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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While motorcycles are fun and enjoyable, the dangers caused by other drivers can make motorcycles seem less safe. The reality is the vast majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of other vehicles. Because motorcycles lack the exterior protection of vehicles, the resulting injuries tend to be severe. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you deserve to have a National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers member represent you. That’s what you get when you choose Groth Law.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Many factors cause motorcycle accidents, most of which are the fault of another driver. These causes include:

  1. Unsafe lane changes – When a driver does not check their blind spot, signal their intention, or take other proactive measures to make sure it’s safe to change lanes, a collision with a motorcycle can result. 
  2. Opening car doors – Many drivers and passengers don’t look behind them when opening their car doors. A door that swings open in front of a motorcyclist can cause a serious accident.
  3. Speeding – As is the case with many accidents, speeding causes motorcycle accidents. When a driver is reckless, weaving in and out of traffic, and driving faster than the posted speed limit, it can be easy to get into an accident that causes you great harm.
  4. Drugs and alcohol – Any driver under the influence of drugs and alcohol risks causing an accident. When you’re hit by a driver who is under the influence, your injuries can be severe.
  5. Failure to yield – Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, drivers sometimes do not see them. Through inattention, these drives often fail to yield to motorcyclists who have the right of way, leading to a serious accident.

Motorcycle accidents can cause severe, life-altering injuries, and even death. They can forever change the lives of riders and their families. Because of the severity of many motorcycle accident injuries, medical costs tend to run high for injured motorcyclists. 

When a motorcycle accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for the costs of recovering from your injuries and losses out of your own pocket. By working with Groth Law, you give yourself a good opportunity to recover the full value of your claim, ensuring you don’t have to bear the financial burden of a motorcycle accident you didn’t cause.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle riders and passengers do not have the same safety protections that drivers of other motor vehicles do.  That’s why it’s important for riders and passengers to take the necessary precautions like wearing a helmet and following all road laws. 

Unfortunately, even when they take these precautions, motorcyclists often find themselves injured because of the recklessness or negligence of a motorist. 

Common motorcycle accident injuries include:

  • Severe abrasions and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Broken bones and soft tissue injuries
  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
  • Death

Just because riding a motorcycle comes with a risk of getting severely injured in an accident does mean the costs of an accident you didn’t cause should fall on you. The other driver’s negligent actions caused your injuries and you deserve to have a lawyer on your side who is going to aggressively fight to get you the full compensation you need.

You Deserve Compensation for Your Injuries

When you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, your only concern should be getting better. By working with Groth Law, we can take the stress of worrying about the legal side of things off your shoulders so you can focus completely on your recovery. We’ll fight to get you compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of companionship
  • Lost earning potential
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs

The insurance company representing the at-fault driver may contact you shortly after your accident to offer you a low ball settlement knowing that you’re out of work and facing high medical bills. They know you need quick cash. They’ll prey on you. 

Don’t accept any settlement offer without first speaking with us. The insurance company may tell you that you don’t need a lawyer. They tell you this because they know that a lawyer can get results.

Our law firm is devoted to helping personal injury victims like you. We understand the tactics insurance companies use. We have helped many clients just like you recover the compensation they deserve for their personal injury claim. You don’t need to take our word for that: here’s what our clients have to say.

Groth Law Gets Results

Motorcycle accidents are not only terrifying, they result in severe injuries. You deserve to have a legal team on your side who takes your recovery as seriously as you do. Groth Law offers compassionate and aggressive legal services. We want you to get better and we help you by dealing with the legal complexities while you focus on your recovery.

When you choose to work with us, we meet with you to get a full and complete understanding of your case. We look at all the evidence and conduct our own investigation, if necessary. While most cases settle out of court, we will only settle if it’s right for you. Our firm is fully prepared to take your case all the way to trial if that’s what is required to get you the compensation you need to get better.

The best part is, we do all of this at no cost to you. We don’t charge a retainer up front and we don’t get paid unless you win.

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If you’re the one who gets to take home the free FDXR 114, we hope you get to ride it in safety for the rest of your life. If an accident strikes because of a negligent party, however, you deserve a Wisconsin personal injury lawyer with experience in motorcycle accident cases, and Groth Law is here to help you through this complex and challenging time in your life. Contact us online or by calling (414) 240-0707 today to find out more about how we can help you get back on your feet and, hopefully, back on your bike.

