Groth Law Firm is On the Move!

We started the Groth Law Firm in 2010 as a small law firm that specialized in Wisconsin-specific personal injury claims. We’ve grown quite a bit since then – we are now a team of five, and we’ve now handled myriads of cases worth millions of dollars. One thing that hasn’t changed though is our commitment to making sure our clients receive the compensation and representation they deserve for their injuries. We still put our clients first every day by using our skills and expertise to continue getting proven results.

That being said, we are eager to share our latest company milestone. Groth Law Firm is now opening a new office in Wauwatosa to help better serve people who have suffered personal injuries! Our newest office address is:

Groth Law Firm
11063 West Bluemound Road
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

We officially moved on July 14th. For the time being, we will still have locations in Brookfield and Milwaukee. Please feel free to come to the office to have a look around and meet the team.

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Wisconsin, please be sure to visit us at one of our three locations today, or you can give us a call at your earliest convenience. We’ll give you the same dedication and use the same trusted experience that we’ve been giving our clients since the say we started our practice. Whether it be a car crash, dog bite, or medical malpractice case, we have the skills required to represent you to the fullest extent and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Thank you for choosing the Groth Law Firm and trusting us to be your Wauwatosa personal injury attorneys. We hope we can continue to expand and represent the great people of Wisconsin for many years to come.

Uninsured Motorists and Phantom Vehicles

Uninsured motorist coverage provides protection to the insured if the other driver(s) in an accident do not have car insurance. This coverage has the added benefit of offering protection to motorists who are victims of hit-and-run type accidents when the at-fault driver cannot be identified. In addition to this protection, uninsured motorist coverage can also protect you from “Phantom Vehicles.”

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving causes innumerable accidents, and sometimes the distracted driver is not even aware they’ve caused an accident. For instance, a driver could ignore a red light and causes you to swerve to avoid a collision. It’s possible they might not have seen you, and perhaps they continue driving and leave the accident. These situations can result in severe injuries to you, and expensive damage to your vehicle. In most hit-and-run accidents, physical contact between all involved vehicles is required to make an uninsured motorist claim. Phantom vehicles have no such requirement, but instead have unique criteria.

Being Involved in an Accident With a Phantom Vehicle

In order for a “phantom vehicle” to qualify under uninsured motorist coverage the following must be met under Wis. Stat § 632.32(2)(bh):

  1. The motor vehicle is involved in an accident with a person who has uninsured motorist coverage
  2. In the accident, the motor vehicle makes no physical contact with the insured or with a vehicle the insured is occupying
  3. The identity of neither the operator nor the owner of the motor vehicle can be ascertained

If these criteria are met, then timely steps are required to succeed on this claim under Wis. Stat § 632.32(2)(g)2:

  1. The facts of the accident are corroborated by competent evidence that is provided by someone other than the insured or any other person who makes a claim against the uninsured motorist coverage as a result of the accident
  2. Within 72 hours after the accident, the insured or someone on behalf of the insured reports the accident to a police, peace, or judicial officer or to the department of transportation or, if the accident occurs outside of Wisconsin, the equivalent agency in the state where the accident occurs
  3. Within 30 days after the accident occurs, the insured or someone on behalf of the insured files with the insurer a statement under oath that the insured or a legal representative of the insured has a cause of action arising out of the accident for damages against a person whose identity is not ascertainable and setting forth the facts in support of the statement.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Wisconsin

Groth Law Firm has experience and success in handling auto accidents. If you think your auto accident has hit-and-run, or “phantom vehicles” issues, contact us today and let us start working on your case.

Groth Law Firm at 7 Years

Seven years ago today we founded Groth Law Firm, S.C.  It started with a cell phone, computer and a “desk” in our basement.  We have come a long way, in part, using technology to its fullest to serve our clients.  Our sixth year began and ended in trial.

On our anniversary in 2016, Melissa Fischer and Jon Groth were in two separate trials in Milwaukee County.   Yesterday, Melissa Fischer obtained a $22,500 verdict for a client against the City of Milwaukee.  Two other law firms had declined to take the case to trial.

Thanks to everyone for their words of encouragement, referrals, and support.

The Most Dangerous Intersections in Milwaukee County

With thousands of businesses and nearly a million people, Milwaukee County is a place of hustle and bustle. Every year there are thousands of car crashes. In the past, we’ve talked about the recent car accident trends in Milwaukee County. Now, we will identify the 10 most dangerous intersections. The following 10 intersections were found to be the most dangerous based on data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) from 2010-2015.

1. Capitol Dr W – 35th St N

  • Number of Accidents: 136
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 104

The intersection of Capitol Drive W and 35th Street North is considered to be one of the most complex intersections in Milwaukee county due to both ways of traffic having mutliple lanes, a merging lane from 35th to Capitol, and the complex merging lanes from Roosevelt Drive onto Capitol.
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2. Port Washington Rd N – Silver Spring Dr W

  • Number of Accidents: 136
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 74

The intersection of Port Washington Road North and Silver Spring Drive West is extremely dangerous due to the fact that it is the intersection outside of the Bayshore Town Square Mall. This is one of the biggest malls in Milwaukee County and is also closely located to the on and off-ramps of I-43. Be especially careful in this are during the holidays and back-to-school when the mall is the most popular.
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3. N Mafair Rd – W North Ave

  • Number of Accidents: 128
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 65

