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Who Should Pay for Your Truck Accident Injuries?

Nothing ruins your day more than getting into a car accident. But, at least, you can usually hope to walk away from a collision with another car. Accidents involving commercial trucks are another story.

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Because of the sheer size of big rigs, when you’re involved in an accident with one, you’re likely to suffer severe injuries that change your life forever. You could face lifelong physical difficulties that impact your ability to work, earn a living, provide for your family, and live your life the way you did before your accident.

To make sure you get the best medical care possible and to give yourself the best shot of getting all of your bills covered by the person or company who caused your accident, you need the services of a trusted Wisconsin truck accident personal injury lawyer.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

While many things cause commercial truck accidents, several stand out as the most common. These include:

  1. Fatigue – Commercial truck drivers must keep logs of their hours behind the wheel. Not all drivers keep accurate logs. This is why some companies have instituted electronic tracking. But no matter how the driver’s hours are logged, they may suffer fatigue. Maybe they drove too much or they didn’t sleep enough. Whatever the reason, their fatigue could directly contribute to the accident that caused your injuries.
  2. Alcohol or drugs – Just like any driver on the road, truck drivers must not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When they do, their actions could cause an accident in which you suffer injuries.
  3. Truck maintenance – It’s possible that your accident was caused, at least in part, by someone other than the truck driver. The shop where the truck is maintained or the owner of the truck may have not properly inspected and maintained the vehicle. This could result in faulty brakes, tire blowouts, and other hazardous conditions. This is important to know so your personal injury lawyer can hold the right parties accountable for your injuries.
  4. Speeding – Speeding is a contributing factor in many vehicle accidents, including commercial trucks. When a truck violates the posted speed limit, it can cause greater harm to people in other vehicles. Because a truck is larger and heavier than a car, it takes longer to slow down, which can make it difficult for a speeding truck to avoid an accident.
  5. Other distractions – Distracted driving is an epidemic on Wisconsin roads. People are constantly checking their phones, eating food, changing songs, even shaving. Truck drivers are not immune to these distractions and, when they succumb to them, it can cause an accident.

These are the most common causes of commercial truck accidents. If you find yourself or a loved one in the unfortunate circumstance of being involved in an accident with a big rig, look for a lawyer who offers compassionate and aggressive legal assistance for people with personal injuries.

Truck Accident Injuries

Some of the more common, severe injuries caused by truck accidents include:

  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
  • Traumatic amputation or crushed limbs
  • Severe orthopedic and soft-tissue injuries
  • Death

Regardless of how severe your injuries are after a truck accident, you deserve to have a lawyer on your side who is going to pursue those at fault for the compensation you deserve. To make a full and complete recovery, it may take you lots of rehabilitation, medical procedures, and time away from work. That can leave you in a difficult financial situation. An attorney can help return you to stability by holding those whose actions harmed you accountable.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

No matter how severe your injuries are, you should not be on the hook for any of the costs associated with your truck accident injury. You didn’t cause the accident and you shouldn’t have to pay for your recovery.

A truck accident lawyer can help you recover compensation from negligent parties, so you don’t have to pay for your recovery out of your own pocket. An attorney should meet with you to get a full understanding of the circumstances surrounding your accident, so that he or she can identify everyone who may have legal liability to you for your injuries. In truck accidents, this may include:

  • Truck drivers
  • Truck owners
  • Maintenance companies
  • Truck manufacturers

By understanding your case completely, your lawyer can identify who is at fault for your injuries, and calculate the amount of money you need and deserve to receive to recover from your truck accident injuries. These commonly include:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Home accommodation improvements

Because your injuries may be life-altering, you may not be able to work again. When you’re met with this unfortunate situation, you need to make sure you get the full value of your claim. You need to account for your costs for the rest of your life. If you don’t, then you may end up having to pay medical and rehabilitation costs out of pocket. That’s why it’s so important to work with a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer in Wisconsin with the resources you need to help you get fair compensation for your injuries so you can make a complete recovery.

How to Pursue Compensation for Your Injuries

You should not have to face a life of financial ruin because of a truck accident caused by someone else. You deserve better.

Look for a law firm that has helped many clients just like you through some of their most personally challenging situations in life. While most cases settle out of court, you want a truck accident lawyer who will only settle if it’s the right decision for you. Hire someone who is fully prepared to take any case all the way to trial to get you the compensation you need.

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Truck Accident Cases

After being the victim of an accident, it is hard to know what to do first. The shock and trauma of the impact, in addition to any injuries make it a challenge to remain level-headed. This can be compounded further if you are in an accident involving a semi-truck, or any commercial vehicle.

Truck accidents have the frightening potential to cause much more severe injuries than accidents that involve normal passenger vehicles. The sheer mass of most semi-trucks cause impacts that can compromise even the safest vehicles.

If you or your family is involved in an auto accident caused by a truck, the most important thing is to immediately call emergency services. Even if you initially only feel soreness, it is vital to get checked by medical professionals immediately. Many common symptoms of an accident, like whiplash, often do not have visible symptoms. Additionally, accident related injuries oftentimes develop over time and may not be evident at the scene of the crash. Symptoms can take days to fully manifest and having someone with the proper medical training evaluate you is essential.