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The Dangerous Habit of Running Red Lights

If you’re a regular driver on Wisconsin roads, you’ve probably been the victim of a habitual red light runner. Some drivers accelerate through yellow lights as they’re changing to red; other drivers simply disregard red lights altogether, as though the rules don’t apply to them. When reckless drivers approach intersections with no intention of slowing down, they add an unnecessary element of danger for other drivers traveling on the same roads. While any driver can cause an accident, drivers who habitually disregard traffic signals increase their risk.

Drivers who regularly run red lights may view the violation as a harmless way of reaching their destinations with minimal delay. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. A driver who runs a red light is just as culpable as other reckless drivers. Their actions are illegal and inherently dangerous, and they put other drivers at risk.

When a driver runs a red light, other vehicles entering the intersection become easy targets. Many reckless drivers fail to slow down as they cross through an intersection; in fact, many actually speed up to cross as quickly as possible. This added speed not only increases their chances of causing an accident, but also it enhances the potential for serious injuries in the event of a crash.

Running a Red Light Constitutes Negligent Driving

When drivers intentionally or unintentionally disregard traffic signals, they’re responsible for the damages that they cause in the event of an accident. If a reckless driver caused an accident that injured you or your family member, it’s important to take immediate action. You should reach out to the personal injury attorneys at Groth Law Firm, S.C. We dedicate our practice to protecting our clients’ legal rights. Our legal team has fought to recover damages for clients who have sustained injuries due to reckless actions taken by other drivers, including running red lights.

What Does Wisconsin Law Consider Running a Red Light?

The idea of stopping at a red light is a simple concept. Young children learn at a very early age that “red, yellow, green” means “stop, wait, go.” Wisconsin law provides specific definitions that cover red lights and other traffic signals.

A driver’s duty to stop begins when a traffic signal displays a yellow light. As the law explains, a driver should only enter an intersection during a yellow light if he or she cannot stop safely prior to the intersection. A red light constitutes a definitive order to stop. Exceptions apply to a driver stopped in an intersection to complete a turn, drivers governed by turning arrows, and drivers at intersections where it’s legal to turn right on a red light. Even in those scenarios, a motorist must stop and proceed cautiously enough to safely complete the action.

Speeding and Running Red Lights

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other agencies track drivers who speed and those who run red lights under different categories. Still, running red lights and speeding are often different elements of the same problem. NHTSA’s statistics indicate that 9,717 persons died in one recent year because of speed-related accidents on American roads.

National research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) documented 811 red light-related fatalities in 2016. IIHS’s national urban crash study determined that 22 percent of all accidents in 2015 involved red lights, stop signs, and other traffic control devices. Related research found that drivers who regularly exceed the speed limit are also more likely to run red lights and engage in other unsafe driving behaviors.

Red Light Runners Don’t Just Injure Other Motorists

Drivers who frequently run red lights put both other drivers and non-drivers risk. The IIHS estimates that, nationally, 137,000 persons sustained red-light-related injuries in 2015. Drivers and their passengers weren’t the only victims; pedestrians and bicyclists also sustained injuries, and some even lost their lives.

While those in vehicle-only accidents can sustain serious injuries, pedestrians and bicyclists usually fare far worse when they are involved in car accidents. They lack adequate protection to prevent injury if they strike the vehicle or road. Pedestrians and cyclists often sustain fatal or catastrophic injuries, some which involve long-term disabilities and lifelong consequences.

Catastrophically injured pedestrians and cyclists often sustain multiple different serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, multiple fractures, and/or crushed extremities. These individuals usually incur high medical costs for treatment, rehabilitation, and extended care. Even once they’ve reached maximum recovery, catastrophically injured individuals may have difficulty ever resuming normal, daily activities.

Who Runs Red Lights?

According to the IIHS, young males run red lights more frequently than other drivers. Furthermore, a recent IIHS study determined that youthful male drivers who caused red light-related multi-car crashes often had prior speeding convictions and alcohol-related accidents. They are also generally less likely to wear a seatbelt or to hold a valid driver’s license.

