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The police say that I caused my recent car accident. I’m not sure why they say I was at fault, because I am sure that I was following all the rules of the road. Is there any reason for me to contact a Wisconsin car accident attorney?
Our Milwaukee auto accident attorneys are sorry to hear about your recent crash and understand that sometimes the police reports surrounding Wisconsin car crashes can be confusing. While the police do their best to investigate car crashes, there are times when police reports are inaccurate.
If you believe that you were not at fault for your recent car crash and that another driver’s negligent or deliberate actions caused you to suffer accident injuries then it is important to contact a Milwaukee accident lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can investigate what happened to you and, if appropriate, help you bring a personal injury action against the person responsible for your injuries.
You have nothing to lose by contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney. The initial consultation won’t cost you anything. However, if you don’t contact a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer then you may not be able to recover the past, current, and future damages for medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, and pain and suffering to which you are legally entitled.
I had medical conditions that existed before my Milwaukee car accident. The crash, however, made my conditions worse. Can I still recover damages or do my pre-existing conditions prevent me from any kind of legal recovery?
Sometimes insurance companies will use preexisting conditions to justify their refusal to pay car accident victims. Sometimes, insurance companies are right and preexisting conditions do prevent the recovery of damages. Specifically, preexisting conditions prevent Wisconsin car accident recoveries when the injuries currently suffered by a car accident victim are because of the prior medical condition and not because of the auto accident.
However, it is possible to have a preexisting condition and a get a fair recovery for your accident injuries. If your injuries were made worse by the car accident then you should be able to recover damages for your change in medical condition that would not have happened but for the accident. Those damages may include compensation for past and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, and pain and suffering. Other drivers and insurance companies should not be relieved of paying you equitable damages just because you had a preexisting condition.
An experienced lawyer will help you fight for the fair and just recovery that you deserve. For more information about your legal rights and possible recovery, please contact our Milwaukee auto accident attorneys today at 1-800-800-5678 or 414-223-4800 for a free consultation.
To prevent a Madison car crash when I drive in the rain, is there anything I can do to make sure I get the best possible visibility out of my windshield?
One of the biggest problems with driving during a rainstorm is the ability to see out of the windshield. Not being able to have a clear line of sight can create a very dangerous situation. A driver will not be able to see other vehicles, flooded areas of the road, lines on the road, or stop lights and signs.
Before hitting the road while it is raining, take the necessary steps to make sure will be able to properly see out of your windshield. Doing so may prevent you from being involved in a car accident.
Three things you can do to maximize your vision out of the windshield are:
- Check windshield wipers. Windshield wipers are one of the most important things you will use to stay safe in the rain and to see out of the windshield. Because they are rarely used, it can be hard to determine whether they are functioning the way they are supposed to. Check to insure they are working and wiping fluids properly.
- Use a water shedding product. There are great products out, such as Rain-X, which you can apply to your windshield. These products can greatly improve rainy-day visibility for a driver.
- Wear sunglasses. As strange as this may seem, sunglasses actually improve vision during a rainstorm. The sunglasses must be polarized to work. They should also only be worn during the daytime.
If you have been involved in a car accident while driving in the rain, it is important that you seek justification for your damages. To begin your claim, you need to contact a Madison car crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 888-277-4879 and ask how you can receive a free copy of The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims.
How can I avoid a jackknife car crash in Wisconsin?
If you have been involved—or know someone who has been involved—in a jackknife accident, you know firsthand the damage it can create. Many people who tow trailers are not experienced and do not have the knowledge on how to prevent or escape from a jackknife situation.
If you are going to be towing any sort of trailer, it is very important that you know how to prevent a jackknife accident. Knowing how to prevent a jackknife accident can save your life as well as the lives of your passenger and others on the road. Some of the ways you can prevent a Milwaukee jackknife accident are:
- Watch for swaying. Keep a close eye on your trailer at all times. Watch to see if the trailer is swaying, especially during braking, turns and changing lanes.
- Maintain the trailer. Bad tires, suspension, or trailer brakes will increase the likelihood of losing control of the trailer.
- Follow the weight limits. Do not load the trailer past its manufacturer’s suggested weight limit. Doing so will increase sway and may create the trailer to become unbalanced.
