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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.



Wisonsin personal injury attorney, Wisonsin car crash lawyer, Milwaukee car crash attorneyMany people's first experience with the legal system comes by way of a traffic accident. In fact, with over a hundred thousand accidents every year, according to statistics published by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, everyone is likely to be in multiple traffic accidents over the course of their lives. Some people may wonder about what good traffic laws are if there are still so many accidents, but it turns out that, in addition to preventing accidents, traffic laws are also useful during traffic accident lawsuits. This is because an accident victim must show that the person who injured them was “negligent” in order to recover, and showing that someone violated traffic laws is a good way of showing negligence.

What Negligence Means

Negligence is a legal term with a specific meaning, but that specific meaning closely tracks how the word is usually used. Showing someone was negligent means showing that they were not being as careful as they should have been. In order to prove negligence in court, a victim must demonstrate four things, known as the elements of negligence:
  • First, a victim must show that the person who injured them had a duty to be careful. While there are some scenarios where this is in question, drivers on the road almost always have a duty to each other.
  • Second, the victim must show that the defendant “breached” that duty, meaning that they somehow acted carelessly.
  • Third, the victim must show that the careless act caused something to happen, such as a traffic accident.
  • Fourth, the victim must show that they were injured by whatever the defendant's carelessness caused.

Much of the dispute in court will center on whether the defendant was being careless. This is something of a difficult thing to show because the amount of care a person was taking is not something that can be easily measured. However, the violation of traffic laws can often help with this, thanks to a doctrine known as per se negligence.

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