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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.


Wisconsin car accident attorney, Wisconsin car crash lawyerAccording to the National Safety Council (NSC), fatal car crashes rose by nearly 8 percent and killed more than 38,000 people in 2015. Nearly all were due to the negligence of one person or another – a red light runner, a distracted driver, someone intoxicated behind the wheel – and yet we often call these crashes “accidents.” One advocacy group is striving to change all of that. They want crashes to be seen for what they really are: a devastating situation where one person is a victim and the other is at fault.

Why Change the Wording?

Calling car crashes “accidents” might seem inconsequential, but society has a way of getting hung on up the words. So, when a crash is called an accident, it sounds like something that could not be foreseen or prevented. This is rarely the case. In fact, studies have found that human error is a factor in 94 percent of all crashes. Only 6 percent can be attributed to vehicle malfunctions, weather, or other factors. Doing away with the word “accident” reminds everyone – including lawmakers – that most car crashes are preventable, avoidable, and – more importantly – someone’s fault.


 b2ap3_thumbnail_used-car-seat.jpgParents who are eco- or spend-savvy often turn to used baby items to reduce cost and/or their environmental footprint, but there are some used items that may be dangerous. Car seats are at the top of that list because they may place baby at unnecessary risk in an automobile accident. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing a used car seat from a second-hand store or someone you do not know. The following will help you understand that risk and how you can increase your chances of finding a safe car seat for your baby.


Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyerIn the year 2010, the most recent year for which there are statistics available, 87,606 motor vehicle accidents occurred inside of road construction work zones. Of those, 0.6 percent resulted in fatality. Another 30 percent resulted in injury. Some are instances in which drivers failed to follow safe driving rules, but there are also others that may have been caused by negligence on the part of workers, contractors, or foreman. If you believe the latter may have been a factor in your accident case, the following points may be able to help you determine whether or not you have a case.

Work Zone Traffic Control and Your Safety

Roadway and highway work zones can be riddled with obstacles and dangers, including uneven pavement and potholes, concrete barriers, one-way traffic, closed lanes, workers, and construction vehicles and equipment. Sudden and frequent changes make these zones all the more treacherous for all involved. Rules and regulations that workers, foreman, and contractors must follow are designed to protect drivers, pedestrians, and even the workers themselves from death an injury.


Wisconsin car accident attorney, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerSomewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 people die in automobile accidents in the United States each year. Most of those accidents are due to human error and completely preventable, according to AAA. In fact, the organization’s recent study revealed that nearly 90 percent of drivers are engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel. And, sadly, far too many are paying the price.

Astounding 87 Percent of Drivers Admit to Risky Driving Behavior

Whether it is texting while driving, speeding, driving while under the influence, running red lights, or simply driving while fatigued, AAA found that 87 percent of all drivers engaged in risky behavior in the 30 days prior to their response to the study. Of those, 42 percent admitted to texting and 70 percent admitted to being on their phones, making distracted driving the most common risky driving behavior.

Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyer, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyComplex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a condition which is marked by chronic pain, mild or dramatic changes in temperature and skin color, as well as swelling in a patient’s limb(s). It is estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to 200,000 people suffer with CRPS. The cause of the syndrome is unknown. The condition is usually triggered by some kind of trauma or injury to the limb – frequently as a result of a car accident. Often, the initial injury is minor, but can quickly escalate into excruciating pain. The experience that one car crash victim experienced is common. A 45-year-old woman was driving her vehicle when it was bumped from behind by another driver. There was no damage to either vehicle and neither driver appeared injured. However, approximately 12 hours after the accident, the woman developed severe back and neck pain. Over the next couple of months, that chronic pain spread throughout her entire body. The victim had been completely healthy before the incident, and it took months before doctors were finally able to come up with the diagnosis to her severe pain – CRPS caused by the minor fender bender she was in. The woman was eventually awarded $3 million in a personal injury lawsuit. CRPS is often missed by physicians, who often think patients are exaggerating their symptoms, given no serious injury has occurred. One young victim, who developed CRPS after spraining his ankle, described the pain as feeling as if “a boa constrictor tightening around your foot while it is being stabbed with a knife from the inside and simultaneously set on fire.”