As discussed, addressing any potential injuries is the most important first step. If possible, move your vehicle off to the side of the road to avoid any secondary impacts. If your hazard lights are still functioning, activate those as soon as you are able to safely do so.

Once you have called emergency services and moved your vehicle to a safe position, collecting evidence may be important to ensuring a successful claim. As long as you are able to safely do so, you should make contact with the other driver and ascertain their 1) Name 2) Contact info 3) License plate number 4) Insurance carrier information 5) Driver’s license number 6) What company or business they were hauling for. Just as importantly, you should speak with any nearby witnesses to ask them what they saw, and for their contact information. In a case where liability is disputed, and independent witness and their testimony can mean the difference between fair compensation for you and your family, or nothing. When police show up, make sure that the law enforcement officers are aware of, and speak to, the witnesses. Having witness statements in an accident report can clear up any ambiguity and lends additional credibility to your case.

In addition to witness statements, pictures are a more objective way to determine what happened to cause a crash. Whether it’s the scene of the accident, or the damage to all the involved vehicles, pictures can help paint a clear picture and can make a huge difference for your case. Photos of nearby traffic signals, stoplights, stop signs, anything potentially blocking views of drivers, should all be documented. Since nearly everyone has a high-quality camera in their pocket, this should be a top priority after ascertaining the safety of all of the victims in an accident.

Truck accidents can have a variety of causes. Although most truck drivers are some of the most experienced drivers on the road, they are just as prone to make the same mistakes as any other driver. Some causes of truck accidents include, 1) Driving while tired 2) Driving for too many hours in a row 3) Speeding 4) Improper lane changes 5) Failing to properly secure their truck load. Certainly mistakes on the road happen. Fortunately, this is why trucking companies carry insurance. In fact, it is a requirement in Wisconsin to drive with auto insurance. Failure to obtain valid insurance could result in a ticket.

It is likely following a truck accident that an insurance company will reach out to you. This could be either your insurance, or the insurance for the trucking company. It is important to contact a lawyer before they call. Increasingly, insurance companies are attempting to rapidly settle cases for less than they are worth. They are doing so, in part, because they know that when injured victims obtain legal counsel this means higher settlement amounts. If the insurance companies are in the business of minimizing their exposure, and minimizing payments, the Groth Law Firm is in the exact opposite business. We will work hand in hand with you to ensure that we are maximizing your compensation.

If you are the victim of a truck driver’s negligence, you are entitled to various forms of compensation that help you get back on your feet. The Groth Law Firm will work to ensure that you are compensated for 1) Medical Bills 2) Wage Loss 3) Pain and Suffering 4) Property Damage and 5) Costs related to future care you may need for your injuries.

Truck accidents have the unfortunate potential for much more severe injuries. As a result, many injuries victims sustain are permanent in nature. When that is the case, we will work with your doctor and other medical professionals to help ensure that you are not stuck with bills in the future. We will not settle your case until we are certain that we have obtained the maximum available compensation. Some law firms will rush you through the case process to receive payment quickly. The Groth Law Firm will continue to work diligently on your case, up to, and through any potential trial if needed.

Experiencing an accident can be one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life. Whether it is the impact, the pain that comes from injuries, or the uncertainty of whether or not you will be able to pay your medical bills, the entire experience can be overwhelming, and life-altering. This disorientation is normal. At the Groth Law Firm, we believe the only thing you should have to worry about is your recovery. It will be our job to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and to ensure that they do not undervalue your case. We will work with any medical providers, and take care of any paperwork associated with your case. If you, your family, or friends were involved in a truck accident case, please call Groth Law Firm for a free consultation.

 

Slip and Fall Attorney WI

Winter Slip and Falls

We at the Groth Law Firm are no strangers to harsh Wisconsin winters. Collectively, our law firm has weathered decades upon decades of snowy Wisconsin weather. Accordingly, we know the dangers of walking around outside in icy, slippery conditions. “Black ice” refers to transparent ice that can be difficulty to see, and easy to slip on. Although most such falls result in little more than embarrassment and inconvenience, some slip and falls can have disastrous, life-altering consequences. While bumps and bruises are one thing, fractures, head injuries, and other trauma should be treated as the serious injuries they are. Since insurance companies are in the business of often denying slip and fall claims, you need skilled legal assistance to help you fight for the compensation and justice that you deserve.

Slip and fall accidents are broadly defined as accidents that occurr when you are walking in an area that has a dangerous condition, like snow or ice, that causes a fall, and then subsequent injuries. Oftentimes, we see these accidents occur in un-shoveled parking lots, inadequately salted sidewalks, and in other places of business where the owners are negligent. State law requires both homeowners, and businessowners alike to keep their premises free from dangerous conditions that may cause such accidents. Although Wisconsin weather is un-predictable, the law still requires people to keep their property safe. A failure to clear snow and icy can give rise to a valid claim against their homeowner, or business insurance. If you are involved in a slip and fall type accident, there are a few facts you should be aware of.

