Milwaukee Car Accident Lawyers
Fighting for You When You Need Us Most
According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), there were more than 144,000 motor vehicle crashes in the state in 2018. Nearly 30,000 of those accidents resulted in injuries, while another 517 were fatal. Tragically, many of these accidents were entirely preventable. Prior to 2019, car accidents were one of the highest causes of death in Wisconsin for individuals between 1 and 45 years old. These statistics make it clear that car accidents are a true risk, despite improvements in technology.
If you or someone you love was involved in a car crash and you believe someone else was at fault, reach out to our car accident lawyers in Milwaukee right away. Since 2004, Dunk Law Firm has been representing injured individuals and the loved ones of those who died in motor vehicle accidents. Our team is devoted to helping you secure the fair recovery you need so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.
Liability in Car Accident Cases
Just like other types of personal injury claims, car accident cases are dependent on the issue of liability. In other words, you need to show that another person or party was mostly at fault for the accident that led to your injuries and/or damages.
Under Wisconsin’s modified comparative negligence laws, you can still recover compensation if you were partially at fault for the collision as long as the other person or party was more than 50% responsible. However, your total recovery will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are found to have. So, for example, if a jury determines that you were 20% responsible for the accident, your award will be reduced by 20%.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident in Milwaukee?
There are specific steps you should take after a car accident to help ensure that you are well protected and increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
You must first ensure that your injuries are taken care of and that you receive the medical attention you need after the accident. If anyone else is injured, they should also receive medical help if any injuries have been sustained.
Follow all of the doctor’s regulations and suggestions for your healing. Make sure you attend all appointments, take your medications, and do all steps that your doctor suggests. This will help you recover and also build your case.
Additionally, collect your medical records from the doctor. These will prove useful when building your claim. You will also want to collect the police reports from the accident.
You will want to work with your car accident attorney in Milwaukee to submit a personal injury claim to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
Why Do I Need a Milwaukee Car Accident Attorney?
Hiring a car accident lawyer is a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly. However, it's certainly something you should consider. There are several benefits to having a lawyer represent you in your car accident claim:
- Hiring a car crash lawyer can help put you on the same playing field as the other driver or the insurance company who will no doubt have a lawyer representing them
- Having a lawyer represent you can help ensure you get fair compensation for each damage you sustained, rather than whatever amount the insurance company decides your accident was worth
- A car crash lawyer can help demonstrate to the other party that you're serious about obtaining compensation for your injuries and you won't be put off
While not every car accident requires a lawyer, you may want to consider hiring one if any of the following are true:
- You were injured in the crash
- You have missed work due to your injuries
- You aren't being treated fairly by the insurance company
- You are being blamed for the accident even though it wasn't your fault
- You are unfamiliar with the legal process of filing a car accident lawsuit
Common Causes of Car Accidents
So, how can you tell if a car accident was someone else’s fault? Sometimes, it’s obvious, like when another driver runs a red light and hits your vehicle. Other times, however, it can be more difficult to prove who is to blame. For example, if your vehicle is equipped with a defective tire that blows out, causing you to lose control of your car and crash into another driver, who is at fault? It could be the manufacturer of the defective tire or, perhaps, the company responsible for designing or installing it. If the other driver was behaving negligently, they may even share a portion of the liability.
In any case, uncovering the true cause of the accident will often reveal who is liable.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Dangerous road design
- Defective road conditions/construction
- Defective auto parts
- Driver error
- Reckless driving
- Dangerous weather conditions
At Dunk Law Firm, we can investigate your case and look at all available evidence in order to determine who is at fault and who can be held liable for your injuries.
What Injuries Can You Get from a Car Crash?
If you have been involved in a car accident, even a minor fender bender, you most likely suffered injuries. Some of the most common injuries suffered in car accidents include:
- Soft tissue injuries (whiplash, sprained or strained muscles, etc.)
- Cuts, bruises, road rash
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal injuries (slipped discs, paralysis, etc.)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limb
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Seeking Fair Compensation for All Your Damages
In the wake of a car accident, you may suddenly find yourself facing a new set of challenges. Simply finding a doctor to provide adequate treatment for your injuries may feel overwhelming, not to mention the financial difficulties that come with missed work. In addition, you are likely dealing with significant physical pain and emotional suffering.
Our Milwaukee car accident lawyers are here to help you pursue rightful compensation for all of your damages, no matter how complex your case may be. We have the resources and skills to serve as your advocate at every stage of the legal process. Here, we genuinely care about you and your recovery.
Browse our site to learn more about the types of car accident cases we handle, or call (414) 206-1295 to request your free initial consultation with our team today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents
After suffering injury in a car accident, you will likely have a number of questions running through your head. Instead of dealing with this all on your own, we want to assist you through the process. Below, we answer some of the most common questions we receive:
- Who is paying for the doctor bills from this car accident?
- Who pays for the damage to my car following an auto accident?
- Will I be reimbursed if I rent a car?
- Will I be compensated for the time I miss from work due to this auto accident?
- Is Wisconsin a no-fault state?
- How long do you have to report a car accident in Wisconsin?
- Is there a time limit for filing a car accident claim in Wisconsin?
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