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Appleton uninsured driver car accident attorneyAll Wisconsin drivers must have proof of auto insurance policy coverage in case they are in an accident while driving or are pulled over for a traffic violation. If you are involved in a car accident, and another driver is at fault, his or her auto insurance should typically pay for any repairs to your car or any medical bills due to injuries suffered in the crash. However, sometimes the at-fault motorist does not have any insurance coverage, which means you would have to pay for those expenses yourself. This could be very costly, depending on the severity of the accident. Fortunately, your own insurance policy may provide you with coverage in these cases, but before accepting a settlement from an insurance policy, you should consult with an attorney.

Auto Insurance Coverage

It is important, before settling, to explore all potential sources of insurance. While a driver may have minimal or no liability insurance coverage, it the driver was operating a vehicle owned and insured by another person, as long as the driver was operating with the appropriate permission, the vehicle owner’s insurance company would cover the driver. If the driver was on the job, his or her employer and the employer’s insurance company would be responsible for the damages caused by the driver. If the driver was working in partnership with others, other members of the partnership, and their respective insurance companies, may also be liable. If, after exploring all possible options, there is no insurance, or the insurance is insufficient to cover all of the injured party’s damages, an injured party can look to his or her own insurance company for uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.

Uninsured motorist coverage under your own insurance policy provides you with protection if you are in an accident with a driver who does not carry auto insurance. Underinsured motorist coverage applies when you are in an accident with a driver whose liability insurance coverage will not fully cover your medical expenses or damage to your vehicle.

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Green Bay car accident attorney speedingWhen driving, most people exceed the speed limit from time to time in order to get to their destination as quickly as possible. However, while it may seem relatively harmless, speeding can increase the chances of a car accident, and it becomes even more dangerous when combined with other forms of reckless driving, such as swerving, tailgating, erratic lane changes, or running red lights or stop signs. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision in which speeding was a factor, it is important to work with an attorney to determine your options for recovering compensation for your damages.

Speeding Is a Leading Cause of Car Accident Injuries and Deaths

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,717 people were killed throughout the United States in 2017 in accidents involving speeding. In all, speeding accounted for more than 25% of all traffic deaths. The dangers are even more pronounced in Wisconsin, with speeding being involved in 29% of traffic fatalities. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were an average of 40,148 injuries and 549 fatalities in traffic accidents between 2011 and 2015. Out of these incidents, speeding was involved in an average of 7,713 injuries and 161 deaths.

Drivers who exceed the speed limit not only put themselves at risk, but they also endanger other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Speeding increases the risk that a driver will lose control of their vehicle when making turns, changing lanes, or reacting to conditions on the road. Since more distance is required to slow down and stop when speeding, it can also increase the chances of a rear-end collision. In addition, car accidents are often more severe at higher speeds, and the effectiveness of seat belt restraint systems and airbags is reduced.

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Appleton auto accident attorney spring weatherWith winter coming to a close, drivers throughout the state of Wisconsin are celebrating better driving conditions, and for good reason. This February marked one of the worst driving months in recent memory for travelers across Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a staggering 5,892 vehicle assistance calls were made to law enforcement. The vast majority of these calls were due to vehicles sliding off the road or other car accidents. With the record snowfall behind us, it is still important for drivers to practice caution as they prepare for springtime driving. If you or a family member are injured in a car accident this spring, you should reach out to a legal professional as soon as possible. 

The Dangers of Spring Driving 

As the snow begins to melt, many American drivers believe that the majority of traffic dangers are gone. That notion could not be further from the truth. Driving during spring months comes with its own set of dangers and risk factors, including: 

  • Heavy Rainfall: While the absence of snowfall can be a reassuring sign for drivers, spring weather usually brings heavy rain. Driving during heavy rainfall can be incredibly dangerous, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, significant rainfall severely impacts a driver’s visibility. Secondly, pools of water on the road can cause drivers to hydroplane and lose control of their vehicles. If you experience heavy rain, make sure to drive at safe speeds. 
  • Changes in Temperature: During the spring months, it is not uncommon to experience a wide array of temperatures. While the warm days of spring are a welcome sight, the colder days can come with dangerous driving conditions. If temperatures drop significantly after days of rainfall, roads are likely to be dangerously icy. If the temperatures drop while precipitation is present, you may experience hail, which can decrease visibility and hearing while driving and cause substantial damage to your vehicle. If you see a cold front coming, make the proper preparations. 
  • Reckless Drivers: With the melting of snow comes an increase in careless drivers. As people start to see roadways clear of snow and ice, they are likely to drive more recklessly. Common forms of reckless driving include speeding, swerving erratically, and tailgating. If you notice a reckless driver in your vicinity, slow down and give them ample opportunity to pass. If you are scared for your safety, pull over to the side of the road and alert local law enforcement. 
  • Pedestrians and Bicyclists: With nicer weather and sunshine officially here in Wisconsin, hundreds of people are starting to enjoy nice walks and bike rides. As a driver, it is your responsibility to watch out for both bicyclists and pedestrians. Throughout 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were fatally injured after being struck by motor vehicles. Over that same period, 783 bicyclists were killed in car accidents. While driving at night, it can be increasingly difficult to notice cyclists and pedestrians. Make sure that you are constantly on the lookout this spring. 
  • Construction Crews: With the snow finally melting, construction crews are beginning to work on projects. With so much road damage occurring each winter, there are likely to be a large number of construction zones on the road. As you approach a construction zone, you are legally required to lower your speed and be prepared to stop. Failure to slow your vehicle can result in costly traffic citations, and potential injury to yourself and the workers present. With workers either on the road or close to it, it is also important to avoid mobile phone use while driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 799 people were killed in work zone car accidents in 2017. 
  • Children Playing: As the sun comes out, so do children to play outside. Throughout 2016, 456 children were killed throughout the United States after being struck by motor vehicles. As many as 40,000 children suffer injuries after being hit by cars each year. As a driver, it can be difficult to spot children on the road, because they are smaller in stature, and they do not always cross the street at marked crosswalks. It is your responsibility to be watchful for children on the road. As you drive in residential areas, it is incredibly important to drive at cautious speeds. 

