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When Your Future is at Stake

Appleton car accident lawyerIf you are involved in a car accident, your adrenaline may start to flow, and many different thoughts can go through your head. Fear and confusion may settle in, leaving you unsure about how to proceed. Regardless of who was at fault for the collision, panic can affect your judgment, leading to impulsive decisions being made. After a car crash ensues, there are certain mistakes that you should avoid in order to protect your rights:

Leaving the Scene

After being involved in any sort of car accident, all of the drivers should come together and discuss the situation. Whether it is a major accident or a minor bump, every driver should be checked on, injuries or damage should be documented, information should be exchanged, and a report should be made with law enforcement. Injuries may not make themselves known right away, and damage might not be noticed at first glance, so it is important to cover all of your bases.

Putting Yourself in Further Danger

After a collision, everyone involved should relocate to a safer area if possible. Moving to the side of the road or a nearby parking lot can allow each party to safely discuss the situation and document any damage without fear of being injured further.

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Appleton crush injury attorneysOf all the injuries that can occur in a car accident, crushing injuries are some of the more severe. They are defined as any injury in which the body was crushed between two objects. This can include heavy objects within the car, but it can also include items outside of the vehicle, such as if the victim is thrown from the car and crushed between a wall and the vehicle. 

Common Injuries Experienced in a Crushing Incident

While almost any part of the body can be crushed between two objects, the injuries sustained tend to be the same. They can include:

  • Bleeding,
  • Bruising,
  • Open wounds,
  • Nerve damage,
  • Fractures,
  • Compartment syndrome (swelling in the soft tissues in an enclosed area of the body),
  • Secondary infection, and
  • Traumatic brain injury. 

Like all car crash injuries, crushing injuries may be severe. However, most crushing injuries impact the extremities, such as the arms, legs, hands, and feet. As a result, the injury may initially seem less severe. It is usually only with a full examination (or time) that a victim realizes just how severe the injury really is. For this reason, it is highly recommended that car crash victims have their injuries examined by a qualified healthcare professional, immediately after the accident. 

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Wisconsin car crash lawyersAlthough every state requires that drivers have at least liability insurance on their vehicle, approximately 13 percent (or one in eight) of all motorists are uninsured. Should you experience a crash with one of them, you could be at risk for unpaid damages. Thankfully, there are still some avenues available to victims of an uninsured motorist crash. Learn more, including how the assistance of an experienced attorney can improve the outcome of your case.

Who Covers Damages When an At-Fault Driver is Uninsured?

When an at-fault driver is uninsured, it can create a great deal of anxiety for a victim – especially if they have costly medical expenses and experienced significant losses after the crash. Often, this is because the victim may be uncertain as to how they will recover damages. Rest assured: the at-fault driver is still legally liable for the accident, and you may still be able to seek compensation from them. However, it is important to understand just how complicated things can get when trying to recover damages from an uninsured motorist.

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Appleton auto accident lawyersWisconsin winters are not like the ones in other parts of the country. Here, the ice, snow, and slush are an almost constant, and traffic accidents are all too common. Sadly, an accident can be just the beginning of a driver’s problems in inclement weather. There is also the risk of being stranded, perhaps for hours on end, and that can be dangerous if an injury has occurred. T

he cold weather itself may also cause injury if a victim is left stranded. A winter preparedness kit can reduce that risk. Learn what to put in yours, and discover how an experienced attorney can help you pursue compensation for any accident-related injuries you may sustain in a crash.

Everyday Winter Emergency Kits

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Wisconsin auto accident lawyersStatistics indicate that some 60 percent of all accidents occur at intersections. Furthermore, red light running is thought to account for approximately 200,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2015. Thankfully, drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists can all reduce their risk of a traffic accident at dangerous intersections. Learn more about crashes at intersections, including your right to pursue compensation if an injury or fatality happens to you or a loved one.

Intersection Safety for Drivers

Vehicle drivers tend to be the most dangerous at intersections, simply because they are larger and less vulnerable than other road users. As such, every driver should take personal responsibility for not just their own safety, but also the safety of others. To do this, adhere to the following safety practices whenever stopped or advancing through an intersection:

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Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, and serves clients in Fox Valley, Outagamie County, Brown County, Door County, Kewaunee County, Manitowoc County, Sheboygan County, Fond du Lac County, Calumet County, Winnebago County, including Appleton, New London, Clintonville, Neenah, Oshkosh, DePere, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay, Marinette, Neenah, Chilton, Menasha, Shawano, Waupaca, Wausau, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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