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I was in an accident while driving in rural part of Dane County. The other vehicle was a piece of farm equipment. What should I do to protect my Wisconsin accident claim?
It is fall harvest season. If you drive on any country road, you are likely to see farm equipment sharing the roadway. Many of these machines weigh more than any other vehicle on the road. If you are in an accident with one of these large farm machines, there is a good chance that you will sustain serious injury.
It can be difficult to determine liability in Wisconsin farm vehicle accidents. You will need to take immediate steps to protect your accident claim. Here are some tips from our Madison vehicle accident lawyers:
- Call 911. Ask the officer who comes to the scene to file an accident report.
- Get immediate medical treatment for your injuries. Follow your doctor’s instructions, and keep copies of any paperwork.
- Get the other driver’s contact information.
- Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and the damage to your vehicle.
- Write down everything you can remember about the accident while the events are fresh in your mind. The memory of the accident will fade over time and you may forget important details. Include information such as the time of day, the weather, and anything you remember about the events leading up to the crash.
- Contact a Madison accident attorney with experience in farm equipment crashes. Call Hupy and Abraham at 888-277-4879 to schedule a free consultation.
I was injured in a Wisconsin chain-reaction accident involving five separate vehicles. My car was the third in line. Who is liable for the accident?
Wisconsin chain-reaction crashes occur when one driver suddenly stops and other drivers are not able to react in time to prevent a crash. Who is responsible when you are involved in a car accident like this? Who is at fault? Who pays the damages?
Accidents involving multiple vehicles are complicated. They are rarely the fault of just one driver. In some cases, the driver in front may be the one to blame. Maybe he stopped because his tires were in bad shape and one blew out.
Or maybe, the driver in front of you stopped because a deer was in the road. He had no choice. You thought that you were able to brake in time, but the car behind did not. You were pushed into the car in front.
You were involved in a multi-vehicle crash, it is a good idea to consult with an Appleton accident lawyer. The attorney will use information from police reports, eyewitnesses, car damage, and injuries as well as and any photos of the scene to reconstruct the accident and determine who is to blame. He’ll determine why the accident happened, if any laws were broken, and if anyone was following too closely. If more than one driver is at fault, the lawyer can determine each driver’s percentage of liability. He’ll help you file the claim against one or more insurance companies, so you can get all the compensation you are due.
It is the ultimate goal of the police and any insurance companies involved to determine each party’s fault in the car accident. This is usually done by a percentage, and it is what will determine how much of the damages and repairs each driver will be required to pay.
Learn more about Wisconsin auto accident claims in your free copy of The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims. To schedule a free consultation with an Appleton accident attorney, contact Hupy and Abraham at (800) 800-5678 .
I sustained a back injury during a Wisconsin car crash. Can you dispel some of the common myths associated with back injuries?
The truth is that many people suffer from back injuries after being involved in a Milwaukee car accident. Many victims try to dismiss their injuries as just a part of being in an accident. They often times do not take the appropriate steps in order to recover from a back injury. By not taking immediate steps to recovery, the back injury will not get better, and often times only gets worse.
There are many myths surrounding back injuries. Dispelling these myths is important to the health and recovery of accident victims. Three of the common myths associated with back injuries and car accidents are:
- I had no pain, so I can’t be injured. Many accident victims believe that because they do not have any immediate pain they are not injured. This is not true. It is not uncommon for pain to show up much later. It can take up to ten days for there to be any pain associated with the injury.
- My car is not damaged, so I can’t have a back injury. The lack of damage on a vehicle does not have any correlation with a back injury. Many times the cars collide at the bumper. Bumpers can be hit very hard without revealing any damage.
- My pain will go away with a little rest and pain meds. Back injuries are complex. They can require a lot of time and professional treatment before the pain goes away. Simply taking pain medication and resting may take the immediate edge off but will not always heal the back.
If you have been in an auto accident, seek medical attention right away to ensure you safety. Once you are cleared by a doctor, it is important to seek compensation. To discuss your legal options, contact a Wisconsin car accident lawyer at Hupy and Abraham S.C. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.
Who is responsible when a tire blowout causes a Wisconsin car accident?