- Control your speed. Driving too fast can cause more sway on the trailer and can also lead to many other dangerous situations. If you must, drive slowly with the hazard lights on and proceed with caution.
- Use caution with light loads. Many jackknife accidents that occur when the trailer is empty. A trailer that is light can bounce and sway very easily.
If you have been injured in jackknife or any other type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have been injured, you need the representation of an experienced Wisconsin car crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free consultation.
I’m a nurse. I’ve recently started working the night shift and I am always tired. I’ve even drifted off on my way home. I’m really worried about causing a Milwaukee car crash. How can I be a safer driver?
You are right to be concerned. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 250,000 drivers fall asleep at the wheel each day. These drivers are responsible for more than 100,000 car crashes a year, which result in about 40,000 injuries and 1,550 car accident fatalities. Shift workers are especially at risk for Wisconsin drowsy driving accidents. In fact, 95 percent of night shift nurses participating in a 1996 study were involved in an accident or near-accident on their way home from work.
Night-shift workers tend to get less sleep over 24 hours than day workers, and the sleep they get tends to be interrupted. Over time, the sleep deprivation adds up and the body tries to compensate with “micro sleep.” Micro sleep refers to episodes of sleep that last a few seconds. The sleeper may not even know the naps are happening, but even a few seconds is enough time to cause a serious Wisconsin car crash.
Drowsy driving car crash warning signs:
- You can’t stop yawning
- It’s hard to hold your head up
- Your eyes close for just a moment
- It is hard to keep your eyes focused
- Your thoughts wander or seem disconnected
- You have no memory of the last part of the drive
- You miss your exit or turn
- You slow down unintentionally
- You drift over the center line
How can you be better rested?
- Light affects the quality of sleep, so use block-out curtains, blinds, or even black plastic garbage bags to reduce the light level in your bedroom while you are sleeping.
- Keep your room cool. Cool temperatures help the body get to sleep and stay asleep.
- Use a white noise generator, fan, or earplugs to block household noises.
- Unplug the phone and let friends and family know your work schedule so they don’t disturb your sleep.
- Avoid smoking. Nicotine is a stimulant, so smokers are less likely to get restful sleep than non-smokers.
- Avoid caffeine in the hours before sleeping.
- Eat three meals a day, but avoid heavy meals before sleeping.
- Avoid alcohol before sleeping. Alcohol may relax you at first, but it can prevent you from reaching a state of deep sleep.
- If you need to, unwind before going to sleep.
If you are injured in a Milwaukee car accident, don’t assume it is your fault. Request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide For Automobile Accident Victims and learn how to protect your accident claim. To discuss your Wisconsin car crash claim with a Milwaukee car accident lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.
How often are car accidents caused by debris on the road? Should I be concerned about being in a Milwaukee car accident caused by debris? What should I do if I’m hurt?
In 2004, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study published the results of a study entitled The Safety Impact of Vehicle-Related Road Debris. In that study, researchers found that vehicle-related road debris could cause about 25,000 accidents a year and approximately 80-90 deaths each year.
Vehicle-related road debris is clearly not one of the primary causes of car accidents. Yet, if you have ever hit an object on the road or had an airborne object hit your car then you know that debris is not a trivial issue. It can result in serious accidents. It does result in deaths.
Accordingly, if you have been involved in a roadway debris accident in Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois, then it is important to contact an experienced Milwaukee car accident lawyer who is not afraid to take on the hard cases, who is ready to investigate what happened to you, and who will fight hard for your fair and just recovery.
How can I reduce the risk of causing a car accident?
Drivers often drive with the fear of being involved in an accident. The fear is warranted, as there were over 40,000 reported injuries due to Wisconsin auto accidents in 2010. Most of these accidents are caused due to driver faults. In fact, it has been estimated that 90 percent of accidents are due to driver error.
Knowing how some of the common errors that cause traffic accidents in Wisconsin will greatly reduce the risk of you being involved in one. Some of these common driver errors that cause accidents are:
- Right of way. Drivers who are unaware of who has the right of way, or ignore it, are at a high risk for an accident. If you are unaware of who has the right of way, use extra caution and wait to accelerate.
- Speeding. Speeding is very dangerous and actually does not save much time on short distance trips. Yet, it is very common for a driver to speed. Some studies show that up to two-thirds of drivers reported speeding occasionally.
