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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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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyer,Each year, more than 243,000 teens visit emergency rooms for injuries they have sustained during an automobile accident. Another 2,000 die during crashes,which makes motor vehicle accidents the number one killer for 16- to 19-year-olds. Part of the problem is their lack of experience behind the wheel, but studies have shown that the biggest issue relates to cell phone use while driving. Researchers recently spoke with several teens to understand why.

Newest Investigation Prompted by Concerning CDC Study

For years, adults have been trying to get the message across to teens: do not text and drive. Yet, a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly 45 percent of teens text were willing to admit that they had texted and driven within the previous 30 days. That had a few other researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia concerned, so they decided to delve a little deeper.

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin car crash lawyerGovernment officials are noticing a disturbing trend: although most of the nation is seeing a decrease in the number of automobile accidents and injuries (Wisconsin’s increased in 2015), there has been a drastic increase in the number of severe and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists over the last decade. The recent government probe into why this increase is happening is providing little information as to how the problem may be fixed. U.S. Representatives Launch Government Accountability Office Study In an effort to determine what is causing the increase in pedestrian and bicycle accidents, U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Peter DeFazi launched the Government Accountability Office. More importantly, they wanted to determine if there were any barriers to improving the overall safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. To do this, officials:
  • Examined National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data and National Automotive Sampling System data from 2004 to 2013;
  • Analyzed census data from 2005 to 2013;
  • Interviewed officials from seven major cities across the country;
  • Talked to U.S. Department of Transportation staff in three states; and
  • Spoke with people from 22 different bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.
Their efforts did not turn up quite as much information as they had hoped. In fact, other than unearthing some highly disturbing statistics on just how grave the situation has become for pedestrians and bicyclists, they found very little in terms of how to solve the problem. Sharp Increase in Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities While total traffic fatalities decreased by about 24 percent from 2004 to 2013, officials found that bicyclist and pedestrian deaths suffered a sharp and drastic increase during that time period, going from 1.9 percent and 10.9 percent to 2.3 percent and 14.5 percent of the total number of fatalities, respectively. Alcohol and distracted driving were found to be major factors, with alcohol contributing to 32 percent of all fatal bicycle and car crashes and 55 percent of all pedestrian and car crashes. Little Information on Road Design and Engineering Problems Despite being one of the major points officials hoped to cover in their study, they found very little information on how much design and engineering issues contribute to pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Part of the problem is that, when it comes to pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, little information is collected in general. This creates a serious barrier in determining what initiatives may help improve safety and which are already working. Larsen, who says he wants to see more action and funding put into pedestrian and bicyclist safety, allegedly plans to introduce a new measure next year that would require more data collection on bicyclist and pedestrian accidents. However, little is being said as to how that data might be used in the push for better safety laws, regulations, or provisions. Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident? You May Be Able to Seek Compensation Pedestrians and bicyclists are often at the greatest risk for death or injury in a traffic accident. If you or someone you love have been involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, and someone else’s negligence is to blame, you may be able to seek compensation. Dedicated, determined, and resourceful, the skilled Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, have more than 40 years of experience handling complex accident claims. Schedule your consultation to find out how we may be able to help with your case. Call 414-271-1440 today.

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https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/federal-study-bike-pedestrian-safety-data-more-funding

Posted on in Bicycle Accidents

Wisconsin bike accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerUnder Wisconsin law, bicycles are considered vehicles on the roadways, meaning cyclists have an obligation to obey the rules of the road in the same way all vehicles do.  They must also be treated as equal users of the road by other vehicles. Just because they are treated like vehicles, however, does not mean that cyclists are as safe as those riding in vehicles. In fact, bicycles are particularly vulnerable among road vehicles, evidenced by the fact that in 2013, In Wisconsin, one bicyclist was injured or killed every ten hours. There are several measures cyclists can take, however, to reduce the risk of crash, injury, or death.

Bicycle Accidents in Wisconsin by the Numbers

In 2013, there were 958 crashes involved bicyclists in Wisconsin, including 868 injuries and ten deaths. In almost every case where there is a crash between a bicycle and a motor vehicle, the cyclist is injured. Bicycles are not protected in the way other motor vehicles are, but there are several measures cyclists can take to reduce the risk of crash, injury, and death. Most bicycle crashes occur between the hours of 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, after school and commuting home from work hours. It is very important to be extra-vigilant if cycling during those hours.

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