Tag Archives: motor vehicle collision

On A Lighter Note

Auto accidents are serious matters.  Especially when people are seriously injured.  

But, once in a while we have to find something to laugh about.   I found this bunch of pictures of, what appears to be, mostly single car collisions.  My favorite is “Class Is Cancelled.”


Class is Cancelled Car accidenet photo

Class is Cancelled car accidenet photo. I think this is a good example of an understatement.



Thanks Dark Roasted Blend for compiling these.   The tag line of the blog post sums it up best:  “Nothing is as fascinating as an unexplained accident.”

What Safety Features Would a Personal Injury Attorney Look for In a Vehicle

H/T to Attorney Michael Pines for this blog topic.

I agree with his 7 points:

1.    High Crash Test Scores: Almost all motor vehicle makes and models for sale in the United States are supposed to undergo a series of crash tests conducted by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The most important crash ratings to look for are those for front and side car crashes and rollover resistance, as most serious injuries occur as a result of these types of auto accidents.

2.    Antilock Braking System: When used properly, these new brake systems should allow for shorter stopping distances on slippery roads, and maintenance of steering control.  They are also important in preventing vehicles from hydroplaning, which could potentially prevent a serious car accident.

3.    Side-Impact Airbags:Front driver and passenger airbags are now required in all makes and models of vehicles as a necessary safety feature.  Additionally, many makes and models of vehicles also include side-impact and side curtain airbags as well.  Side-impact airbags are very important for protecting the torso of the occupants since there is no crumple zone to absorb the shock from a side auto accident collision.  Therefore, these airbags have been proven to save many lives in side auto accident collisions and are a very important safety feature in all vehicles.

4.    Side Curtain Airbags: Not to be confused with side-impact airbags, which protect the torso, side curtain airbags are intended to protect the head and neck from serious injury in a side collision car accident.  Again, there is not as much crumple zone to absorb the shock of side collisions, so side curtain airbags are very important, and are becoming a standard feature in most makes and models of vehicles.

5.    Rear-Parking Sensors:Especially important on larger vehicles such as trucks and SUVs, which provide larger rear blind spots, these sensors are especially useful in detecting objects as well as small children who may not be visible through the rear window or rear-view mirror.  Many vehicles are now also coming equipped with rear cameras, which have already proven to be helpful in preventing a number pedestrian and car accidents.

6.    Good Tires:While this may seem like an obvious statement, many people tend to overlook the safety advantages of well-maintained tires.  Bad tires have been proven to be a major cause of many preventable auto accidents.  Be sure to have your tires rotated, properly inflated air pressure, and replaced regularly to ensure maximum safety.  Also, it is a good idea to examine the tire’s brand.  As car accident lawyers, we remember the terrible auto accidents that occurred with Firestone/Bridgestone tires just a few years ago.

7.    Cargo Netting or a Cargo Cage: Many injuries in car accidents result from objects inside the vehicle striking the occupants and causing bodily harm.  Cargo nets can help to reduce and even prevent these types of injuries that can occur when involved in an auto accident.

Before I purchase a car, I go to the NHTSA’s website and do a search.  Safety is our first concern (to quote Thomas the Train’s Sir Topham Hatt).


 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Waukesha, Beloit, Kenosha and Wauwatosa.

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Sorry, Can’t Help Any More

That is sometimes the comment that victims of car accidents get from their doctors.  Often, the comment will be “you’ve reached a plateau” or “your condition is waxing and waining”.  If you are the victim of a motor vehicle collision and have long standing pain don’t be afraid of a second opinion.  If you see a chiropractor don’t hesitate to ask him or her for the name of someone to check out care through a different modality.  If you are seeing your general practitioner doctor don’t be afraid to ask for a referral to a pain specialist.  Physiatrists (pain and rehabilitation specialists) are often brought in to help deal with longstanding pain. 

Whatever your problems are I strongly encourage you to be proactive regarding your treatment.  Remember, when it comes to your health: You are your best advocate.  No one knows the problems that you go through better than you.  Write down the problems that you continue to suffer through and take that list to the doctor.  It will help her/him track your pain and how best to treat your problems.


Just Ask

I spoke with a client recently who was involved in a serious auto accident a few years ago.  He was hit by a car that ran from the scene.  He suffered a number of serious injuries and was admitted to Froedert Hospital’s ICU.  Because he didn’t know who hit him he said nothing was done.

What would you do?   Just call and ask.  Most personal injury attorneys will not charge anything to investigate a situation like this.  I will gladly order the police report and speak to witnesses and insurance agents to see if recovery for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering is possible. 

Don’t forget in Wisconsin your insurance company supplies Uninsured Motorist Coverage.  If you are involved in a hit and run collision you have the benefit of making a claim against your insurance company.  Once your insurance company settles or is forced to pay what the value of your claim is then THEY have the burden of tracking down the at fault party and collecting from garnished wages or savings accounts.


 Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Crivitz, Kenosha, Janesville and Wauwatosa.

What If Mom’s At Fault?

I’ve had some questions recently about this particular situation.  Let’s say a mother (or father) is driving their kids to baseball practice.  If Mom (or Dad) forgets to stop at a stop sign and causes a motor vehicle collision what about the kids?  What rights do the kids have?  Well, if the parents have auto insurance the children have the right to compensation, under Wisconsin Law, from the at fault insurance company, i.e. their parent’s insurance.   In essence, the children would make a claim against their parents.  If Mom’s (or Dad’s) insurance isn’t reasonable and doesn’t follow Wisconsin Law then the children would have the right to sue their parents and the insurance company. 

Sound a little complex and confusing?  Not really.  Feel free to email me or call and I’ll be happy to explain it to you in more detail. 

If you are worried about actually suing a parent.  Remember that Wisconsin is a “direct action state” the kids would not have to name the parents in the lawsuit.  They would simply seek compensation from the insurance company.


Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Wauwatosa.