Eliminating Red Light Running Problems

Red lights are an integral part of our traffic control system. When drivers react and respond properly to traffic signals, they help keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to abide by the law. To combat this, the IIHS recommends the following traffic control alternatives:

  • Roundabouts. Intersections that include roundabouts instead of traditional traffic signals reduce fatalities and injuries for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. A roundabout is a tight circular configuration; to properly navigate one, a motorist must slow down. Roundabouts aren’t an economic or efficient solution, however, as they often require a complete restructuring of existing intersections.
  • Red-light cameras. Red light cameras deter habitual red light runners, as they automatically photograph a driver who runs a red light. Some systems send the information to law enforcement agencies to follow up, while others automatically generate a citation. These high profile enforcement measures reduce the frequency of drivers who run red lights. In fact, one IIHS study noted a 40 percent reduction in red light violations in one area with such cameras. Wisconsin currently has no laws that permit red light cameras.

Did a Driver Injure You After Running a Red Light? Call Us Today

If a reckless driver ran a red light and caused an accident that injured you or your loved one, contact Groth Law Firm, S.C. today. Our personal injury attorneys have helped clients in Brookfield, Milwaukee, and throughout Wisconsin. While we cannot guarantee a favorable result in every case, we’ve recovered millions of dollars in personal injury damages for past clients. Let us determine if we can help you. Call Groth Law Firm, S.C. at (414) 240-0707, or complete our case submission form, to schedule your free consultation today.

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Texting and Driving Laws in Wisconsin: What to Do If You’re Seriously Injured by a Distracted Driver

One of the most common uses for smartphones is texting. On average, Americans send text messages twice as often as they make phone calls. While texting anywhere and at any time has been completely normalized, this daily habit becomes dangerous when done behind the wheel. As texting continues to dominate distracted driving issues, state lawmakers strive to design laws to protect citizens and punish offenders. If you’ve been seriously injured by a distracted driver who couldn’t wait to text, contact our Wisconsin personal injury lawyers without delay.

Wisconsin Texting and Driving Laws

Forty-seven states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virginia Islands all currently have laws that ban texting while driving. As part of this group, Wisconsin has enacted laws that prohibit drivers from composing or sending any type of electronic message while driving.

Notably, the law does not apply to individuals who operate emergency vehicles or use voice-activated devices. The law also includes exceptions for licensed amateur radio operators, and it permits the use of navigational devices while driving.

In 2017, lawmakers expanded Wisconsin’s inattentive driving laws to also prohibit the use of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and similar applications while driving. In an attempt to discourage distracted driving, the new laws increased the associated fines as well.

Distracted driving is perhaps one of the most underreported traffic safety issues in the country. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it’s often difficult to prove driver distraction following an accident, which leads to underreporting.

If you’re involved in an accident, and you suspect that the other driver was texting or otherwise distracted and caused the crash, tell law enforcement when they arrive. Take pictures of the accident scene, and gather contact information for witnesses. If you are medically unable to do so, ask a passenger or bystander to help. After seeking medical treatment, you should contact Groth Law Firm, S.C. to discuss your case and your potential to seek compensation for your injuries.

Common Injuries from Serious Car Crashes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sending or reading a text message while traveling at 55 mph takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

The forceful impact of another vehicle striking you can cause serious injury and even death. Whether you are walking, riding a bike, or in your own personal vehicle, if you’re struck by a distracted driver you may sustain the following injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Broken bones

Patients with these and other similar injuries often face a variety of expensive and long-term medical needs, including:

  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Personal in-home care or private home care, like at a nursing home
  • Immediate and future surgeries
  • Multiple monthly medications
  • Home modifications
  • Medical equipment or assistive devices

It may only take five seconds to send a text message while driving, but the results of that short time can result in a lifetime of suffering for another driver.

Texting and Driving Statistics

Americans of all ages are so dependent upon their smartphones for communication, entertainment, and information that many view it as an addiction. There is even a term for it: nomophobia, which is the fear of being without a mobile phone.

Experts believe that when we receive a text message, we feel happiness. The compulsive habit of checking our phones makes us feel connected and more productive, according to experts. The need for feeding this habit while driving, however, often results in tragedy. Consider the following alarming statistics:

  • More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes that involve texting and driving.
  • Mobile phones are involved in an estimated 1.6 million auto crashes each year; on average, these accidents cause half a million injuries and result in 6,000 deaths.
  • Research shows that using a cellphone while driving delays a driver’s reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration level of .08, the legal limit. This data applies to both hand-held and hands-free cellphone use.
  • 48 percent of teens report having seen their parents text while driving, which increases the teens’ likelihood of engaging in similar behaviors.

