It is important that you exchange information with the other driver(s) after a car accident, but your communication should be limited to names, phone numbers, insurance company names and policy numbers, addresses, driver license numbers, license plate numbers, and make/model of the vehicles involved.
You should not make any comments about the nature of your injuries, discuss who is at-fault, or say you are sorry because these statements can be used against you later.
You should always get proper medical attention after a car accident. It is advisable to see a doctor after an accident because not all injuries suffered in a car accident are immediately noticeable. Some injuries may not be felt for days or even weeks after the accident. Even if you feel fine after an accident, it is a good idea to be evaluated by a medical professional. Failing to seek appropriate medical care will not only make your injury worse, it could jeopardize your claim.
We think all car accidents should be reported to the police so that they can be properly investigated and documented. Under Wisconsin law, a car accident must be immediately reported to law enforcement when it results in:
Once the police arrive to the scene, they will generally ask for statements from the parties involved to be included in their crash report. While it is important for you to cooperate with the accident investigation, you should only discuss the facts of the accident and avoid making any admissions about fault.
We suggest that you report all car accidents to your insurance company as soon as possible. You are contractually required to report your accident to your insurance company and a failure to do so can jeopardize your coverage. You should report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
When you are recovering from serious injuries, the last thing you should be worried about is navigating the claims process on your own. A Wisconsin car accident lawyer can help you preserve evidence in support of your claim, negotiate with insurance adjusters for a fair settlement, or take your case to court to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our experienced car accident attorneys at Studinski Law, LLC have successfully handled a wide variety of motor vehicle accidents and we will work tirelessly to obtain the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
Wisconsin has a modified comparative negligence law, which is also known as a shared fault system. In order to recover compensation for your losses in a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove that the other driver was at least 50 percent at fault for the accident.
This means that you can still recover damages from the other party provided that you are no more than 50 percent at fault for the accident. For example, if you are 30 percent at-fault in the accident, your damages will be reduced by that same percentage.
In Wisconsin, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is generally three years from the date of the accident. If you attempt to bring a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, your case will likely be dismissed. We recommend that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible after a car accident for specific information about timelines for filing claims and other advice to protect you and your family.
In order to establish liability in a car accident case, you must prove:
With respect to car accident cases, negligence means that the other driver failed to exercise ordinary care.
The types of compensation available in car accident victims in personal injury cases generally fall into one of two categories–economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and potentially other out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages are for losses like pain, suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of society and companionship.
A settlement is when the injured party agrees to release their legal claim in exchange for compensation. Settlements are often negotiated outside of court with insurance companies or other responsible parties. In many car accident cases, settlement negotiations begin with a low offer from the insurance company.
If your attorney and the opposing party cannot reach an agreement on a fair settlement, you may decide to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit. A settlement can be reached before a lawsuit is ever filed or at any stage litigation.
Once the insurance adjuster has determined that you have a valid claim, they will make an initial settlement offer. Because insurance companies make profits by paying out as little as possible on claims, their first offer is likely to be a low figure.
While it may be tempting to quickly resolve your claim and move on, you should not accept a settlement offer before you know whether it will fully cover your losses. This is because once you sign the settlement agreement, you likely will not be able to seek additional compensation even if your injuries are worse than you originally thought.
Before accepting an offer from the insurance company, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Studinski Law, LLC, we can assist you in determining how much your case is worth and negotiate with the insurance company to help you reach a favorable settlement.
This depends on the unique circumstances of your case. Factors that can impact the value of your claim include, but are not limited to:
If you are injured in an accident caused by an uninsured driver, your own uninsured motorist coverage applies to bodily injury damages you sustain up to your policy limits. Uninsured motorist coverage also applies if you are involved in a hit-and-run accident and are not at-fault. Wisconsin law also requires uninsured motorist coverage with minimum policy limits of $25,000 for one person and $50,000 for two or more people for bodily injury.
It is not uncommon for insurance companies to deny liability even when liability seems clear. This is why it is essential to preserve valuable evidence of the other driver’s fault and to work with a car accident lawyer who can build a case in support of your claim.
The talented legal team at Studinksi Law, LLC can investigate your accident to determine liability and protect your rights throughout the claims process.
Wisconsin drivers are required to maintain auto liability insurance to cover the damage resulting from any accidents they cause. Drivers must be able to show proof of insurance if they are pulled over by police or involved in a motor vehicle accident. Minimum liability coverage amounts under Wisconsin law are:
Although the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act protects the rights of policyholders in Wisconsin, insurance bad faith still happens. Some of the most common examples of bad faith practices by insurance companies are:
Car accidents can vary in severity, as can the injuries that result from crashes. Studinksi Law, LLC recognizes that every car crash is unique. We will listen to your story and determine how extensive your injuries are after an accident. We will help you obtain compensation if you’ve received injuries including, but not limited to:
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