Symptoms for CRPS include:

  • Constant throbbing or burning pain in one or more limbs;
  • Swelling in the area where the pain is;
  • A sensitivity to either cold or touch;
  • A change to skin color (blotchy, red or blue);
  • A change to skin texture (shiny, thin, tender);
  • Muscle spasms or atrophy;
  • Swelling or stiffness to joints; and
  • Decrease in mobility of the affected limb.

CRPS is just one severe condition which can show up some time after a vehicle accident. It is not uncommon for symptoms of injuries to show up hours, days, or even weeks after a car accident has occurred. If you have been in a car crash, contact an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney. Call the law office of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP at 414-271-1440 today to setup your consultation.


Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin car accident lawyerShortly after the announcement of the long road ahead for automated cars and a pledge from the U.S. government into developing the technology to make them better, Volvo has promised to make all of their new cars death and serious injury free by 2020. But can they really do it? Experts believe it is possible. Technology Already Exists The technology is already in place, in fact, newer, high-end luxury cars already have the advanced technological features needed to create a zero death and serious injury car. Adaptive cruise control uses radar and other sensors to detect other cars up ahead. All the driver has to do is set their maximum speed and the car will maintain a safe following distance, sans driver engagement. Auto lane keeping assist uses cameras to detect road edges and line lanes and keep the car in its lane. Collision avoidance works with the help of radar and  sensors that detect obstacles and warn the driver; if the driver does not react, the car can apply automatic brakes to reduce the impact of (or even completely avoid) a crash. Pedestrian detection and large animal detection sensors are also being used to alert and even brake in the event an unexpected person or animal wanders into the car’s path. Decrease in Injuries and Fatalities for Cars with Technology Many of these technologies have improved driver safety. In fact, there are a few models that have not seen a single death from 2009 to 2012. Volvo’s XC90 is on that short list. But the real key, Volvo says, is to perfect the technology already being used and to combine it all into a single car, and to do it in a way that is cost effective so that all of their cars can be equipped with the advanced technology. Of course, automated cars already have all the technology components; they are just still in the testing phase and still need human interaction to ensure they are operating as they should (and human engagement when they fail). Some believe it will take more than just technology, especially when many of the autonomous cars being tested still require a great deal of human engagement. But the promise is there, as is the potential. Waiting for the Future Until these cars are perfected and made available to the general public, accidents can and will still happen. Know how to best protect yourself, drive safely, and if you are involved in an accident, be certain to employ the assistance of a skilled and experienced Milwaukee automobile accident attorney. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we offer more than 40 years of experience, and we provide aggressive representation that ensures your rights and best interest are protected. Ask how we may be able to help you by calling 414-271-1440 and scheduling your consultation.


Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyer, Wisconsin bike accident lawyerAs new modes of ecological and economical transportation evolve, cycling appears to be gaining ground but sharing the open road with motor vehicles has not always been a smooth ride. The number of Wisconsin bicycle fatalities and instances of personal injury are on the rise. At the end of 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported a total of nine deaths involving cyclists. It is reported that motor vehicle operators were primarily responsible for 58 percent of cyclist fatalities while 24 percent of cyclist fatalities were the fault of the cyclist. Statistical data presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is even less optimistic. Cyclists are twice as likely as vehicle operators to experience personal injuries or fatalities while on the road. To ensure the evolution of  cycling, not only as a mode of  transportation but as a enjoyable physical activity, The Wisconsin Bike Federation, (formerly Over the Bars Wisconsin), the country’s largest, statewide bicycle organization, offers the following safety tips for all cycling enthusiasts. Avoiding the Hook This tip concentrates on both the left and right hook. While riding through an intersection to avoid the “left hook” watch for motorists turning left across your path. With regard to the “right hook” position yourself closer to the center of the right lane when passing through an intersection. Ride Responsibly
  • Never jump the curb and continue to ride on a sidewalk;
  • Never weave in and out of traffic;
  • Never ignore traffic signals or stop signs; and
  • Never ride against the flow of traffic.
Although these tips for the budding or experienced cyclist may appear simplistic, as cycling reaches new heights, especially in urban areas, any tip for improving cycling safety may prevent potential increases not only in personal injury but mortality rates as well. If you are  a cycling enthusiast and you recently sustained injuries due to an accident involving a motor vehicle or are seeking compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one, the skilled Milwaukee bicycle accident attorneys of Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP are dedicated to protecting your legal rights while fighting for the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today at 414-271-1440 to schedule your consultation.




Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyerIntended to improve road safety, self-driving cars may be one step closer to becoming a reality after the U.S. government pledged to invest $4 billion into advancing their testing and development. Unfortunately, there are still a number of hurdles to overcome before these high-tech vehicles become mainstream, particularly in terms of overall safety. Autonomous Cars – the New American Dream Each year, nearly 1.3 million people die on American roadways, and another 20-50 million are injured in automobile accidents. But what would life be like if we could completely eradicate these deaths? And how much easier would life be if we could drive to work while reading, using our devices, or enjoying the scenery without compromising safety? This is the idea behind autonomous cars — transportation that is both safer and more enjoyable. But is this technology truly a reality? Driver Disengagement Still Needed A handful of companies already have autonomous cars on the road, but they are still in the testing  phase. Unfortunately, recent data released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles suggests that they are not performing quite as well as  developers may have hoped. Frequent driver disengagements - moments that drivers had to take manual control of the cars - were noted by test drivers. Google performed the best, with 272 incidents total, and a rate of about one incident every 1,244 miles. Nissan, whose cars had a problem about once every 14 miles, fell at the other end of the spectrum, as did Bosch and Mercedes whose cars had disengagements that sometimes occurred as often as every one or two miles. Overall, these driver disengagements highlight a serious need for improvement in both safety and mobility. But some autonomous car skeptics say that these disengagements are the very least of concerns for the manufacturers hoping to get their self-driving cars on the road. Infrastructure, Communication, Acceptance, and Liability Developing technology that reduces or eliminates driver disengagement is only the beginning, experts say. Roads will need higher detail mapping, an infrastructure that will ensure the cars are going exactly where they are supposed to. Cars will also need to be able to communicate effectively with one another if there is any real hope for preventing accidents. Liability - determining who would be considered at fault if an autonomous car causes an accident - is also an issue. Finally, there is the matter of convincing drivers that it is safe for them to let go of the wheel. Get Help with Your Auto Accident Injury Case Overall, the evidence suggests that we are still a long way from having self-driving cars on the road; until they are, accidents and injuries will continue. If an accident has happened to you or someone you love, seek skilled and professional help from the Milwaukee automobile accident attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP. Dedicated determined, respected, and resourceful, they can handle the details of your case, protect your rights, and give you the time and energy you need to heal. To schedule your consultation, call 414-271-1440 today.



Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin car crash lawyerAutomobile accidents can be caused by almost anything — nature, weather, poor road conditions, vehicle failure — but according to experts, human error accounts for more than 90 percent of them. This information clearly communicates that drivers hold the key when it comes to reducing the number of accidents (and the resulting injuries and fatalities), and that the key is improved driver safety. Basic Driver Safety Each time you get behind the wheel, it is important to remember that, while vehicles provide us with easy transportation, they also have the potential to kill. Reckless driving, such as speeding or failing to follow traffic signs and signals, drunk driving, distracted driving, and other poor driving choices can cost you or someone else their lives. As such, each driver should work extra hard at:
  • Avoiding distractions (such as cell phones or other electronics) while driving;
  • Obeying all posted traffic signs and signals (including speed limits);
  • Not driving while overly tired or intoxicated;
  • Driving defensively instead of aggressively;and
  • Obeying all traffic laws (using turn signals to turn or change lanes, merging with closest lane when turning, etc.).
Responding to Your Environment While basic traffic safety can accommodate most driving situations, drivers must also acclimate to their driving environment. Some, like weather or road conditions, can change quickly. Others, like driving through residential neighborhoods or school zones, are posted and will give you time to respond accordingly. The following advice covers just a few possible instances:
  • When approaching school or residential zones, slow down and watch carefully for pedestrians, small children, animals, bicycles, balls, and other potential hazards;
  • When driving in adverse weather conditions, slow down and permit extra time and space for braking or other emergent situations; and
  • When driving through construction zones, be alert to changes in the road and watch carefully for workers.
Involved in an Accident? Seek Experienced Legal Help Even when you obey all the laws, drive safely, and respond accurately to your environment, accidents do happen. These accidents can be caused by other drivers or by an unexpected and unpreventable change in your driving environment. Either way, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we understand just how devastating an automobile accident can be, which is exactly why our skilled Milwaukee personal injury attorneys respond to each client with compassion, empathy, and effective communication. Experienced and aggressive, we can help you pursue your personal injury claim and will work hard to help you achieve the best possible outcome. To learn more, call 414-27-1440 today and schedule a consultation.



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