A tire blowout can cause a vehicle to spin out of control and crash into other cars on the highway. Whether it was your car that had the tire blowout or you were hit by another driver’s spinning car, you may wonder who is liable for your tire blowout accident injuries. The truth is that liability for your Wisconsin car accident injuries will depend on the circumstances of your accident.
You are responsible for keeping your car in good operating condition. If you were driving on old and worn-out tires, you may be found at fault because you did not properly maintain your vehicle. But you may not be at fault if you just bought the tires last week or if they just happened to blow out despite a regular tire maintenance schedule. In that case, your accident may be due to defective tires.
Possible causes of tire blow-out accidents:
- Old, worn tires
- Improper tire maintenance
- Over-inflated tires
- Under-inflated tires
- Tire manufacturing defects
- Defective tire design
- Roadway hazards
Most Wisconsin tire blowout accidents are caused by a combination of factors. Suppose your relatively new tire blows out after you drive over a pothole. The pothole caused the tire blowout, but a better-designed tire might have been just fine. For this reason, it is always a good idea to speak to a Milwaukee car accident attorney after any Wisconsin tire blowout accident that causes serious injury.
Do you have additional questions about a Wisconsin tire failure accident? Contact the Milwaukee accident lawyers at Hupy and Abraham Call us at 800-800-5678 to schedule a free consultation.
I was in an Appleton car wreck and now my eyes are bothering me. How do I know if I have an eye injury?
Many people don’t realize that eye injuries are very common after an Appleton car crash. More than 300,000 Americans suffer car accident eye injuries each year. In fact, eye injury caused by trauma is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. But immediate treatment can make a difference. If you suspect an eye injury after a Wisconsin car crash, contact an ophthalmologist right away.
This is a list of the possible signs and symptoms of car accident eye injuries:
- Cuts, bruises or other injuries on the eyelid or around the eye
- A black eye
- Eye pain
- Bleeding from the eye
- Blood on the eyeball
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Difficulty moving the eye
- Pain when moving the eye
- Tunnel vision
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Loss of sight in center of visual field
- Flashing lights in the center of vision or in peripheral vision
- Excessive floaters
- A change in the shape of the pupil
- Uneven pupils, or pupils that look different from each other
- Bulging eyes
- Sunken in eyes
- A change in the shape of the colored part of the eye
- A deformity in the eye socket
- Numbness in the eyelid, cheek, or teeth
- Any change in one eye that is not present in the other
An eye injury can affect every part of your life. Even partial vision loss can impact your ability to drive, do your job, and participate in your favorite activities. Without full vision, you may miss the smile on your wife’s face or your son’s baseball game. If a reckless driver is responsible for your injury, you deserve accountability.
The Appleton auto accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham, help victims of Wisconsin car accidents get fair compensation for their injuries. Don’t fight the insurance companies on your own—we can help! To learn more, request a free copy of our CD, Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want You To Know, or contact Hupy and Abraham, at (800) 800-5678 .
How can I prove that I have a whiplash injury after a Milwaukee car accident?
A whiplash accident is a very common injury for those involved in a Wisconsin car crash. It is actually a very serious injury that can cause a lot of pain and long-term damage. It is most commonly attributed to rear-end car crashes.
Unfortunately, a whiplash injury can be difficult to prove. As with any injury claim, proving that an injury exists is a must. In order to prove that you have suffered from a whiplash injury, you should:
- Get medical testimony. If you believe you have suffered from whiplash, you need to have your doctor confirm this diagnosis. It is important to get a physician who will explain the extent of your injuries and how you have suffered. Your doctor should also order appropriate imaging tests to document the damage done to your body.
- Keep a journal. After you have been injured, you should begin to keep a daily journal. In the journal, you should keep a detailed account of the pain you are suffering from and how it is affecting your daily living.
- Let others know. It will be beneficial to discuss your pain and suffering with those around you. If they are asked about this by the insurance company—or on the witness stand—they will be able to report what you have been through.
Before beginning your claim process, it is important to discuss your legal options with an experienced Milwaukee car crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham, who will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.
What was the worst car accident in Wisconsin history?
That is a hard question that is up for debate. For some, the answer is largely personal. If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, in a Wisconsin car accident then that was likely the worst car accident for you.
