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Green Bay truck accident lawyer for distracted drivingThe prevalence of smartphones and other mobile devices in the modern world unfortunately means a greater risk of distracted driving accidents, and that risk applies to commercial truck drivers as much as, if not more so than, the drivers of passenger vehicles. Drivers of semi-trucks require more time and distance to react to other vehicles or conditions on the road and slow down or come to a stop. A distraction from a text or phone call can cost valuable seconds. Furthermore, accidents involving trucks are often more severe due to the substantial size and weight of the vehicles. If you have been injured by a distracted truck driver, a personal injury lawsuit can help you obtain the financial relief you need for your damages and medical expenses.

Laws and Regulations for Truck Drivers and Cell Phones

Both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Wisconsin prohibit commercial truck drivers from handheld use of a cell phone while driving. This means that drivers may not hold a phone in their hands, but they are also prohibited from dialing a phone by pressing more than one button or reaching for the phone in a way that removes them from a normal seated position, except for in an emergency situation. Federal penalties for a violation can include the disqualification of a driver’s commercial license and fines of up to $2,750, with additional state fines of up to $40 for a first offense and up to $100 for a subsequent offense. This is not to mention financial consequences related to liability in a personal injury case.

Personal Injury Lawsuits Against Distracted Truck Drivers

If you have been injured in an accident with a distracted truck driver, the key to recovering full compensation is clearly demonstrating the driver’s negligence. You should hire an attorney as soon as possible so that we can help you obtain vital evidence to support your claim, which in these cases may include photographic evidence of your injuries and the scene of the accident, as well as police reports and sanctions against the driver that specifically mention inappropriate cell phone use.

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Green Bay personal injury lawyer for loss of consortiumIf you are injured in a car accident, you may be facing high medical expenses, the need for costly repairs or a replacement for your vehicle, and lost income from time you have missed at work while receiving treatment. You may be aware that a personal injury lawsuit against an at-fault driver can help you obtain compensation for all of these expenses, but many people do not realize that it is also possible to recover damages for other harmful effects on your life. One such form of damages is known as “loss of consortium.”

Common Situations Involving Loss of Consortium

Loss of consortium is a situation in which the effects of injuries have a negative impact on personal relationships. It is often also referred to as loss of companionship, love, or intimacy. There are two primary situations in which injuries may lead to a claim of loss of consortium:

  • When someone is injured, the injuries can have a significant impact on a spouse. The injuries may make it difficult or impossible to maintain personal or intimate relationships. Scarring, disfigurement, or cognitive dysfunction from traumatic brain injuries can easily impact relationships. The injuries may require that the spouse provide care for the victim. A victim may not be able to handle household or outside chores or duties, so the spouse may need to handle those duties. Often, injuries to a victim impact social and recreational activists that the couple enjoyed. Minor children also have a right to make a claim for loss of consortium as a result of injuries to parents, because of the impact that the parent’s injury had on their lives.,
  • When a loved one is killed in an accident. Surviving partners or family members often have a claim for loss of consortium when an accident removes a loved one from their lives. Spouses or family members can pursue loss of consortium damages along with other pain and suffering damages and economic damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Making the Case for Loss of Consortium Damages

Generally, in a personal injury or wrongful death case, your first step in fighting for compensation should be to demonstrate that another party’s negligence was responsible for the accident and injuries. Your best chance of doing so is to promptly hire an experienced lawyer after the accident who can help you collect and preserve important evidence, which may include camera footage of the accident and its aftermath, 911 call recordings or transcripts, police reports, and witness testimony.

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Appleton bike accident injury lawyerThough reported accidents between bicycles and motor vehicles in Wisconsin are relatively uncommon, over 800 bicyclists are injured each year. Bicyclists are at a clear disadvantage in a motor vehicle collision, as their vehicles do little to provide protection, and their injuries are often severe and sometimes fatal. Bicycle accidents are especially common at intersections, and it is important to be aware of how these accidents occur and what you can do if you are injured.

Causes of Wisconsin Bicycle Accidents at Intersections

According to the Federal Highway Administration, over half of accidents between bicycles and vehicles happen during crossing-path events, including when both parties are approaching an intersection. For example, when a car and bicycle are traveling toward an intersection in the same direction, the car may make a right turn into the bicycle’s path. Another common occurrence is a car turning left at an intersection into the path of a bike approaching from the opposite direction that has the right of way. When an accident occurs under either of these circumstances, it is often because the driver of the car failed to see the bicyclist, possibly due to alcohol impairment or a distraction such as texting while driving.

In Wisconsin, bicycles are considered vehicles, and bicyclists must obey all traffic laws. This means, among other things, that they should travel on the same side of the road and in the same direction as cars, and that they should stop when required at intersections with stop signs or traffic lights. Some bike accidents occur in part because a bicyclist is not following these rules, but intersections can be dangerous even for bicyclists who respect the law and take all reasonable safety precautions.

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Green Bay, WI personal injury lawyer for disfigurementIf you are injured in a car accident, a workplace accident, or a dog bite, your physical recovery can be extremely challenging as you undergo surgery, treatment, and rehabilitation. However, in many cases, the effects of your injuries are not limited to the physical. This is especially true of injuries that result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. If you have suffered one of these lasting injuries, it is important that you understand all possible means of pursuing compensation for the negative impact your injury has had on your life.

It is very important to photograph injuries and scars immediately and throughout the recovery. Selfies rarely do justice in documenting the injuries. Ask others to take photographs from different vantage points and with adequate lighting. Many people with disfiguring injuries also suffer from emotional reactions from the accident and the injuries, and the earlier they receive professional help, the better, both for their health and for documenting their claims.

Causes of Scarring and Disfigurement in a Personal Injury

Car crashes and other types of injuries can result in permanent disfigurement, including:

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Appleton car accident lawyer for elderly victimsThe tragedy of a car accident is that it can cut anyone’s life short, regardless of their age or health. However, car crashes can be especially harmful for drivers age 65 and older who may have a harder time recovering from the serious injuries they suffer. If you are an older person who has been injured, or if you have lost an older family member in a fatal accident, an attorney can help you seek compensation.

Effects of Car Accidents on the Elderly

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases annual statistics on car accidents in the United States, and their 2018 data shows that almost 7,000 people over the age of 65 lost their lives in car accidents, accounting for 19 percent of all traffic fatalities. The fatality rate per 100,000 licensed drivers was significantly higher for drivers age 65 and older than for drivers under the age of 65, and drivers age 80 and older have an especially high fatality rate.

The risk of fatality is high despite the fact that older drivers are less likely to engage in certain risky driving behaviors than their younger counterparts. For example, 73 percent of older drivers and passengers killed in a crash were wearing seat belts, compared to only 47 percent of drivers under the age of 65. Additionally, only 9 percent of older drivers in fatal accidents were alcohol-impaired, compared to 21 percent of younger drivers.

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