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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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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin car crash lawyerSerious car accidents can be traumatic and difficult for any person involved. They can lead to severe injuries, as well as emotional harm. However, new research suggests that unborn children may be particularly at risk if their mothers are involved in a car accident. A new study by researchers at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and recently published in the academic journal Neuron reveals that traumatic brain injuries to the child during the second or third trimester of the pregnancy may make children more prone to autism spectrum disorders. More specifically, the cause may be related to damage to a region of the brain known as the cerebellum.

What the Cerebellum Does

The cerebellum is a lower portion of the brain, sitting just above and behind a person's brain stem. The cerebellum is the portion of the brain responsible for sensory processing and motor control. It does not initiate a person's movement, but it coordinates the movement's timing and precision based on signals coming in from the outside world. Despite this somewhat limited role, the new research suggests that the cerebellum may also play an important role in a child's development. In fact, in the paper's review of children with injuries to their cerebellum at birth, the authors report a statistically significant increase in the instances of autism and other autism spectrum disorders.

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car accident costs, Milwaukee personal injury attorneyCar accidents occur unexpectedly and even with insurance, property damage and personal injury costs can cause strain on any financial situation. One of the goals of a personal injury attorney is to help alleviate this burden. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, an average of over 100,000 car accidents occur each year with tens of thousands of people suffering from injuries. Unfortunately, a car accident can be a painful experience not just physically, but financially as well.

Costs begin as soon as a car accident victim requires emergency room treatment. A reported stated last year that, on average, an emergency room visit costs 40 percent more than a month’s rent. Additional medical costs vary based on the severity of the injury and treatment prescribed. Costs you can recover in a personal injury action or claim can include:

  • Ambulance fee;
  • Emergency room costs;
  • Hospital bills;
  • Chiropractic care and/or physical therapy; and
  • Prescription pain medication.

It is difficult to determine what the extent of the injuries immediately following a collision. In certain cases, injuries may not appear for days or even weeks after the accident has occurred. Even a minor car accident can still cause extensive damage and lasting pain. If you have been involved in a car accident, you may sustain injuries such as:

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