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motorcycle accident lawyerBy: Attorney Chris Strohbehn 

Drivers of motor vehicles are required to act safely and take all necessary measures to prevent harm to others who use the roads. Drivers should be sure to understand that motorcycles and bicycles have the right to share the road, and they should follow the correct traffic laws at all times when driving near these vehicles. When bicyclists or motorcyclists are involved in collisions with cars or trucks, they are likely to be seriously injured. In some cases, a driver may claim that they were not responsible for the injuries in a motorcycle accident or bicycle accident because the person was not wearing a helmet. In these situations, injury victims will need to understand their rights and determine how helmet use will affect their ability to receive compensation for their injuries.

Wisconsin Helmet Laws

The state of Wisconsin strongly recommends that motorcyclists and their passengers and bicyclists wear helmets that meet or exceed the standards for protecting against brain injuries. However, the state does not require either adults or children to wear helmets when riding bicycles. Motorcyclists who are at least 18 years old are not required to wear helmets, but helmets are required for cyclists and passengers under the age of 18. Helmets are also required for people with motorcycle learning permits and any passengers they are carrying. 

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milwaukee civil litigation lawyersBy: Attorney Jaclyn C. Kallie

There are many different situations where legal disputes may arise between two or more parties. While civil litigation may be used to resolve these disputes, this process can be very expensive and time-consuming, and neither party may be fully satisfied with the decisions made by a judge or jury. As an alternative to litigating matters in the courtroom, the parties in these types of disputes may want to consider using mediation to reach an out-of-court settlement.

Benefits of Civil Mediation

By using mediation, the parties can often save a great deal of money that would otherwise have gone toward court costs and attorney’s fees. In cases where one party is seeking payment from the other, such as those involving personal injuries or breach of contract, mediation can increase the amount that the plaintiff will be able to recover while helping minimize costs for the defendant.

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Milwaukee, WI wrongful death lawyerBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn 

In Wisconsin, injury victims have the right to file a personal injury claim seeking compensation from the negligent parties who were responsible for their damages. Unfortunately, not all injury victims survive long enough to initiate the process, let alone benefit from the compensation. However, this does not mean that there is no way of holding the negligent party accountable. The victim’s surviving family members can also pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. If you have recently lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you should be sure to understand your rights to pursue financial compensation.

Protections for Minor Children of the Deceased

According to Wisconsin law, a wrongful death action must be initiated by either the personal representative of the victim’s estate, or the victim’s next of kin who is entitled to compensation. Often, this is the victim’s spouse or domestic partner. However, when the victim has children under the age of 18 at the time of their death, the court responsible for hearing the wrongful death case will seek to ensure that those children have access to the resources they need now that their parent is no longer able to provide them. When determining an appropriate amount to set aside, the court will consider factors including the children’s ages and needs, as well as the capacity of a surviving parent to provide for them.

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Milwaukee personal injury law firmMilwaukee, WI rollover car crash lawyersBy Attorney Christopher L. Strohbehn and Paralegal Ruth M. Campos

Rollover accidents can happen for a number of different reasons, and injuries suffered by vehicle occupants are often severe. Though vehicle safety features are continuing to improve in order to better protect drivers and passengers, the force of multiple impacts is still capable of injuring nearly every part of the body, potentially resulting in high medical bills and a long, difficult recovery process. If you have suffered serious injuries in a rollover car crash, it is important to determine whether you can pursue compensation from a negligent party.

Rollover Injuries Vary in Nature and Severity

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other research organizations have studied rollover accidents extensively over time in order to better understand their outcomes and promote measures to mitigate injuries. Through their research, they have determined that certain types of injuries are more common depending on the characteristics of the crash. Some of the most frequently occurring injuries include:

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Milwaukee, WI car accident lawyer for hit-and-run injuriesRecovering fair compensation for car accident injuries is often challenging, as negligent drivers may attempt to deny their fault, and insurance companies may seek to keep payouts to a minimum. Hit-and-run accidents add another layer to these challenges, making it difficult to know whom you can even file a claim against. However, with the help of a personal injury attorney, you can better understand your options and determine the course of action that is most likely to lead to a favorable result.

