Wisconsin Truck Accident Lawyers

Our truck accident lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC understand the devastation that can result from a large truck accident, and we know how to help. To discuss your options, don’t hesitate to call a Wisconsin truck accident lawyer today at (715) 343-2850 or use our online form below.

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Wisconsin Truck Accident Laws

Large trucks have to follow a variety of state and federal regulations that govern things such as the number of hours they can drive and how they must secure certain cargo they are transporting. These laws and regulations don’t apply to other vehicles, and they will be considered in any case involving an accident with a semi-truck.

Federal Trucking Regulations

Large trucks have to follow a variety of state and federal regulations that govern things such as the number of hours they can drive and how they must secure certain cargo they are transporting. These laws and regulations don’t apply to other vehicles, and they will be considered in any case involving an accident with a semi-truck.

Wisconsin Trucking Regulations

Wisconsin issues commercial driver’s licenses to truckers, sets speed limits for large trucks within the state, and establishes rules for trucks that travel solely within the state’s borders. Any trucker driving in Wisconsin must follow these rules.

Truck Accident Time Limits

Wisconsin’s statute of limitations on personal injury claims generally requires that you file a lawsuit within three years of the truck accident. However, if you are hit by a truck owned by a Wisconsin municipality, you are required to give written notice of your claim and injuries within 120 days of the accident. Failure to comply with these time limits can be enough to have your case dismissed. It is critical to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney immediately after a truck accident for a specific analysis of the statute of limitations and other procedural requirements in your case.

Studinski Law, LLC, understands the complex process of truck accident lawsuits in Wisconsin, and we’re ready to help you. It is important to have an attorney who fully understands federal trucking regulations as well as Wisconsin regulations and laws. We have helped truck accident victims throughout Wisconsin navigate insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits after truck accidents.

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What Can Studinski Law Do for You?

Trucking insurance companies will conduct a thorough investigation, and your attorney must as well. We know how to gather the right evidence to support your claim.

Truck accidents can result in serious injuries, including death. Our compassionate truck accident lawyers will stand by your side throughout the claims process.

You will likely need significant medical care for an extended period of time. We can help you find the care you need and recover compensation to pay for it.

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2022

individuals are injured each year in truck collisions in Wisconsin

Each year more than 2,000 people are injured in devastating Wisconsin truck accidents. Injuries can range from minor whiplash to catastrophic injuries that require years of medical treatment.

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Source: State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 2016

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Truck Accident Investigations

If you or a loved one were in a truck accident, it’s important to reach out to an attorney right away. The trucking company and their insurance agency will be on the scene immediately to conduct an investigation. Their goal will be to eliminate as much evidence as possible. They will remove the truck and clear any debris quickly. You should contact a truck accident attorney as soon as you’re able so that we can begin an investigation of your truck accident while evidence is still available.

The longer you wait to investigate your situation, the lower the value of your claim. As evidence disappears, so does the ability to prove liability. We need to immediately request trucking company records and obtain the black box or any dash cam footage that is available. Call Studinski Law, LLC as soon as you’re able, even if you’re at the scene of the accident, so that we can begin working on your case right away.

Truck Accident Claims in Wisconsin

If you were involved in a truck accident in which you were injured, you might feel that the other driver is at fault. While this is often the case, there are many factors in play in a large truck accident that determine liability in truck accident cases. The liable parties may one or more of the following:

  • The driver
    The driver’s negligence may have caused a crash. Perhaps the driver was distracted or under the influence.
  • The driver’s employer
    The company is likely liable for the driver’s negligence as a matter of law. The company that employs the driver could also be directly liable for a variety of offenses, including, failure to properly hire, train, supervise, and terminate truck drivers. It is possible that they failed to perform a background check on the driver, or maybe they failed to properly maintain the truck being driven.
  • The truck manufacturer
    If a truck is unsafe due to manufacturing defects, it could be very dangerous for everyone on the road, and the manufacturer can be held liable.
  • A parts manufacturer
    If a part of the truck is defective, it can lead to an accident even if the truck is assembled and driven properly.

