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Milwaukee, WI bike accident injury attorneyBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn

With the COVID-19 pandemic making indoor exercise difficult, outdoor alternatives like bike-riding have become a common way for people to get their desired daily physical activity. If you find yourself riding your bicycle more often, it is important that you take the necessary safety precautions, especially considering that a larger number of bicycle fatalities typically occur during the summer months. While many bicycle accidents are caused by drivers of other vehicles, there is plenty you can do to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident or to lower your injury risk if an accident does occur, including:

  1. Wear a helmet. Although most cities in Wisconsin do not legally require bicyclists to wear a helmet, making the personal choice to do so is the best way to minimize the risk of a severe head injury or traumatic brain injury if you are involved in an accident.
  2. Use lights and reflectors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicyclist fatalities are much more likely to occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and midnight. If you are biking at night, wearing reflective clothing and equipping the front and rear of your bike with lights can greatly increase your visibility to other drivers and reduce your chances of being hit.
  3. Follow regular traffic laws. Bicyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws as other motorists. This means that when riding a bike, you should always travel on the same side of the road and in the same direction as motor vehicles. You should also obey traffic signs and lane markings, signal when turning, stop at traffic lights and stop signs, and avoid distractions that remove your attention from the road.
  4. Know your abilities. If you are an inexperienced or out-of-practice bicyclist, you should practice riding your bike in safe areas free from traffic before taking to the road. Planning your routes to avoid dangerous, high-traffic areas whenever possible can also reduce your risk of injury.
  5. Supervise your children. While 60% of adult bicycle accidents are the fault of another motorist, 90% of child bicycle accidents are caused by the child’s error. Young children require close supervision whenever riding a bike, and they are safer in residential areas than on the open road. You should be absolutely confident in your children’s abilities before allowing them to bike in traffic without supervision.

If you are in a bicycle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention for any injuries and try to collect any evidence you can from the accident, including photographs and witness statements. Even if your actions partially contributed to the accident, you may still be able to seek compensation for your injuries under Wisconsin law. 

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Milwaukee, WI personal injury attorney

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 personal injury lawyer, Wisconsin motorcycle safety, motorcycle accident prevention, motorcycle accidents, motorcycle injuriesAs the weather begins to warm up in the spring and summer months, more and more motorcycles will be appearing on Wisconsin’s roads. Unfortunately, while motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as other vehicles, they are much more likely to be seriously injured in a collision. In fact, around 2,000 motorcyclists are injured and dozens of cyclists and their passengers are killed in motorcycle accidents in Wisconsin every year. In order to protect the safety of everyone who uses the road, both cyclists and drivers of other vehicles should practice the following safety tips:

Safety Tips for Cyclists

  • Wear a helmet. While Wisconsin law only requires helmets for motorcyclists or passengers who are under the age of 18, it is highly recommended for everyone to wear a full-coverage helmet, which can greatly reduce the possibility of brain injuries.

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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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semi truck accidents, wisconsin personal injury lawyersAccording to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 138,000 people in the United States were injured in large truck and bus accidents in 2015.  The FMCSA also reports that 4,337 people died due to large truck and bus accidents in the same year. If you find yourself in an accident with an 18-wheeler, there are simple steps that you can take to protect your safety and a potential claim you may have against a truck driver or other related party.

1. Put your health first.

Immediately following an accident, you should not attempt to leave your vehicle until you are certain you can stand. Even if you find that you can walk, it is best to call for emergency medical help for a full examination. Truck accident injuries tend to manifest over time. Keep this in mind in the weeks after your accident, and maintain a log of how your injuries progress or resolve. It is critical that you participate in all medical treatment prescribed. Even if you are feeling better, continue to see your doctor as ordered.

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child injuries in wisconsin, milwaukee personal injury attorneysIf a child is injured in an accident where he or she was not at fault, a parent or legal guardian is the proper party who can file a lawsuit on behalf of the minor. Wisconsin law recognizes the unique situation that arises when a child is injured in an accident.

There are three special rules that apply in the cases of accident victims who are under age 18: 

1. Child victims have a longer statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is the deadline by which an accident victim must file a lawsuit. Failure to file within the statute of limitations results in the dismissal of your claim. In Wisconsin, a typical personal injury claim has a statute of limitations of three years.

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"carWhile many associate speed and driver inattention when they think about the causes of accidents, failure to properly maintain a vehicle accounts for many accidents each year. Car crashes caused by poor maintenance are preventable. Checking for wear on tires, taking warning lights on the vehicle dashboard seriously, and bringing vehicles to a mechanic regularly reduce the chances of causing a car accident.

Common Car Problems that Can Result in Accidents 

The following car issues can lead to a vehicle collision or catastrophic accident:

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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin personal injury lawyer,Recovering from the damages sustained in a serious car accident can take months or years. Sometimes, you may still have issues long after your case has been settled. What can you do if your injuries are going to still be causing you problems in the future?

The Role of the Statute of Limitations

The reason it is necessary to look into the future and estimate damages is because you only have a set amount of time to bring a personal injury case. In most circumstances, you only have three years from the date of an accident to bring a lawsuit or to settle your claim. Even if you have not fully recovered, you will still need to take action to preserve your rights.

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Wisonsin personal injury attorney, Wisonsin car crash lawyer, Wisconsin wrongful death lawyerIt is never easy to go through the loss or severe injury of a loved one in an accident, and no amount of compensation can fully heal them. However, the law does offer a variety of claims to ensure that the careless people responsible for their injuries are held responsible. One important claim that is discussed less than some of the others is the negligent infliction of emotional distress. Claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress allow people to recover for the emotional pain that they suffer from watching their loved one be involved in a severe accident. Yet, it is important for claimants to note that these types of claims are somewhat controversial, so the law places limitations on their use.

Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress

The law recognizes that a person whose loved one is involved in a serious accident will suffer very real pain as a result of their concern and shock over the accident. Consequently, a decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court allows people whose loved ones were involved in an accident to bring a legal claim to recover for that pain.

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traffic accidents, Wisconsin auto accident attorney, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerLast year the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel named Highway 100, northwest Milwaukee, and area malls as having intersections with the most car accidents in Milwaukee County from 2007-2011. It should come as no surprise that the high volume of cars in mall parking lots is what has led to the annually high number of crashes. With the upcoming holiday season inviting an influx of shoppers, collisions should remain constant as reflected in recent years.

Fender benders are common in congested places and what might seem like a minor accident can turn into a major headache down the road. Understanding the claim process is helpful in order to correctly gather all pertinent information necessary for requesting compensation for damages.

Drivers who have been involved in a car accident need to collect all documentation of the incident, including any records pertaining to required medical care. There is a statute of limitations when filing a claim that personal injury victims should also keep in mind.

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