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Milwaukee personal injury law firmMilwaukee, WI motorcycle accident injury lawyersBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn and Paralegal Ruth Campos

Motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin are particularly dangerous, with over 90 percent of motorcyclists who are involved in an accident suffering an injury or losing their lives. Perhaps even more astonishingly, nearly 14 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities are motorcyclists, despite the fact that they account for less than 2 percent of Wisconsin accidents. It is clear that an accident can have a severe impact on a motorcyclist’s life, and if you have been injured by another driver, it is important for you to understand how you can pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

When a motorcycle accident is caused by another driver, it is often because the other driver failed to see or detect the motorcycle, perhaps because of a distraction, inattentiveness due to driver fatigue, or alcohol impairment. As with other types of accidents, excessive speed can also be a contributing factor. Some motorcycle accidents also occur because another driver fails to respect or account for the motorcyclist’s right to share the road.

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Milwaukee, WI personal injury attorney car accident

By Attorney Chris Strohbehn

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3 million people suffer non-fatal injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in the United States each year. Less serious injuries, such as cuts, scraps, and bruises, are not as concerning, and may not require medical attention. However, more serious injuries, such as broken bones, whiplash, and tears can have life-changing effects. If you have been involved in a car accident, be sure to contact a personal injury attorney to understand your options for seeking compensation.

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Milwaukee, WI streetcar injury attorneyThe United States is in the midst of a streetcar resurgence. In the last five years, at least 10 major U.S. cities, including Milwaukee, have added streetcar lines. While many people are pleased about the additional public transit options and think streetcars benefit the community, some believe that this form of transportation adds additional dangers to city streets. Streetcar accidents are certain to occur, especially when a streetcar line opens in a new city. 

The Streetcar Renaissance  

Milwaukee’s streetcar line, The Hop, will open in November 2018, and the system is currently undergoing testing in parts of the city. The new route is two miles long, and there are plans to expand in the coming years. Unfortunately, accidents involving the streetcars are already being reported.

Milwaukee joins numerous other cities in building streetcar lines such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Kansas City, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Tucson, and Washington, D.C. One reason for this new trend is that the federal government has made it a priority to fund small-scale transit projects that seek to revitalize urban areas.

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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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