Your truck accident lawyer must be able to analyze the details of your case, and determine how it can be shown how one or several parties acted negligently. In proving a truck accident claim, you must be able to show the following:

  • The other driver was negligent
  • This negligence was a substantial factor in causing your injuries
  • You sustained injury and financial damages

An experienced truck accident law firm like Studinski Law, LLC, can help you prove that the other party was negligent, and that negligence caused harm to you or your loved ones. Some of the evidence that we may use in your case could include:

  • Blood test results
  • Truck data recorder information from a black box or camera footage
  • Skid mark and accident debris analysis
  • Driver and employer records
  • Witness testimony
  • Inspection and maintenance records
  • Delivery and hour logbooks
  • Cargo inspection and loading records

Damages in Truck Accident Cases

Studinski Law, LLC, is experienced in negotiating with large truck insurers and getting appropriate compensation for our clients. Your injuries may be severe, and we can help you seek compensation for past and future issues such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Wage loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages

If your loved one was fatally injured in a Wisconsin truck accident, we can help. We will compassionately listen to your situation and develop the best possible strategy to help you obtain the compensation you need to move forward with life. You may be able to obtain the following through a wrongful death claim:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of financial contributions
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of society and companionship
Our Wisconsin Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help

Truck accidents can leave all sorts of devastation in their wake and claims for compensation can be complicated. An independent investigation is necessary to prove what caused the accident as well as who is at fault. Insurance companies often make lowball settlement offers to make a case go away. However, you deserve to recover all your losses.

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Insurance Issues in Truck Accident Cases

When you are involved in an accident with a large truck, you will likely be facing off against a large insurance company. Insurance companies may become involved immediately after a truck accident, and they will complete their own investigation and evaluation of the claim. They may want to interview you and other witnesses. However, their goal is always to reduce their insured’s liability, oftentimes trying to place blame on you. We recommend that you consult with a Wisconsin trucking accident lawyer before you speak with the insurance companies. We can help you understand what happened during the truck accident and develop the best strategy to move forward in your case. Because trucking insurance companies are so powerful, it is important to have an attorney who is experienced in dealing with insurance companies after a truck accident.

Commercial vehicles are required by federal and Wisconsin law to have minimum insurance coverage that is higher than that of most other vehicles. The minimum commercial vehicle insurance requirements can be complicated since they vary based on factors such as the size of the load, and whether the material being transported is considered hazardous. While this higher limit may mean that you might get a higher payout for your damages, it’s important to not accept any settlement offer before speaking to an attorney who is experienced in insurance company negotiations. Your losses may be greater than what the insurance company offers initially. With the help of a skilled attorney, you can prove that you deserve enough compensation to cover your damages.

Common Causes of Truck Crashes

In order to build a successful case, your Wisconsin truck accident lawyer will have to use their knowledge and experience to determine the cause of your accident. The most common reason for truck accidents in Wisconsin is driver error. That may include cases where the driver was not paying attention or failed to properly prepare their large truck to safely take the road. A devastating accident can also be caused by dangerous road conditions or defective equipment.

Some common causes of truck crashes in Wisconsin include:

Types of Truck Accidents

There are many different scenarios in which you can be in a dangerous, and possibly deadly, large truck accident. Every accident has unique factors such as truck type, location, and parties involved. Your Wisconsin truck accident lawyer must be able to review all the details of your accident in order to determine the best path forward in demonstrating how you were harmed by the negligence of the other party.

There are many unique types of truck accidents, some of which include:

Truck turning accidents are common in Wisconsin, especially those involving U-turns. However, most trucking companies have policies against u-turns. Thus, if a trucker is attempting a u-turn and casues an accident, they may be violating company policy as well as the law.

