of the scene, speak to witnesses and get their contact information, and try to find out if the collision was captured on any nearby security cameras. This evidence can be crucial in establishing liability for the crash.
  5. Providing information to the insurance company - Following an accident, you may be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company and asked to give a recorded statement. It is best to decline to do so and have your attorney communicate with insurance companies for you.
  6. Agreeing to a settlement without legal help - An insurance company may offer you a financial settlement that appears to cover some or all of your damages, and accepting this settlement will allow you to receive compensation quickly. However, it is likely that this type of settlement will not fully address your damages. Before accepting a settlement, be sure to have an attorney review your case.

Contact a Milwaukee Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car crash, the skilled attorneys of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP can help you obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve. We will work to ensure that you are compensated for the costs of medical care, ongoing rehabilitation, property damage, lost income from missed work or disability, and pain and suffering. Contact our Milwaukee, WI personal injury attorneys at 414-271-1440 to arrange a consultation.

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Milwaukee personal injury lawyer, car accident, Good Samaritan statute, car accident injury, rendering careA car accident is a distressing experience for drivers and their passengers as well as any pedestrians who are involved and even for witnesses and bystanders. Whether a collision is a minor bump or a major fender bender, injuries often occur. Additionally, people are often unsure about whether they should offer medical assistance or wait for an ambulance or other medical professional. In these situations, drivers, passengers, and anyone else at the scene of the accident should understand their rights and their responsibilities toward people who are injured. 

The Duty to Provide Assistance 

Under Wisconsin law, the operator of a vehicle that is involved in a car accident is required to provide “reasonable assistance” to anyone who was injured in the accident. This assistance can include calling emergency services or, if requested, providing transportation to a doctor or hospital for medical treatment.

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car accident, neck injury, milwaukee car crash attorneyMany car accident victims, of even minor collisions, are often surprised when they experience neck pain; however, it is one of the most common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents. A neck injury can affect healthy individuals and those who have had previous neck and back discomfort. 

How Neck Injuries are Sustained

There are two ways neck injuries are regularly sustained in auto collisions. First, the neck may become injured when the head strikes an object in the car such as a headrest or an airbag. The second way the neck may be injured is by an impact that causes the head to move forward and backward suddenly beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. This type of neck injury is known as whiplash. Whiplash is a type of soft tissue damage as it affects the muscles and ligaments of the neck.

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photographs and car accident tips, milwaukee personal injury lawyerIf you have been injured in a car accident, there are steps you can follow to help your case, should you choose to file a personal injury claim. One easy thing is to take photos and record videos in the moments after your accident with your smartphone. 

Many people forget to document the accident scene. Photos and video are usually great tools in a civil case because they can convey to the jury many important details of the accident. If there are no photos, the jury must rely on testimony instead. Testimony is not as compelling as visual images and can also be more easily disbelieved.

It is important to remember, though, that your health and safety is the first priority. Do not attempt to take photographs if you are seriously injured. Also, only if you are able, be sure that you call the police and trade insurance and contact information with the other driver involved in the accident.

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uninsured drivers wisconsin, Milwaukee personal injury lawyersLiability insurance is required for all drivers in the state Wisconsin. However, about 10 percent of drivers use an automobile without car insurance, per the Insurance Research Council.  If someone without liability insurance is at fault for your car accident, you must take special steps to have your injuries compensated.

Negotiating with Your Insurer

Under Wisconsin law, all drivers must carry uninsured motorists insurance. If you have injuries to yourself, your car, your or property, you can file a claim against your own insurer under your uninsured motorist policy. You may be entitled to the same compensation under your policy as you would if you filed a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Those damages include lost wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering.

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Wisconsin driving laws, Wisconsin accident lawyerLast year, more than 2,400 crashes occurred in work zones throughout the state of Wisconsin. A total of 12 people died, and another 945 were injured in those automobile accidents. To combat the issue, Governor Walker introduced a bill that would completely ban cellphone use in work zones.

Understanding the Causes of Work Zone Crashes

Construction workers, who are also placed at risk during work zone accidents, work hard to repair the state’s highways and roads. Unfortunately, many drivers get impatient when traveling through the areas being repaired and, rather than slowing down and using caution, many go above the posted speed limit. Electronic signs, rumble zones, and updates regarding construction zones on social media are meant to deter such carelessness, but lawmakers say the efforts fall short.

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