Contact an Appleton Car Accident Lawyer 

A motor vehicle collision can be terrifying and costly. A serious injury experienced by a loved one can cause a great deal of physical and emotional pain, and the financial ramifications of a collision can be life-changing. From vehicular damage to substantial medical expenses, the health of your financial future should not be at risk due to the negligence of another driver. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., our attorneys are here to ensure that you and your family are not financially harmed in the aftermath of a collision. To schedule a free initial consultation with a Green Bay personal injury attorney, contact us today at 920-739-7366. 

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Green Bay teen driver car accident lawyerOn March 31, 2019, two 17-year-olds were injured in a car accident on 1-94 outside of Cottage Grove. According to Wisconsin state troopers, a driver lost control of their vehicle, hit the median, and collided with another vehicle. One of the teens suffered fatal injuries in the crash, and the other was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. For parents of teenage drivers, this collision served as a reminder of the risks that teens face when driving. If your child is injured in a car accident, it is important to seek out legal guidance immediately. 

The Risks of Teenage Driving 

In 2016, 2,433 teenagers were killed in motor vehicle collisions throughout the United States, with an additional 292,742 teens suffering injuries that required medical attention. In many cases, collisions involving teens occur due to the reckless actions of these or other drivers. Listed below are some of the most common mistakes that teenage drivers make: 

  • Drinking and Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous for any driver. Unfortunately, many teenage drivers make the mistake of drinking and driving. Throughout 2016, 15% of teenage drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle collisions had a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.08. However, for drivers under the age of 21, driving with any amount of alcohol in their system is considered drunk driving. As a parent, it is incredibly important to have conversations with your teenage children regarding the risks of driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. 
  • Not Buckling In: In the event of a motor vehicle collision, a seat belt can be the thing that can save a person from significant injury or death. Here in the United States, teenage drivers and passengers are more likely to ride without their seat belt than any other age demographic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40% of teenage passengers do not regularly wear their seat belts. Having a conversation with your child about the benefits of seat belt usage can drastically decrease their risk of severe injury. 
  • Reckless Driving: We have all seen teenagers make reckless decisions, and unfortunately, that recklessness can translate to careless driving. Teenage drivers are more likely to speed, recklessly pass, and swerve from lane to lane. These types of actions can be especially dangerous in inclement weather. For parents throughout the state of Wisconsin, it is wise to speak with your teenage children about driving safely and cautiously, especially in snow and rain. 

Contact an Appleton Car Accident Lawyer 

Few things can cause a parent as much emotional turmoil as hearing that their child has been involved in a car accident. The effects of a car crash can range from minor bruises to life-threatening injuries. In the event of a motor vehicle collision, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. At Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd., we understand just how difficult a car accident injury can be for the entire family. As you and your teen work to heal from this tragedy, we will fight to secure the compensation you deserve from insurance companies or negligent drivers. To schedule a free initial meeting with a knowledgeable Green Bay personal injury attorney, call us today at 920-739-7366. 

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Appleton drowsy driving car accident lawyerOn Friday, March 22, 2019, a Prarie du Chein man was lucky to survive after he drifted off the road and crashed his vehicle into a guardrail. After the accident, which occurred in Wisconsin’s Beetown Township, the driver was rushed to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. According to the Grant County Sheriff's Department, the man lost control of his vehicle after falling asleep at the wheel. Today, drowsy driving is one of the leading highway safety concerns throughout the United States. If you or a family member suffer injuries in a motor vehicle collision involving a drowsy driver, contact a knowledgeable attorney today. 

Drowsy Driving in the United States 

Falling asleep at the wheel can come with disastrous consequences. If your vehicle is traveling at speeds in excess of 55 mph, falling asleep for even five seconds is the equivalent of driving 100 yards with your eyes closed. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 5,000 Americans were killed in accidents involving drowsy drivers in 2015 alone. In that time span, 109,000 people suffered injuries that required hospitalization due to the negligence of drowsy drivers. The next time you get behind the wheel, make sure that you are well-rested. If you are traveling long distances, do not push yourself past your limits. Taking a nap at a rest stop or staying in a hotel can ultimately save a life. 

Commercial Trucking and Drowsy Driving 

While any American can fall asleep at the wheel, commercial truck drivers are consistently cited for drowsy driving. Despite federally mandated regulations that state that commercial truckers are only allowed to drive for a maximum of 11 hours consecutively, many drivers break these rules in order to deliver cargo on time. In some cases, a company will ask their drivers to falsify their driving logs in order to ensure that orders are delivered in a timely fashion. Due to the size and weight of most commercial trucks, falling asleep at the wheel can come with deadly consequences. If a member of your family is injured in a commercial truck accident, our attorneys can investigate the accident to determine whether the driver or trucking company were acting in a negligent manner. 

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