Trucks that Frequently Cause Accidents in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has many small and moderate-sized cities that are located miles apart. Thus, trucks must travel great distances between cities to deliver goods. Additionally, trucks often must travel on rural roads that can be dangerous. Truck accidents can occur anywhere, and they may involve anyone. However, common truck types that have accidents in Wisconsin include the following:

  • 18-Wheeler & Semi-Truck Accidents – Large trucks with many axels often weigh a significant amount. When they cause accidents, serious injuries can result.
  • Tanker Truck Accidents – Tanker trucks may be carrying hazardous materials. When they spill, they can cause serious accidents with other drivers and negatively impact the environment.
  • Milk Trucks – These large trucks are often off balance because of shifting liquid inside the tank. They often have serious accidnets when turning, making illegal u-turns, and improperly maneuvering.
  • Dump Trucks – These trucks are shorter than 18-wheelers, but can weigh just as much because they are often hauling heavy materials. When dump trucks have accidents, their spilled loads can cause multiple car accidents.
  • Logging Trucks – These large semis are often improperly loaded and can be oversized with no warning to other drivers. You should always be careful when driving near a logging truck that can cause a devastating accident.
  • Cement Trucks – These vehicles often travel near construction zones and can block traffic while they maneuver. Cement trucks can tip over and spill their loads, causing serious accidents.
  • Delivery Trucks/Flatbed Trucks – Flatbed delivery trucks are often loaded with unpredictable materials. It can be difficult to drive near these vehicles, which often cause crashes.

Common Injuries in Truck Crashes

A truck accident can be especially devastating when you and your loved ones are severely injured. Not only are they especially dangerous, but the legal complexity of seeking compensation afterwards can be overwhelming. When you are in a truck accident, you or your loved ones may be dealing with a number of severe injuries, including:

With offices in Plover and Marshfield, Studinski Law, LLC serves clients throughout Wisconsin, including Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, and Waupaca. Whether you live in a large city or a rural town, regardless of the accident or the injuries you suffered, you have the right to be compensated for your losses. Our personal injury attorneys are familiar with the Wisconsin courts in your area, and will fight to tell your story – wherever it needs to be told.

Wisconsin 18-Wheeler & Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers

You share the road with 18-wheelers and other semi-trucks on a regular basis. When you’re driving, you may assume you are safe with experienced and licensed commercial drivers behind the wheels of commercial trucks. Unfortunately, truckers often cause accidents . If you were involved in an 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident, you may be experiencing serious or catastrophic injuries. As you are recovering both physically and emotionally from the crash, your next step should be to pursue compensation for your losses.

 

Trucking Accident FAQs

Can I Sue a Truck Driver's Company in an Accident?

Trucking companies are responsible for the actions of their employees. If the truck driver that caused your accident was an employee of a trucking company, the trucking company is very likely responsible for the truck driver’s conduct. This means that you will likely be submitting a claim to the trucking company’s insurance company. . However, in the unlikely event that the trucker is deemed to be a contractor or self-employed, you may have to make a claim on his or her personal liability insurance. In either case, you should be able to obtain compensation for the losses you’ve incurred.

What Should I Do at the Scene of a Truck Accident?

There are many steps you should take if you’re involved in a truck accident. Immediately after a truck accident, you should get medical help for anyone who is hurt. You should also call the police to the scene of the accident so that an official report is completed. Your next steps can be complicated and might involve investigating the accident or negotiating with the insurance company. Contact an experienced Wisconsin truck accident lawyer to help guide you through the legal process.

What Are Common Truck Accident Injuries?

Because trucks are so large, accidents with them can result in catastrophic injuries. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you likely need immediate emergency care as well as long-term treatment for rehabilitation. You will incur many medical bills along the way. You deserve to recover compensation so you can pay for medical care as you recuperate.

What If I Was Rear Ended By an 18-Wheeler?

Truck drivers who don’t pay attention or get distracted can fail to slow down when cars in front of them stop. If you were rear ended by an 18-wheeler, you likely have significant property damage and injuries. Our Wisconsin truck accident lawyers can help you prove that the trucker and trucking company caused your accident and recover compensation for your losses.

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