Identify the At-Fault Driver

One option for recovering compensation after a hit-and-run accident is to work with law enforcement and your attorney to investigate, identify, and locate the driver who fled the scene. You should be sure to call the police as soon as possible after the crash and give them any information you can that may help them find the driver, including a description of the vehicle or the driver’s appearance, the direction in which you saw them leave, and anything you can remember of a license plate number. Your attorney can also help you collect statements from witnesses and determine whether the driver may have been caught on camera.

Leaving the scene of an accident, especially one resulting in injury, without stopping to assist and identify oneself is a criminal offense in Wisconsin, so law enforcement is often motivated to find the offender and make an arrest. Once the driver is identified, your attorney can help you file a personal injury claim for economic and non-economic damages. In some cases, a hit-and-run offense could also justify punitive damages.

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Milwaukee, WI rear-end accident lawyer for tailgatingTailgating, or following another vehicle at an unsafe distance, has been an unfortunately common occurrence on the road for decades. Whether it is due to a driver’s inexperience, carelessness, or aggressive behavior, the results can be dangerous, especially when it is coupled with other risky actions. If you have been injured in a car accident involving tailgating, an attorney can help you recover full compensation for your injuries and damages.

The Dangers of Following Too Closely

Perhaps the most obvious risk of following another vehicle too closely is the potential for causing a rear-end collision. Cars traveling at high speeds can take several seconds and hundreds of feet to come to a complete stop even in ideal conditions, and tailgating reduces the time that a driver has to stop before a collision becomes likely. Following too closely becomes even more dangerous when combined with certain other factors, including:

  • Distracted driving - Checking a phone, adjusting vehicle controls, or attending to people and objects inside and outside of the vehicle can significantly delay a driver’s reaction time when it is necessary to slow down or stop. When a distracted driver is already tailgating, they will have even less time to adjust to avoid a crash.
  • Inclement weather - Weather conditions like rain, snow, and fog that decrease visibility and traction on the road’s surface typically require drivers to leave even more space between vehicles, because safely reacting and braking can take longer. What may be a safe distance in normal weather could essentially become tailgating in adverse conditions.
  • Heavy traffic - Tailgating tends to become more common when roads become more congested. In heavy traffic conditions, a tailgating driver not only risks colliding with and injuring the driver in front of them, but also causing a chain reaction accident that affects a number of other people on the road.

Tailgating and Aggressive Driving

According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and other sources, tailgating often goes hand in hand with other aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding, illegal and unsafe lane changes, or attempting to block other drivers from changing lanes. In some cases, a tailgating driver may engage in acts of road rage, which creates an additional risk of harm for other drivers.

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Milwaukee, WI snowmobile accident injury attorneyBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn

In Wisconsin, many people take advantage of the winter weather at this time of year to ride their snowmobiles. This popular hobby can be a source of enjoyment and excitement, but it can also be dangerous. Snowmobile accidents are fairly common in Wisconsin, and many result in serious injuries and even death. If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident, you should know the steps that you can take to give yourself the best chance of recovering damages.

Steps to Take After a Snowmobile Crash

Injury victims from snowmobile crashes have the option to pursue compensation for their damages if the accident was caused by another negligent party. After an accident in which you are injured, you should do the following:

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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 personal injury law firmMilwaukee, WI personal injury attorney for car accident damagesBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn and PI Paralegal Ruth Campos

Car accidents affect a large number of Wisconsin residents each year, with more than 30,000 resulting in injuries and more than 500 resulting in fatalities. Unfortunately, many of the people affected bear no fault for the damages they suffer. If you have been injured, you may be facing expensive medical treatment in the immediate future as well as lasting consequences that can affect you for the rest of your life. When these challenges feel like too much to bear, you need an attorney who can help you identify all damages for which you can pursue compensation from an at-fault party.

Possible Damages Awarded to Wisconsin Personal Injury Victims

When your injuries are caused by the negligence of another driver or a third party, you have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. When determining how much compensation to pursue, you should consider all of the following:

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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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