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Green Bay, WI auto accident injury attorney

Every year, millions of Americans suffer injuries in motor vehicle collisions. In rare instances, car crashers may occur without negligence (for example, when a deer darts in the path of a car from a camouflaged location), but most crashes occur due to driver negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered after being involved in an auto accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. In order to secure the compensation your family needs and deserves, it is critically important to seek legal action in the aftermath of a car accident

Types of Negligence Leading to Collisions 

When seeking compensation in a personal injury case, attorneys are tasked with proving that the other party acted in a negligent manner. As it pertains to motor vehicle collisions, the most common forms of negligence include speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). 

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Green Bay, WI pedestrian accident injury attorney

Studies show that approximately every seven hours, a pedestrian is injured or killed in a car accident in the state of Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 1,252 car accidents involved pedestrians throughout 2016. While only 49 pedestrians suffered fatal injuries in these collisions, an incredible 1,181 pedestrians suffered injuries that required medical attention. If you or a loved one has suffered a pedestrian injury, it is time to take legal action by consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you pursue compensation. 

Why Are So Many Pedestrians Injured? 

Despite increased safety measures to limit the number of pedestrian accidents statewide, the number of pedestrians injured throughout Wisconsin annually is still alarmingly high. Why are so many accidents occurring throughout the state of Wisconsin? In short, a large percentage of injuries are due to driver negligence. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the vast majority of pedestrian accidents occur between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. Studies suggest that the spike in pedestrian injuries can be attributed to increased traffic, which can lead to reckless or aggressive driving, and drowsy drivers commuting home after a long workday. Tragically, studies found that alcohol also plays a significant role in pedestrian fatalities throughout Wisconsin. Statistics show that over 30 percent of all fatal pedestrian-car accidents involved intoxication on the part of the vehicle driver. 

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Appleton spine injury lawyerA serious injury to the spine can impact a person for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are much more common than many people realize. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), more than 17,000 spine injuries occur every year in the United States. While injuries to the spine can occur for a wide variety of reasons, car accidents are the leading cause of serious cases. Due to the many ways spine injuries can have a long-term impact on victims’ lives, it is important to work with a personal injury lawyer who can help determine how to recover financial compensation from the person or parties who were responsible. 

Types of Spinal Injuries 

While all spinal cord injuries should be taken seriously, the severity of an injury depends largely on the area of the spine that was damaged. The four types of spinal cord injuries are cervical, lumbar, thoracic, and sacral injuries. Cervical injuries are generally the most serious spinal cord injuries, because they occur in the head and neck area. Serious cervical injuries can result in loss of feeling or paralysis below the shoulders. It should be noted that many cervical injuries result in serious or fatal health complications. 

The True Impact of a Spinal Injury 

While a victim may receive treatment that can help regain stability in the spine, most spinal injuries are permanent. In other words, victims of severe spinal injuries will be forced to cope with the symptoms and limitations of their injuries for the remainder of their lives. 

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Green Bay, WI car accident lawyer for child injuriesAll parents have one thing in common: protecting their children is their top priority. Tragically for many parents throughout the United States, car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among American children. Even when parents take steps to protect children’s safety, such as ensuring that young children are properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat or that older kids are wearing their seat belts, children may still suffer serious injuries in accidents caused by the negligent actions of another driver. If your child has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you will want to work with a personal injury attorney to determine how you can receive compensation for these injuries.

Addressing Car Accident Injuries to Children 

While child fatalities caused by motor vehicles have been on the decline since 1975, the disturbing truth is that this is still a massive safety problem throughout the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 880 children died in car accidents in 2018. 73% of children who were fatally injured were passengers in motor vehicles, while the remaining victims were pedestrians and cyclists. As mentioned above, parents can take safety precautions to protect children’s safety, and these measures are largely responsible for the decline in child fatalities. However, even when parents take every possible step to protect their children, accidents can still occur when other drivers act negligently or recklessly, and these collisions can result in serious injuries to children.

There are a wide variety of ways drivers can be responsible for motor vehicle accidents. Some common forms of negligence include speeding through a residential area, texting while driving, or drinking and driving. If your child has been injured because of a driver’s negligence, our attorneys can help you pursue a personal injury claim to recover compensation for the damages suffered by your family. We will take steps to obtain evidence of driver negligence, including police reports, witness statements, security camera footage, or other information related to the incident.

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Appleton, WI uninsured motorist accident attorneyEvery year, thousands of people suffer injuries in car accidents throughout the state of Wisconsin. Whether a collision leads to a serious injury, fatality, or property damage, it can have a long-term impact on the financial health of an entire family. In many accidents, the at-fault driver’s insurance policy will provide coverage for the injuries and damages suffered by victims. However, cases can become complicated if the person who was at fault does not have the required insurance coverage. If you have been involved in a collision with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options. 

Insurance Coverage for Auto Accident Injuries and Damages

While all drivers are required to carry liability insurance, some people fail to maintain the necessary coverage. However, if the driver was operating a vehicle owned by another, with their consent, then if the owner of the vehicle had insurance, then the driver would likely be covered under that policy.  If neither the owner nor the operator had insurance, fortunately, Wisconsin law requires that insurance companies provide their insureds with uninsured motorist coverage, allowing victims to recover compensation for their damages from their own insurance company, rather than chasing down someone who may or may not have assets. It may also be possible to file a personal injury claim against other parties who were partially responsible for an accident, such as the manufacturer of defective auto parts.

In some cases, a driver may have insurance, but their policy will not fully cover your damages. For instance, insurance may be able to cover some portion of your medical expenses, but not the full amount. In these cases, underinsured motorist coverage under your own insurance policy may make up some of the costs that were not covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance. 

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