The intersection of North Mayfair Road and West North Avenue is extremely dangerous due to the fact that is the main intersection for traffic going to and coming from the Mayfair Mall. Once again, traffic here is much heavier during back-to-school and the holidays, so be sure to exercise extra caution during these times.
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4. 27th Street N – Center Street W

  • Number of Accidents: 122
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 102

The intersection of 27th Street North and Center Street West is actually quite dangerous due to fact that West Fond Du Lac Avenue runs at a diagonal line through BOTH intersections. This creates quite a bit of confusion in high traffic situations and the presence of accidents only makes it worse.
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5. Fond Du Lac Ave W – Capitol Dr W

  • Number of Accidents: 113
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 75

The intersection of Fond Du Lac Avenue West and Capitol Drive West is one of the best dangerous intersections in Milwaukee County due to the fact that both of these streets are two of the largest and busest streets in the county, so when they intersect, problems often occur.
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6. 108th St S – Lincoln Ave W

  • Number of Accidents: 105
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 72

The intersection of 108th Street South and Lincoln Avenue West presents plenty of dangers with multiple lanes, double merging lanes, and three bus stops being located neear traffic lights. This combined with high traffic volumes throughout the day make this an extemely dangerous intersection.
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7. 35th St N – Center St W

  • Number of Accidents: 101
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 96

On paper, the intersection of 35th Street North and Center Street West looks quite tame, but fading lane lines, bus stops, and bike lanes make this intersection very dangerous at times of high traffic.
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8. Lincoln Ave W – 76th St S

  • Number of Accidents: 100
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 54

Much like the previous intersection, the intersection of Lincoln Avenue West and 76th Street South seems pretty tame at first, but bus stops, multiple gas stations, and poor line-of-sight make this intersection dangerous for unwary drivers.
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9. 108th St S – National Ave W

  • Number of Accidents: 99
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 53

With over sixteen lanes intersecting, the intersection of 108th Street and National Avenue West has plenty of chances for accidents to occur. This combined with a plethora of nearby food and shopping opportunites makes this intersection very dangerous at all times of the day.
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10. S Howell Ave – Drexel Ave

  • Number of Accidents: 97
  • Accidents that Resulted in Injuries: 27

The intersection of Howell Avenue and Drexel Avenue is much like the previous intersection in that fact that is made up of many lanes and is surrounded by multiple shopping centers. This intersection also includes some interesting merging lanes that create very dangerous circumstances for drivers who are not paying attention.
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Car Crash Statistics for Milwaukee County

Getting in a car accident is serious business – even the smallest ones can ruin your day. From fender benders to high-impact collisions, car accidents almost always end in some kind of emotional or physical injury.

Sadly, car accidents are an everyday occurrence all throughout Milwaukee county. From the bustling streets of the city to the more quiet neighborhoods, accidents are bound to happen. To better understand how prevalent car crashed are in Milwaukee County and the total impact they have on Milwaukee residents, we have gathered car crash data for the past six years to find common trends. Below is a summary of our findings. All of the data we used was obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Milwaukee County Car Accidents by Year

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What we found is that car crash incidents have been increasing steadily for the past five years. The only deviation in this trend occured in 2012, where there was a slight dip. Still, there was a big difference between 2010 and 2015. In 2010, there were only 19,700 car crashes, but that number has increased to just over 24,000 accidents in the year of 2015.

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When we look only at crashes where injuries occurred, we see a slightly different trend from overall accidents. We actually saw a drop in injuries from 2010 in the years 2011-2012. However, since then injuries have increased substantially with there being a sharp increase in 2015. There were more than 1,000 more injuries reported in 2015 than they were in 2010.

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Car crash fatalities didn’t follow a specific trend and were rather sporadic. However, we see that there was a significant increase in fatalities in 2015 when compared to the prior five years. This is a rather concerning trend and shows that there is still a lot of progress to be made with safe driving awareness.

Total Car Accidents Per Month in Milwaukee County

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In this graph, we analyzed how many total car crashes took place in each month for the past 6 years. What we found is that most car crashes occur in January and December with the lowest amount of crashes occurring throughout March and April.

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When we look specifically at crashes where injuries occurred, we see that these types of crashes were surprisingly low during the winter months and actually spiked during the Summer months of May through September, before dropping again in October.

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Fatal car accidents were once again much more sporadic, with the majority of them occurring in May and July. The first few months of the year have relatively low fatalities before spiking in May. After July, the number of fatalities stabilizes to a rather consistent rate.

Total Car Accidents Per Day in Milwaukee County

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Most car crashes take place during the weekdays with a slight spike on Friday. Interestingly, total car crash volume decreases during the weekends. Both Saturday and Sunday have substantially fewer accidents than any of the other days of the week.

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When we look at car crashes where there were injuries, we see the exact same trend as total car crashes. Most injuries take place on Friday but drop significantly on Saturday and Sunday.

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When we look strictly at crashes where deaths occurred, we see a reverse of total car crash trends. Most fatalities actually take place on Saturday and Sunday, even though fewer total crashes take place during those days.

Most Dangerous Holiday for Driving In Milwaukee

One interesting fact we found is that Halloween is the most dangerous holiday for car crashes, with over 400 accidents occurring in the last six years. Be sure to be extra vigilant this day and stay safe by watching for slow drivers following children and the children themselves!

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Wisconsin

While no one ever wants to be one of the numbers that contribute to these statistics, the unfortunate truth is that car accidents do happen on a daily basis. If you are ever involved in a car accident, be sure to call the personal injury lawyers at Groth Law Firm to get the representation you need. We are dedicated to fighting for the compensation you deserve.