Like the old adage states, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Due to the inherently temporary nature of ice and snow, documentation of hazards conditions can be the difference between having a case, and not having a case. Even though snapping a picture after a bad fall, may be difficult, or in some cases, impossible, try to have a trusted family or friend photograph that hazardous condition as soon after the fall as possible. After reports of a fall, or multiple falls on their premises, many business owners will quickly seek to address the hazardous condition so that it appears as though they were not negligent in the first place. Act quickly and take pictures of unsalted, uncleared walkways and sidewalks immediately when possible. Beyond this, if your fall occurs at a place of business, you should report the incident to management. Many times, when we reach out to negligent business owners due to a fall that occurred on their property, this is their first notice of our client’s injuries. Making a full and complete accounting of your fall to management or staff can help preserve early evidence of your claim.

Slip and fall cases are based on a foundational principal of civil law. The principal is that of negligence. In order to establish negligence, you must prove that a property owner had a duty to exercise reasonable care to you; that this duty of reasonable care was breached; and that the breach of the property owner was a direct and proximate cause of the slip and fall that resulted in your injuries. If you are able to prove the aforementioned, then you have a strong claim against the property owner. Once liability is established through this framework, the Groth Law Firm can fight for you and maximize your compensation. Through a valid claim, you are entitled to various forms of compensation as an injured plaintiff. Typically, an injured person can recover compensation for, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, future care costs, and any other expenses that the injury and your recovery from the injury incur. If the injury you receive from the slip and fall requires care in the future, or is permanent, you will want to consider the cost of that future care as part of your claim. The Groth Law Firm has experience in helping injured people prepare for future care by fighting for additional compensation for you. Experience matters; you want an attorney who litigated complex, multi-layered cases to ensure that you are receiving every dollar you are entitled to.

In addition to maximizing your compensation, Groth Law Firm utilizes a team of investigators throughout the state. This advantage can make a critical difference in your slip and fall case. If you are injured as a result of a slip and fall or other accident, do not hesitate to call the day of the injury. Some evidence needs to be preserved immediately, and we can send someone from our team to the scene of the injury the day of. In addition to preserving evidence, there are often challenges associated with finding the correct defendant in these cases. If you slip and fall in a large parking lot of a mall for instance, who is the responsible party? Is it mall ownership? The store in front of where you fell? Perhaps it’s a snow removal company that you’ve never heard of before. These challenges are common to slip and fall cases in the winter. This challenge is compounded by the possibility that you may have been injured on a public owned or government property. If that is the case, certain notice documents must be filed. Many such notices are extremely time-sensitive, and if you do not file in the required time period, you may be forever barred from receiving any compensation, no matter how negligent the defendant may be. Some entities may be so complex or hidden that you may have to name a “John Doe” defendant in a potential lawsuit. Experience matters in these cases. You want to hire a law firm that is skilled, dedicated, and has a proven track record in slip and fall cases. Your case needs individual and prompt attention. At Groth Law Firm your case is not just another number. You can expect daily access to a full staff of attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and law clerks.

Accidents happen, but negligent accidents can be prevented. If you are involved in a slip and fall accident and do not know where to start, let us help you. The Groth Law Firm staff is available any day of the week and offers a free consultation regarding your potential case.

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Harley-Davidson Roars into Milwaukee for 115th Anniversary

This Labor Day weekend marks the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. With their distinctive “potato-potato-potato” idle and rumble, thousands of riders and their Harleys have roared into Milwaukee this week to celebrate 115 years of an American tradition.

Harley-Davidson and the Harley-Davidson Museum have packed each day this weekend with events. There are museum tours, motorcycle demos, live music acts, street parties, and many more events. Visit Harley-Davidson.com for a full schedule of events

Harley-Davidson Roars into Milwaukee for 115th Anniversary.

The celebration is not without dangers though. With all the extra bikes on the road, Milwaukee’s streets and highways have many more smaller moving vehicles on them this weekend than usual.

Drivers who aren’t used to large numbers of bikes on the road may miss the smaller Harleys if they aren’t careful and some riders may find traveling alone or in larger groups more difficult depending on what they’re used to. All of this is a recipe for a crash or other traffic accident. But there are things everyone on the road this weekend can do.

To help avoid accidents and injuries this weekend, both riders and drivers should:

  • Watch out for each other – check your mirrors and be aware of your surroundings
  • Obey traffic laws and directions from the Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies directing traffic
  • Park in designated spots near events
  • Wear your seatbelt or helmet
  • As always, don’t drink and drive or ride

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and enjoy all that the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson has to offer! If the unthinkable happens and you or a loved one is involved in a crash and injured, see a doctor and contact a skilled, dedicated, and proven personal injury attorney to discuss your options as a victim of a crash. At Groth Law Firm, S.C., we are available 24/7 to discuss your injuries and offer a free consultation. Call or text us today at 414-240-0707

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. It is not medical advice and should not be used as medical advice. The legal statutes, laws, and procedures contained in this article may not be current and may have been revised since the time of publication or contain errors. An attorney can provide legal guidance only after reviewing the details of your individual case.