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Green Bay car crash lawyersWith an estimated six million car accidents happening in America each year, your odds of experiencing one are quite high. Thankfully, most crashes result in only minor injuries. Yet, even then, it is important that you know how to proceed afterward. These 10 steps to take after a car accident can provide you with guidance. 

1. Check Yourself and Passengers for Injuries

The first step to take after an accident is to ensure that you and your passengers are not severely injured. Note that not all injuries may be visible. Check for any signs of disorientation or fatigue. Also look for any swelling or distention of the stomach and other areas of the body, and for blood coming from the nose, mouth, or ears. Ensure that all passengers can feel their limbs and extremities. Avoid moving any passenger that appears to have a head, neck, or spinal injury (often indicated by a loss of feeling, dizziness, or disorientation).

2. Ensure the Safety of Other Involved Parties

Once you are certain that everyone in your own vehicle is safe, check the status of any other involved parties. Use the same checklist you used to gauge injuries in the passengers of your own vehicle and follow the same guidelines regarding moving the individual.

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Green Bay auto accident lawyersMost people recognize that visibility is limited while driving at night, but just how much does that reduced sight impact your risk of a crash? According to researchers and safety experts, your risk of experiencing an accident triple once the sun goes down. Use these nighttime driving safety tips to minimize your risk of a car crash when driving in the dark. 

Staying Safe on the Road at Night 

At night, depth perception, peripheral vision, and even color recognition are compromised. The glare of oncoming vehicles can temporarily blind you, leaving you vulnerable to sudden shifts in the road or animals that may cross your path. To make matters worse, high beams only increase your visibility slightly (to about 500 feet in front of you), and you cannot have them on when there is an oncoming vehicle. 

These tips can help balance out the challenges of night driving: 

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Green Bay car accident attorneysAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2.5 million Americans are seen in an emergency room after a car accident, annually. Of those, more than 200,000 are admitted to the hospital. Broken bones and fractures are among some of the most commonly seen injuries. 

Sadly, the healing and recovery process for a fracture can be long and painful. During that time, the victim’s financial well-being and overall quality of life may be negatively affected. The following sections can help you learn which bones may be most susceptible to fracture in a car accident, and how the type of break may impact your settlement. 

The Relationship Between Car Accidents and Bone Fractures 

The law of physics says that an object in motion must stay in motion, so when your car collides with another vehicle, your body tries to continue moving. Depending on the speed at the time of impact, this continued motion can be strong enough to break even the strongest of bones. Bones may also be crushed between two objects during an accident, which can ultimately cause shattering or splintering. Hitting an object, inside or outside of the vehicle, can also cause a break or fracture. 

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Wisconsin PTSD attorneysWhen you or someone you love suffers physical stress or emotional trauma (posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD), those injuries can affect more than the financial well-being of you or your loved one. Physical stress or emotional trauma can be surface after observing a horrible event take place that fatally wounds or kills a loved one, or being directly involved in a traumatic event due to someone else’s bad actions or negligence. 

PTSD After an Auto Accident 

Witnessing or being in the midst of such extraordinary circumstances can result in long term physical stress or emotional trauma, PTSD. Payment of related medical or ongoing psychological care expenses is rarely enough to compensate for the damages you or your loved one may suffer - especially when those damages could last a lifetime. While only a qualified health professional can diagnose PTSD, there are some overarching symptoms:

  • Victims might relive the traumatic event in their head through flashbacks, dreams, or reaction to a place or an object;
  • Victims could avoid places that remind them of the traumatic event;
  • Victims may have negative thoughts, feel hopeless, or withdraw from friends and family; and
  • Victims could be jumpy, irritable, easy to upset or scare, or always on edge. 

Wisconsin has no set formula to calculate damages for physical stress and emotional trauma, PTSD. However, there are a number of factors taken into consideration by the courts to help as a guide in determining a damage award. Some of these factors include:

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Appleton car accident lawyersWhen in an auto accident, the damage can be extensive — and we are not just talking about the damage to your car. In fact, the damage to your car often pales in comparison to what you suffer physically and emotionally following your accident. Vehicles also tend to be a simpler fix than people; there may be treatments or ailments that you will have to endure for years to come.

This is why it is so important that you choose not just a good attorney, but the right attorney who will fight for you to get the help you need to heal from your injuries. Here are some things to look for when choosing the right attorney for your auto accident case.

Choose Someone Who Specializes in Personal Injury Law

Many attorneys claim to be a jack of all trades, but this just means that he or she is a master of none. Due to the all of the intrinsic challenges that go with dealing with insurance companies (that know the system quite well, mind you), you need to have an attorney who not only understands personal injury law but someone who studies it, day in and day out.

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