- Sudden Braking. A driver should always allow an adequate distance to brake in case of an emergency. Not doing so will force the driver to slam on the brakes and potentially cause an accident.
- Tailgating. Following too closely to another vehicle, or tailgating, causes many rear-end accidents every year.
IF you have been injured in an auto accident you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Milwaukee car crash attorney at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. Call today at 800-800-5678 for a lawyer who will fight for the settlement you deserve.
Another driver hit my car when he ran a red light in Milwaukee. My wife, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, was seriously injured and is in the hospital. What should I do?
We are always sorry to hear about Milwaukee red light violation accidents. So much pain and suffering could be avoided if each driver were to obey Wisconsin red light laws. Unfortunately, too often this type of car accident results in very serious injury and even death.
The first thing anyone should do if involved in a car accident it to gather information, if possible. This information should include:
- The name, contact information, and license number of the driver who ran the red light.
- The names and contact information of all witnesses to the accident.
- The insurance information of the other driver.
- A copy of the police report as soon as it is available.
- All medical records of the injuries you and your wife sustained, including those from the ambulance, the emergency room, the hospital, and rehabilitation.
- Find out if a red light camera was installed at the intersection where the accident occurred and be sure that the accident was recorded.
Once you have collected as much information as you can, you should begin to think about the costs of your accident. These costs might include medical bills, lost time from work, damage to your vehicle, and even pain and suffering.
Then we suggest you contact a reputable accident lawyer in Wisconsin and begin to explore your legal options. There is no excuse for running a red light. At Hupy & Abraham, we can advise you and help you decide the best course of action to follow.
I have noticed cameras at intersections all over Milwaukee. I was told these cameras were used to cut the number of Wisconsin red light violation accidents. Why are they there? Do they work?
Each year hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries occur each year as the result of red light violations. Nationwide, 673 people were killed and about 122,000 injured by motorists who were either in too big a hurry or were distracted and ran through red lights. And, sadly, about half of the fatalities were pedestrians, bicyclists, or passengers in other cars.
Unfortunately, most communities do not have the resources to hire enough police to enforce the Wisconsin red light violation laws and give tickets to every motorist who breaks them. For that reason, red light cameras are being installed in many cities to try to save lives.
Do red light cameras work? According to 2011 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the cities with cameras reduced their total number of red light crashes by 24 percent. Other studies found that, as a result of red light camera enforcement, the number of accidents due to red light running decreased at intersections that had no cameras installed, leading researchers to believe that drivers were actually adopting safer practices behind the wheel.
When many red light studies were combined from all around the world, it was estimated that red light violations were reduced by 40 to 50 percent and right angle injury crashes were reduced by 24 percent.
However, some drivers continue to make bad decisions and still run red lights. If you or someone you know have been injured by one of these red light runners, give Hupy & Abraham, accident lawyers in Wisconsin, a call to see if we can help. You can reach us toll free at 800-800-5678 or by filling out the confidential form on this page.
The insurance adjuster asked for my Social Security number after my Milwaukee car crash. Is it mandatory that I give it to him?
You are not legally obligated to give your Social Security number in any situation except when dealing with a taxing authority. You certainly shouldn’t need to give it before your settlement is finalized.
It’s possible that the insurer is only using your SSN as an account number and is asking for it so they can access your account in their database. However, be aware that this piece of highly personal information can easily be used to research your involvement in other settlements and claims.
Obviously, this history doesn’t apply to your current case, but it can be used against you if the provider is looking to deny your personal injury claim or diminish your settlement.
Once your settlement is finalized, the adjuster might need your SSN in order to release your payment. Some states have legislation that restrict insurance companies from paying out settlements until your Social Security number has been run through a government database to check for outstanding tax or family support debt.
It is essential that you ask what the adjuster needs your SSN for before giving it out. If you are uncomfortable with this question or have any concerns about dealing with Wisconsin insurance adjuster, talk to a Milwaukee auto accident attorney.
Are you having problems dealing with an insurance provider after a Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois car crash? The skilled legal team of Hupy and Abraham may be able to help. Call 414-223-4800 (local) or 800-800-5678 (toll-free) now to make an appointment for a confidential case review at no cost.