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Appleton, WI car accident attorney for chronic pain and PTSDWhile being injured in a car accident always causes unwanted hardship, some injury victims are at least fortunate to make a full recovery and return, more or less, to the life they led before. However, many car accident victims experience lingering effects that may not be immediately apparent, but can still permanently affect their lives. If you are suffering from the long-term physical or mental effects of a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you need a plan for pursuing compensation that can ease some of your burden.

Lasting Physical and Mental Effects for Wisconsin Injury Victims

When you are injured in a car accident, it may affect your body and mind well into the future. Possible long-term physical effects include:

  • Chronic pain: The impact of a collision can damage vertebrae, joints, muscles, and other soft tissue, which may lead to lasting pain and soreness throughout a lengthy recovery period.

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Green Bay, WI truck accident attorney for drowsy drivingAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving was responsible for at least 795 fatalities and 50,000 injuries in 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available. If you are injured in a car accident involving drowsy driving, it can often be challenging to demonstrate the other driver’s fatigue because concrete evidence tends to be lacking. However, if the accident involves a commercial semi-truck, trucking industry regulations may make it possible to collect additional evidence to strengthen your case for compensation.

Truck Drivers Are Susceptible to Drowsy Driving

Driver fatigue is a common issue after long stretches of driving without a break or when driving late at night. Unfortunately, the nature of truck drivers’ work means that they frequently find themselves in both of these situations as they try to complete shipments as quickly and efficiently as possible. When drivers become drowsy, they may be more likely to cause accidents due to slowed reaction times or a tendency to fall asleep at the wheel. Drowsy driving accidents involving trucks can be especially dangerous due to these vehicles’ large size and weight.

Truck Driver Regulations and Accident Liability

To reduce the risk of drowsy driving accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set limits on the number of hours a commercial truck operator can drive. Specifically, drivers are limited to:

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Appleton, WI motor vehicle accident attorney for evidence and liabilityIf you have been injured in a car accident, the immediate aftermath can be confusing and disorienting, and depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be able to focus on little else. In many cases, getting medical attention should be your top priority, but if you believe another driver was responsible for the accident, your immediate next step should be to hire an attorney who can help you collect evidence and prepare for a personal injury lawsuit to pursue compensation for your damages.

Demonstrating Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

In a personal injury case, it may be possible to obtain compensation through either a settlement with the liable parties or a trial verdict, but in either case, it is important that you have sufficient evidence to demonstrate the other parties’ negligence. This means you can show that a driver breached their duty of care to you, which in a car accident case often means they were driving carelessly or dangerously, and that their breach of duty caused the car accident, resulting in your injuries and damages.

Forms of Evidence in a Wisconsin Car Accident Case

A wide variety of evidence can be used to demonstrate another party’s negligence in a car accident. Our attorneys can help you collect and preserve this information, ensuring that you will be able to hold a negligent driver responsible for your injuries. Some common examples of evidence in auto accident cases include:

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Green Bay, WI drunk driving accident lawyerIn recent years, alcohol has been a factor in more than 5,000 annual car accidents in Wisconsin, resulting in 170 annual fatalities, a number that represents over 30 percent of all motor vehicle accident deaths in the state. Despite these statistics, many drivers are not fully aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, and it may be eye-opening to consider information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that speaks to just how risky drunk driving can be.

How Does Drinking Affect a Person’s Driving Abilities?

You may be aware of the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit of 0.08, but according to the NHTSA, driving after consuming any amount of alcohol can be dangerous. To illustrate this point, here are some of the possible effects people experience at different BAC levels:

  • At a BAC of 0.02, visual functions may decline, and it may become more difficult to multitask.
  • At a BAC of 0.05, it may take longer to respond to emergency situations, and steering and coordination may be impaired.
  • At a BAC of 0.08, concentration, short-term memory, information processing, and perception can all suffer significantly.
  • At a BAC of 0.10, muscle control is significantly impaired, making it difficult to brake or maintain lane position.
  • At a BAC of 0.15 or above, physical and mental capabilities can be majorly impaired, making it difficult to control a vehicle or keep focus on the task of driving.

What Should You Do if You Are Injured by a Drunk Driver?

After any accident in which you are injured, you should seek medical attention and contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you believe that another driver was at fault, it is crucial to begin collecting evidence promptly to have the best chance of establishing liability. In the case of a drunk driving accident, your attorney can help you gather evidence including photographs of the scene and the vehicles, camera footage, police reports, 911 call transcripts, witness testimony, and BAC test results. Even if the driver’s BAC was below the legal limit of 0.08, he or she still may be liable for your injuries if we can demonstrate that alcohol impairment caused the accident.

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Appleton child support attorneyWhen a child’s parents are divorced or separated, child support is a crucial means of ensuring that the child’s basic needs are met as they would be in a two-parent household. For parents, however, there may be uncertainty as to how child support obligations are determined. The parents may be unsure about who will be required to pay and how much, especially if there is a significant difference in income between the two parents or a recent change in their financial situation. Here, we help you understand how parental income plays a role in calculating Wisconsin child support payments.

Factors in Wisconsin Child Support Calculations

When calculating child support in Wisconsin, the first important consideration is the percentage of the year that the children spend in overnight placement with each parent. If the children are not placed with  each parent for  at least 25 percent of the year, or 92 overnights, the parties will not have shared physical placement of the child(ren); therefore, the parent with less than 25% of the overnights will be required to make monthly child support payments based on the number of children the parties have, using the following rates:

  • 17 percent of income for 1 child
  • 25 percent of income for 2 children
  • 29 percent of income for 3 children
  • 31 percent of income for 4 children
  • 34 percent of income for 5 children or more

If, however, the children are placed with both parents for at least 92 overnights throughout the year, the parents are considered to share physical placement, and the payment calculation becomes more complicated:

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