Additional research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of drivers surveyed believe that distracted driving is on the rise. Another AAA study found that drivers talking on a cellphone are four times more likely to crash, and drivers texting behind the wheel are eight times more likely, compared to those that refrain from cell phone use while driving. Despite all of the research, public safety campaigns, and tougher laws meant to discourage reckless driving, drivers continue to take unnecessary risks.

Call the Groth Law Firm, S.C., When a Distracted Driver Hurts You

No matter how defensively you drive, the negligent behavior of another driver can greatly damage your life. While you can’t change or predict the reckless behavior of others, you can pursue justice if you’ve been involved in an accident.

At Groth Law Firm, S.C., our experienced personal injury attorneys have represented individuals injured in car accidents throughout Wisconsin. Distracted driving can cause serious injuries. Depending upon the force of the impact and the circumstances of the crash, an injured individual may face a long road to recovery. No one should suffer financially, physically, or emotionally due to the actions of a distracted driver. Each case is different, and every case depends upon the facts involved; however, if you’ve been involved in an accident, you should inquire about your eligibility to recover compensation for your injuries.

Insurance companies often offer low-dollar initial settlement amounts in an effort to quickly close a claim. Suffering serious injuries from a crash requires rest; let our experienced legal team handle aggressive insurance agents while you focus on your recovery. We don’t settle until we secure fair compensation for our clients, and if we are unable to settle, we are not afraid to take your case to trial.

To schedule a free consultation and evaluation of your case, call Groth Law Firm, S.C. at (414) 240-0707, or contact us online. We are proud to represent clients in the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee region, and throughout all of Wisconsin. Don’t settle for less than the full cost of your injuries. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.

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Invasion of Privacy Civil Claims

In the digital age, it has become increasingly easy for people to invade the privacy of others. As technology advances, things like cameras and other recording devices are becoming smaller and easier to hide. What was once a James Bond movie gadget, can now be delivered to anyone with 2-day shipping for a few dollars from Amazon.

Recently, one such device was found at a Milwaukee area BMW dealership. According to reports, on April 6th, a small camera was found hidden in the towel dispenser in the women’s room at Umansky BMW in Glendale. The camera was found after one of the dealership’s employees noticed a light coming from the dispenser.

The police were called to the dealership and the camera was removed. After investigation, the police found that the video camera had several videos of women changing clothing and using the bathroom. The video also, reportedly showed one of the dealership’s employees, a manager, placing the camera in the bathroom and adjusting it. The manager was arrested and fired. It is not currently known how long the camera was in the restroom or how many victims were recorded.

In cases like these, the victims of such a terrible invasion of privacy have several possible civil claims. Employees could have workers’ compensation claims, and both employees and members of the public who were exposed to these actions potentially have claims for invasion of privacy and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Workers’ compensation claims for employees go through the employer’s work comp insurance, but these cases often still need the guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help navigate the complex insurance system in place.

Wisconsin also recognizes a right of privacy and those who have had their privacy unreasonably invaded are potentially entitled to compensation. According to Wisconsin statutes, an invasion of privacy is an “intrusion upon the privacy of another of a nature highly offensive to a reasonable person, in a place that a reasonable person would consider private . . .” such as a bathroom or changing room.

Negligent infliction of emotional distress is another civil cause of action recognized in Wisconsin. Negligent infliction of emotional distress has three elements that must be proved for the injured person to recover as a plaintiff in Wisconsin. First, someone has to have engaged in negligent conduct. Second, that person must have caused the emotional distress. And third, the emotional distress that was caused must be severe. When determining the severity of the emotional distress, it must be more than a reasonable person could be expected to endure.

Both invasion of privacy and negligent infliction of emotional distress are complicated cases to settle or bring to trial, as are workers’ compensation claims. If you or someone you know has been the victim of the Umasky BMW manager’s recordings or any similar invasions of privacy, contact a skilled, dedicated, and proven attorney to discuss your options.


 

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.

Sources:

https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/tida.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/State_Law_Summaries/WI.pdf

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/995/50/2

https://www.cbs58.com/news/glendale-car-dealership-employee-arrested-after-camera-found-hidden-in-womens-bathroom