When looking at state traffic accident history as a whole, however, one of the worst accidents that ever occurred may have been on October 11, 2002, in Sheboygan County. The crash occurred on Interstate 43 near Cedar Grove. Fifty vehicles collided, resulting in 10 deaths and 39 injuries. While the exact cause of the crash still remains unclear, foggy weather conditions are thought to have played a role in that accident.
Most of us will be able to avoid multi-vehicle collisions of that magnitude while traveling on Wisconsin roads. However, we may not be able to avoid all Wisconsin and Milwaukee auto accidents. If you have been hurt in a crash then it is important to know that you may have the right to recover damages. Your damages may include compensation for past, present and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs and pain and suffering.
My airbag saved my life during a Milwaukee car accident. What are the basic components in an airbag that makes it work?
Since the invention and implementation of modern airbags, many lives have been saved. The design and efficiency have come a long way in recent years. Most people are aware of the fact that they are important, yet many are unaware of how they work.
The airbag is actually quite simple. There are basically three parts to an airbag that make it work:
- The bag. The bag is simply the part that explodes out of the vehicle and comes into contact with the driver or passenger. It is made of a thin, nylon fabric and folded into the steering wheel, dashboard, or other parts of the vehicle.
- The sensor. The sensor tells the bag when to inflate. It detects a collision force equal to running into a brick wall at 10 to 15 miles per hour.
- The inflation system. Airbags are actually inflated by the equivalent of a solid rocket booster. Sodium azide and potassium nitrate react very quickly to produce a large pulse of hot nitrogen gas. This gas inflates the bag, which literally bursts out of the steering wheel or dashboard as it expands. About a second later, the bag is already deflating (it has holes in it) in order to get out of your way.
Car accident victims should seek the advice of an experienced Wisconsin car accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham. By doing so, you maximize your chances to get the compensation you deserve. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free consultation with a trusted personal injury lawyer.
My teenager just started to drive and I’m trying to make rules to keep him safe in the car. We’ve addressed things like using a cell phone while driving and drinking and driving. Is it also important to address what kind of music he listens to in order to keep him safe from Milwaukee auto accidents?
A recent study from the London Metropolitan University finds that music can impact how safely a person drives. Specifically, the study found that the faster the song, the faster a person is likely to drive. Music that was closer to a person’s heartbeat rhythm was considered safer than music with significantly faster beats.
While specific songs were included in the London Metropolitan University study, the specific songs may not be important to review with your child. Instead, you want your son to be aware of how music may influence his driving and to make independent judgments about individual songs. You want him to recognize that if he tends to speed when a faster song comes on that the song should be immediately turned off. You want your son to realize that driving safely is his only priority when he is behind the wheel and that nothing else matters.
Sometimes even the best teen drivers will be involved in a crash through no fault of their own. If your child has been hurt by another driver’s negligence, then you need to know what to do to protect your child’s rights. We encourage you to download a FREE copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, and to call our Milwaukee auto accident attorneys today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 for more information.
Pedestrians seem to think they own the road. Do you have any advice on how to deal with pedestrians to prevent a car crash in Madison?
Passing through any town or city, a driver will realize that pedestrians always seem as if they own the road and walkways. Many times they walk through intersections without even looking for oncoming vehicles. Injuries and collisions are often avoided due to the quick thinking of drivers.
When driving in an area that is heavily populated with foot traffic, it is important to know what it takes to avoid running into a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians are often seriously injured and killed when they are struck by a vehicle.
There are a number of things in which a driver can lower the odds of being involved in an accident with a pedestrian. Some tips on how to avoid a pedestrian in Wisconsin are:
- Yield. Drivers should yield to the pedestrian in order to avoid striking them. When the pedestrian is crossing a sidewalk, entering an alley, or crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, drivers should be patient and wait for the pedestrian to cross fully before advancing.
- Don’t pass. A driver should never overtake or pass any vehicle that stops at an intersection or crosswalk. Chances are they stopped in order to allow a pedestrian to cross.
- Use caution. When driving in areas known to have a lot of foot traffic, it is always a good idea to use caution. Always double check crosswalks and intersections to insure there are no pedestrians crossing.
Being involved in an accident can be a scary and stressful time. Let an experienced Madison car accident attorney at Hupy and Abraham take some of that burden and file your case for you. Call 888-277-4879 today for a free case evaluation.