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Milwaukee, WI winter car accident lawyerBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn

Wisconsin is known for its long, relentless winters. Wisconsinites experience more than 30 snowstorms each year, forcing us to adapt to work, play, and drive in harsh conditions. To those who are no strangers to the snow, driving in inclement weather is normal, but accidents still happen. If you have been in a collision, understanding the factors surrounding liability for a winter weather car accident claims can prepare you for how to proceed.

Determining Liability

Rain or shine, drivers are expected to follow safe driving laws. When winter weather hits, it is important to take extra precautions by taking it slow, allowing extra travel time, and remembering that sudden braking and steering can cause loss of vehicle control. Not all car accidents cause life-altering injuries, but property damage is likely to occur in even the most minor fender benders.

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Milwaukee car accident attorneys, delayed injuriesSometimes, it is apparent immediately after a car accident that you are injured. Many people require the help of an ambulance or go straight to the hospital from the scene of an auto crash.

However, and perhaps more commonly, injuries take days or weeks to reveal themselves. Because of this, most lawyers advise to seek legal counsel and avoid agreeing to a settlement with an insurance company soon after a car accident.

Here are seven injuries that may appear in the days and weeks following your accident:

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Milwaukee car accident attorneys, traumatic brain injuriesSeveral types of injuries can arise from a car accident and include broken bones, sprains, and lacerations. Additionally, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can also occur.

What is a TBI?

The brain is one of the body’s most complex organs, and it is especially vulnerable to injury. A TBI is sustained when the head is hit or quickly jerked. In the context of car accidents, a TBI can be sustained through whiplash or through an object striking the head.

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Milwaukee serious car accident attorneys, Wisconsin car accidentEach year, more than 500 car accidents in Wisconsin claim, on average, 559 lives, according to the state’s Department of Transportation. If your loved one has died in a car accident, Wisconsin law provides that you may be able to receive compensation for your loss through a type of claim called a wrongful death lawsuit.

Fatality Rates by Car Accident Type and Cause

The 559 lives lost on average each year occur in different types of accidents that are caused by a variety of circumstances. For example, each year on average:

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